Yoga classes

Hatha Yoga

Hatha Yoga is the connection or union or yoking (as a horse yokes to its cart) of the mind with the breath, body, soul and spirit and moves energy around the body, clearing any blockages therefore bringing the body back into balance (homeostasis).  ‘Ha represents the esoteric sun (masculine energy – heat and light), and ‘tha’ the moon (feminine energy – coolness and calmness) and Hatha yoga also aims to balance these two energies.

There are many aspects to Hatha yoga including:

  • Asanas (postures).
  • Pranayama (breathing techniques) – the breath is the link between conscious and unconscious and between body and mind and we can utilise the breath to breathe into tightness and work our edge and to create space and expansion in the body.
  • Chanting focusing on internal sound (nada).
  • Meditation.
  • Mudras (hand gestures).
  • Bhandas (locks, like a channel lock in a waterway which are designed to hold energy in, like creating knots on purpose to help the prana flow into new places.  When the knots are held, the prana builds up.  When the knots are released, the prana flows).
  • Meditation using different techniques including visualisation, (using nature and the five great elements, (earth, water, fire, air and space), mantras – a word repeated to aid concentration and chakras.
  • History and philosophy.
  • Relaxation.
Yoga Classes

The benefits of Hatha Yoga can change how we feel not just physically but mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Embracing the source of consciousness is one of the essential purposes of yoga. Hatha Yoga is ideal for those beginning their yoga journey and who are newer to yoga or for those who want to improve and perfect their practice. Each posture will be broken down so you will learn how to get into them correctly and safely.

Restorative Yoga

As the name suggests, restorative yoga is fantastic for resting, rejuvenating, restoring and healing the body which we very rarely make time to do out of our busy schedules but restorative yoga is just as important if not more so than physical exercise so we allow the body and mind an opportunity to fully rest which is when the body balances and heals itself.  Time to just be, rather than doing.  Restorative yoga also opens the body through passive stretching and is the perfect time for finding stillness and spaciousness in the body and entering into a deep relaxation so it’s brilliant for reducing stress, releasing tension, aiding sleep and soothing the nervous system.  Restorative yoga combines perfectly with yoga Nidra.

I will guide you into several restorative yoga postures where you will stay in each posture for between 5 and 20 minutes.  Props such as bolsters, blocks, bricks, and blankets are used to ensure the body is as comfortable as possible as you shouldn’t feel any discomfort at all whilst practicing restorative yoga.  Don’t worry if you don’t have any yoga props as improvisations can be used such as rolled up blankets and books.

Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra or yogic sleep is a powerful meditation technique where the mind remains conscious during the normally “unconscious” state associated with deep sleep. It is practiced in Svasana (Corpse pose) in full supine (lying position), and it is one of the most popular yoga meditation techniques, because it induces a profoundly deep state of rest which combines perfectly with restorative yoga. It allows you to relax, recharge, rejuvenate and awaken higher consciousness. Yoga Nidra is a technique that allows you to connect with your inner-essence, layer by layer known as introversion, or pratyahara in Sanskrit (ancient yogic language) connecting with your inner being and your inner wisdom. The pratyahara of Yoga Nidra induces deep relaxation.

The three stages of Yoga Nidra

Stage 1. Rest, recuperate and rejuvenate

Stage 2. Manage old patterns, undigested negative memories, emotions, and desires

Stage 3. Awaken to the experience of your deeper self and your life purpose.

Benefits of Yoga Nidra:

  1.  Relieves muscular, emotional and mental tension.
  2. Relieves stress and anxiety, relaxing the mind.
  3. Treats insomnia, aiding a restful night’s sleep.
  4. Helps in enhancing memory and increasing learning capacity.
  5. Increases energy levels.
  1. Increases optimal functioning of the endocrine system, healing endocrinal imbalances.
  2. Detoxifies the body.
  3. Improves creativity and productivity.
  4. Cultivates body awareness and improves senses
  5. Restores mind and body.

Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Vinyasa flow is a dynamic, creative style of yoga in which the asana (postures) are linked together and synchronised with a yogic breath (ujjayi). This style of yoga allows you to feel the physical power of a yoga practice. When we begin to move through a physical flow with the breath our inner energies begin to flow more freely through the body leaving us feeling energised and revitalised.

This style is rooted in Ashtanga so often includes an Ashtanga style ‘vinyasa’ to link sequences – unlike Ashtanga, you will enjoy and experience a creative mixture of postures and sequencing rather than it being set.  I like to think of my classes as a well balanced, nutritious 5 course meal, and although the dishes can change based around ingredients in season, there’s a general fixed structure to the overall meal, as well as a general recipe for each potential course, so I’m not thinking about every last ingredient of every last meal during preparation but more like, oh I’m going to use pears in my salad today because they are in season right now, and I’ll maybe throw them in for dessert too.

Benefits of Yoga

  • Heal stress, anxiety and mild depression
  • Aid a restful night’s sleep
  • Time & space for you to relax, rejuvenate and heal
  • Support weight management & increase muscle tone
  • Boost feelings of wellbeing & happiness
  • Connect with your inner-essence and higher self
  • Increase confidence levels & self-awareness
  • Increase stability, strength & flexibility
  • Cultivate a calm, steady mind
  • Increase energy levels and balance the body

Yoga Classes

All classes are currently being held online via zoom due to Covid-19 restrictions until further notice.

All classes are an hour and a quarter and are £8.00 per session except chair yoga and gentle Vinyasa Flow which are an hour and are £7.00 per session.  Classes are payable in monthly blocks in advance and are non-refundable.

OR

Purchase an unlimited monthly class pass for £35.00

If anyone is experiencing financial hardship, then I would love to offer these classes for a donation or for free so they are accessible to all.

FREE first taster session for all new students.

HOW TO BOOK:

I’m currently in the process of adding a booking system to the website but to book in the meantime, please call or message me on 07931 739452, email amanda@puravidaholistics.co.uk or send me a message via the contacts form at the bottom of this page and you can pay via BACS sort code – 09-01-29, account number – 11835132,  Name – Pura Vida Holistic Therapies, Ref – Yoga.

BEGINNER HATHA YOGA

Mondays 6.15 PM – 7.30 PM

Start your yoga journey with beginner Hatha yoga.   Classes will begin with some Pranayama (breath work) to arrive, settle and ground you, connecting your mind with your breath.  I will then guide you through a nourishing warm up followed by a beginner asana practice (postures) to improve your flexibility, stability, strength and muscle tone. The classes will finish with a guided meditation and a guided restorative savasana (relaxation).
As classes progress, I will teach you Ujjayi breath, an ancient yogic breathing technique. Ujjayi breath helps us ease in and out of postures when we are practicing yoga dynamically repeating the movements helping us to synchronise the breath with the movements and also whilst statically in postures, holding the pose for a certain number of breath cycles, helping us to focus on our breathing. It also helps us to deepen and lengthen the breath having a balancing effect on the cardiovascular system, increasing the amount of oxygen in the blood, nourishing the body.
I will also gradually integrate some chanting and I will initially teach you how to chant Om which you can use as a tool in your own self practice to reduce stress and anxiety, detoxify the body and improve concentration amongst lots of other benefits.

Themed Hatha Yoga Class (some previous experience in yoga is necessary)

Mondays – 7.45 pm – 9.00 pm

Classes will be focused around a particular theme or element each week and will begin with some pranayama (breath work) to ground and settle you on the mat and connect your mind with your breath followed by a nourishing warm up leading into an energising asana practice (postures). A cool down will then lead into further pranayama techniques to calm the body in preparation for a guided meditation to control and/or quieten the mind.  The focus each week will be on a different meditation technique such as a visualisation, a mantra (a word repeated to aid concentration), chanting (focusing on internal sound -nada) and the chakras (a wheel or vortex of energy) to connect with your inner-essence and cultivate feelings of joy, peace and happiness.  A  guided, restorative savasana (relaxation) will conclude the class.

Chair Yoga

Tuesdays and Thursdays – 2.00 pm to 3.00 pm

This adaptive form of yoga is great for older adults who cannot easily get down to the ground and builds flexibility, strength and stability, muscle tone and confidence and will improve the functioning of every system in the body.  Practicing yoga activates the parasympathetic nervous system, thereby calming the body by lowering the heart rate and deepening and slowing the breathing rate and regulating blood pressure and blood sugar levels, bringing the body back into balance (homeostasis) not only on a physical level but also on an emotional, mental and spiritual level.

Chair yoga is also a great way to make new friends and engage and connect with other people building a community who are able to support one another at a time when a lot of vulnerable adults are shielding and may be experiencing feelings of loneliness and isolation.

Energising Rise and Shine Gentle Vinyasa Flow Yoga Class

Wednesdays – 7.15 am – 8.15 am

Set yourself up for the day with this energising gentle vinyasa flow yoga class to get the energy flowing around your bodies, releasing any deep-rooted blockages manifesting as aches and pains, tightness or stiffness in the body that may have been caused by deep rooted emotional as well as physical issues.  We will take a few moments in stillness throughout the class to connect with our inner-being to really feel into the sensations and tingling as the energy begins to flow, allowing you to connect with your creativity and become more productive throughout your day.

Classes will begin with a short pranayama (breathing technique) to arrive, ground and settle you on the mat followed by a nourishing warm up including tapping and shaking the body.  We will then transition into an energising gentle Vinyasa flow.  The class will finish with a nurturing, short relaxation.

Rest/Restore with Therapeutic Sound Healing and Yoga Nidra

Thursdays – 7.45 pm to 9.00 pm

Make time to relax, rest, restore, rejuvenate and heal your body with restorative yoga, therapeutic sound healing and yoga Nidra.  A heavenly combination.

This class will begin with some pranayama (breathing techniques) to settle, ground and connect the mind with the breath and the body followed by some nurturing restorative yoga postures whilst immersing yourself in a therapeutic sound healing bath to put you into an altered state of consciousness by altering your brainwave state from Gamma (high level brainwave activity) to Alpha (Drowsy) and Theta (dream state).  The class will conclude with a deeply relaxing Yoga Nidra.

Themed Hatha Yoga

Fridays – 10.00 am to 11.15 am

Classes will be focused around a particular theme or element each week and will begin with some pranayama (breath work) to ground and settle you on the mat and connect your mind with your breath followed by a nourishing warm up leading into an energising asana practice (postures). A cool down will then lead into further pranayama techniques to calm the body in preparation for a guided meditation to control and/or quieten the mind.  The focus each week will be on a different meditation technique such as a visualisation, a mantra (a word repeated to aid concentration), chanting (focusing on internal sound -nada) and the chakras (a wheel or vortex of energy) to connect with your inner-essence and cultivate feelings of joy, peace and happiness.  A  guided, restorative savasana (relaxation) will conclude the class.

Cacao ceremony, meditation and restorative yoga with therapeutic sound healing

Fridays – 7.00 pm to 8.15 pm

Start your weekend with this serene session.  The session will begin with some pranayama (breathing techniques) to ground, settle and connect your mind with your breath and your body followed by a nourishing gentle seated warm up leading into a healing cacao ceremony and a grounding meditation.  The session will then lead into some deeply relaxing restorative yoga postures whilst immersing yourself in some therapeutic sound healing.  The session will finish with a short relaxation.

Private Yoga classes online via zoom

One to one lessons are a really focused way of learning yoga and staying connected, grounded, balanced and cleansed, especially in these unprecedented, challenging times we have all found ourselves in.  It has never been more important to ensure all our systems are functioning at their optimum level, particularly our immune and nervous systems and yoga is a fantastic tool to use to keep us strong, stable and healthy not just physically but emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

Private yoga sessions are also ideal as a gentle introduction to help beginners on their yoga journey or for someone who might have a specific injury or health issue they would like to focus on, tailoring the sessions for you personally.

The price for a private one hour session is £45.00, or £55.00 for a 1:2 session and includes a free 30 minute consultation in your first session to establish your goals and the outcome you would like to achieve.  A follow up email is also included in the price.

To book, call or message Amanda on 07931 739452, email amanda@puravidaholistics.co.uk or complete the contact form at the bottom of this page

Get in Touch

I’d love to hear from you.  Contact me to make an appointment or for advice on the best treatments for you and your specific requirements.  Call 07931 739452 or fill in the form below.