Timetable – Term 5 2017
Click on individual classes for more information. All classes are booked directly with the teacher concerned. Please call them or use the contact form on their class pages.
Term 5 2017 runs from 4th September – 20th October. Class term dates vary slightly depending on the teacher.
What’s the difference between the classes and which is right for me?
These classes are aimed at complete beginners and will cover physical postures (asanas) and movement as well as breathing techniques and guided relaxation. Beginner’s courses are an excellent way to start your yoga journey ensuring that the basics are learnt properly before you move on.
These classes are open to students who have at least 2 years regular and recent yoga practice. The class style will vary and will often include flowing sequences such as the Sun Salutation along with held postures. Considerable focus is given to breathwork including more advanced forms of Pranayama. Intermediate classes will also include the use of Bandhas, Mudra and Meditation.
A class suitable for all levels including beginners (unless otherwise stated). A well rounded yoga practice with emphasis on the breath and healthy, safe alignment. Modifications and alternatives are given. The class style will vary and will sometimes include flowing sequences as and when appropriate.
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga
A mixed level class suitable for all except beginners (unless otherwise stated). Ashtanga yoga is a dynamic style of yoga that follows a set sequence of postures. It was introduced to the west by Sri K Pattabhi Jois. The practice is breath-led, with movement synchronised to the breath (vinyasa). The ujjayi breath is used throughout the practice, warming and detoxifying the body as the practitioner flows from one posture to the next. There will be an emphasis in class on healthy alignment and transitions. As the sequence becomes familiar, the practice deepens and begins to take on a meditative quality. This style of class can be a challenging workout and is not suitable for those suffering or recovering from injury.
Viniyoga is a traditional yoga form created by TKV Desikachar which has its roots in the ancient Indian medical practice known as Ayurveda and has application in both yoga classes and individual yoga therapy. In this tradition each person is seen as an individual and sessions offer a meditative approach to yoga through which various yoga techniques are applied to each individual’s circumstances and requirements. This is a form of yoga which utilises the relationship between breath and movement and recognises the influence one has on the other, with the aim of creating strength, flexibility and ease in the body. Movement is adapted to each individual and so the Viniyoga approach is suitable for both complete beginners and experienced yogis wishing to work in a more mindful and applied manner.
NCT Pregnancy Yoga
NCT Yoga for Pregnancy classes incorporate gentle yoga-based exercises, pranayama (breathing), relaxation, and ideas for working with the sensations of labour and birth. Yoga is well known for helping women to cope wth the physical demands of pregnancy and labour and can positively influence postnatal recovery. Women report improved sleep, reduced backache, strengthed muscles (including pelvic floor) and increased body awareness. Women who attend these classes enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, alongside the opportunity to improve their physical and emotional well-being in a safe space. Birth experiences are positive – however babies are born – and women grow in confidence and self belief. For first time mothers there are practical tips and an opportunity to meet other expectant mothers, for women who are already mothers the classes are a chance to relax and concentrate on this baby and this birth.
Inner Strength Moves
This is a bespoke programme for wellbeing designed specifically for the White Horse Yoga Centre that incorporates influences from yoga, Pilates and other somatic and healing practices. The class targets the whole body and the movements are breath-led, slow, gentle and very effective – whatever your age or fitness level. This class is therefore suitable for both beginners and intermediate students of either yoga or Pilates, together with those who may have health issues, injuries or recovering from illness.
Tai Chi Qigong
Tai Chi Qigong is a joy to practice and so gentle and accessible for people of all ages and abilities. Practice involves slow, fluid movements aligning breath and awareness for wellbeing.
Tai Chi Qigong focuses on energy cultivation practised for thousands of years in China for health maintenance.
The benefits of ‘chi’ flow through the bodies meridian systems extend to every physical system of our bodies as well as to the mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of our Being.
The Shibashi forms taught are Tai Chi based movements and are easy to learn as the separate moves are repeated, not taught as a sequential flow of steps as in the more well known Tai Chi forms.