In this class we practice individual, often modified yoga poses. There is no flow as the aim is to safely move into and out of all postures. The poses practised may be different from person to person, depending on specific needs. For example, if you suffer with back pain, the poses will aim to to lengthen and release tight lower back muscles, if you suffer with sciatica, the poses will stretch the gluteal region which often (when tight) presses on the sciatic nerve. I will assist and monitor you in the poses to make sure that they are practised safely and for maximum benefit.
We also use massage balls to safely support, massage and stretch localised areas of the body. We use a technique called BodyMind Ballwork in which I have been instructed to teach by Ellen Saltonstall. The balls directly address tight connective tissue and muscles, restoring healthy circulation and glide between layers. There are techniques for every part of you, from head to toes. The result is a wonderful feeling of lightness and ease in the body, and quiet alertness in the mind. It is in many ways a self massage. It can be done and is of benefit to anyone, no matter age, physical limitations or experience of yoga.
There are plenty of restorative poses in which props like folded blankets, blocks, or bolsters help support your body and allow you to deepen the pose and more fully relax your body. Pranayama or and breath-work is also taught as learning to breathe freely and easily can be of great benefit in managing many long term health conditions
Conditions which therapeutic yoga may benefit (but are not limited to) include: Arthritis, osteoporosis, sciatica, non specific back pain, or indeed pain anywhere in the body, repetitive strain injuries, insomnia, stress and anxiety. The class would also be a good introduction for anyone new to yoga who has concerns about their ability to “keep up” in a regular class. It may also be suitable for seasoned yogis who fancy a bit of self massage or want to understand a particular injury or pain a little better.
Please, do not be held back from coming because of a physical limitation; if you can make it through the front door to the class, then this class is suitable for you!
How much is the class?
You can sign up for half term blocks which work out £7 per class on drop-in at £9 per class.
Is there parking?
The St Agnes class has plenty of free parking in a public carpet located opposite the MMI.
I am pregnant can I come?
Yes, this is a great class to choose if you are pregnant.
What shall I wear?
Loose, comfortable clothes. Jogging bottoms or leggings are good.
Do I need to bring any equipment?
I have spares of everything but if you have a yoga mat please bring it with you.
Is there an age limit?
No. However if you are planning on bringing a child please also bring a book or some colouring in so that if they decide not to participate in the class they have got something that they can quietly do in the room.
I don’t understand the difference between all these styles of yoga?
Historically yoga poses were only practised as an aid to meditation. The poses that were practised were called “Hatha Yoga.” So pretty much any yoga class is going to be “hatha yoga.” Vinyasa yoga means flowing with the breath so again, most yoga classes will have elements of vinyasa. More recently well known teachers who have gathered a large following have labelled their particular style of yoga hence: “Anusara yoga,” “Iyengar yoga,” “Ashtanga yoga,” or “Bikram yoga.” Although these labels may give you an idea of what to expect in a class generally I would advise to ignore these labels and just find a teacher that you resonate with.