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Yoga for Blokes

Last Friday of the Month
31st January | 28th February | 27th March | 24th April
7 – 8:30pm | £40 for the series – or – £15 per class (booking essential)
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With Chloe McKay

Chloe will guide you through vigorous and restful sequences aimed at encouraging integration and mobility in order to relieve tight muscles from cycling, football, running, climbing, or just from sitting at a desk. This is an accessible introduction to yoga and you will learn key postures and techniques for better health and mental equilibrium.

“It was with great trepidation that I signed up to a yoga class. I have been practicing tai chi on and off for 20 years but, as with a lot of things as you get older, my knees were finding it tough. Plus I had reached a point where I needed to find that quiet space inside. What with a hectic job and two small kids, I was in dire need of some ‘me time’.

My wife handed me a flyer for Yoga for Blokes and it piqued my interest. I had been thinking about a yoga class but had no idea where to start. I felt this workshop could provide the ideal opportunity to ‘dip the toe’ and I would be with other blokes, so the potential embarrassment levels could be greatly reduced!

The evening (Friday) arrived and it was welcome. I had had a tough meeting in the midlands and it had taken nearly five hours to get home, so I was tired and stressed. Also apprehensive about what to expect but excited to try something new.

I arrived and was met by Chloe McKay, the teacher, at the door. Instantly, I was reassured with a smile and advice on where to go, what to do with my coat and shoes. Now feeling more relaxed I made my way upstairs to the studio. The mats were already laid out and I sat down. Now some of the apprehension returned. Thoughts, like “what do I do if I have to put my leg behind my head?” “What if I trump??” “Could I sneak out if it’s going badly?” Etc, etc…

I didn’t need to worry, Chloe instantly calmed my thoughts, with her gentle words and instructions. The session was run at an easy pace, where you could practice the posture and not feel like an uncoordinated baby giraffe. Chloe would approach and ask if it was ok to help you into a position or offer advice. For me, I now felt like this was something achievable. Something not too daunting. Something that I wouldn’t embarrass myself with, which is pretty important!!

I was really enjoying it but, as they say, all good things have to end and it did with the relaxation section. Wow! This just rounded out the session. I felt so calm and relaxed… and happy too! I was over the moon that I had had such a great experience.”
-Stuart Green

 

Gratitude for Life Yoga Nidra Sound Bath Journey with Emma Leaf

Friday 7th February | 7 – 8:30pm | £15 |FULLY BOOKED (contact the front desk to be added to our waitlist)

A very special evening of Yoga Nidra and Sound Healing, to plant seeds of intention with gratitude for the Spring season ahead.

This is always such a love-filled night of connection for ourselves and connection with our community, to shine out our light to our hearts and the whole world.

Give yourself the pure treat of deep rest, nourishing healing, recharging, and wellbeing throughout 2020.

We begin with breathwork to clear any old stagnant energy, reset and recharge your whole self. Then we plant seeds of intention by creating your own personal sankalpa (intention).

Then Yoga Nidra enables you to relax fully and consciously in a short period of time. It will leave you fully rested, rejuvenated, calm and free of stress.

And finally, experience a deeply relaxing, fully immersive sound bath with healing tones, vibrations and sensations. Emma plays a fascinating mixture of crystal singing bowls, gongs, chimes, shamanic instruments and drums.

“Emma’s sound baths are very healing, allowing you to go even deeper into your Nidra meditation practice as a fully felt experience. You relax at a profound level, your body finds a natural balance while creating space for insights and exploration.”

All mats, blankets and props are provided although you are most welcome to bring your own if you like.

Please book in advance as spaces limited.

We will also enjoy a chocolate (vegan) meditation at the end to ground and integrate your practice

 

Energising Vinyasa Flow

Sundays Starting 9th February | 6 – 7:15pm | £68 for 8 weeks | Fully Booked (contact the front desk to be added to our waitlist)

Zoe will guide you through a creative, flowing Asana sequence aimed at building strength and stability, aligning movement with breath.

An ideal class for improvers, this class is taught to music and will work through breath awareness, limbering the body and working towards a dynamic asana sequence which you can explore at your own level in a nurturing and playful environment. The class will finish with a short meditation leaving you rejuvenated, peaceful and inspired.

 

Acroyoga with Dora Rubinstein

Starting Tuesday 25th February | 7:30 – 9pm | £60 for 4 weeks | BOOK NOW

This 4-week course will train you in the basics of the fabulous art of Acroyoga. Whether a complete beginner or a more experienced student, this course offers something fun for every level in both L-basing and standing acroyoga sequences, as well as Thai massage and partner yoga.

Acroyoga is not only amazing fun but also a brilliant way to take yoga off the mat and be mindful in your communication with others. Finding peace within your mini-community in class will help you to find peace within your wider community.
Suitable for everyone, whether flying solo or bringing a friend along. The only pre-requisites are that you’re happy to physically connect with others and that you come with an open mind ready to surprise yourself!

Beginners Courses

Mondays Beginners Level 1: 24th February – 30th March | 7.45-9.00pm | £51 | BOOK NOW
Thursdays Beginners Level 1: 27th February – 2nd April | 6.00-7.15pm |  £51 | BOOK NOW

We might try yoga for many reasons: to cure a bad back, to manage our stress, to heal a broken heart, to inspire our running, or simply because we’ve heard it’s good for us. Yoga can fulfil all these promises and more because its fundamental premise is that we all possess the potential for a happy, harmonious and healthy life. Yoga is an intelligent, multi-dimensional body-based practice which improves our strength and flexibility, our digestion and circulation, and our endocrine and immune systems. It has a direct impact on our breathing and nervous system, stimulating the relaxation response, and its focus on mindful attention to our inner landscape of thoughts and emotions leads to psychological wellbeing.

Our beginners’ courses will get you started in a flow style of yoga. You’ll gain confidence in basic postures, sun salutations, breathwork, deep relaxation and mindfulness. Suitable for all, regardless of age, fitness and flexibility. Come and try!

If you are new to yoga we recommend a beginners course, or come and try one of our regular ‘All Levels’ classes.

 

Beginners Level 2 Course

Wednesdays 26th February – 1st April | 7:45 – 9pm | £51 | BOOK NOW

This course is for those of you who have done our beginners course and want to explore postures, breathwork and mindfulness a little deeper, or for anyone who’s done yoga in the past, feels a bit rusty and wants to get back into it. The course is a great stepping stone into our Level 2 classes. Expect more alignment instructions, slightly more ‘strong’ stuff, perhaps some Yin Yoga and a wonderful restorative relaxation.

Sunrise Yoga

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays starting 2nd March | 7 – 8am | £100 for 13 sessions | BOOK NOW

A whole month of early morning yoga, 3 times a week with 3 of our best-loved teachers – Chloe, Sophie and Zoe.

You’ll be amazed at what regular early morning practice will do for you – this REALLY will keep you energised and balanced for the whole month. Starting the day with yoga influences how we feel mentally and physically, helping us feel grounded and open all day. You’ll be guided through a one-hour dynamic flow helping to awaken your body, focus your mind and open your heart. We strongly encourage you to keep with the course, but we do offer the chance for you to make-up a couple of missed mornings by coming to one of our regular drop-in classes (EXCEPT Saturday 9am Dynamic Flow and Thursday 7:45pm Vinyasa Flow). No refunds – commit to the whole month! Not suitable for complete beginners.

Birth Prep

Sunday 15th March | 9:30am – 4pm | £65 | BOOK NOW

This class is suitable for couples who want to birth their babies naturally, whether in hospital, at a midwife-led birth centre, or at home. Run by the wonderful Sophie Carr, yoga teacher and doula. “It was absolutely essential, miles better than the NCT and hospital preparation classes – fantastic, thank you.”

Once you have booked this course, please also email Sophie: info@yogaco.co.uk giving both of your names, your due date, and your phone number.

If your partner can’t attend the day, you are welcome to bring someone else with you (mum, friend, doula) – or just come on your own.

We will contact you again nearer the time with more details of the day.

If your baby comes early and you are unable to attend, we will do our best to fill your place. If we can’t, we can give you a £20 refund. Please note there are no refunds for no-shows.

 

Core, Pelvic Floor and More

Saturday 4th April | 1 – 5pm | £75 | BOOK NOW

With Louisa Thomas

This practical, movement-focused workshop will offer a full-body and holistic approach to healing core issues. Looking at core and pelvic floor health as a whole-body issue – rather than something to be spot-treated – we will explore a range of tools, movements, breathing practices and techniques to build core strength, improve pelvic floor integrity and correct posture. If you are post-natal (even many years), have back pain, or are struggling with an issue such as diastasis recti (abdominal separation), prolapse, incontinence or pelvic girdle pain, this workshop is a must.

During the workshop we will:

– Practice rehabilitation-focused movement to address muscular imbalances that can affect the core’s ability to function well;

– Explore the fundamentals of healthy alignment, and why certain lifestyle choices may compromising the core;

– Learn how the breath can help (or hinder) the core’s ability to function optimally;

– Discover why isolated pelvic floor exercises such as Kegels may be more harmful than helpful;

– Learn how to integrate core and pelvic floor exercises into everyday movement, and how to modify or troubleshoot movements in other settings – such as a yoga class – to ensure your core is working optimally;

– Look at a range of ways to activate the deep abdominal muscles, not just abs, without compromising breath, range of movement or alignment – and find out when it’s best to let it all hang out;

The workshop will provide a safe and informative space to share, enquire and explore a range of tools for core healing. Following the workshop participants will be given homework videos to follow, to keep up the good work.

Louisa Thomas is a long-time yoga and Pilates teacher, mum of 3, and self-confessed movement geek. After the birth of her 2nd child, Louisa discovered she had a severe diastasis recti. After being told surgery was her only option for healing, Louisa set out to heal her core naturally and holistically. This led her to Restore Your Core, an online core rehabilitation programme followed by thousands of women worldwide. In 2017 Louisa became just one of 10 people in the world certified to teach RYC. In 2018 she trained in the Hypopressives method, a system of exercises clinically proven to improve symptoms of prolapse and pelvic floor dysfunction. In 2019 Louisa was appointed Director of Education for the RYC brand and oversees teacher education and development worldwide.

After having 3 children in less than 4 years Louisa was able to rebuild core strength and function, heal her diastasis and improve whole-body alignment through a full-body approach to core wellness. She is passionate about educating and empowering others to do the same.

Energising Vinyasa Flow

Sundays Starting 19th April  | 6 – 7:15pm | £51 for 6 weeks | BOOK NOW

Zoe will guide you through a creative, flowing Asana sequence aimed at building strength and stability, aligning movement with breath.

An ideal class for improvers, this class is taught to music and will work through breath awareness, limbering the body and working towards a dynamic asana sequence which you can explore at your own level in a nurturing and playful environment. The class will finish with a short meditation leaving you rejuvenated, peaceful and inspired.

 

Energising Vinyasa Flow

Sundays Starting 31st May  | 6 – 7:15pm | £51 for 6 weeks | BOOK NOW

Zoe will guide you through a creative, flowing Asana sequence aimed at building strength and stability, aligning movement with breath.

An ideal class for improvers, this class is taught to music and will work through breath awareness, limbering the body and working towards a dynamic asana sequence which you can explore at your own level in a nurturing and playful environment. The class will finish with a short meditation leaving you rejuvenated, peaceful and inspired.

 

Birth Prep

Sunday 12th July | 9:30am – 4pm | £65 | BOOK NOW

This class is suitable for couples who want to birth their babies naturally, whether in hospital, at a midwife-led birth centre, or at home. Run by the wonderful Sophie Carr, yoga teacher and doula. “It was absolutely essential, miles better than the NCT and hospital preparation classes – fantastic, thank you.”

Once you have booked this course, please also email Sophie: info@yogaco.co.uk giving both of your names, your due date, and your phone number.

If your partner can’t attend the day, you are welcome to bring someone else with you (mum, friend, doula) – or just come on your own.

We will contact you again nearer the time with more details of the day.

If your baby comes early and you are unable to attend, we will do our best to fill your place. If we can’t, we can give you a £20 refund. Please note there are no refunds for no-shows.

 

Further information:

Birth Prep

‘It was absolutely essential, miles better than the NCT and hospital preparation classes – fantastic, thank you.’

Stay in control of your birth. Birthing women know what is right for them. They instinctively know who they want with them, where they want to birth, and how. If this is respected, birth is empowering and pleasurable. But the power of birth is often unconsciously surrendered to others which can lead to complicated birth experiences. We learn how to stay in control while letting our body do its job of birthing.

The characteristics of a natural birth. Hormones play an essential role in childbirth, stimulating the uterus to contract and natural painkillers to be released. In order for the efficient and sustained production of these hormones, a woman needs space to move, darkness and privacy. To birth naturally, she needs to be undisturbed, instinctive, and feel safe and protected. Given the right conditions, only one in ten births will be
complicated. We discuss ways of achieving the environment essential for a normal birth in hospital, at a midwife-led birth unit, and at home. We concentrate on the need to trust the process of birth (whether short or very long) and avoid unnecessary interventions.
Active birth. We discuss the benefits of an upright, active birth. We look at positions for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd stages of labour, how to support the birthing mother, and note how our own conditioning can inhibit our trust in our bodies. Women’s bodies are designed to give birth, but fear is a major inhibitor of the birthing hormones—so how can we integrate that knowledge so we are not afraid?
Mindfulness, breathing and relaxation. Yoga breathing is the essential tool for childbirth. We look at how useful it is for dealing with the pain of contractions, and how mindfulness reduces feelings of anxiety and fear. We learn how the birth partner can help the mother stay steady and strong during even the lengthiest labour.
Getting the best from the NHS. We have many choices in birth, many more than we think. We discuss your birth preferences and how to have the birth you want while being supported by the NHS. We also discuss other care providers and the role of doulas.
‘My partner felt for the first time that he had an important role to play and felt very positive after the day. An excellent and informative class – it left us both enthusiastic and inspired.’
‘Empowering! Sophie and Alison have a gift for getting the partners involved. The best preparation, both physically and psychologically, we have had.’

“The class was really engaging and Howard appreciated the ‘man time’ chat and how involved he felt in the session. We both got a lot out of it and it was very helpful indeed.”

Home Birth Support Group

Meeting on the first Sunday every month  10.30am – 12.30pm

For Couples, Doulas, Midwives – payment by donation (£3-£5) to cover costs, more information here