COME AND TRY ANY OF OUR CLASSES. FIRST CLASS IS FREE!
Monday: 9.30 -11.00 and 18.30 - 20.00
Tuesday: 9.30 - 11.00
Wednesday: 7.00 - 7.45 Sun Salutations
Thursday: 9.30 - 11.00 and 18.30 - 20.00
Saturday 9.30 - 11.00
The essence of this class is to let go of physical and mental tension, and exercise the ability of turning inwards to rest in one’s own peaceful nature. We practice classical yoga postures (asana) to balance the body, and breathing techniques (pranayama) to cleanse and settle the mind. Throughout the class we alternate between movement and stillness, enjoying meditative moments of inner silence. People leave the class feeling energised, positive and relaxed.
It’s an inward journey of discovery, helping to alleviate stress, anxiety and giving the space to enjoy ones own true Self.
No previous experience of yoga is required
DYNAMIC HATHA YOGA
Both dynamic and yet gentle these Hatha yoga classes are suitable for all levels and ages. With an increased awareness of the breath and the responses of the body and the mind these sessions will realign the body, reconnect the mind to the body and ultimately help one to rediscover a sense of well-being and contentment. These sessions combine different elements of Yin, Yang, Feminine and Masculine, Vinyasa, Hatha as well as pranayama and meditation to create energising, balanced classes. I welcome and encourage both beginner and the more experienced practitioner to come together to share in this ancient practice.
HATHA YOGA FOR 60+ and 70+
Monday, Thursday 11.15 - 12.30
This is a class suitable for older adults of all abilities. We practice variations of classical yoga postures according to everybody's needs and capacity, strengthening the body, facilitating movement and balance. Simple breathing exercises help to experience a sense of wellbeing as well as reducing anxiety and stress, calming the mind and preparing one for turning inwards towards self the state of meditation. Tailor made sequences of exercises are given to the participants who would like a daily home practice in order to enhance the benefit to one's mind, body and spirit.
HATHA RUCHPAUL YOGA
A rare, unique approach to Hatha Yoga practices (posture - breath -meditation) developed by Eva Ruchpaul, one of the first yoga ladies in Europe, aiming straight to a simultaneously quiet, alert and creative mind. During a Ruchpaul yoga session, each posture is unique and home to a specific and precise breathing mode. Focus on the breath through a natural rhythm of practice alternating action and pause, builds the steps towards inner balance. A weekly session suffices, allowing the practitioner to fully benefit of the effects of the practice, which are prolonged throughout the week. Refined consciousness, optimises the practitioner’s ability to engage into life joyfully and the with the fullest of his/her potential.
Iyengar Yoga was developed through the pioneering work of BKSIyengar, who freed the classical yoga poses from their Indian mystical character, and by using props, made them suitable for people in the West who seek to have a clear understanding of what happens when practicing an asana. A typical Iyengar yoga lesson focuses on the accuracy and detail of the movements, the correct alignment of the asana, and the study of the activities and resistance of the muscles and mind needed in order to enter in a state of self-concentration. Emphasis is placed on the awareness of breathing in every asana, so that we can deepen the experience. Through regular practice, the student transcends his physical and mental / emotional limits and develops deep body awareness, strength, control, patience, as well as physical and mental harmony.
In this class we breathe and move together, creating a flow. While moving through traditional Yoga postures, we'll fuse elements of mobily work and breath-centric movements to influence our physiology and parasympathetic tone. Sometimes we'll pause to build strength and deepen into an asana and sometimes we'll challenge our core stability and play with our balance. All levels welcome!
TAI CHI and QI QONG
While its precise origins are unknown, Tai Chi likely evolved from ancient forms of Asian martial arts, healing arts, philosophy and spiritual practices. It's an"internal" martial art, a mind-body exercise that integrates slow, gentle movements, with breathing and a variety of cognitive components, including focused attention, imagery and multi-tasking. The benefits of practicing Tai Chi include the strengthening of cognitive functions and memory, the improvement of balance and muscular strength, improved sleep as well as the strengthening of the immune system, flexibility, stamina, anxiety and stress. Suitable for all ages, beginners and experienced practitioners alike.
Qigong (pronounced Chi-Gong) is the ancient art of longevity developed over 6000 years ago in China. When we have a blockage, or disturbance of Qi (life energy) this can cause sickness (both physical and emotional). Qigong is a conscious practice where we balance and harmonize our vital energy – reducing stress, increasing health and vitality as well as developing spiritual perception and awareness. Qigong literally is working with the energy of life.
It is a form of gentle exercise composed of movements that are repeated a number of times, often stretching the body, increasing fluid movement (blood, synovial and lymph) and building awareness of how the body moves through space. Suitable for all ages, no previous knowledge required.
ALL BODY FITNESS
In this class, we perform strengthening exercises to balance the muscular system, correcting weaknesses and imbalances, in order to improve the functioning of our whole body.
FITNESS FOR OLDER ADULTS 75+
This particular class helps build a strong core from which one can transition into new positions and exercises. This flow centers around control and precision, with a diversity of exercises and modifications to suit a wide range of levels from beginner to advanced. With this class, you will learn and practice the tools needed to lead a healthy and fit lifestyle, while also remaining mindful in every act you perform.
These are sessions where we can meditate in a group, being facilitated by the quietness and vibrant space of Yoga Heart and also the presence of each other. Beginners are welcome to join.
As the sessions will not be running every Saturday, if you are intending to attend, please contact us through the website for exact dates.