This class is suitable for enthusiastic beginners with a good level of fitness and individuals who already have some experience of yoga and/or have already attended the Yoga (Holistic) - Mixed Ability class at Hills Road and are looking to develop their practice further.
This class will build on the classic yoga poses (asana) which combine strength, balance and flexibility. Students will be introduced to variations of these poses in a fun exploratory way. By approaching familiar poses from a different angle and by exploring more demanding postures this class will offer students challenge and variety.
Modifications and progressions will be offered throughout the class to ensure each student is practising at a level they are comfortable with (a short medical and lifestyle questionnaire is given prior to the first class).The atmosphere in class is very much inclusive and non-competitive allowing students the opportunity to practise mindfully, developing body awareness and challenging themselves accordingly.
The focus on breath awareness is integral to yoga and will be a key component of each class. Students will be introduced to different pranayama and breath awareness techniques which focus on calming and centring the brain and body. Each session will end with a period of relaxation.
Mats are provided but feel free to bring your own if you have one. Please dress in comfortable clothing that does not restrict movement. It is recommended that you do not eat heavily in the two hours before class. You may wish to bring a bottle of water with you and a warm layer or blanket for the relaxation.
Helen Craig is an experienced and approachable teacher who is enthusiastic about the enjoyment and progress of her students. She trained with the British Wheel of Yoga and has an interest in good alignment and providing a rounded class. Each session will include warm ups, breathing exercises, postures and their modifications and relaxation, and will reflect all aspects of yoga. Yoga is a living tradition and so the ancient practice and philosophy includes influences from modern practitioners too. The class assumes some experience of yoga, and she is looking forward to working with whatever level each of you is at.