Basic Class Descriptions
Gentle Chair Yoga
This is a chair yoga class suitable for students 70+ years of age with limited mobility. The class involves mainly seated poses with gentle movement and just a little standing.
Easy Chair Yoga
This class is the perfect place to start if your balance needs work, or you find it difficult to do regular exercise. We will start seated on a chair, first we do a deep breathing practice (pranayama) belly breathing then we will warm up with some gentle movement, then we stretch the body while seated. Then we stand up holding the chair for support while we do some modified Yoga poses. At the end of the class we lay down on the floor and do some more gentle stretching and some abdominal strengthen. We finish in relaxation (Savasana). This is a class designed for people with difficulties in balance and for the over 60’s who need to get stronger.
Foundation Chair Yoga
Foundation chair yoga is a stronger chair class for students who have already been doing easy chair yoga and are looking to work harder. The class includes more standing poses, as well as more floor work and balancing poses.
Level 1 – Easy Yoga
This level is suitable for everyone. It is a gentle class that is relaxing and very helpful if you are stressed or are unfit and are looking to work on your fitness and strength. Easy yoga is suitable for pregnant women and also for the over 60’s. If you are an absolute beginner and cannot attend the beginner’s course this is a good class to do. No experience is required to attend this class.
Level 2 – Foundation Yoga
This level is suitable for anyone that is able bodied. It is a good class to develop strength and fitness. This is the class I would recommend for all those that have completed the Beginners Course. If you have done a little yoga this is the class to start with. Foundation yoga focuses on alignment and works with the entire body, building strength and flexibility that will allow you to then move up to General yoga.
Level 3 – General Yoga
This level is suitable for students that are working on strength and flexibility and have developed a reasonable fitness level. I would recommend this level once you have been practicing foundation for a while and feel you would like a stronger class. Focus is still on Alignment.
Level 4 – General + Yoga
General + Yoga
This level will build on from the General Level 3 classes and expects that you have a reasonable knowledge of the basic poses before you attend this class. The focus will be on good alignment and flow. A safe approach is appropriate, hence you should not worry about not being good enough to try this class. Absolute beginners or people with significant medical issues are advised not to come.
Yin Yoga – All Levels
“Yin and Yang are Taoist concepts and are the terms used to describe all types of phenomena. Yin is the stable, unmoving hidden aspect of things while Yang is the moving, changing, revealing aspect.
Yin Yoga is a practice of stillness; a deep, meditative yoga that works by stressing the connective tissue of our bodies. The poses focus on the spine, hips and legs. It is practiced sitting, supine and prone. The fundamental characteristic of Yin Yoga is holding the poses for several minutes.
The principle of Yin and Yang is balance. Bringing balance into your life with the appropriate amount of movement and repose, allows you find that sense of equilibrium that can nourish life.
Yin Yoga is the perfect complement to Yang (active) styles of yoga.”
~ Isabella Cannon ~
~ The divine in me respects the divine within you ~