Classes from May 17th
I’ve been teaching drop in classes for a long time now as well as group classes. I’ve found that there is so much more benefit when we meet regularly. So I’m inviting people who wish to look a little deeper into themselves, their wellbeing and yoga in general to find a group class to suit. Though I ask for a weekly commitment, you are welcome to leave the group at any time and I am happy for newer people to come and try a few sessions to see if what I’m offering is for you. These groups are booked in 13 week blocks. Those new to Yoga or new to my style are welcome to try a few weeks without signing up to a 13 class series to see if this approach resonates with you.
New Class Times
6.00-8.00pm Multilevel Yoga. 29 Chessel Avenue, Southbourne, BH5 1LQ Status: FULL (waiting list open – 1 on waiting list)
6.00-8.00pm Multilevel Yoga. 29 Chessel Avenue, Southbourne, BH5 1LQ. Status: FULL (waiting list open – 1 on waiting list)
3.00-4.30pm NEW CLASS Over 70’s Yoga 29 Chessel Avenue, Southbourne, BH5 1LQ. Status: Spaces Available
6.00-8.00pm Multilevel Yoga 29 Chessel Avenue, Southbourne, BH5 1LQ Status: FULL (waiting list open – 0 on waiting list)
9.00-10.45am NEW CLASS Multilevel Yoga 29 Chessel Avenue, Southbourne, BH5 1LQ. Status: AVAILABILITY 2 places available
6.00-8.00pm Yoga for Men 29 Chessel Avenue, Southbourne, BH5 1LQ Status: Full (waiting list open)
8.30-9.30pm Meditation Class 29 Chessel Avenue, Southbourne, BH5 1LQ. Status: AVAILABILITY Please enquire for spaces
9-9.50 Intermediate Multilevel yoga. DW Sports Centre Upper Parkstone (members only) (map).
1-2-1 Private Session ( on-line or face to face). £50
I am offering private 1-2-1 sessions. In my experience sometimes direct attention with an individual can bring an opening and a shift of perspective that can be of great benefit. In the past I have seen the effects of a personal session and how the student then integrates that into future classes. I give this great value as it serves as an opportunity for discussion and feedback that may not feel possible in a class environment. These sessions can be focused specifically into the class perspective, or more of an understanding of how Yoga philosophy brings an opening into the normal activities in life. These sessions can be movement based but can also take the format of a dialogue which can also be useful in clarifying.
Exchange: Classes £12 / Session
What to Bring: Mat & blanket and wear clothes in layers.
The Art of Yoga
Becoming that which you already are
Some Thoughts About the Classes
Yoga Classes in Bournemouth. What to expect in a class:
The underlying class format will start with a short talk to inspire a particular learning, a settling meditation, the movement sequence, ( combination of flow and static of various rhythms ) deep rest, and respiratory and meditative practices leading to space for quiet.
The Multilevel Approach:
In my experience learning happens in so many ways and on so many levels it seems to do it an injustice to make distinctions between beginners, intermediate and advanced classes. Having said that a class of experienced movers will lend itself to more complex sequencing, less needed rest and a subtler inner orientation. Still in any class there is usually such a range of capacities that a slower tempo with a progressive approach works well. It helps to hand back authority to the students sensitivity and capacity where all is honored, and with subtle instructions can accelerate learning or act as a signpost for a deeper sensitivity to come into conscious attention. The quality of the group environment, our head space, the sincerity of the practitioners and depth of the tutor can also help to support this.
Students immediately start to receive the benefits of a Yoga class through the sequences of postures, breath and meditation. The basic sequence provides a groundwork for more complex asanas, (postures) a healthier body, an increase in efficiency in how the body is used, and the capacity to relax and rejuvenate. It is suitable for both beginners and improvers.
There is more flow; less rest is needed, and more of a meditative quality is starting to develop. There is more integration of asana with the breath. Students are starting to become aware that there are different qualities of energy present within them and what they choose to follow has a big impact on this quality.
The asanas deepen in complexity, and so does the mental attitude in relationship to the asana. The student is in a listening awareness and follows and responds rather than leads. The maturity of the asana turns from the physical to more subtler levels of quietness and inner movement. There is also more flow in the first part of the class, and a moving meditation in encouraged during a more challenging and strengthening sequence. There are usually many shifts of attention and in what’s important to the persona from the building of ideas into a real explorative interest into the nature of who and what we actually are.
Structured v’s Unstructured:
There is a beautiful play between structured learning and intuitive free form. In many cases having a structure is useful and needed as it provides a set of rules and signposts in which to then learn and explore.
As the structure provides a basis for a deeper listening, the students learn to adapt the class tempo to suit their own rhythm. They then find that within the structure there is much space for intuitive repositioning as they start to follow more refined inner experiences and alignments.