Yoga for you, whatever your age, skill level or experience!
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. In the meantime I’m more than happy to share Facebook posts from my friend and colleague Kate Knowles and here is a link to her website and current online classes https://yogawithkate.vpweb.co.uk/
You may also wish to follow dear friend Pamela Smith of Nirvana Essence Yoga who already has many enjoyable classes on U tube.
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
There are no Yoga classes on the following dates –
ALL BANK HOLIDAYS
Alternative Contact Call/ Text 07521768590
Yoga Class Prices
£6.00 for *’Drop In Place ‘ pay on day,these spaces are allocated on a first come first served basis.
Door opens usually 30 mins prior to class, or for back to back classes enter as first class leaves.
£5.00 for *’Reserved Place‘ this is only when block booked and advance paid for full calendar month.
If you can’t make it to your class, ‘Reserved Place’ can be transferred to other yoga classes within the same calendar month, space permitting, they cannot be carried over to other months or to other people.
*Please call us first if you wish to see if there are places available on 0151 639 9699 or 07521768590
Currently there is ‘Drop In’ or ‘Class Transfer’ availability in most classes, these spaces are allocated on a first come first served basis. Yoga You Sanctuary operates a strict Cancellation Policy.
Private Yoga sessions:
Ann usually offers one to one Private Prescriptive Yoga, Post-Natal Recovery Yoga sessions, or for couples Private Birthing Partner sessions @ £50 per 60 min session and £70 per 90 min session
DUE TO PERSONAL CIRCUMSTANCES ALL PRIVATE YOGA SESSIONS ARE NOW ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE- WHEN SESSIONS RESUME IT IS ESSENTIAL TO:-
- PRE -BOOK AT A MUTUALLY CONVENIENT DATE AND PAY A £20 NON REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT
- COMPLETE AND RETURN A HEALTH FORM PRIOR TO YOUR APPOINTMENT
About General Dynamic Yoga
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. Information handouts are given on a monthly topic.
About Gentle Flow Yoga
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-
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
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