Yoga You Sanctuary Online Zoom Classes
My Online classes are conducted using the Zoom platform, which is extremely user friendly, allowing you to join or continue a great way to continue a yoga practice in the comfort of your own home.
A few things to consider before the class starts:-
1) Ensure you have everything ready before class starts – yoga mat, block, blanket, yoga belt and anything else that may help you like cushions or a chair. You may chose to light a candle and ensure the room is quiet, draft free and warm.
2) Login to Zoom up to 15 minutes before class starts where I can welcome you and you may wish to chat with other students. Please make sure that your devices are working and are fully charged. I prefer to keep my device plugged into the charger for the duration of class.
3) Switch your landline and any other wifi devices off to maximise your broadband capacity and make sure that the room you have chosen has good wi-fi reception.
4) Only practice to a level that feels comfortable for you or perhaps try any suggested modification and feel free to contact me prior to the session with any health concerns you may have.
5) All New Students must complete the Health Questionnaire before joining the class .
6) All Students new and old should have a duty of care to themselves, and familiarise themselves with the disclaimer below, also shown on the health questionnaire and mentioned at the start of each class.
7) I won’t be using any of my usual background music whilst teaching as it causes reverb but once the class has started students are all on mute you can play your own background music if you want .
8) Each Class will be recorded showing only myself as the teacher. The class recordings link will be available free of charge to anyone who has paid but missed class- just let me know if it is required.
9) Please come with a smile and an open heart- the feedback over the first month of zoom classes has been very positive and is the next best thing until we can resume our face to face teaching.
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Due to the nature of online teaching, it is impossible for the teacher to see everyone in the class all of the time, therefore Ann cannot accept any responsibility or be held responsible, for anything that you choose to do with your body in the comfort of your own home.
you are entering into a contract whereby you agree to take full responsibility for yourself during your participation in all online classes. Yoga is a method of self enquiry in which the responsibility lies firmly with the practitioner to ascertain what they should or should not be doing by paying close attention to how they feel.
You are strongly advised to listen to your body, to rest whenever your breathing feels laboured, or you feel tired, and to let Ann know if you have any medical issues either by email well before each class, or by using the chat facility in the online meeting space 10 minutes before the class starts.
Prompt entry to online waiting room before class is strongly advised so the class can begin on time. Ann cannot be held responsible for any failure on behalf of any internet providers.
(I’m sorry about the official nature of the above disclaimer, but it is an essential requirement of our insurance, and its also important because online teaching is different from face to face teaching. The yoga classes Ann teaches are relatively gentle, so as long as you pay attention to what is happening in your body during the class, the chances of anything going wrong are really tiny ! But please do ask if you have any queries).
About General Hatha Yoga Classes
Traditional Hatha Yoga Practice is modified according to need, keeping you strong and healthy on all levels of being. A different variety of postures (asanas) will be undertaken each week, and comprise movements that are designed to fully stretch the body, and include some basic postures that must be worked upon regularly, plus other postures that will be used more intermittently to help increase mobility, suppleness, strength, stamina, flexibility, balance, co-ordination and generally improve your well being. Commencing with a warming up session to stretch and energise the whole body, bending the spine forward, backwards, laterally and rotational, the postures also invert the body and work on the eyes, the head and the neck.
Moving onto ASANAS…. This sequence can be adapted to suit individual needs and abilities; familiarity with such can help form the basis of personal practice, development and evaluation. Students are encouraged to work within their own personal limitations without forcing or straining and are also asked to work sensitively, feeling their way and gradually building up a greater self awareness, thereby avoiding over exertion or injury.
Breathing Work – Known as PRANAYAMA exercises. Students are asked to develop a conscious awareness of their breathing and its importance in de-toxifying the whole body, improving digestive processes, calming the emotions, steadying the action of the heart and slowing down the mind. These techniques are introduced at various points throughout the session and you may be asked to observe, slow, count or balance the breath during asanas and meditation/relaxation.
Relaxation, Concentration and Meditation – In either seated or lying down positions, students are helped to identify levels of tension within their bodies and to contrast it with the feeling of relaxation or ‘letting go’; some of this work is encompassed in the asana period. After relaxation the student then gradually progresses to concentration turning the attention inwards so that the mind and body are stilled and quiet, before moving onwards to meditation, where guidance is given to become more self aware using creative imagination and the senses.
Philosophy of Yoga – This is, in part, incorporated into the various components of class, and occasionally a short talk may be given to provide some insight into the background of yoga and related issues. ————————————————————————————————————
About Gentle Flow Yoga– (usually THURSDAY 10.30am to 11.30am)
currently on hold until live classes can resume post C19 –
advice to follow in due course.
Focus on breathing and meditation – Suitable for those requiring a softer practice, or for people with limited mobility, or wishing to work in chairs. For example, in these classes I sometimes have a combination of very fit people who wish to meditate and work very gently, with people who are recuperating from things like hip replacement operations or who maybe arthritic. A very gentle class also suitable for first trimester/post partum, and for anyone with limited mobility or wanting to work more softly for whatever reason. The class will focus on breathing exercises and very gentle movement (chair based if necessary), and finish with a rewarding meditation.
About Stress Busting Yoga- Currently Online with Kate Knowles
This class has greater emphasis on understanding stressors and providing coping strategies using a wide variety of physical movement (asana), which promotes health on a physical level but also by using a variety of different breathing techniques (pranayama), and meditation techniques, all of which help to soothe and calm the central nervous system by minimising adrenaline and cortisol responses, maximising well-being and responsibility for ones own health. Monthly handouts of a chosen yoga related subject are given and a theme is usually followed for the month to help underpin the practical work done in class.
A yogic way of life as set out in the ancient sanskrit classical texts of yoga provides a foundation to help train the mind and the body to live life in a meaningful way, holistically, respectfully, ethically and responsibly whilst being able to cope with stress. Indeed, during the process of meditation, there has been a proven fall in the stress hormone cortisol, and also lactic acid, which consequently helps towards a feeling of calm, well being and balance. All yoga will address stress, but particular emphasis is given in ‘Stress Busting Yoga Classes’ and indeed ‘Pregnancy Yoga Classes’ by providing a sustainable practice that is empowering and enjoyable. There is very much evidence of the effectiveness of this in the birthing stories on this website and in the evaluation reports I have collected from students.
YOGA FOR HEALTHY LOWER BACKS COURSES
12-week courses (see Yoga For Healthy Lower Backs page for details).
These classes are for groups of up to 10 people where participants learn yoga for pain-relief, healing and improvement of their back health for now and the future. Aims are re-education and re-alignment of the body plus raised self-awareness. Poses include standing, sitting, kneeling and lying down with stable comfort. Backache is a common problem. Now there is an evidence-based way to improve back health and function. The ‘Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs’ programme is 30% better than usual care. It aims to gently and progressively get sufferers back to being more active again.
Validation: The University of York (Department of Health Sciences) ran one of the largest research studies into yoga to date, funded by Arthritis Research UK. Teachers from the Iyengar Yoga Association (UK) and British Wheel of Yoga designed and ran specialist group classes in five areas of the UK for chronic back pain. The positive results were published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in 2011. The Cost Evaluation in Spine Journal showed that this yoga would be cost-effective for the NHS.
Who Are Classes For? The yoga was designed for people with non-specific chronic/recurring low back pain. Learn life-long skills to improve mental and physical health. Please ask your GP whether this gentle, evidence-based, specially-adapted yoga course is appropriate for you. Further details can be found at www.yogaforbacks.co.uk
CORONA VIRUS RESPONSE
The welfare of Yoga You Sanctuary students and the wider community is very important to me, and so after careful consideration and following concerns from a number of people regarding Covid-19 I have taken what I think is a best practice decision with the facts to hand, to temporarily close Yoga You Sanctuary with effect from Friday 20 March 2020 .
This closure will be for as long as is necessary and I will look to reopen on as soon as is safely possible.
As I write this update on 8th April 2020 guidance advice and information regarding Coronavirus is being updated frequently as details, risks and consequences become more experienced and understood, I will review regularly and post on this website and on my Facebook page re-opening details in due course. However in the short term, whilst we adjust to all that is happening please remember that everyone can benefit from yoga and so if I’m able to, I will as I go along post some yoga practice tips on my Yoga You Sanctuary Facebook page and perhaps in due course I may contemplate a timetable of online classes*
Recently I’ve reflected on the fact that even though I’ve been practicing yoga for over 40 years and teaching for 22 years and I’m certainly no master, but one of the clearest things I have learned is that yoga is not ‘rocket science ‘ and can quite simply through regular practice provide so many gifts . A capacity to sustain stability, to provide a sense of self knowledge and resilience, to give structural guidance for health and well-being which can really help through the inevitability of change, change that is good and not so good .
Whilst recognising the despair, heartache and hardships that so many are experiencing and the dedication of our precious key workers in this challenging time there is in a sense to me a feeling rather like ‘chrysalis time’ in between caterpillar and butterfly when we reflect, internalise our awareness, find our inner strength, breathe deeply and keep going for our post C19 emergence to a better way of living.
I look forward to seeing you all as soon as possible and rest assured that any class credits after 16 March 2020 will be carried forward or refunded as requested . Stay Safe , be well and look after yourself with a kind heart.
Namaste and much love
*NB- Following the success of 9 x Zoom Rainbow Yoga Classes raising an incredible £2210 (SEE LINK) for NHS Charities Together , I am delighted to announce that two online weekly classes are now available with effect from 1st JULY 2020- see class timetable page for more info.
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