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I teach Beginners Yoga, Vinyasa Flow and Yin Yoga classes at Yoga Ananda Holistic Centre in Reigate, Surrey. You will find a description of each class below, together with days and times. The centre has a number of different pricing options, including an introductory offer of £39 for 30 days for anyone that is new to the centre, allowing you to try a variety of different classes (not just mine!).
My classes are themed to offer a particular focus around the class, even though all the classes still provide an all round practice. The theme can sometimes be a physical aspect, for example focussing on the hips or it can have a more energetic theme, such as focussing on a particular chakra (energy centre).
These are ideal for students with little or no yoga experience, as well as for anyone who wants to go back to basics. Of the two, my Tuesday class is a little more challenging as a Vinyasa style focusses on transitions between the poses as well as the poses themselves so if anyone has some limitations in mobility such as getting from lying down, to seated, to standing, and vice versa, then Monday's class may be more suitable.
As well as my beginners classes, students new to yoga can also attend my Yin Yoga classes as they are suitable for all levels.
In this class, I introduce some of the more common yoga postures (asanas), as well as some breathing practices (pranayamas). The class finishes with Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep) and a brief period of meditation. I run through each of the poses at a steady pace giving pointers for alignment and any modifications that are required.
Vinyasa Flow Beginners
This class is a preparation for the general level Vinyasa classes. I break down either sun or moon salutations so that you can learn both the poses and how to transition safely from one to the other. I give any modifications or alternatives that may be required or prefered depending on level of experience. In addition, I also introduce more common poses and the transitions between those. Sometimes, there are also mini flows introduced which are first broken down before practicing synchronising them with the breath.
This class is suitable for total beginners and students wishing to gain the confidence to attend general level Vinyasa classes. It is also suitable for anyone who wants to go back to basics or practice a slightly slower Vinyasa style class.
General Level Classes
These are suitable for anyone with some yoga experience who has familiarity with the basic postures as well as Sun Salutations
- Tuesdays 6:15pm - 7:30pm
- Thursdays 7:30pm - 8:45pm
Vinyasa is a moving (flowing) style of yoga. The breath is used to guide the transition to the next pose. Practicing this way can be a moving meditation once you have gained experience in the practice. My Vinyasa classes are a combination of movement and stillness, incorporating sun or moon salutations as well as time in some poses to allow us to experience the poses and the breath in that pose fully. As well as the physical part of the practice, the classes incorporate a period of relaxation (yoga nidra in the evenings and guided meditation in the mornings) and pranayama. Mudras are sometimes incorporated. My longer Wednesday morning class ends with a short period of silent meditation to truly set you up for the day ahead.
- Fridays 1:15pm - 2:30pm
- Fridays 7pm - 8:15pm
Yin Yoga is the perfect practice for really connecting to the body and taking a bit of time out, just to slow down and allow yourself to be present. Nearly all the poses in Yin Yoga are floor poses and I use a variety of props to help support the body in each pose as they are each held for a few minutes at a time. The purpose of holding each pose for a length of time is to allow the tissues within the body to adjust and lengthen. For this reason, this practice is great for increasing flexibility. There is no striving in this form of yoga or trying to 'do' something; it's about allowing the body to intelligently adapt. In addition to the physical benefits of the practice, the stillness allows time to settle the mind and encourages a meditative state, promoting a sense of calm.
This class is suitable for anyone, regardless of experience. There is plenty of time for me to come round offering assistance and there are modifications to either soften or deepen the practice depending on your level of experience and how you are feeling on that particular day.