|Beginner Classes are designed for those who have little or no experience in yoga. The classes are not difficult and they are suitable for everyone. If you have an old injury, or are pregnant, please tell the instructor who will adapt the postures to suit your needs.
We intend to show you how simple and beneficial yoga is. Even a little bit of yoga can go a long way to help you be more healthy and relaxed! It is not necessary to be flexible or fit or young to benefit from yoga. Yoga has something for everyone and our task is to give you the tools to make your life better.
We do not ask you to adopt any beliefs or attitudes. Yoga is not a religion, it is a series of physical and mental practices that have been tested by time and modern science to produce health, relaxation and vitality.
Our beginners classes include postures (asanas), breathing (pranayama), guided relaxation (yoga nidra) and meditation.
Our classes are 1.5 hours long and all aspects are optional. You do not need to make an appointment – just turn up before the class. Wear loose comfortable clothing – or you can change when you get here. We provide yoga mats, blankets, cushions and anything else that may be used in the class.
Introduction to Yoga Class
This is a condensed 45-minute version of our Beginners Class. You’ll get a great introduction to basic yoga postures with a short pranayama (breathing) or meditation practice to round off the session. It’s a perfect place to start if you’ve never attended a yoga class before or have had little yoga experience. It’s also a good class for getting back into yoga if you have had some time away from your yoga practice. Every little bit works wonders on the work/life balance!
Yoga postures release a lot of tension and tightness in the physical body and release energetic blockages. This is why we can feel so great after doing postures. Additionally, they are very strengthening and are hugely positive for all body systems, i.e. circulatory, endocrine, musculatory, immune, digestive, etc.
We teach simple through to extended breathing and pranayama techniques which:
- purify lungs and increase lung vital capacity
- balance brain functioning, calm the mind and emotions
- enhance brain neurotransmitters and help to balance dopamine and serotonin.
- create transition from beta to alpha brain wave patterns which leads to internalizing the awareness for relaxation or meditation practices.
- harmonise and energise your pranic (energy) body
Yoga Nidra (Guided Relaxation)
Yoga Nidra is a yogic deep relaxation technique. At the end of classes we often use a shortened format of this technique (10 – 15 mins). Yoga Nidra systematically induces complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation.
Beginners are often surprised at how effortlessly they can settle down with Yoga Nidra. People frequently say that they never knew that it was so easy to relax. This is because Yoga Nidra is specifically designed to settle the restless mind. Basic skills like this are essential in the modern world – they are a great antidote to anxiety and insomnia.
Like Yoga Nidra, a meditation technique is often used to finish the class. These are simple concentration techniques to help focus the mind and delve into our inner nature. Meditation trains the mind to become strong, aware and gain well needed REST! In our beginners classes we ensure that all practices are simple and easy – don’t worry about not being able to meditate – everyone can!