The prospect of joining a yoga class for the first time can be quite daunting. Here we will try to answer some common questions and put right some common misconceptions.
There is no need to book a place in advance. We have quite a large hall and we’ll always find a space for you. There are also no rules about how often you should come. You will benefit most from a regular practice. Once a week to begin with is fine. When you are inspired by your journey into yoga, you may want to do more. We have vouchers for 4 classes within one month that give you a small discount to help your commitment.
You don’t have to be flexible to practice yoga. Flexibility, strength and balance are by-products of a process that gets your mind and body working together. Once you are in touch with how you are already, you can begin to release the resistance to becoming your best potential. Yoga is not ‘laying about, chanting’. While one of the most important aspects of yoga is to learn to relax, it can also be quite vigorous. At The Yoga Hall we practice intuitively – it’s a new adventure every time.
We have mats at The Yoga Hall so there is no need to bring your own, although you are welcome to do so if you prefer. We also have cushions for support if you need them. There is no other equipment necessary to practice yoga.
Most other people in the class are beginners too, so you will be in good company.
Enjoy a new experience and try a class.
The Open classes are intended for people who already have some Yoga experience.
The main point of a Beginners Class is to get used to how to practice Yoga. By the time you are ready for an Open Class, you already know that Yoga is not a competition or a performance. You’ll be able to approach your ‘edges’ with interest and without straining or collapse. You will be comfortable not doing anything you feel is inappropriate for you, without feeling inadequate. You will also be prepared to try something new. You will have at least a basic understanding of Yoga asanas (postures), Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation), Breath awareness (Pranayama) and Meditation.
Our Open classes draw on many styles of Yoga including Hatha, Kundalini, Ashtanga and Iyengar Yoga.
Kundalini Yoga is a transformative practice that moves us energetically to greater awareness.
It brings a positive realisation in a short time. It is designed to give you an awareness of your soul.
Breath, mudra, eye-focus, mantra, body locks, and postures are precisely combined to strengthen the
nervous system, balance the glandular system, expand lung capacity, purify the blood and develop intuition.
It brings balance to the body, mind, and soul.
Kundalini Yoga is for householders, for people who have to cope with the daily challenges and stresses
of holding jobs, raising families, and managing businesses. It is a path for everyone who wants
the skills to cope successfully with the challenges of our times.
Iyengar Yoga is for everyone. No one is too old or too stiff, too fat or thin or tired. Our Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher can guide students of all ages and physical conditions to an experience of yoga, which is safe, accessible and rewarding. Classic asanas (yoga postures) are modified for individual students with the use of props — such as blocks, blankets and belts. Props allow for a deeper penetration into the posture, as well as a longer stay.
Iyengar Yoga teachers use their knowledge of the asanas to individualize corrections and devise sequences of poses for each student. Students know they are observed and, if necessary, adjusted. Clear demonstrations of the posture and specific teaching points build skill and understanding and awaken the body’s natural intelligence.
Students of Iyengar Yoga begin with elementary postures, with an emphasis on the standing asanas. In time, other postures are added, including forward bends and back bends, twists, inversions, restorative poses and pranayama (breath control). Salamba Sarvangasana (Shoulder Balance) is introduced as soon as students are ready because of its many therapeutic benefits. Each class ends with Savasana, corpse pose or deep relaxation. Students learn to rest in a profound way, completely releasing the body while drawing the mind towards the peace within.
Yoga Nidra is a path that takes us back to our own hearts. It is a guided process for entering into an effortless state of being where the mind drops away. Although Yoga Nidra is often described as ‘effortless sleep’, paradoxically it is more about awakening.
In Yoga Nidra, the body does not move. As you drop into stillness your physical body actually falls asleep, while your mind stays alert. Yoga Nidra will meet you wherever you are. It is an excellent stress reliever and helps with insomnia, anxiety, depression and pain management. It can be used as a tool to make space for creativity to emerge. Yoga Nidra is also a form of self-enquiry; it is a direct experience that helps us to come to our own knowing.
We will usually begin with a combination of energy releasing sequences, joint freeing movement, breath work, sound and mudra. The session will include either one long or two short Yoga Nidras.
Restorative Yoga is the use of props to support the body in positions of ease to facilitate deep relaxation and health. We work very hard in our lives, and while we may sleep, we rarely taken time to rest. Restorative Yoga poses help us learn to relax and rest deeply and completely and involve ‘opening’ rather than ‘stretching’. The session will include long relaxed poses of up to 10-20 minutes; life shifts when we become present. Restorative Yoga is in the learning to be ‘here’ and ‘now’ and at ease with introspection.
Restorative Yoga is good for everyone, including people who have little or no experience of Yoga, pregnant and postpartum women.
Restorative Yoga poses help relieve the effects of chronic stress. Each restorative sequence is designed to move the spine in all directions; Yoga tells us that well-being is enhanced by a healthy spine. All restorative sequences include an inverted pose, which reverses the effects of gravity, returning fluids to the upper body and enhancing heart function. Restorative Yoga stimulates and soothes the organs. Restorative Yoga balances prana (upwards energy) and apana (downwards energy) making sure you are neither overstimulated nor depleted.
Please call Laura for more information and to book on 07974 653661.
Yoga is an ageless pathway to personal health and awareness of our own place of inner harmony and balance. A consistent yoga practice can create miracles of healing of our bodies and minds.
Yoga works. It has been clinically shown to lower blood pressure, increase circulation, build muscle tissue, increase flexibility, relieve stress and stress-related symptoms, and strengthen the respiratory system. Other benefits include relief from symptoms of menopause, counteracting osteoporosis, cleansing of internal organs, energizing the nervous system, balancing out the digestive system and relief from headaches and lower back pain.
Yoga benefits the body, mind and soul. The choice to enjoy those benefits is yours.
One of the most popular styles of Yoga in the world today, Ashtanga Yoga, was originally formulated for teenagers. You will learn to put yourself into some quite amazing positions, at the same time improving your ability to relax and de-stress from full on learning at school. Yoga teaches us to be present and in touch with our natural selves. Then what comes easily to us, our talent, what we are best designed to be, is brought forward. We can trust our own feelings, be connected to the real world around us and yet be completely original.
Yoga for kids is split into two age groups. Each class will typically include; calming yoga exercises to help develop focus and concentration, movements designed to energise children and address frustrations, singing to assist with memory development and techniques to relax a child’s mind, enabling them to become more settled and calm.
Please call Heidi for more information and to book on 01582 765626.
It doesn’t matter if you have no previous experience with either meditation/yoga or mudras.
We usually do a mixture of very simple asanas, meditations, visualisations and Mudras – each Mudra is held for 5 to 10 minutes.
The importance of Mudras (hand positions) is common in spiritual and healing arts traditions throughout the world. We use Mudras from the Hatha, Kundalini and Buddhist traditions in the classes. Mudras increase the flow of energy in the body, deepen meditation practice and facilitate the journey within – they can improve mood, sleep patterns, reduce stress & anxiety, and improve overall health & well being. Many Mudras relate to the Chakra system and therefore can facilitate the release of unhelpful behaviour patterns. The hands themselves relate first and foremost to the Heart Chakra and regular Mudra practice enable us to expand our Heart’s energy and connect more fully with the all that is. Mudras are a great way to relax the body, calm the mind and learn how to be present and can be practiced throughout our lives regardless of age or flexibility.
Please call Rebecca for more information and to book on 07738 974708.
Nia technique is an alternative mindful movement to music technique, combining dance arts, martial arts and the healing arts. Using three levels of intensity it promotes fitness, strength, flexibility , creativity and emotional well being. The technique is based on western as well as eastern philosophies and movement qualities. Nia is open to all levels as everyone works to their own capabilities. The essence is joy of movement!
For more information call Dorit on 07746 147345.