These are the perfect classes for beginners and intermediate students whom want to learn the basic postures and fundamental aspects of Hatha Yoga. During my classes you shall gain the knowledge you need to begin your yoga journey. You will learn the basic terminology, and then over time develop the strength, mindfulness, inner peace, relaxation and flexibility necessary for yoga.
I provide extra attention to detail and hands-on assistance if required that will help you find ease, confidence, and comfort in your practice.
A-Yoga class will prepare you for a spiritual and rewarding practice, and they are open to men and women of all ages and levels of fitness. I look forward to welcoming you.
A-Yoga Sunset Sessions: 5.45pm to 7.15pm or 7.30pm to 9.00pm in the beautiful setting of Wray’s Barn Whinstone View
Next Course Dates:
Wednesday 5th September to Wednesday 17th October
Wednesday 31st October to Wed 12th December
7 week course £49.00 (to be paid in advance)
To book Tel: 01642 723285
Whinstone View, Great Ayton, Middlesbrough, TS9 6QG
Hutton Rugby Village Hall
All welcome - mixed ability, suitable for beginners.
Next Course Dates:
Monday 8th October to Monday 19th November.
7 week course £49.00 (to be paid in advance)
Monday 26th November to Monday 17th December
4 week course £28.00 (to be paid in advance)
Contact: 07973 311361. email@example.com
A Yoga Class Information
Throughout the course of the classes we will practice Hatha yoga, meditation and relaxation. Listening to your body and focusing on your breath is the most important responsibility you have during each class. It is advisable to eat a light snack before class, a banana is good, avoid eating a heavy meal.
Wear comfortable clothing, we will practice in bare feet.
Please try to arrive on time for class, give yourself the gift of being able to calm yourself before we start. Remember to turn off your mobile phone.
Bring along a yoga mat, blanket, block and socks for relaxation, water is also recommended as detoxifying so it is important to drink plenty of water.
Enjoy A-Yoga practice, be kind and gentle to yourself, yoga isn’t competitive, it's about you, allow time and space and it will come naturally.
What is Yoga?
The word "yoga" comes from the Sanskrit root "yuj", which means "to unite" the spirit and physical body together. Yoga has evolved over thousands of years to embrace a wide range of styles and disciplines. Many people who are not familiar with yoga think of it as a means of contorting the body into strange shapes and positions. Moving into positions is only one aspect , another very important part of yoga is the way it can free the mind from confusion, de-stress and restore a sense of calm and peace.
The word “Hatha” means “wilful and forceful”. It is a system of physical exercises and breathing control that is used in yoga.
Traditional Hatha yoga is a holistic path that includes discipline, physical postures (asana), purification procedures, breathing (pranayama), and meditation, it is also recognised as a gentle introductory yoga for people new to the practice. There are many styles of Hatha yoga from gentle to the physically challenging. Working with the physical body is often a preparation for mental and spiritual practices.
Iyengar Yoga Founder
A-YOGA PRANAYAMAWorking with the breath during yoga practice is often called Pranayama. The word is composed of two Sanskrit words, Prana, life force or vital energy (particularly in relation to the breath) and ‘ayama’ to suspend or restrain. When used in yoga, it is often translated as ‘breath control’. There are many different ways of working with the breath and you will be guided through some of these in your class. Although breathing is a natural bodily function regulated by our physical need for oxygen, our moods and emotional state can affect the breath. Breathing in a conscious and controlled manner allows us to relax, to control our emotions and to help develop awareness of body breath and mind. Our breath is our connection to life and when this connection is unrestricted and strong we are stronger mentally and physically.
A-YOGA RELAXATIONTrue relaxation is experienced by the body and mind when little or no energy is consumed. It is Nature’s way of recharging. Since every action, conscious or unconscious, uses stored energy, relaxation is necessary for good health and peace of mind. Without relaxation the body and mind become overworked and inefficient. Complete mental and physical relaxation come only with an inner tuning to a higher source. As long as we identify with this body and mind, tuning to the divine source brings the realisation that all happiness comes from within. Yoga gives the techniques for this inner tuning, enabling us to break down the boundaries that separate us from each other, and from our own Inner Selves.
A-YOGA MEDITATIONYoga, like life, can be linked to a game with levels of increasing subtlety for the more experienced player. Most people are introduced to yoga through its physical benefits and the accompanying peace of mind. The state of mind induced by Yoga can often lead us on to developing the mind and the spirit through meditation. Mediation Is a state of deep peace that occurs when the mind is calm and silent. Meditation means ‘to become familiar with’, and is a way of exploring the inner self. It is the simple exercise to familiarise oneself with the qualities of mindfulness. It is the perfect way of providing the optimum conditions for training the mind to become peaceful, clearer and calmer. It is also a very powerful tool for healing the mind body and spirit.
A-YOGA ASANAYoga postures (asana’s) are physical movements practised with awareness in conjunction with breathing. They develop the strength and flexibility of muscles and joints in the whole body. Asana differ from other forms of exercise in that they are specifically designed to improve the functioning of glands internal organs and the nervous system, they help to remove muscular tension and are especially useful in countering the negative effects of stress. Asana Practice allows a balance between strength and stability. This combined with breath techniques, improves concentration and self-awareness which results in increased mental and physical resilience.
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