Yoga

IN STUDIO OFFERINGS

Tuesday 10 – 11.00am Morning Soulful Hatha
@ Soul Fire Studios  Book Online

(in studio)
A 60 min journey through a relaxation to focus the breath, mobilisation to get the joints and spine ready for bigger movement, followed by the main focus for the class. The main phase of the Hatha class changes each week and every week is ended with a supine cool down and an ending meditation. 

These classes are designed so that the yogi who wants a more gentle, slow paced, mindful hatha class can come and enjoy breathing and holding poses; 
This class is also suitable for complete beginners; if you’ve walked in off the street and you’ve never done yoga before, if you did some yoga once, long ago but have forgotten how, if you’re returning to yoga following a long break from exercise or if you just want to see what all the fuss is about without any pressure to stand on your head or “look good” ; then this delightful class is for you. 
Tuesday 8.00 -9.00pm Cosy Bedtime Yin Yoga 60mins
online and in studio options available.
Online; Bring your favourite blanket or fluffy towel, wear your comfy slacks, bring a pillow and we’ll stretch out and breathe deeply.
In Studio; we have everything you need.
Yin yoga is not to be confused with restorative yoga; we work on mobility and flexibility and connective tissue strength and length. Meditative and slow; this class ends with a mini yoga Nidra practice to guide you off to sleep.

To book visit The Reach website and choose a class pass option that suits you. 

Wednesday
 6.15 – 7.30pm Yin/Yang fusion flow
@ Soul Fire Studios  Book Online

(in studio) A 75 min full body experience, we begin by diving into the yin tissues of the body, creating space and openness in the fascia, ligaments, tendons and connective tissues.
Then once we have breathed some life into our bones and tissues, we awaken the muscles, the energetic yang parts of our bodies.  We move with grace and flow with dynamic vinyasa to strengthen your body and challenge your balance and quieten the mind with a breath lead practice.  When you come to the cool down at the end of class you should feel like you’ve given your whole body a chance to move, stretch, mobilise and come to life.  What a great way to start the day – awake and energised and ready to go!
Sunday 7.00 – 8.15pm Yin Yoga 75mins
In studio.
In Studio; we have everything you need, but you can bring your favourite blanket or fluffy towel if you prefer, wear your comfy slacks, bring a pillow and we’ll stretch out and breathe deeply.
Yin yoga is not to be confused with restorative yoga; we work on mobility and flexibility and connective tissue strength and length. Meditative and slow; this class ends with a mini yoga Nidra practice to guide you off to sleep.

To book visit The Reach website and choose a class pass option that suits you. 

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Class Descriptions;

Gentle Hatha Yoga

The word Hatha has been adopted by the western world and used to describe any general yoga class where the poses are held for 5-7 breaths per Asana (pose). In my Hatha classes I take my students through a relaxation to focus the breath, mobilisation to get the joints and spine ready for bigger movement, sun salutation sequences to fully mobilise and warm the body followed by the main focus for the class. The main phase of the Hatha class changes each week and every week is ended with a supine cool down and an ending meditation. 

These classes are designed so that the yogi who wants a more gentle, slow paced, mindful hatha class can come and enjoy breathing and holding poses; almost using the class as a movement meditation.

This class is also suitable for complete beginners; if you’ve walked in off the street and you’ve never done yoga before, if you did some yoga once, long ago but have forgotten how, if you’re returning to yoga following a long break from exercise or if you just want to see what all the fuss is about without any pressure to stand on your head or “look good” ; then this delightful class is for you. 

Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Depending on the location / class; The Vinyasa Flow Yoga class is 60-75 minutes long.

From a typical class you can expect a mixture of both “Hatha” and “Vinyasa” style yoga. Modern yoga classes consider Hatha style to be the slow paced, broken down and fully explained, held-for-a-few-rounds-of-breath type style. Whereas ‘Vinyasa’ (‘to place with purpose’) works with the breath to create a flowing movement of poses that link together in a sequence called a Vinyasa Flow.

It is also especially good for dancers who want to bring a fluid, strong, graceful energy to their performances; flowing with yoga is a dance in itself. Whilst the final flow section of class can be a faster pace, this is a very inclusive supportive environment where you can take any variation you need. Every class starts with mobilisation, pranayama practice, classic sun salutations, the theme of the week’s flow, seated postures, a supine twist and a relaxation meditation to close. We move slowly to start off with and break down the poses we are ‘flowing’ through, so this slow flow is suitable for beginners. On Sundays at the Reach, the flow class is slow paced. On Monday night’s at the kettle club, the Flow class has a weekly theme which changes each week. The B-Yoga classes are less spiritual and more of a workout. 

yin ferret Yin Yoga 

Cosy bedtime Yin Yoga. At the end of your day, when the kids have gone to bed, the work is done, your chores are over, this Yin Yoga class is the perfect way not only to stretch out our bodies but to shrug off the day and get ready for a good night sleep. 
A full body mobilisation and mindfulness meditation.
This class is great for anyone who feels tight, achy or just wants to improve their range of motion and mobility. This class is a Yin Yoga class; not a restorative yoga class, so you will be working your body… but in a yin way. 
Using the concept of yin / yang ; in our more energetic yang classes like ashtanga, vinyasa, hatha, etc; we work our muscles. In a Yin Yoga class, we provide a healthy stress to our bones to strengthen them, a gentle stretch to our connective tissue to lengthen our tendons and ligaments and fascia (often the part of our body that keeps us feeling tight no matter how many muscle stretches we do). 
If you want to go further in your flexibility; it is your yin yoga practice that will take you there. 
You do not need to be flexible to join this class (that’s what we here to improve). Modifications will be offered for all poses to find the best version for your body. you’ll be guided through every pose in detail as we hold the poses for time; so this class is great for all levels of yogi, beginner to ‘expert’ 
Please bring your own Mat, and your own blocks / cushions if you have them. 
You can of course; do your yin practice without any props at all. 
Looking forward to welcoming you to the yinside. 

Rock Run Yoga

A Yin/ Yang Yoga practice for athletes & sporty types.
Rock Run Yoga was a concept born out of looking at the yoga poses most beneficial to Rock climbers and Runners (in association with Rock Run Relax sports massage). Over the years of working with runners & climbers; Joanna Ferret had the privilege of really getting to know her clients and what they wanted and needed help with. We’re pleased to be bringing the 90min class back this October with new material from her research into what runners and climbers and other sporty types need. 
This class begins with a yin practice; whilst the muscles are quiet we strengthen and lengthen the fascia, connective tissues, tendons and ligaments around our bodies (the parts of us keeping us tight no matter how much we try to stretch our muscles!). We look at strengthening the bones and joints with a healthy stress making us stronger all round. 
Then the class moves into a yang flow of movement, vinyasa flow, balance work, co-ordination, and mindful strength work. Finally, when the whole body has been worked; pranayama & relaxation to switch us back to the parasympathetic nervous system ready to rest and repair and sleep well tonight! 
This class is the best friend to those who love to keep active and give their bodies what they need. It is a mixed level class, but beginners might find it a bit *strong* (and they might like that!!). See you on the mat. 

Strong Core Yoga (Yoga & Pilates for a strong core) 

Combining a Hatha style Yoga class with some of the best core work exercises from Pilates; this class includes a mobilisation warm up, followed by abdominal work, core strengthening, stabilising the hip joint, toning the legs, working the back muscles and stretching out everything we’ve worked at the end. This class uses strong sequences of yoga Asana to challenge the core. Conditioning the deep core muscles using poses in an interesting way (it’s not just an hour of plank!)

By taking this class, you’ll find that your performance in your regular yoga practice, handstand / headstand work or sport of choice will greatly improve. Pilates focuses on strength and rehabilitation and stabilisationExpect to leave class with stronger abdominal muscles and a sense of achievement.

Yoga Nidra Meditation class 

A 60 minute Yoga Nidra class to quieten the mind and bring your busy weekend to a close.

** What is Yoga Nidra? **
“Yoga is a Sanskrit word meaning “union” and Nidra means “dream”. Therefore, in Yoga Nidra the mind of the individual, the body and the intellect are in a complete state of relaxation and may even seem to be sleeping, but in reality, their consciousness is active and functioning at a higher level deep. In a person’s yoga dream they are taught how to get out of the waking state, go beyond the dream state and even go into deep sleep, but nevertheless stay awake.”

People have joked about yoga Nidra being basically organised adult sleeping. But apparently; 1 hour of yoga Nidra is the equivalent to 4 hours deep restful sleep.

** What can you expect from a Yoga Nidra class? **
We’ll begin with some mobilisation for the body to stretch and ease out your joints. We’ll do a few rounds of Surya Namaskara (sun salutations) and then when the body is happy and mobile, we’ll take it to the mat and lie supine for the meditation section.
Ferret will guide the class through the meditation which includes a full body scan and mindfulness practice.
This is done whilst essential oils are being diffused and relaxing music is played.
At the end of the guided meditation Ferret will play her traditional handmade Nepalese singing bowls and sing a soothing mantra chant.

** Why Yoga Nidra? **
Benefits of Yoga Nidra
• Deep skeletal-muscular relaxation, removal of blockages and physical pain.
• Balance of the nervous system and increase the production of endorphins, the hormones of happiness, and on the other hand lower levels of immunosuppressants, noradrenaline and cortisol.
• Reduction of the rhythm of our brain waves and harmonization of the two hemispheres.
• Stress relief, depression, anxiety, insomnia, headache, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, hypertension.
• One hour of yoga Nidra practice equals four hours of natural sleep.
• Development and use of non-analytical mind for personal growth purposes.
• Mental reprogramming and proposal of objectives.
• Increased learning capabilities, memory, intuition, creativity.
• Spontaneous manifestation of our inner potential and our resources.
• Cleansing of the subconscious and limiting memories.
• Lucidity to deal with conflicting situations.
• Deep meditative states.
• Expansion of altered states of mind.
• Integral harmonization.

** What should you bring to class? **
All mats and bolsters and equipment is provided by the beautiful studio here at the Reach, however you can bring any pillows, blocks or cushions you have that are your favourite for lying down. It is not necessary for the class, but some people find it helpful.
Handmade Lavender eye bags will be provided for everyone.
Also; herbal tea is provided after class.

…And when you’re done stretching out and working it out on the mat; those aching muscles will be in good hands if you can get yourself down to the Hillsborough based massage wizard Kelly D at the Rock, Run, Relax treatment room. This knowledgeable gentleman is like a muscle whisperer and comes highly recommended from both myself and everyone I know who has ever spent time under his skillful hands. Hit him up for an appointment; you can even book in online via his website.

FAQ

Q: I’m not flexible – does that mean I cannot do yoga?

Neither am I! Next question. 

Seriously though… this is a complete myth that you need to be flexible to do yoga. People who are not at all flexible will find that yoga classes improve their flexibility. People who are hypermobile / very flexible , will find that yoga classes help to build strength and stability to support their joints. You only really need to be alive and breathing and able to move to do yoga. We all have our own challenges physically, and we’re all different, so our bodies will all move in different ways and look different in the poses. 

Q: What should I wear to class?

You should come dressed in comfortable clothing that you can move in.  You need to be dressed appropriately (a mini skirt and high heels wouldn’t be a sensible idea for example!) it is a good idea to test your clothing out before coming to class; can you bend over in it? can you lift your leg / move your legs around? if you bend over does your top fall down and create your own little tent around your head!?

For an idea; I wear leggings, a sports bra and a vest / tight fitting top that wont roll up / down as I move. ….and a smile! x

Q: What should I bring?

Definitely bring water. You should make sure you drink plenty of water before class starts so that you’re hydrated and do stop to drink throughout if you feel you need to. You’re welcome to bring your own Yoga mat if you like, although the Reach studio, Depot Climber centre studio, Kettle Club & B-Yoga studio have their own mats you can use.

If you have a yoga block or strap you like to use, feel free to bring these too (equipment like this is provided at all classes).

Q: What footwear should I wear?

Personally I prefer either barefoot, or using ‘yogi socks’ (basically cutting the toes and sometimes the heels too out of a pair of socks so that you can use the toes to grip. I wouldn’t recommend using full socks as these can cause you to slip and fall. You may wear these at your own risk if you’d prefer however.

Some Yogi’s like to wear socks with grip. Know that this is your choice, but not what I would recommend.

Q: Does it matter that I have never done any yoga before?

Not at all! I will look after you! Everyone has to learn somewhere and I remember when I started out it took me 6 months just to get anywhere near to being able to finish a class! (Child’s pose was my friend in the beginning). EVERYONE is welcome, young, old, beginner, advanced, big, small, etc, etc . Know that everyone will be at a different level, but we’re all in it together.

Q: What happens if I get tired / don’t feel up to it?

Sometimes life / stress / illness can get in the way and often coming to a class can be a welcome break from this. However, if in the middle of one of my classes you feel you cannot carry on, don’t feel bad about sitting out for a moment or perhaps for the rest of the class. Sometimes all you need is a quick child’s pose moment and then you can jump back into the class to join the others. You can always move at your own pace.

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