Short Courses

PRANAYAMA

with Laura Gonzalez

Tuesday 30 April

Tuesday 28 May

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.


YOGA for MEN

With Ali Sim

Tuesday 7 May 2019

17.00 – 18.15

£11/£9 Arlington members, concession

8 class card/ monthly pass applies to these sessions

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!


YIN YOGA

with Catherine Hardy

Tuesday 16 April

08.45 – 09.25

£11/£9 Arlington members, concession

8 class card/ monthly pass applies to these sessions

Yin yoga stretches and targets both the deep connective tissues between the muscles, and the fascia throughout the body. The aim is to increase circulation in the joints and improve flexibility. It also helps us to regulate the body’s flow of energy.

Yin yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga with postures, that are held for longer periods of time – it may range from 45 seconds to two minutes.


HIP OPENERS

with Sue Crow

14 May 2019

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

with Rosina Bonsu

Thursday 9 May 2019

18.15 – 20.15

£25/£20 Arlington members, concessions

8 class card/ monthly pass applies to these sessions

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 21 May 2019

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.


 

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