Classes

Yoga is your 'Me Time'. Your time on the mat to breathe, connect to your body and most importantly... to feel good! Come to your mat to find peace in the present moment. Classes are taught by Mel and Pete. See bottom of page for Pete’s bio.

For beginners please see the Beginners Yoga Course

 
 

Drop in: £10

Monthly Membership options
(starting on the 1st of the month until the last day)

  • 1 class a week any day- £35

  • Unlimited, which includes all the classes- £55

    All equipment is provided

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Hatha Vinyasa

Ha- Sun
tha- Moon

In Hatha Yoga different energies in the body are ignited, strengthened and balanced. Within each male and female are masculine and feminine energies. The Sun part of Hatha Yoga is masculine and we experience this energy through heat building linear asana (poses) and sequences, the Moon is feminine which is expressed through cooling, fluid sequences and restorative asana. Feminine energy creates and masculine energy puts forth that creation into action. Nurturing these inner energies supports a more wholesome experience and involvement with life.

Hatha Yoga is the yoga of Asana (poses) and Pranayama (breathing techniques) to bring balance and prepare the practitioner for meditation. All the Asana open up the energy channels for Prana (life force) to flow freely and warm and lengthen the muscles. The Pranayama stretches and strengthens the respiratory muscles so a relaxed state of breathing can be found and full awareness turned inwards. Through the Asana and Pranayama the body and mind reaches a state of equilibrium, focus of mind and suppelty of body then supports seated meditation.

Vinyasa- To place in a special way

Vinyasa refers to the flowing quality of the practice, particularly the standing section. Each movement is connected to a breath and the inhale and exhale is used to keep the movement continuous. The inhale is used when rising up or lifting a body part, the exhale is used to lower and release towards the ground. Vinyasa is most emphasised during Sun Salutations but an awareness of when you’re inhaling and exhaling is encouraged throughout the class. As the practitioner develops she/he will find using the breath in this way makes the practice a lot easier, the breath supports the movement and keeps the mind totally absorbed in the body.

*Peter teaches one Monday a month as well as his Wednesday & Saturday classes. See below for Peter’s bio.

COULSDON Community Centre, Barrie Close

Updated schedule from Jan 5th 2019…

Monday 8:00-9:00pm
Hatha Vinyasa, Mel*
Guided relaxation and breathing exercises followed by energising sequences of rejuvenating twists, held stretches & balance poses to develop flexibility and strength and to provide you a sense of uplift and inner peace. An hour of nourishment for body, mind and spirit.

Wednesday 7:00-8:00pm Gentle Therapeutic Yoga, Mel
This class includes Self Awakening Yoga Therapeutics & Gentle Hatha Yoga and is for those wishing for a very grounding, calming and gentle practice, spending more time in the poses for a restorative effect rather than the other energetic, flowing Hatha Vinyasa classes. Great if you're not so interested in more dynamic standing styles of yoga or rehabilitating an injury. Please read more below.
Wednesday 8:10-9:10pm Hatha Vinyasa, Pete

Thursday 7:00-8:00pm Hatha Vinyasa, Mel
Thursday 8:10-8:55pm Meditation & Yoga Nidra, Mel

Saturday, Pete
8:00-9:15am Pranayama & Vinyasa Alignment
Class will start with breathing techniques to increase vitality and expand your energy. Physical practice will include held poses and flowing sequences and attention to alignment. A great opportunity to really feel into the positioning and variations of poses to find stability and confidence in your practice.

9:30-10:30am Vinyasa flow & Mixed Spiritual Arts
A flowing energetic practice, suitable for all abilities from beginners to advanced practitioners, blending traditional Yoga poses with mixed spiritual arts.

Gentle Therapeutic Yoga

This class will include Self Awakening Yoga Therapeutics & Gentle Hatha Yoga and is for those wishing for a very grounding, calming and gentle practice, spending more time in the poses for a restorative effect rather than the other energetic Hatha Vinyasa flowing weekly classes.

Self Awakening Yoga is a non weight bearing, therapeutic style of meditative movement, great if you're not so interested in more dynamic standing styles of yoga or rehabilitating an injury. Through floor based movement the practice deeply connects you to your breath and gently releases held physical and emotional tension (stagnant energy) in the connective tissues, and particularly the pelvis and lower back.

Gentle Hatha Yoga includes poses to stimulate the spinal column and soothe the entire central nervous system with yummy twists and folds, gentle stretches to elongate the hamstrings and open the shoulders and chest, clearing away held stress, anxiety and mental tension.

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Hi my name is Peter and I got into Yoga properly almost 3 years ago following consecutive shoulder dislocations and eventual taking surgery. I began firstly with physiotherapy after 6 weeks of immobilization. I had to regain my range of motion and work on rebuilding my strength. I started practicing Yoga with Felix Price in West Norwood, South London at his Dads community centre The Portico Gallery. I got hooked straight away as Felix helped push me beyond my own self-limiting beliefs. After 4 months of consistent training I witnessed a real transformation, strengthening my mind as well as my body. The birth of his Daughter brought a spontaneous opportunity for me to lead the class and this is how I began to teach/share what I have learnt.

I love to teach and help people achieve things that they once believed they where not capable of. What I love the most about Yoga is the strength, clarity and calmness of mind that can be achieved through training the body. I also feel that I am constantly becoming the best version of myself. I recently completed a 200hr Yoga Teacher training course at AYM (Association of Yoga and Meditation School) in Rishikesh India training in Ashtanga, Hatha and Hatha Vinyasa which was an amazing experience. Learning about the depths of Yogic philosophy was the highlight of my training. My physical practice deepened too with the early starts, daily practice, and eating light and clean.

My favorite term in Yoga / Sanksrit is Isvara Pranidhana. (Surrendering to a higher power) Isvara translates as ‘supreme being’, ‘God’ ‘Ultimate Reality’ or ‘True Self’, Pranidhana translates as fixing upon. Many translations of this advise us to surrender and trust in this higher self, which means cultivating a deep trusting relationship with the Universe.
Looking forward to meeting you,
Om Peace