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Yoga

Yoga is an ancient discipline which originated in India. In the West it is mainly practiced in the form of asana (physical movements and postures) and pranayamas (breathing techniques). It is an holistic system, designed to encourage a state of well-being and to help us to realise our full potential for living. People in the West have increasingly found it to be beneficial in a variety of ways, such as: improving flexibility, strength and stamina, aiding concentration and coordination, developing healthy sleep patterns and generally improving health and well-being. A low impact form of exercise which can produce noticeable results from the very first session, including the reduction of aches and pains, alleviation of anxiety, depression and stress-related symptoms.


Yoga - all levels

Tutor Mandy Nicholls
Mondays 09:40 - 11:10
September 25th, 12 weeks @ £96.00
January 22nd, 9 weeks @ £72.00
April 23rd (no class on 25th June), 12 weeks @ £96.00
Community Room

Mandy is a qualified vinyasa yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance. She teaches classes and one to one private sessions locally. She fell in love with yoga while practising active birth and pregnancy yoga under Kay Miller in 2006 and as a massage therapist recommends yoga to her clients to help alignment and postural issues. Drawing from a number of different traditions and working with her class’s abilities, Mandy likes to bring focus to both the physical and emotionally therapeutic value of yoga.

Using asana practice, pranayama and relaxation techniques we will work together to alleviate stress and improve flexibility, strength, posture and balance.  If your cry is “I’m not flexible” or “I’m too busy”, then this class is definitely for you. Classes are suitable for men and women of all ages and ability. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat, cushion and blanket with you.


Yoga - all levels

Tutor Klara Walters-James
Mondays 19:30 - 21:00
September 25th, 12 weeks @ £96.00
January 8th, 11 weeks @ £88.00
April 23rd, 12 weeks @ £96.00
MEC Hall

In this class Klara will be teaching her students how to achieve good posture and alignment using provided yoga props. Students will be encouraged to work on strengthening their bodies and exploring and deepening their breath with all of its associated health benefits. Students need to bring a mat to each class. All other equipment will be provided. Limited availability.


Yoga - all levels

Tutor Wendy Perry
Tuesdays 16:30 - 18:00
September 26th, 11 weeks @ £88.00
January 9th, 11 weeks @ £88.00
April 17th, 12 weeks @ £96.00
MEC Hall

Wendy teaches in the Hatha style of yoga. This course is suitable for all levels whether you are a beginner or more experienced and is suitable for men and women of all ages. Students need to bring a mat and blanket to each class. Limited availability.


Yoga - all levels

Tutor Janice Hellens
Wednesday 19:00 - 20:30
September 27th, 11weeks @ £88.00
January 10th, 11 weeks @ £88.00
April 18th, 13 weeks @ £104.00
MEC Hall

This course will help students to develop strength, flexibility and a deeper awareness of their own bodies. Karuna yoga is influenced by the teachings of B.S.K. Iyengar and is developed by Ruth White. The postures are performed mindfully and safely with a focus on body alignment and awareness of breath.

Blocks and belts are used in these yoga classes to enable students to get the most out of each asana.  Students need to bring a mat, blocks, belt and blanket to each class.

If you would like to know more about Janice her website is: www.yogahighschool.com

Limited availability.


Yoga - all levels

Tutor Klara Walters-James
Thursday 09:30 - 11:00
September 28th, 11 weeks @ £88.00
January 25th, 9 weeks @ £72.00
April 29th (no classes on 21st and 28th June), 11 weeks @ £88.00
Community Room

In this restorative yoga class Klara will be teaching her students how to achieve good posture and alignment using provided yoga props. Students will be encouraged to work on strengthening their bodies and exploring and deepening their breath with all of its associated health benefits. Students need to bring a mat to each class.


Yoga Workshops

Janice and Jane are trained in the Ruth White Iyenger Karuna style of yoga, whilst Klara uses her Iyengar style practice to develop restorative yoga all three are very experienced Yoga tutors. Come along and de-stress for the weekend. Suitable for all levels (unless otherwise stated).  Students need to bring a mat and blanket to each class.


Yoga Workshop  – Nidra and Asana

Tutor Janice Hellens
Saturday 10:00 - 13:30
October 14th @ £25.00

Yoga Nidra is an age-old practice. It is said to be more effective at relieving stress than sleep. During this session, not only are we heading into deep relaxation, we are dissolving out old negative tendencies and will sow positive ideas within us to help us realise our potentials and feel more balanced in our day to day living.

It is done in Savasana or final relaxation posture and you will be guided into the relaxation, passively observing the body, using visualisations and sensations to keep the mind steady and quiet.

The session will start with a 2-hour Yoga class and conclude with Pranayama and Yoga Nidra.

Bring a cushion and blanket, as well as your regular Yoga equipment.

www.yogahighschool.com


Yoga Restorative Workshop

Tutor Janice Hellens
Saturday 10:00 - 13:30
November 18th @ £25.00

Holding the postures can be tiring, but with restorative practices we use the props to support us which means we can hold for longer.

Holding longer takes us deeper, beyond the musculature into the connective tissues and fascia.

This work is profound without pushing us to the edge of our physical limits. It also allows us more insight to what is stored within the framework of our body, and waiting long enough to allow negative habit patterns to dissolve out of the body.

Bring a cushion and blanket, as well as your regular Yoga equipment.

www.yogahighschool.com


Yoga Nidra

Tutor Janice Hellens
Saturday 14:30-16:00
November 18th @ £12.50 (or £35.00 if attending both Yoga session on this date)

Starting with some light stretches and breathing exercises and then moving on to the Yoga Nidra (YN).

During the YN you will be lying down and verbally guided through a systematic technique that can lead you into deep relaxation.

We will provide a safe quiet space where you will have the chance to disengage from your worldly cares.

The session will include time at the end where we can discuss our experience over a cup of tea and biscuits.

www.yogahighschool.com


Yoga: Back Care and Spinal Health

Tutor Klara Walters-James
Saturday 10:00-13:00
February 3rd @ £21.00

Are you tired of back pain running your life? Do you feel like you have tried a lot of treatments but nothing seems to work? At the Back Care and Spinal Health workshop, you will pick up tips, anecdotes and pieces of advice from a fellow back pain sufferer who also happens to be a yoga teacher.  We will explore some yoga poses and short sequences that may help mobilise the spine and relieve back pain. We will also focus on how to get through the day from the moment you wake up until the moment you go to sleep and how to manage back pain related challenges whether you are moving around, sitting, driving, exercising or resting.


Restorative Yoga Workshop

Tutor Klara Walters-James
Saturday 10:00-13:00
March 10th @ £21.00

Practised in a safe and supportive environment, restorative yoga is intended to heal, nurture and relax the body and mind. We will begin the workshop with a warming sequence resembling a moving, meditative sun salutation, focusing on opening the heart and deepening the breath. The slightly dynamic opening sequence will then be followed by the second half of the workshop where we explore about six to eight basic yoga poses practised in a restorative way by using props and by holding the poses for a longer time than during a typical yoga practice. It is the time for which the poses are held during the restorative yoga practice that allows the body to experience not only complete relaxation but also the effects of the poses on the musculature and, most importantly, on the connective tissue of the body. By having only a limited number of participants in the workshop, we will ensure that each participant will be given individual attention to receive maximum benefit from the restorative yoga practice. 

Class size limited to 12


Yoga For Spring

Tutor Janice Hellens
Saturday 10:00-13:30
May 19th @ £20.00
 

Springtime is a great opportunity to work with naturally arising energy to throw off any lurking stagnation from winter. Surya Namaskar is Sanskrit for Sun Salutation. It invokes warmth in the body and focuses on spinal movements of flexion and extension which lines up with endocrine/hormone function and the Chakras, a Yoga term for areas of body energy.

Spring and Easter are entwined (Oestrus – or eggs) which is governed by the hormonal systems. Many people feel uncomfortable in the transition from winter to spring, this workshop will help the body and mood by assisting this normal phase of detoxification.

If you would like to know more about Janice see her website: www.yogahighschool.com


Pilates

Pilates is named after Joseph Pilates who developed a range of mat-based exercises approximately 100 years ago. His aim was to ‘correct’ the damage done by regular sports and recreation by improving posture through enhancing the function of the central, deep stabilising muscles in the body and articulating the spine. Pilates is a system of controlled exercises that engage the mind and condition the total body. The blend of strength and flexibility training improves posture, reduces stress and creates long, lean muscles without bulking up. Pilates takes a balanced approach so that no muscle group is overworked and the body moves as an efficient, holistic system in sport and daily activity. This is a low impact form of exercise and can produce noticeable results from the very first session, including the reduction of aches and pain, alleviation of anxiety, depression and stress-related symptoms.


Mat Pilates - Mixed Ability

Tutor Gaynor Mitchell
Thursday 11:15 - 12:15
September 28th, 11 weeks @ £66.00
January 25th, 9 weeks @ £54.00
April 19th (no classes on 21st and 28th June), 11 weeks @ £66.00
Community Room

Join us for this friendly and welcoming mixed ability Pilates class. This class is aimed at those who have some knowledge of Pilates and are able to do the basics. You will learn a range of interesting and varied mat-based Pilates exercises and techniques to further your knowledge, extend your range of movement, improve balance and co-ordination, increase strength and flexibility, and improve posture, while maintaining a strong core throughout. We will make use of Pilates small equipment from time to time to add variety and fun. If you would like to know more about Gaynor her website is:

www.gaynor-the-trainer.co.uk

Limited availability.


Mat Pilates - Mixed Ability and Beginners

Tutor Gaynor Mitchell
Thursday 12:20 - 13:20
September 28th, 11 weeks @ £66.00
January 25th, 9 weeks @ £54.00
April 19th (no classes on 21st and 28th June), 11 weeks @ £66.00
Community Room

Ideal for both beginners and improvers, this is a friendly and non-competitive mat-based class aimed at increasing Pilates knowledge, learning/improving technique, with the introduction of new Pilates exercises which will increase flexibility and strength, improve posture, balance and co-ordination, and strengthen the core. You will learn how to use the specific muscles required for each movement of the body. Suitable for all, irrespective of age, gender or ability/disability. Small Pilates equipment will be used occasionally to add variety.

If you would like to know more about Gaynor her website is:

www.gaynor-the-trainer.co.uk


Pilates Workshop - The Spine and Back

Tutor Gaynor Mitchell
Saturday 14:00-16:00
November 18th @ £15.00
 

This mat-based Pilates workshop is designed to focus attention on the spine to help students understand how the spine moves, how to increase the mobility and range of movement of the spine, how to increase the strength and flexibility of the various muscles which control the spine, and how to reduce the incidence of back pain.  We will look at those mat-based Pilates exercises which allow the spine to move correctly, through forward, backward and sideways movements. We will learn how to use the correct muscles through, not only the back, but also the opposing forces at the front of the body to improve posture. Also included is a relaxation section to encourage students to relax all the muscles of the body, to release tension held within those muscles, and allow the body to return to a “neutral” position. This workshop is suitable for all – men and women of any age and ability - but especially for anyone who has had back pain in the past and would like to avoid a recurrence in the future. Please bring a Pilates/Yoga mat for this workshop.

If you would like to know more about Gaynor her website is:

www.gaynor-the-trainer.co.uk


Tai Chi Qi Gong

Tai Chi is a holistic, gentle practice of moving meditation, breathing and relaxation with many benefits including improved balance and strengthened immune system. It acts against anxiety and stress, improves clarity of mind and deep sleep, can help lower blood pressure and improve circulation, among many other benefits. Tai Chi Qi Gong is suitable for young and old, is non-impact (no jumping, and stepping is soft on knees) and looks like a slow-motion dance, bringing you a deep sense of wellbeing. During the class you will learn forms (a sequence of moves designed for particular health benefits), and you will learn relaxation practices to take home, breathing practices to improve your lung capacity and blood oxygenation, you will do some pair work to improve your stances and relaxation. Wear loose-fitting clothing for the lesson. You may wish to wear comfortable flat shoes, or socks, or practice in bare feet. You will be standing or moving for the whole lesson.

Find out more about the art and Isabelle on www.qigongoxford.co.uk


Tai Chi

Tutor Isabelle Kandler
Tuesdays 18:15-19:15
September 26th, 10 weeks @ £68.00

As well as giving all the benefits mentioned above, this term you will be working on loosening the body and making it more supple. This is useful especially during autumn when the weather gets colder and wetter.

Find out more about Isabelle on her website:

www.qigongoxford.co.uk


Tai Chi

Tutor Isabelle Kandler
Tuesdays 18:15 - 19:15
January 23rd, 9 weeks @ £61.00

As well as giving all the benefits mentioned above, this term you will be activating the kidneys, and learn one of the most soothing practices called Still Fish Dances. We will also look at sinking and rooting which help make the form most effective, and which are basic but powerful relaxation skills. Active relaxation can loosen areas of the body which have been tense for a long time.

Find out more about Isabelle on her website: www.qigongoxford.co.uk


Tai Chi

Tutor Isabelle Kandler
Tuesdays 18:15 - 19:15
April 24th, 8 weeks @ £54.50

As well as giving all the benefits mentioned above, this spring you will be working on a beautiful form called White Crane Brushes Knee. We will take a closer look at balance, at the interchange and interplay of yin and yang, and at all the directions qi (say 'chee') can move, opening and closing, rising and sinking and so on. As the days get warmer, the body can open and expand into all those directions, keeping the balance.

Find out more about Isabelle on her website: www.qigongoxford.co.uk