Vinyasa Yoga – Level 3. Energetic and challenging for those with some yoga experience and beginners with a reasonable level of fitness.
Move with the breath with an Ashtanga-influenced practice. Slower than many Ashtanga practices, there is time to experience and feel each pose, find the right alignment for you and encourage the body to be strong and mobile. Much of the class is energetic; you will generate natural heat in the body with sun salutations and sequences that include planks and downward dogs. Vinyasa yoga is suitable for those with some yoga experience and beginners who have a reasonable level of fitness. You will need to be able to get up and down from the floor easily for the flowing transitions between poses.
Modifications are given so you can work where you at.
Classes end with a ten minute savasana (relaxation).
Vinyasa yoga can be helpful for anxiety. Anxiety is future orientated, focused on something that might happen in the future. Vinyasa yoga helps you to become more present rather than looking to what might happen.
Mindful Yoga – Level 2. Suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners.
If you ever feel tense, stressed, overwhelmed, too busy or prefer a gentle practice, mindful yoga will encourage you to breathe more deeply, soothe the nervous system and calm the mind. You won’t break into a sweat and there is no need to be strong or flexible! There are standing poses and you will need to be able to get up and down from the floor easily plus sit and lie down on the floor.
This is also a good class to try if you are new to yoga or if it has been a while since you have done physical exercise. For experienced yoga practitioners, this class offers a deeply somatic and embodied practice.
While much of the class is floor-based there are some standing poses. It is sequenced to build towards a deeply soothing 25 minute yoga nidra (yogic sleep or deep relaxation).
Gentle Hatha Yoga – Level 1. Suitable for total beginners and those looking for a gentle and accessible class.
Work at your own pace in this friendly, fun and accessible class. The class targets functional mobility, posture, muscle tone, strength and balance alongside boosting mood and energy levels. Each class ends with 10 minutes of relaxation.
The class moves at a slower pace than vinyasa classes. It is suitable if you find it difficult to get up and down from the floor quickly, prefer a gentle hatha yoga style class or if you are a beginner and would like to learn the fundamentals of yoga before perhaps trying Vinyasa Yoga. Individual modifications are used throughout the class so everyone can participate throughout.
Yoga for Anxiety – suitable for beginners.
Yoga for Anxiety usually runs twice a year. The course may run online in 2020.
• Do you have a sense of dread, fear the worst or that bad things will happen if you stop worrying?
• Feel agitated or find it difficult to sleep?
• Experience heart palpitations, tightness in your chest, find it difficult to breath deeply, have a churning feeling in your stomach, nausea, palpations, feel sweaty and have panic attacks?
This popular 5 week course integrates evidence-based yoga and therapeutic approaches.
Each session starts with gentle yoga and use of the breath to calm body, mind and reduce hyper alert and hyper vigilant states. The second part of each session focuses on learning about anxiety and ‘what works’ to reduce it. You will learn about physical and psychological aspects of anxiety, ‘fight, flight and freeze responses’, the vicious cycle of anxiety including avoidance and survival strategies that are unhelpful in the longer term, why it is so difficult to relax and stop worrying when experiencing anxiety, challenging negative thoughts, graded exposure and helpful coping strategies.
Within the small group, Carolyn uses therapeutic approaches including motivational interviewing, solution-focused work and principles from CBT to support you towards committing to and sustaining change in your life.
This is not an ‘off the shelf’ course that is available elsewhere. Carolyn uses her extensive knowledge and experience from her career in mental health services, taking a bespoke approach and adapting the content of each course to participants.
No experience of yoga is needed for this course and you do not need to be flexible! The yoga sequences will be gentle and aim to provide you with a sense of safety, space and release. Suggested practical exercises are given each week; it is recommended that you invest 30 minutes several times a week to practice these exercises to get the most out of the course. Resources are provided including audio and video recordings.