@ Central Baptist Church
11 week course (excluding half term) – starts Wednesday 1st May 2019
This term we will be focussing on mindfulness and its expression through the dynamic physical flow of breath linked postures.
In our yoga practice we can often use force with the body to achieve results. Instead, you will be encouraged to allow the body to open through a loving mindful attention and develop a more respectful, nurturing relationship with your body.
This doesn’t mean that you won’t be challenged within the postures! The dynamic flowing asanas with emphasis on the breath will leave you relaxed , energised and calm.
Please read the FAQ by clicking on the FAQ Tab if you have any queries, or feel free to contact me if you have a more specific query.
This course is suitable for complete beginners and for those with an established practise who want to learn gentle flowing postures, meditation and breathwork to help with stress management. You will be encouraged to listen to your body’s own natural cues, to find the balance between strength and ease within postures. As we progress you will be offered more challenging postures, always encouraged to work at your “intelligent edge” without strain.” The class begins by gently mobilising joints and muscles, building to more dynamic and longer flowing sequences. The course includes aspects of yoga philosophy, pranayama and meditation techniques for a more complete experience of the yoga path.
Am I fit enough to attend the class?
If you have any current or past health issues and are worried about your suitability for the course, I highly recommend that you ask the advice of your health professional for permission to attend a yoga class.
You will need as a minimum to be able to get up and down off the floor and kneel for short periods to join the beginners course, otherwise it is best to be taught on an individual basis.(See private tuition page on the website.)
Once you are enrolled, although you are in a class situation, the yoga practice is as individual as you are. You will be encouraged never to strain to attain a posture, or push yourself beyond what you feel capable of doing.
Each posture can be adapted to your specific needs. If you aren’t sure, ask – either during class, or in the time just before or after class.
Which level is best for me?
There is very little difference between the beginners and mixed ability classes. Both are suitable for complete beginners where you will be encouraged to work at your own pace but also once the basics are covered be offered more challenging poses to suit your level of ability.
The intermediate level is for those that have been studying yoga for a while and want to deepen their practice with more challenging flows, Pranayama and yoga philosophy.
What if I miss a class?
I am unable to refund you for missed classes either due to holidays or illness. In exceptional circumstances where you have to withdraw from the course completely, a refund may be given, if I am able to fill your place.
What do I wear?
You don’t need any special clothing! Just wear something loose fitting and stretchy so that you can move with comfort. We usually practice in bare feet.
What do I need to bring?
Please bring your own yoga mat and a blanket to snuggle under.
Can I eat before the class?
Try not to eat at least two hours before the class, if you’re desperate, a light snack (eg fruit or muesli bar) one hour before is OK.
Are there any men on the course?
Yes! Although the classes are predominantly female, I would definitely encourage men to apply.