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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 Jane Earnshaw
Monday 09:40 - 11:10
September 19th, 12 weeks @ £93.50
January 9th (no class on 30th January), 11 weeks @ £85.50 - This course is currently full but reserve places are available.
*May 8th, 9 weeks @ £71.00 term
Community Room

Jane teaches an Iyengar inspired Karuna yoga class which focuses on precision and alignment of the body.  Her initial training was completed with Ruth White and then with Dr. Elena Voyce where she expanded her knowledge in therapeutically reading and understanding the body. Jane's classes are suitable for men and ladies of all ages and levels of experience. If you are not very supple and your body feels tight and inflexible then yoga is definitely for you. If you would like to know more about Jane her website is: www.firmfizzique.co.uk
Students need to bring a mat and blanket to each class.

* For one week in June we are unable to run the class because there will be exams taking place in the Community Room, at time of writing this date has not been finalised - students will be advised of the date nearer the time.


Yoga - all levels

Tutor Klara Walters-James
Monday 19:30 - 21:00
September 19th, 12 weeks @ £93.50
January 9th, 12 weeks @ £93.50
April 18th, 10 weeks @ £79.00
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. Limited availability.


Yoga - all levels

Tutor Wendy Perry
Tuesday 16:30 - 18:00
September 20th, 12 weeks @ £93.50
January 10th, 12 weeks @ £93.50
April 25th, 12 weeks @ £93.50
MEC Hall

Wendy teaches in the Hatha style of yoga. Her course is 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 21th, 12 weeks @ £93.50
January 11th, 12 weeks @ £93.50
April 26th, 12 weeks @ £93.50
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 22nd, 12 weeks @ £93.50
January 12th (no class on February 2nd), 11 weeks @ £85.80
*April 27th, 11 weeks @ £85.80
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. 

For one week in June we are unable to run the class because there will be exams taking place in the Community Room, at time of writing this date has not been finalised - students will be advised of the date nearer the time.


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  – Opening the Upper Back, Arms and Neck

(Intermediate level)

Tutor Janice Hellens
Saturday October 15th 10:00 - 13:30, @ £23.00

When tension is released from the upper body possibilities open up for us.  In terms of Yoga we can explore head and shoulder stands, handstands and arm balances.  We are always working towards aspects rather than trying to do the postures as a goal.  This workshop is suitable if you already practice Yoga. It is NOT suitable for Beginners.  Please bring your mat, belt and any blocks and bricks with you.

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


Yoga: Chakra Balancing Yoga

Tutor Jane Earnshaw
Saturday 10:00 - 13:00
November 19th, @ £20.00

Learn more about the seven chakras and how they can be balanced through specific asanas during a yoga practice. When your chakras are balanced you can experience better clarity, access power and feel more joyful, fearless and free. This short introduction to the chakras will take you on a journey through both a physical asana practice along with breath work and meditation. Along with your yoga mat please bring a cushion/pillow and a blanket/large towel as these will aid your comfort for parts of the class.

If you would like to know more about Jane see her website: www.firmfizzique.co.uk


Restorative Yoga Workshop

Tutor Klara Walters-James
Saturday 10:00-13:00
January 28th, @ £20.00

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: Exploring Yin and Yang

Tutor Jane Earnshaw
Saturday 10:00-13:30
March 4th, @ £23.00

Yin/Yang yoga allows you to explore both Yin and Yang principles through a physical yoga practice. You will experience both an uplifting, energising yoga practice alongside a more deep introspective style of yoga where mainly floor poses are held for a much longer time in a meditative way. This will allow the body to relax and stretch further in the various poses as well as time for the mind to quieten. Along with your yoga mat, please bring a couple of pillows and a blanket or large towel to the workshop as these will be used for the “Yin” part of the morning.

If you would like to know more about Jane see her website: www.firmfizzique.co.uk


Yoga for Spring

Tutor Janice Hellens
Saturday 10:00-13:30
May 20th, @ £23.00

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 - all levels

This course is currently full but reserve places are available.

Tutor Jane Earnshaw
Monday 11:15 - 12:10
September 19th, 12 weeks @ £68.40
January 9th (no class on January 30th), 11 weeks @ £62.70
*May 8th, 9 weeks @ £51.30
Community Room

Jane has been teaching Pilates for over 15 years. She completed her training with Michael King at the Pilates Institute in London. Jane attended Pilates after suffering years of lower back pain and was so pleased with the results that she then embarked on her teacher training journey. Her classes will slowly build up strength and flexibility and students will start to gain a good understanding of their body and its capability. If you would like to know more about Jane visit her website: www.firmfizzique.co.uk

*For one week in June we are unable to run the class because there will be exams taking place in the Community Room, at time of writing this date has not been finalised – students will be advised of the date nearer the time.


Mat Pilates - all levels

Tutor Gaynor Mitchell
Thursday 11:15 - 12:15
September 22nd, 12 weeks @ £68.40
January 12th, 11 weeks @ £62.70
*April 27th, 11 weeks @ £62.70
Community Room

Come along to this fun, non-competitive, enjoyable exercise class which will help to reduce the risk/incidence of back pain, injury, and difficulties associated with loss of balance or poor flexibility. This class uses traditional mat-based Pilates exercises to teach you to use the right muscle for the right task, thereby improving general body movement and reducing muscle strains associated with over-use syndrome; improve posture, balance and co-ordination; increase both flexibility and strength; and ensure that the core is engaged and drives every movement. This class is suitable for all, irrespective of age, gender, or dis/ability. This class will also make use of Pilates small equipment to increase the variety of exercises offered.

www.gaynor-the-trainer.co.uk

*For one week in June we are unable to run the class because there will be exams taking place in the Community Room, at time of writing this date has not been finalised – students will be advised of the date nearer the time.


Pilates Blitz “Lunchtime Special” – all levels

Tutor Gaynor Mitchell
Thursday 12:35-13:05 NB The start time of this course has been changed by 5 minutes from what is shown in the brochure.
September 22nd, 12 weeks @ £40.00
January 12th (no class on February 2nd), 11 weeks @ £36.70
*April 27th, 11 weeks @ £36.70

An exciting, new class which will easily fit into a lunch hour. This 30-minute mat-based Pilates class will give students an opportunity to participate in a shortened version of a standard class. Students will learn all the same techniques and exercises to improve posture, core strength and control, increase flexibility and muscular action, and learn how to use the right muscles to move the body safely to reduce injury and pain, and still give students enough time to get back to work.

www.gaynor-the-trainer.co.uk

*For one week in June we are unable to run the class because there will be exams taking place in the Community Room, at time of writing this date has not been finalised – students will be advised of the date nearer the time.


Pilates: An Introduction Workshop

Tutor Jane Earnshaw
Saturday 14:00-16:00
October 15th, @ £13.50 per session

If you want to develop core and back strength and flexibility, Pilates is the perfect activity to get involved in.  Pilates is a system of slow flowing and precise movements and works by developing and integrating our awareness of our bodies, or core strength and our mobility.  This workshop will allow you to explore and have an understanding of this discipline from a beginners’ perspective.

If you would like to know more about Jane see her website: www.firmfizzique.co.uk


Pilates with Balls and Bands Workshop

Tutor Jane Earnshaw
Saturday 14:00-16:00
March 4th, @ £13.50 per session

This workshop will explore the use of small balls and bands to further develop core and back strength and flexibility.  The ball is beneficial for pelvic floor exercises and is also helpful for relaxation.  The bands help to provide resistance aiding control and precision and are also used to aid stretching exercises.  This workshop is not suitable for complete Beginners you need to have completed at least 10 hours of Pilates previously to attend.

If you would like to know more about Jane see her website: www.firmfizzique.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
Tuesday 18:15-19:15
September 27th, 10 weeks @ £65.00

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. The form based on the movements of the monkey, called Monkey Walks Circle, will also help circulate blood and qi around the body when stagnation becomes a problem.

Find out more about Isabelle on her website:

www.qigongoxford.co.uk


Tai Chi

Tutor Isabelle Kandler
Tuesday 18:15 - 19:15
January 17th, 10 weeks @ £65.00

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
Tuesday 18:15 - 19:15
April 25th, 8 weeks @ £52.00

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