January & February 2020 Class Schedule
We offer a wide range of Fitness Classes for adults and teens, which are run as 6 or 7 week courses during school term times. There are a variety
of classes available, with something for everyone’s taste. Classes are kept small for individual attention and so that the instructor can
ensure you are exercising safely and correctly.
The discipline of Hatha Yoga aims at the release of tensions and stress in the body through the physical approach of its postures called asanas. The distinctive method of classical Hatha is the way asanas are performed, slowly and mindfully. The mind is helped to create a "feel" for the body through the intuitive performance of the asanas. The body responds by becoming stronger and more flexible, releasing the resistance established by the lack of practice and old habits.
Dynamic Hatha Yoga
This is a flowing Hatha Yoga with a blend of traditional postures fused in a contemporary style, which aims to leave you feeling refreshed, stronger, invigorated and balanced. Suitable for beginners as well as more advanced students.
Iyengar is mainly responsible for bringing yoga to the West. The Iyengar style of yoga is probably the most widely practised form of yoga in Europe and America. It helps individuals to make progress according to their own abilities, and is a methodical, progressive inclusive approach, emphasising detailed correctness and absolute safety. Iyengar Yoga is considered a powerful tool to relieve the stresses of modern-day life which in turn can help promote total physical and spiritual well-being.
Teen Yoga - 13 to 16 years
Yoga for Teenagers can help with both physical and emotional health, sharpen focus and improve attention span, whilst engaging in a healthy and enjoyable activity. The teens explore traditional hatha yoga postures, breathing techniques and relaxation, all of which aid in relieving stress from academic pressures. The peacefulness acquired from yoga practice can help manage mood swings and self-image problems. Yoga is also a perfect choice for teenagers looking to take up a new activity as their skill for their Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Yoga for Runners (& Cyclists)
Repetitive, high intensity activities such as running, cycling or weight training can often create tension and misalignment in the body, such as hunched shoulders, tight hips, over-developed quadriceps, knee pain and shortened hamstrings. This is where yoga, with its focus on flexibility, coordination and balance, can be an extremely beneficial addition.
The aim of this class is learning how to stretch safely and effectively, whilst building strength, mobility and balance, in order to reduce the likelihood of injury, decrease recovery time and improve performance.
Restorative Yoga with Nidra
Come and unwind. In the busyness of daily life, practise and discover just how supported rest can restore and rebalance your vitality and bring a sense of peace. Using bolsters, blankets and props you’ll be gently held in comfortable adapted yoga positions, mostly lying down.
Gentle movement accompanies supported rest in adapted yoga positions using props to enable your body to release and open. The guided relaxation of Yoga Nidra that follows will soothe and work deeply to lift the effects of pressure and exertion.
Ideal for everyone who feels out of balance, healing from illnesses, have busy racing minds and cannot switch off, and those who wish to cultivate peace and happiness.
A gentle class that will teach you the basic yoga postures (asanas) practised in harmony with breathing techniques (pranayama) following simple sequences. In this class you will follow clear instructions based on the fundamental principles of a flow practice as well as in-depth breakdown of the individual poses. You will work at your own pace and build a solid foundation to develop your yoga practice. This class is suitable for those who have never tried yoga before or who would prefer a slower, gentle practice.
Face Yoga Method - FYM
The FYM is a unique and natural approach that improves the overall health and appearance of your face and neck. There are over 43 muscles in the face that can be targeted to lift the skin, naturally reduce and prevent wrinkles.
Toning your facial muscles will give you benefits which you might not even have thought of. Face yoga method exercise programme will help you to improve the overall look of your face and reduce imbalances you may have developed. Most people tend to use one side of the face more than the other, creating imbalances and unevenness, which increase with time. The exercises taught are simple and can be done anywhere.
Lotte Berk Method
The original Barre Work class. Combines elements from modern and classical dance, yoga and ballet exercises into a highly sensual and satisfying fitness system. It will firm, lengthen and shape muscles to their optimal form. The core stomach muscles get stronger, supporting your spine, flattening your stomach and improving your posture. Your bottom will lift and your thighs will get trimmer. The exercises will give a lean, supple and toned look to your body, rather than a muscular bulky look. The results will look and feel fabulous!
Ballet for Adults with Ballet4life.com®
A fun, creative class, set to great music, which will help you hone your technique and artistry. You will be challenged both physically and mentally but you will always be supported by your teacher. A strong sense of support and camaraderie is encouraged within the group, which creates a safe environment in which to experiment, learn, laugh, make mistakes and develop.
Starting with barre exercises and then progressing to centre practice, you will be working on clear movement articulation, correct placement, while at the same time being encouraged to let your individuality shine through.
This class is not suitable for complete beginners (please see Beginner Ballet Course) and is recommended for those with some knowledge of ballet technique or those having completed the Beginner Ballet Course already. The level and content of the class will very much depend on the group at hand each time and the participants’ suggestions are often taken into consideration (ie more work on turns or traveling across the floor etc.)
Classical ballet is a wonderful way to exercise both body and mind, while at the same time engaging in an artistic activity. We look forward to welcoming you in the studio.
Ballet for Adults with Ballet4life.com®
The course is aimed at anyone interested in learning classical ballet as a complete beginner, no previous dance knowledge is required. Dancers wishing to brush up on their basics are also welcome. Over the 6 week period you will be guided through the fundamentals of ballet technique and aesthetic, focusing on correct posture, clear physical articulation and artistry. A few myths will also be debunked, especially concerning flexibility and grace. Carefully constructed short exercises and clear information regarding each movement (with the odd anatomical and vocabulary reference), will ensure you have a good understanding of what you are asked to perform. The accompanying music will specifically be selected to provide the atmosphere, tone, phrasing and emotional approach to each sequence. Your teacher will guide and support you throughout the course, by the end of which you will have the necessary tools needed to follow a typical ballet class. We appreciate that different people learn in different ways, therefore you are welcome to repeat the course if you wish, before progressing to the General Level class.
The beginner class is suitable for men and women of all ages. It is recommended that you wear comfortable clothing (multiple thin layers recommended in colder weather), which should, however allow your teacher to clearly be able to observe the placement of your body, for your safety. Ballet flat shoes (canvas or leather) are optional, as you can easily also perform in socks.
Dance is a creative way to express oneself through movement and the skills to do that can only be acquired by attending a dance class. Documented benefits of vocational dance training include improvements in posture, body strength, balance, flexibility, coordination and a positive increase in mental wellbeing due to the social nature of the class, the stimulation through having to learn new sequences and the utter joy of moving to music.
Not currently running.
Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that, today, is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. Originally developed as a martial art in China, today it is practiced around the world as a perfect wellbeing exercise suitable for all fitness levels.
Tai Chi is low impact and puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it safe for all ages and fitness levels. In fact, because Tai Chi is a low impact exercise, it may be especially suitable if you're an older adult who otherwise may not exercise much.
Several studies have shown that Tai Chi improves flexibility, muscular strength, fitness levels, help relieves pain and can improve quality of life. Improved flexibility not only reduces stiffness in the body, but also helps the body to pump blood to muscles and nerves. Muscle strength is important to support and protect the joints and fitness is important for overall functioning of the heart, lungs, and muscles. In addition to these components, Tai Chi movements emphasise weight transference to improve balance and prevent falls.
Pilates Beginners to General
This foundation course teaches the basic principles you need to fully benefit from Pilates. You’ll learn to engage your deep core muscles, whilst getting a full body workout which will tone and strengthen your physique.
Pilates General to Intermediate
For those who have already done a bit of Pilates and understand the basic principles of Pilates. Focusing on improving flexibility and strength for a complete body workout. A series of controlled movements engaging body and mind, to encourage you to experience a new awareness of muscle function and control.
PureStretch was devised with the simple aim of getting people moving and more flexible in a fun way. The class is designed to lengthen the entire body whilst focusing on core strengthening and stability, using a series of balanced, choreographed movements.
Strech routines and relaxation techniques incorporates aspects of Yoga and Pilatets, to suit all needs and abilities. PureStretch will help improve range of movement, developing core strength, release muscular tension, decrease risk of injury and improve quality of life.
The class is choreographed so they are achievable for all levels of fitness and designed to be fun, so bring a smile with you!
In this four week Alexander Technique course you will learn about; natural breathing, methods for releasing tensions in the back, neck and shoulders, ways to deal with stress, how to cultivate mindfulness in activity and to find a sense of wellbeing.
- Back, neck and joint pain
- Muscle tension and stiffness
- Poor posture
- Breathing and vocal problems
- Anxiety and stress-related conditions
- Improve balance, stability and coordination
- Improve performance and prevent injury in music, drama and sport
- Support in pregnancy and childbirth