Our Saturday morning Vinyasa Flow class is taught by Peter Ogazi. Peter has been teaching Yoga now for 10 years. The style Peter teaches is Astanga/Vinyasa while incorporating an element of martial arts. So as well as providing the traditional benefits of Yoga such as deep relaxation and a good stretch , Peters classes offer a challenging cardio vascular workout improving strength, body balance and suppleness guaranteeing the classes are both stimulating and enjoyable. This is a 90 min class.
This class is suitable for all levels and abilities, including those new to yoga.
The classes incorporate all the elements of classic yoga to assist us in our modern lifestyles and to help us benefit from the improved wellbeing, associated with the practice of yoga. The aim of the classes are to develop and improve our physical health, re-connect with our inner self and move towards the lasting inner happiness that exists within us.
These weekly classes include a variety of yoga styles and techniques to; unblock our energy channels using yoga flows, techniques to boost our energy levels, breathing and quieter practices to reduce stress, postures to increase strength and stamina, stretching to develop our physical flexibility, postures to improve our digestive health, practices for relaxation and working with the energy centres to boost our immune system.
All sessions will start with a short centering process and a relaxation at the end of the session. The sessions include classic poses and modification, yoga sequences, concentration and meditation techniques and incorporate some yoga philosophy in the theme of the session. Along with the use of breathing techniques, mudra and mantra, the classes are aimed to cover the aspects of traditional yoga practice, but which are easy and fun to include in our everyday life.
In our current lifestyles we are constantly stimulated by outside information, especially through the latest technology. The classes are structured to not only enhance our physical wellbeing, but to also help us connect to that stable and peaceful place within ourselves.
Join Chloe on Thursday evenings for a mixed level Vinyasa flow class. In this one hour class students will coordinate movement with breath, enabling them to flow from one pose to the next, and bring consciousness to both the present moment and to each individual movement. Throughout the class you can also expect to find elements of stillness where some asanas will be held for a few breaths; in this stillness Vinyasa is embodied in the continually moving beat of your heart and inhale/exhale of your breath.
This class will push you both mentally and physically as the breath initiated movements build strength, flexibility and balance, whilst also connecting every action of our lives with the intention of moving towards what is most important to us. Chloe creates a safe environment where students can move freely, feeling reconnected to themselves and empowered by their practice, whilst also being guided through the inhales and exhales additionally making this class a perfect introduction to yogic breathing.
Every Monday 545pm-645pm. Gentle Yoga is suitable for all levels including beginners to yoga. This class is based on Hatha yoga, Yin yoga and Mindfulness Meditation. You are encouraged to steady the mind through the breath and bring your awareness back into your body. The class starts with a short meditation and then carefully works through a varied sequence of Hatha yoga postures providing detailed alignment, and finishing with the stillness of yin yoga. Helping you to leave feeling calmer and centred. As the pace is slower in this class it works well if you are new to yoga, recovering from injury, pregnant, or are feeling stressed and hurried. It is a lovely restorative form of yoga. Chloe is covering this class whilst Nikki is on maternity.
This class is taught by Chloe Fisher
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Monday at 7pm and Wed at 6pm Hatha yoga benefits: a set of physical exercises (asanas) designed to align the muscles and bones and open the many energy channels of the body, especially the spine, so that energy can flow freely. Hatha yoga is intended to create a balance of strength and flexibility in the body as well as a balance of effort and surrender in each asana. A powerful tool for self-transformation, Hatha yoga requires that one pay special attention to the breath, which helps calm the fluctuations of the mind. The further benefits of hatha yoga are that the practitioner becomes more present in the unfolding of each moment, resulting in more awareness and relaxation. Hatha yoga is for beginners and the more advanced. Hatha yoga helps with body realignment, breath awareness, pranayama and balance.
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Every Tuesday at 6.15pm.
A way of movement, breath and posture derived from Ashtanga Vinyasa and Iyengar yoga.
It also has influences from far eastern yoga traditions such as Tai Chi and western medical physiotherapy.
What makes the style of movement unique is that it incorporates musculoskeletal systems and physiology as a foundation of the teaching style. It is not Synergy’s intention to create a new yoga or physical activity style, but to enhance movement applied to many disciplines improving health and longevity.
This is done through four observances:
1) Active internal movement… (ie not momentum, gravity or pulling with arms)
2) …from the base of the lumbar spine (kunda/core)
3) Natural breathing
4) Flow (moving between planes of direction, ie forward bending out of a side bend)
The classes work on a fundamental sequence which is systematically worked through. This style offers alternatives to make postures suitable for anybody (including those who practice full vinyasa), but it’s particularly beneficial to those who may otherwise have difficulty putting most of their body weight on the hands (as in a pushup for instance). Options are encouraged and the premise of the class id that you find a version of the posture that works best for your suitability each time you practice.
Each week will focus on a posture or set of vinyasas. For those with an already established yoga practice it will be beneficial to take a fresh approach on anatomy in the context of their posture and movement. For beginners its absolutely safe and effective way to increase energy instead of feeling tired or sore, and to improve flexibility without painful stretching.
Most importantly this practice leads to a very calm sense of well-being throughout and following the sessions. Aiming to establish a long running practice which is enjoyable and will lead to long term health for both physical and mental wellbeing.
The teaching style uses less words and a clicking system and gestures (a little like charades) which leads to less thinking and allows students to access that intuitive right brain. People commonly find they can overcome challenges when practicing in this way as it quietens the inner critic which is so ready when interpreting words.
It is particularly recommended for anybody who wishes to enhance their ability to gain energy from movement patterns of posture. Especially those who have attempted yoga classes in the past but fallen to the common misconception that the poses need to look particular way and ended up sore. If you have ongoing blockages of postures in your practice chances are there’s a link up elsewhere we can look at to enhance the challenging poses (often in the fundamental postures we can address this).
You don’t need to be flexible or strong to get the benefit from these classes. If you have a physical or physiological condition which you believe will prevent you from being able to participate then there is no need to count yourself out before speaking to your teacher! Due to the nature of the style being devised by physiotherapists as well as yoga teachers you will be guided in a way that will help to heal injuries that may otherwise prevent you from enjoying the practice and cultivating long term health.
This class is taught by Stefan.
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Sunrise Yoga is a class practiced early in the morning which in many yogic discipline, the morning is considered as a “divine time” and when an individual’s spiritual energy is at its peak. Clarity, creativity, and peace of mind and body are benefits of a sunrise yoga practice because of fewer distractions prior to starting your day. To achieve optimum personal results, it is recommended to practice yoga in the morning. Sunrise yoga brings your body more energy and nourishes you with a positive attitude to fully prepare for the challenges of the day ahead.
This class combines flow yoga and relaxed hatha yoga to awaken the senses and open up the energy channels in the body ready for the day ahead. This yoga class will usually start with a led meditation and then by warming up achy joints and muscles, sun salutations to invigorate, and some held postures to allow you to leave feeling calm and centered.
This class is taught by Chloe Fisher.
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