Timetable

Levels: ‘General’ classes are for any level of experience, including beginners. ‘Experienced’ is for those who have done yoga in classes for a while and also practise it at home, or have an interest in doing so. ‘Gentle’ is for people of any level of experience who would like to take things at a slightly slower pace than in a General class. When there is sufficient demand, I occasionally run short ‘Beginners’ courses for those who are completely new to yoga or have been to fewer than 12 yoga classes. ‘Prenatal’ classes are for women at any stage of pregnancy from around 14 weeks onwards.

Cost: £7.50 per class if booking two or more classes in advance. £8.50 for one-off payments. Weekend workshops are priced individually depending on the nature of the session.

Mondays

Yoga (General). Time: 1.30-3pm. Venue: Edinbane Hall. Maximum class size 12. Dates: 8/1, 15/1, [NO class 22nd], 29/1, 5/2, 12/2, 19/2.

Tuesdays

Yoga for Healthy Bones. Time: 3-4.15(ish!)pm. Venue: Borve. Maximum class size 6. Dates: 23/1, 30/1, 6/2, 13/2, 20/2. In this course of classes, we will be focusing on good technique & alignment in poses/sequences featured in Yoga for Healthy Aging’s ‘Bone Strength Practice’ and in the book Yoga for Osteoporosis by Fishman and Saltonstall. The class is intended for those who are aware they may have some of the risk factors for osteoporosis and wish to maintain bone density over the longer term. Nb. If you already have a diagnosis of osteopenia/porosis, you must discuss with your GP/physio whether yoga is appropriate for you before coming to this or any yoga class. Please contact me if you’d like more info on the class content to assess whether it’s suitable for you.

Yoga (Experienced). Time: 5.30-7pm. Venue: Borve. Maximum class size 6. Dates: 9/1, 23/1, 30/1, 6/2, 13/2, 20/2.

Thursdays

Yoga (Gentle). Time: 1.30-3pm. Venue: Borve. Maximum class size 6. Dates: 11/1, 18/1, [NO class 25/1], 1/2, 8/2, 15/2, 22/2. This class is a good choice for beginners or anyone with yoga experience who would like to take things a little more gently than in a general class, for any reason. Please note it is not a chair yoga class – we will be doing a normal range of asana (poses) from standing, seated, all fours, lying down, etc. There will be a little more time allowed for transitions between poses, as well as more time spent on warming up at the start of class and relaxation/breathing exercises at the end.

Fridays

Yoga (General). Time: 10.30am-12noon. Venue: Church of Scotland Hall, York Drive, Portree. Maximum class size 15. Dates: 12/1, 19/1, 26/1, 2/2, 9/2, 16/2, 23/2.

Pilates (General). Time: 5.15-6.15pm. Venue: Portree High School. Maximum class size 14. This class must be booked via the Fingal Centre (see the Pilates tab on this website for details).  It runs throughout the year.

Weekends:

I run weekend yoga sessions every month or so, exploring different aspects and styles of yoga. If you’d be interested in coming to these sessions or have requests or suggestions for future weekend workshops, please do get in touch.

Saturday afternoon workshops. Get 2018 off to a good start with a fun & sociable Pilates & Yoga afternoon event with myself and Hazel Robertson! Suitable for anyone currently doing some yoga or pilates. Includes an hour of pilates, an hour of yoga, & a guided relaxation, followed by delicious hot drinks and snacks. Time: Noon-3pm. Venue: Church of Scotland Hall, York Drive, Portree. Maximum class size 15. Dates: 13th January; 3rd February. Cost: £16 per afternoon. You are welcome to book for either or both dates. Please contact me for more information about the content of the workshops and booking.

Sunday yoga. Time: 11.30am-12.45(ish)pm. Venue: Borve. Maximum class size 6. Dates: 14/1, 21/1, 28/1, 4/2, 11/2, 18/2. This class is quite a gentle style of yoga, and as such is suitable for pregnant women (from 14 weeks pregnancy onwards) and beginners. Please note it is not a chair yoga class – we will be doing a normal range of asana (poses), working from standing, seated and all fours.  A few simple, relaxing, breathing exercises will also be taught and practised in these classes. Cost: same as weekday classes, i.e. £7.50 per session if advance booking two or more classes with one payment, or £8.50 for a one-off payment.

What to expect, wear and bring:

Doors open 10 minutes before the start of class.  Please aim to be inside venues 5 minutes before the class start time, so you are settled and ready to begin with the rest of the class.

As with any exercise, it’s best not to do yoga on a full stomach.  Try not to eat for an hour or two before the class. Wear comfortable clothing such as a t-shirt and tracksuit bottoms or leggings.  Yoga is usually done in bare feet. Pilates can be done in bare feet or socks.  Your body will cool down during the relaxation at the end of class, so make sure to bring warm socks and a jumper too.

Mats, blocks and belts are provided in Borve classes, but you can use your own if you prefer.  For hall classes, bring a yoga mat and a soft blanket or travel rug.  The blanket can be used as a cover during relaxation and as a prop (to kneel or sit on) for some poses.  If you have other props you like to use such as a yoga belt and blocks, please bring them.  An eye pillow or eye mask is nice to have for the relaxation (but not essential, so don’t worry if you don’t have one!).  Some people also like to bring a small cushion to rest their head on during the relaxation.

If you are a beginner, you can borrow a yoga mat and blocks from me.  The mats I use in class are from Yoga Matters (and I also have some available to purchase). I’ve ordered yoga equipment from Yoga Matters, John Lewis , Yoga Bliss, Ruth White Yoga Products , the Yoga Shop UK and Yoga Mad and had good customer service and product quality from all these companies.

I take yoga seriously, but I also find it fun – and I think that’s reflected in the friendly and informal atmosphere of my classes. Each claside-plankss begins with a short period of settling in, then a series of warm-up exercises.  After that we do yoga poses (asana).  Every week has a slightly different theme: for example, we may focus on a particular area of the body (such as the muscles of the hips) or family of poses (such as twists).  All yoga classes end with a period of relaxation, which may include time for some breathing exercises (pranayama).

To book a place in a class, or if you have any further questions, please get in touch – click on the ‘Contact me’ tab above for options.

 

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