Short Courses

INTRODUCTION TO ASSISTED PRACTICE 

with Laura Gonzalez

Tuesdays 3, 10, 17 September 2019

17.00 – 18.15

£11/£9 Arlington members, concession

Class card valid

Assisted 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 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 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 24 September

Tuesday 29 October

Tuesday 26 November

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


HIP OPENERS

with Sue Crow

Tuesday 1 October

17.00 – 18.15

£11/£9 Arlington members, concession

8 class card/ monthly pass applies to these sessions

Hip openers can be both challenging and relaxing, sometimes being somewhat uncomfortable and offering great release at the same time.

We start this workshop style class with the Sun Salutations to prepare our body and mind for a sequence of hip opening postures that help us find space and greater mobility in our practice.

Tight hips can cause strain on the lower back, legs, knees and feet.  This sequence of hip opening poses is designed to help with re-alignment of the lower back, hips, legs and feet.

One of the many benefits of practising hip opening postures is stretching and working muscles that are connected to our stress response, in particular the psoas muscle.  This muscle that attaches the lower lumber spine to the thigh bone is stimulated when we experience stress.

The class will conclude with a relaxation to restore us to feeling grounded & calm.

Suitable for practitioners of all levels of experience as well as other styles of yoga.


ASHTANGA YOGA INTERMEDIATE SERIES

Wednesday 2, 9 October

17.00 – 18.15

£11/£9 Arlington members, concession

Class card valid

This course is for practitioners curious to explore the asanas of the intermediate series of Ashtanga yoga. This series contains a challenging but accessible palette of back bends, forward folds and arm balances.

It is suitable for anyone with an established primary series practice who wants to:

  • Take a first step into the postures contained within the practice
  • Raise questions about the practice
  • Delve into the underlying principles
  • Understand and clarify the physical requirements of the body within each posture


CORE STRENGTH

with Sue Crow

Tuesday 8 October

17.00 – 18.15

£11/£9 Arlington members, concession

8 class card/ monthly pass applies to these sessions

A strong core stabilises your entire body, improves balance, reduces the risk of back pain, helps achieve improved posture, supports better breathing and helps in the performance everyday movement tasks.

Strengthening & accessing your core will bring benefits on many levels, in yoga practice and everyday life. 

With foundation and strength there is an experience of lightness and greater ease, in the basic standing poses to the more demanding balancing poses, inversions and back bending poses, which all require strength, balance and stability.

In this workshop style class there is a core strengthening sequence to warm up and prepare the body, before a closer look at the Sun Salutations, Surya Namaskara A and B, then the transitions synchronising breath and movement that string all postures together. 

We will then playfully explore some of the more challenging balancing poses and inversions, finishing with a relaxation to restore us, feeling grounded & calm.

Suitable for practitioners of all levels of experience as well as other styles of yoga. Being familiar with the Sun Salutations or variations of these is beneficial. 


BACK BENDING

with Sue Crow

Tuesday 22 October

17.00 – 18.15

£11/£9 Arlington members, concession

8 class card/ monthly pass applies to these sessions

Energising backbends often bring us out of our comfort zone as we don’t usually bend backwards as we go through our daily life.  Many of us encounter fear or discomfort when practising backbends before finding joy in the invigorating surge of energy these postures can bring.

We start this workshop style class seated, observing our breath, before warming up with the Sun Salutations to prepare our body and mind for a dynamic sequence of back bending postures. 

Backbends can help improve posture, open the shoulders and chest, encourage deeper breathing, stretch the hip flexors, strengthen the legs, arms and back.

The class will conclude with a relaxation to restore us to feeling grounded and calm.

Suitable for practitioners of all levels of experience as well as other styles of yoga.


BELTS & BRACES

with Catherine Hardy

Tuesday 12, 19 November

17.00 – 18.15

£11/£9 Arlington members, concession

Class card valid

These classes will teach you how to use a belt beyond stretching it over the soles of your feet and across the back of your shoulders; for example, how to bind your arms for support.

In this special workshop learn how to unlock poses with ease using a belt that will help you stretch, strengthen and support your muscles. This will give you the ‘belt and braces’ you need for the confidence to try new poses you might not have thought were for you.

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