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Monday 9.00 -10.30 and 19.30 - 21.00
Tuesday 10.45 - 12.15 Free class
Thursday 9.00 - 10.30
These are classes suitable for all levels of physical ability and yoga experience. We practice classical yoga postures for health and balance in the body and the mind, always taking into careful consideration the individual and constitutional needs of all the participants. Simple breathing exercises are taught and practiced in order to quieten the busy mind, and to help one draw the attention inwards, becoming aware of the subtler dimension of one's existence, in preparation for the practice of meditation. It’s an inward journey of discovery, helping to alleviate stress, anxiety and giving the space to enjoy ones own true Self.
DYNAMIC HATHA YOGA
Wednesday 19.30 - 21.00
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 SENIORS 75+
Monday, Thursday 10.45 - 12.00
Tuesday 12.15 - 13.30 Free class
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
Monday 12.15 - 13.45
Thursday 19.30 - 21.00
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.
Friday 9:00 - 10.30
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.
TAI CHI and QI QONG
Monday 18.00 - 19.00, Tuesday 9.00 - 10.00 and Saturday 9.00 - 10.30
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.
Wednesday 18.00 - 19.00
Understanding of connective tissue has greatly increased in recent years in physiotherapy, sports science and medicine. Fascia plays an important role in health, well being and mobility, as it transmits the power of the muscles, communicates with the nervous system, and serves as a sensory organ. Fascia ensures the protection of the internal organs and forms the basis for a healthy pain free body. Connective tissue responds to stress, and nerve signals. If it gets tangled or glued together, it causes pain and problem in movement.
Fascial Fitness is for anyone who would like an active, mobile, and pain free everyday life. Exercising it regularly, it helps one to have a vibrant and toned body, flexibility, feeling of well-being, strength, collagen tissue restructuring, injury prevention, lemphatic degongestion,and improved muscle tone.
ALL BODY FITNESS
Friday 18.00 - 19.00
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+
Friday 12.15 - 13.15
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.
Saturday 8.00 - 9.00 Free
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.