New Classes 2018/19:
Teachers and Classes
Monday Evening Classes
Tuesday Evening Classes
Hatha Flow Yoga with Alex
In Alex’s classes, the asana practice varies every week and offers a full body workout, promoting strength, flexibility and ease of movement in all the joints. Each posture is offered at different levels so students can work at the correct level for their body. After class students feel energized, de-stressed, physically toned and stretched and emotionally re-newed.
Alex first came to love yoga through a weekly Sunday morning class at a leisure centre in North London around about 2000. At the time she was working very hard to build a career in TV and yoga was the perfect antidote – a relaxing space where she could relax, stretch out and re-connect. She began to try lots of different classes around London- Jiva Mukti, Yogamonks, Scaravelli and Vinyasa Flow.
In 2009/10 Alex completed the British Wheel of Yoga foundation course, which is an in-depth look at yoga as a whole, not just asana practice. The next year she signed up for the British Wheel of Yoga Diploma Course in Teaching Yoga. Still in search of the perfect style, she learnt that one of the joys of yoga is that it is adaptable to each body, mind and each day and you have to listen to your body and find your own path. The style Alex teaches is based on traditional Hatha yoga and blends many of the styles she has learnt over the years – flowing sequences, working with the body and breath, and incorporating the wisdom of the original yogis.
Wednesday Lunchtime Classes
Recentre Yoga Flow with Rosie
Our Recentre Yoga Flow class provides a mindful pause in a busy day, focusing on simple stretches and centring breath work. It is suitable for all levels.
Rosie first encountered yoga during breath and movement classes whilst at drama school 1998-2000. Rosie enjoyed a career as an actor for many years. Her life changed with motherhood and yoga soon returned after. Rosie's approach to teaching yoga is an adaptive one. The type of yoga class offered depends on the needs of the students in that particular class. She feels it is particularly important to cater towards all abilities; she believes that those who think they 'can't do yoga' are the ones who would benefit the most. Students are encouraged with kindness and respect. Attention is given to pranayama breath work as well as to breaking down poses and increasing strength, flexibility and stamina in an appropriate way. Introduction to yogic philosophy is also included. Rosie considers herself to be a yogic guide; ultimately, yoga is a personal practice where students are encouraged to take control of what they are and are not prepared to do in class. Options are offered for different needs. Alignment and safety are priorities. Rosie's personal practice gears towards a dynamic element.
Thursday Evening Classes
Yoga with Paulina
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What is Yoga about?
Yoga in Sanskrit means unity, a harmony between the body and the mind.
Practising postures and breathing exercises not only provides immense physical benefit but also allows you to tune your mind, improve concentration and reduce stress. Put simply, yoga makes you happy!
Derived from hatha yoga, Vinyasa yoga differs in some important ways from its predecessor. Vinyassa yoga is often faster paced, and the assanas (postures) are linked together in a series of movements that are synchronized with the breath. Much emphasis is placed on the breath and the transition in and out of the assanas. Generally speaking, upward movements correlate with inhalations of the breath, and downward movements with exhalations.
The continual movements, from one pose to another, gives you an added cardiovascular benefit, which more traditional forms of yoga do not have. The routine practice of vinyasa yoga can increase muscle strength, endurance and flexibility, and reduce levels of stress.
Focusses on more static positions to help improve flexibility in the spine primarily. A lot of asanas work on strengthening the core. The class works with the energy of the students and so is tailored to what you need at that particular moment- whether it's something energetic and adventurous or something more meditative.
Focussing on the 5 points of yoga:
- Proper Exercise (Asanas) - Yoga poses help develop a strong, healthy body by enhancing flexibility and improving circulation.
- Proper Breathing (Pranayama) - Deep, conscious breathing reduces stress and many diseases.
- Proper Relaxation - Helps keep the body from going into overload mode, easing worry and fatigue.
- Proper Diet - Eating simple, healthy and vegetarian foods that are easy to digest notably have a positive effect on the mind and body, as well as the environment and other living beings.
- Positive Thinking (Vedanta) and Meditation (Dhyana) - These are the true keys to achieving peace of mind and eliminating negativity in our lives.
Who can join?
Classes are open to all abilities, with variations provided as appropriate. We advise a weekly yoga practice in order to gain maximum benefit.
NHS staff, university staff and students are welcome to join us at classes.
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What to bring:
We provide all equipment, but please do bring your own yoga mat if you have one. Come in something comfortable that you can move easily in. Make sure you have something warm for relaxation (a jumper or a blanket).
Before the class:
It is advised not to eat for 2 hours before an asana class. Keep hydrated both before and after the class.
Tickets and membership:
If you are not already a memmber of the society, you will also be asked to pay a £3.00 membership fee to join the society. This is an annual, one off fee that can be paid online or at class and help to contribute towards funds for equipment and socials.
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