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

Mondays

Yoga (General). Time: 1.30-3pm. Venue: Edinbane Hall. Maximum class size 12. April dates: 9, 16, 23 and 30. May dates: 7 and 14 only.

Tuesdays

Yoga (Experienced). Time: 5.30-7pm. Venue: Borve. Maximum class size 6. April dates: 3, 10, 17 and 24. May dates: 1, 8 and 15.

Thursdays

Yoga (Gentle). Time: 1.30-3pm. Venue: Borve. Maximum class size 6. April dates: 5, 12 and 19. No class 26th April. May dates: 3 and 10 only. 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. April dates: 6, 13 and 20. No class on 27th April. May dates: 4, 11 and 25.

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. I am teaching it on 13 and 20 April then it will taught by other staff members until I resume teaching it on 8 June.

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.

For May, I am offering two sessions which give you a chance to try two interesting and different approaches there sometimes isn’t enough time for in short yoga classes. (In the past I’ve been asked by people who come to my general classes whether they will ‘manage two hours’, so I’ll say here: anyone who can do one of my 90 minute classes will find a 2 hour session goes by easily and surprisingly quickly!).

Saturday 5th May. Time: 10.15am-12.15pm. Venue: Borve. Maximum class size: 6. Cost: £12. After a gently dynamic joint mobilisation and warm-up, this class will focus on long, slow holds of classic yoga poses. As such, it is suitable for all levels of experience: those newer to yoga will have a chance to go over alignment and technique in an unhurried, well-supervised setting. Those with yoga experience will have the opportunity to explore longer holds than they might normally get the chance to do in a general 90 minute class.

Saturday 12th May. Time: 10.15am-12.15pm. Venue: Borve. Maximum class size: 6. Cost: £12. This session, by contrast, will focus on the gently flowing styles I have studied in intensive courses with well-known teachers Pete Blackaby, Dan Gelblum and Hanna Casement. Small movements repeated many times without strain or force build up gradually into more recognisable yoga poses. I personally find this approach can make poses I normally find quite challenging, much more comfortably accessible.

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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