Pregnancy Yoga and Birthing Partner Classes are currently on hold see http://www.yogayousanctuary.co.uk/news-events/
A new timetable effective from 1 June 2021 will be published and phased in gradually subject to covid restrictions easing
What you need to do to attend a class
- MAKE ENQUIRY if not sure, download health form from website if new student, complete it and send to me before class.
- MAKE SURE you are Covid symptom free before attending.
- PAY IN ADVANCE for monthly bookings, drop in classes or courses –for online classes the fee is per person please and not per household. There are no booking fees. Please see ways to make payment below.
- For Face To Face Class it is essential to bring your own equipment- mat, blocks, strap, blanket, water , wear a mask and maintain social distance.
- PLEASE ! Be Punctual!! Arrive at least 10 mins early to Zoom or Studio – Online Waiting Room will open 30 mins before class and Studio Door open 30 mins before class. This is something I’ve always done to allow some chat time and if anyone needs to speak with me prior to class, it is not intended for zoom instruction 😊
- FOR ONLINE CLASSES Download Free Basic Zoom App from the App Store – this is easy, either practice with friends or follow online tutorials. Make payment and message me, await Confirmation or Zoom Link
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 online 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 if you can’t get to a face to face class.
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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 (asana’s) 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 Therapeutic Yoga with Deep Relaxation
(to resume in due course )
This is a gentle class focusing on spinal health and is a suitable follow on class for those who have completed a YHLB course or for those requiring a more gentle approach or for people with limited mobility, or wishing to work in chairs. The therapeutic element will include some movement (asana) and breath work (pranayama) which may help with pain management and improved sleep.
The class is not a replacement for the concentrated 12 YHLB Courses which are offered usually twice a year .
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 this class to deep relaxation techniques and to providing a sustainable, empowering and enjoyable practice.
About Gentle Flow Yoga–
(usually THURSDAY 10.30am to 11.30am and currently on hold until face to face classes can resume post C19)
Focus on breathing and meditation – Suitable for those requiring a slower, much softer and more modified practice and 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.
Contact Kate Knowles at https://yogawithkate.vpweb.co.uk/class-schedule for information on her Online & Face to Face New Rise & Shine Yoga Class
About Stress Busting Yoga- Online & Face to Face 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.
YOGA FOR HEALTHY LOWER BACKS COURSES
12-week courses (see Yoga For Healthy Lower Backs page for details).
These classes are usually 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’ programe 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
If face to face teaching is stopped due to the pandemic then a Zoom or Vimeo option will be offered and any class credits will be carried forward or refunded as requested .
Stay Safe , be well and look after yourself with a kind heart.
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I’m delighted to announce with your support the success of 9 x Zoom Rainbow Yoga Classes raising an incredible £2210 (SEE LINK) for NHS Charities Together.
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