Short Courses

YIN YOGA EVENING

with Fi Shepherd

A deeply restorative session easing out tension both in the body and mind

Friday 7 December 2018

18.00 – 19.30

£25/£23 Arlington members / concessions

Fi Shepherd offers a gorgeous candlelit restorative yoga session, taking the attention within, allowing the body to gently stretch and the mind to come to stillness. Yin yoga works deep into the joints and tissues by holding postures for a few minutes so that the muscles can relax. As the muscles relax, allowing the mind to switch off the internal chatter, the focus becomes the breath, releasing and melting your body into the pauses between the breaths.

Fi is a 500hr Seasonal Yoga Teacher, Yoga therapist and Life Coach. After practising yoga on and off for over 20 years Fi decided to undertake a yoga teacher training to develop her own yoga practice further and to bring much needed calmness into her life. The training proved to be life changing and Fi decided to give up working in the corporate sector so that she could share her passion for yoga and help others find the same calmness she has found. Undertaking further yoga teacher training, NPL practitioner training and qualifying as a yoga therapist have allowed Fi to establish her own business and create her ideal work/life balance.

‘We live such busy and stressful lives, always on the go and always switched on. Whether it’s work life or home life we rarely take the time to properly relax and switch off… i decided i wanted to specialise in the therapeutic aspects of yoga, helping people to find stillness and calm their busy minds, in ways that fit in with their busy lives.’


ASHTANGA YOGA PRIMARY SERIES – EXPLORING THE POSTURES

with Rosina Bonsu

Tuesday 8 January 2019

18.00 – 20.00

£25/£23 Arlington members, concessions

The workshop is aimed at practitioners who wish to investigate, explore and enrich their practice. Ashtanga Yoga is a dynamic and progressing sequence of postures linked together by the breath. For each movement there is one breath. The set sequence builds discipline and patience, minimising indulging in strengths and avoiding weaknesses!  Progress is self-evident and experiential.

We will:

  • Explore the ‘fundamental’ standing asanas capacity to build strong feet and toned legs
  • Discover the beautiful sequence created by pose and counter pose
  • Develop appropriate strength and flexibility through the seated postures’ capacity to rebalance skeletal alignment
  • Examine how the breath movement synchronicity (vinyasa) offers the body strength and flexibility
  • See how the sequence works to harmonise the body and mind

We will cover not just the what but also the HOW.

 


ASHTANGA YOGA PRIMARY SERIES – INTRODUCTION TO THE FUNDAMENTALS with Rosina Bonsu

Thursdays 10, 17 January 2019

17.15 – 18.30

£30/£25 Arlington members, concession

This course will be an introduction to the standing and finishing postures of the primary series, their benefits and challenges. The underlying principles of the practice will be explored and modifications offered to allow the body to access the openings and releases the postures offer.

We will examine:

·            Sun salutations A and B

·            The 6 fundamental standing postures

·            Finishing postures and inversions

You will leave with stronger feet, toned legs and better understanding of your skeletal alignment.


 

INTRODUCTION TO ASSISTED SELF – PRACTICE (MYSORE) with Laura Gonzalez

Tuesday 15, 22, 29 January 2019

18.30 – 19.45

£48/£43 Arlington members, concession

Mysore self-practice is the traditional way of learning Ashtanga yoga, though it can be daunting. Instead of working in unison under the instruction of a teacher, practitioners work at their own pace and breath rate. Assisted self-practice allows each student individual guidance from the teacher and space to explore their own needs.

In this course you will:

·            Find out how assisted self practice works

·            Learn the key postures in the Primary Series

·            Discover how to remember the sequence

·            Be taught the breath pattern and learn to monitor your breath

·            Deepen your understanding of the postures

·            Be introduced to the benefits of the practice

·            Feel confident to attend regular drop in classes

This class is suitable for complete beginners, those who practice another form or any one wanting to refresh their practice.


PRANAYAMA

with Laura Gonzalez

Tuesday 29 January 2019

Tuesday 26 February 2019

Tuesday 26 March 2019

17.00 – 18.15

£11/£9 Arlington members, concession

8 class card/ monthly pass applies to these sessions

These classes are for those who are complete pranayama beginners, practitioners who have done pranayama but don’t have a regular practice, or for those who have a yoga or meditation practice and want to delve deeper – all are welcome.

The breath is key to Ashtanga yoga practice. It allows for the deepening of postures and enhances their benefits. During the course, each session will build on what you know and will develop the tools and techniques required to help you set, refine and sustain an individual pranayama practice.

During these sessions you will:

• Learn about the breath – to observe it, to follow it and to enhance it

• Learn to deepen your breath, allowing you to become more aware and mindful, calm and focused

• Learn preparations and purification techniques that will help to boost the benefits of pranayama

• Learn more about how this practice relates to the Ashtanga yoga system.


THE YOGA SUTRAS

with Laura Gonzalez

Tuesdays 5, 12, 19 February 2019

17.00 – 18.15

£48/£43 Arlington members, concession

If you practice any form of yoga, you probably have been wondering how it works, why it works, maybe even what is this thing we do. Yoga is a tradition, it has a lineage that goes back to ancient texts that used to be discussed in groups, in satsang, a group that meets to discuss being-ness.

This course might just answer your questions or may perhaps spark further explorations on and off the mat. We will explore Books 1 and 2 of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. They outline what yoga really is about, on the mat, the cushion and life. They also offer a practical guide on how to do it! Laura will provide copies of the Sutras or you can also bring your own if you have it.

Yoga philosophy is very inclusive: there is no right or wrong. Come, deepen your knowledge and be inspired by this ancient text.


YOGA for MEN

With Ali Sim

Tuesdays 5, 12, 19 March 2019

17.00 – 18.15

£48/£43 Arlington members, concession

When we practise yoga we’re using our whole body, building strength and flexibility in parts of the body that often gets ignored when we workout, run or cycle. Yoga helps balance the body, stretching all areas of the body, building strength in underutilised muscles as well as being calming and healing for the mind and body.

This course is offered for men of all ages, shapes and sizes to come and try, with specially selected postures targeted for men.

“I often encounter men who tell me that they’re too inflexible to do yoga, and I can only respond with ‘that’s the perfect reason to start yoga!'” Ali Sim

No prior experience or equipment is necessary!

 

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