This Hatha yoga class begins with a short relaxation to enable you to let go of your day and come to your mat. We move on to some warm up stretches and then posture work. The posture work involves stretching with controlled breathing. This is all in preparation for the short meditation and then a well earned longer relaxation to finish.
My yoga experience started with a posture known as Halasana (The Plough)) used by a 1980’s exercise teacher to conclude a session on a keep fit cassette. I found it relaxing and once I realised it was yoga I was doing, well, I was hooked. I attended my first class in 1984 and over the years have tried various different teachers and styles of yoga. An opportunity came to do a Hatha yoga teaching course with FRYOG (Friends Of Yoga) locally in 2003 – I jumped at the chance qualifying two years later. A teacher friend wanted a break and asked if I would cover her class for a few months. This was an opportunity I couldn't pass up. It gave me the confidence to then start my own class beginning at a venue which I quickly outgrew, moving on to St Cuthberts in Hayling Avenue where I've been ever since. I now take several sessions which you can check out under the 'Classes' section.
As well as teaching general public classes I have been fortunate enough to use my skills for other groups such as the elderly, using chair based yoga and at a local mental health unit helping patients with anxiety, depression and other mental health issues. Recently I have also taken on private students with individual needs
My philosophy is that yoga is for everyone – whatever age, ability or condition. Yoga is non competitive and therefore available to all.
Do I have to pay in advance?
No, the class is on a drop-in basis so you just pay when you attend.
What should I wear?
Comfortable stretchy clothes – no footwear.
Will I be able to keep up?
Everyone should be working at their own pace and ability.
What if I have health issues?
If you're concerned about any health issue you should consult your GP before starting. Adaptations can be made for certain conditions.
Can I do yoga if I'm pregnant?
It is recommended that you do not do yoga in the first 12-14 weeks of pregnancy. Thereafter poses can be adapted during pregnancy.
What equipment do I need?
A non stick yoga mat – I do have some to borrow.
A blanket for the relaxation.