OUR CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS
Full class schedule
Masterclasses workshops and retreats
Corporate and community visits.
Our classes and workshops have been specially designed with you in mind, understanding that needs differ depending on what stage one is, in life’s journey. There is something for everyone: from babies through to those in their 90s and everyone in between; for those simply wishing to enjoy a cat stretch to those who want to relax and rest the mind; for those with physical challenges (using yoga props) to those who are too busy.
Not only have we designed a wide range of options, we also have a variety of methods of delivery – from group classes, private therapy and healing sessions to delivering classes and workshops to the businesses in the local community.
FIND THE PERFECT CLASS FOR YOU
Yoga is a scientific exploration that unites the mind body heart and spirit. Hatha yoga is one of the best-known ways to do this as start with exploring the movements of the body. As such, it refers to all physical forms of yoga, encompassing sun salutations, dynamic flow, yin yoga and many other types of physical movement. Essentially Hatha Yoga involves movement with awareness through breath, stillness in different poses, intention and affirmations, visualisation, specific life-affirming breathwork (pranayama) and relaxation.
Meditation is a way to slow the mind and find stillness and calm. The mind can be likened to a mainframe computer that never switches off, it is responsible for everything! In order to allow the mainframe to work to its optimum level, it needs to delete unwanted memory, find space for the new rest and replenish. The first stage of meditation is simply to focus the mind or concentrate.
Active flow for increased energy
An active flow (traditionally know as a vinyasa flow) is a form of Hatha yoga, where you move from one pose to the next, connecting each pose with breath. The practice can be incredibly invigorating when practised in a dynamic way or indeed very calming where the practice is slow and meditative. Either way, one is able to shift negative damaging energy and feel a vibrancy through the movement of the body.
This class is for beginners and intermediates, over the age of 12. The poses can be adapted for those with restrictive movement.
Morning Sun Salutation
The sun salutation (Surya Namaskar) is an acknowledgement that we are alive. It is a traditional active (vinyasa) flow (see Active flow)
A great way to start the morning, awakening the body and energising each major muscle in the body as well as activating the organs. We salute the morning sun with gratitude for the light and heat that it provides energy to the earth and its inhabitants. And we seek to draw upon this pranic (life) energy source through a dynamic flow for our own well-being.
It is also a great practice to prepare for meditation and for anyone over the age of 12.
Dynamic active flow for
strength and agility
Just as its name suggests, the dynamic flow is for strength, flexibility and agility.
It will be of particular benefit for those in training for all types of sports such as football, hockey, rugby, or running. The class is run with a vigorous fitness-based approach in which the muscles can be lengthened in various standing postures whilst mental strength, agility and focus is also envisioned. As with all Yogada classes, there is always some time reserved for essential relaxation.
The class is recommeneded for anyone over the age of 12, some level of fitness is recommended.
Yin yoga is a specific type of Hatha Yoga developed in the 70s. Through a slow paced practice, the deep connective tissues of the body, the ligaments, joints, bones and deep fascia networks are targeted for release and rejuvenation. During the Yin Yoga class, one can expect to place the body in a series of gentle stretch poses, staying in each for a few minutes at time, using breath to relax and thus allowing the body to move naturally in to a deeper pose without force.
Yin Yoga is ideal for rebalancing the body after participating in strength based activities or simply to relax in a slow paced class. Whislt suitable for those recovering from injury, the class is not suitable during pregancy.
Pilates was designed in the 20th century by Joseph Pilates, and was originally known as contrology. Pilates dedicated his life to improving the human body and its mechanics, decrease pain, improve posture and correct breathing, designing a workout that will strengthen the body.
Pilates main focus is to improve posture, strengthen the core, stabilise joints without stressing or overloading the body, imporove spine flexibility, mobility and relieve tension.
Pilates is suitable for any level and can be adapted to pre and post natal, beginners or intermediate levels.
Chair yoga is a modified system of yoga using a chair, as the name suggests. It is of particular benefit for the elderly, for those who lack mobility or have any type of neuro-muscular disorders.
Uniting movement with breath, the joints are taken through a range of motion, designed to improve both flexibility and strength. Stretching through almost all the body, from our head and neck down to feet and toes, moving into gentle side stretches, rotations and opening and stretching. Most of those functional movements help to maintain an independent and active life. And of course ending with the essential relaxation.
Chair yoga and falls prevention has been found to be of particular use to the elderly as well as those suffering from Parkinson’s disease or other neuro-muscular disorder.
At Yogada pregnant mums will enjoy a gently class with breathwork (pranayama), meditation, hip-openers, core and leg strength and relaxation techniques in preparation for birth.
Yoga is generally considered safe for pregnant women, however, if you have any medical conditions please consult your doctor first.
Term time only
Yogada offers a very relaxed baby yoga class where you and your baby can spend quality time with each other strengthening the bond between you, creating a sense of calmness and confidence. As baby learns much about his/her own reflexes, you can begin to stretch and strengthen your core. The class ends with enjoying a cup of tea with other likeminded parents.
The class is for parents and babies from 8 weeks (after first health check) to walking or longer (as long as baby is happy to join in).
Term Time only
Yoga can benefit children and young people in many ways. In a fun way children will develop greater levels of flexibility and stamina, increased core strength and muscle development, improved posture, balance, body awareness and motor co-ordination.
Through the practise of yoga young people will develop listening and communication skills.
All through fun, creative and interactive games that will bring yogic practises alive for children.
Term time only
Being a teenager can be stressful, to say the least, in today’s world!
Practising yoga and meditation regularly at this stage in life can help you deal with emotions, develop mind and body strength, bring about a sense of peace and calm and expand your ability to find creative solutions to everyday issues. Class structure is student led making it creative and dynamic. There is also time to meet like-minded teenagers and make friends over a warm drink.
Taijiquan has its roots in the martial arts and yet the flowing movements are relaxed and help quieten the mind. As a form of exercise, it can be gentle enough to be suitable for older adults and yet demanding enough to pose a challenge to a young athlete. you will be encouraged to exercise slowly and smoothly and build up your strength and flexibility at your own pace.
DaoYin exercises are designed to promote health and longevity. In these lovely sets of Chinese exercises, we can see a holistic approach to well-being that involves the mind, along with harmonisation of movement and breath. These can be performed in standing or seated position.
The Feldenkrais Method® is a unique practice which improves mobility through the awareness of breath.
During the class you are encouraged to become more aware of your habitual neuromuscular patterns and rigidities which allows you to expand options for new ways of moving, by increasing their sensitivity to the subtle movements of the body.
Masterclasses Workshops and Retreats
We have prepared a suit of masterclasses, workshops and retreats designed to deepen your practice; whether you are simply interested, a teacher yourself or an ardent yoga enthusiast, there will be something for everyone. These sessions are additional to the membership scheme.
The private sessions are designed and delivered bespoke to your personal needs and wishes by skilled teachers. Many people request one-to-one sessions for a number of reasons (and usually for more than one): relieving the symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression; changing habits; rebalancing the the immune systemen or digestive system; improving performance or to simply deepen your practice.With the right teacher, it is possible to achieve your desired goal and often much more. Contact us to discuss your individual sessions.
Corporate and Community visits
At Yogada, we believe that Yoga should be accessible to all and so if you are a charity or a corporate and have the right space and facilities at your place of work we can bring yoga to you for the well-being of your staff. Again, this isadditional to the membership. If you are interested, please Contact us to to discuss further.