INTRODUCTION TO ASHTANGA COURSE
Learn the basics of the practice in a slow paced, safe manner which will gently introduce the brilliant benefits of yoga. It really is good for the mind, body and soul.
Jump right in and come along to class. You made it to this page so it’s safe to say you’ve been thinking about doing yoga for a while, want to try something new or fancy going back to basics. We’ll be happy to see you regardless. Sign up and come along then.
SOME BASIC INFO
Here are some questions that everyone asks, thinks about and is downright unsure of. So we thought we’d put them here and you can see that you are definitely not alone in your wondering of yoga and the what if’s, how’s and but’s.
WILL EVERYONE KNOW WHAT THEY’RE DOING EXCEPT ME?
Our classes usually have a mixture of all ages and abilities so if it seems that everyone else can do all the postures comfortably, it just means they’ve been coming to class for a while. After a few classes you’ll quickly become more familiar with postures and you’ll be surprised how quickly your strength, balance and flexibility improve. And by then there will be someone new who knows less than you.
WHAT IF I’VE NEVER DONE YOGA BEFORE?
How exciting is that? We all remember our first yoga class and how amazing we felt afterwards. If you’ve never done any yoga before try to come along to one of our Introduction Courses or attend one of our Beginners classes for a few weeks. Pick a time that’s convenient for you as you’re more likely to stick to it – it’s when you stick to it you get all the benefits. And try different classes and teachers too, that way you’ll find the ones that you really like. This always helps you commit to coming along regularly.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF DOING YOGA?
There’s loads of benefits and we’d be here all day if we listed them…so here’s a few. Yoga helps you sleep better, lose weight, build strength and stops you being so stressed. It boosts energy, immunity and your social life. Improves muscle tone & definition, flexibility, circulation, relaxation and your happiness. Prevents osteoporosis, treats back pain and stiffness, helps tummy troubles and keeps you fit. In short, it’s damn good for you and why wouldn’t you want to feel better and make new friends.
TYPES OF YOGA
There are several types of yoga and as a newbie or if you feel like a change, you can always try them out for yourself and see which one you love the most. Hey, you might even fall in love with all of them. But this way, you can have an idea of what the difference is.
Ashtanga Yoga combines a series of traditional yoga postures that you’ll probably recognise with fluid movements and a focus on breathing regularly and deeply. It’s a physically demanding sequence designed to create heat and maximise energy flow, improve flexibility, strengthen the body, increase circulation and get the heart and lungs working too.
We teach the Primary Series sequence of postures practiced and taught by the late K. Pattabhi Jois in our Beginners Ashtanga Yoga, Beginners Plus Ashtanga Yoga – Half Primary Series and Ashtanga Yoga – Led Primary Series classes.
Mysore style self practice is the traditional way of learning Ashtanga Yoga. Our Mysore Style Ashtanga Yoga class is not led and all instruction is given on an individual basis. As you gain strength, stamina, flexibility and focus, poses will be added on to your sequence. Mysore style class is open to all levels, from absolute beginners to more experienced students.
Vinyasa Flow, which you’ll find in our Stretch & Flow and Seasonal Vinyasa Flow classes, is where flowing postures and breath are woven together to energise and enliven your body and awaken your senses. The sequence of postures may be different from class to class, but always moving with the breath to keep the body warm while building flexibility and strength.
Yin Yoga focuses on long-held floor poses combined with breath work and meditation to balance the heat-building, blood-pumping, strengthening ‘Yang’ side of your Ashtanga or Vinyasa Flow practice. It goes beneath the superficial muscles to target the dense connective tissues of the body – often in the hips, pelvis, and low back – which are difficult to open and can result in both limited flexibility and stagnant energy. It’s are also designed to improve the flow of chi, the subtle energy said in Traditional Chinese Medicine to run through the meridian pathways of the body.
Yoga Basics & Yoga for Beginners
These classes concentrate on the basics of yoga – connecting breath & movement, toning & strengthening, improving movement & flexibility and teaching safe alignment.
WHAT TO WEAR
Wear clothing that’s clean and comfy – a pair of stretchy trousers, leggings or shorts and a t-shirt that’s not too baggy. No special footwear is needed as you’ll be barefoot of course.
WHAT TO BRING
If you have a mat bring it along, otherwise we’ve got a few to borrow in class, just to get you started. We also have mats for sale so be sure to ask if you’re thinking about investing in one. You might sweat, especially in the Ashtanga classes, so drink plenty of water beforehand and maybe even bring a small towel.
DO I BOOK AHEAD?
To guarantee your place we advise you to sign up online for classes. Also, if you’d like to pay by credit or debit card we need you to do that online. If you can’t book online please try and arrive early for class to allow us to get you registered and signed in.
HOW MUCH IS IT?
All our prices are detailed here.
WHAT IF I HAVE AN INJURY OR HEALTH CONDITION?
If you have an injury or health condition please check with your GP before coming to class. Most times you can still join in safely, just let us know about it when you arrive for class and your teacher will modify some postures and offer alternatives where needed. You can call or email us if you’re concerned too.
If you’re pregnant please check with your Midwife before coming to class. Should you be fit and healthy, most times you can still join in safely, just let us know about it when you arrive for class and your teacher will modify some postures and offer alternatives where needed. Also, if you’re in your first trimester of pregnancy, it is recommended not to practise Ashtanga Yoga, and then after that only if you’ve practised before. You can call or email us if you’re concerned too.