Monday: 9.15 -10.45 and 18.30 - 20.00
Thursday: 9.15 - 10.45 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
HATHA YOGA FOR 60+ and 70+
Monday, Thursday 11.00 - 12.15
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.
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.
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.