About Our Classes:
Invigorating, Calming, Mindful Yoga
About our Yoga Classes
Blood, toil, sweat and tears: well, nearly but not quite! The club is for people new to yoga or more experienced students looking for a fresh approach based upon Johnston Lowry’s (our teacher and founder) numerous years of practising and teaching yoga from diverse yoga-teaching traditions.
Class Size: Members
No two classes are the same. Class sizes are sensible so that we can communicate effectively, and you get the attention you deserve. Most members are between 30 and 70, male and female. We’re an assorted, friendly bunch of people who simply enjoy practising yoga because we know it’s good for us.
We provide you with yoga: mats. belts, blocks, bricks. We suggest that if you become a devotee of yoga that you invest in your own equipment, including yoga bolsters and blankets. We can secure you a substantial discount on goods provided by Yoga Matters. A towel and something warm to wear during the relaxation is handy.
Nothing flash or fancy is needed. Standard fitness clothing from the established brands is fine. It’s handy if it’s light and breathable so that you’re comfortable.
What you bring to yoga
Just yourself and your best endeavours. That aside: a good comparison is that of learning a musical instrument. The most talented of musicians will tell you that to become good at it requires constant practice, determination and enthusiasm to learn. So it is with yoga.
Aims and Objectives
It’s good to know that there’s a plan: however, you always have to expect the unexpected. More often than not the session has to be adapted because yoga is about people, their moods and ability. To stick rigidly to a plan is often just not going to work. Conversely: failing to plan is planning to fail. An experienced teacher knows how to strike the right balance and how to pitch the session at the appropriate level for the most important people in the room: you: the student(s).
What to expect in a class?
Structured, systematic yoga tuition…
Each session has two phases – think of them as opposite sides of the same coin…
60-65 minutes of physically challenging yoga, developing:
- strength, flexibility and stamina
- posture and physique
- coordination and balance
- cardiovascular health
10-15 minutes of deep relaxation, enabling:
- rest and recovery
- self awareness
- relief from harmful thoughts
- calmness of mind and body
Seven Key Yoga Postures
Each session covers the seven key yoga postures:
- Hip Openers
- Forward Bends
- Arm Balances
Our focus is on:
- Alignment of muscles and joints
- Controlled breathing
- Relaxation and meditation
- Established yoga traditions
Annual Teaching Calendar
We run four teaching seasons per annum offering forty-two weeks of yoga each year. Terms are not always coterminous with school holidays. We try to schedule closures with those times when we know our members are less likely to be able to attend.
There are no classes on Bank Holidays. We close for two weeks at Easter, three weeks at Christmas.
During the summer we close for the last week of June, into the first week in July.
Classes continue during midsummer until the last two weeks of August, into the first week in September, when we close again.
The definitive reference point is always the Booking Schedule.
Please make sure you are on our Notification List so that you receive notice of cancellations or alterations.