Exploring the Nijamas
Jun
21
to Aug 2

Exploring the Nijamas

Following on from our exploration of the Yamas, this six week course delves into the Nijamas which form part of the eight limbs of yoga.

The system of yoga is made up of eight limbs according to the great saint, Patanjali, who taught us about the concept of yoga over 2000 years ago. These eight limbs are the stepping stones on the path of yoga to reach the ultimate goal of Samadhi, complete integration or bliss. The path of yoga is to purify mind and body so that we can move through life with less suffering and more ease. The eight limbs are:

  • Yamas - attitudes towards our environment (5 virtues to develop)

  • Nijamas - attitudes towards ourselves (5 qualities to develop)

  • Asana - physical posture

  • Pranayama - expansion or restraint of breath

  • Pratayahara - withdrawal of the senses

  • Dharana - concentration

  • Dhyan - meditation

  • Samadhi - blissful state of complete integration

Most of the limbs are taught in a typical yoga class, however the first two often get looked over. So for this 6 week course we will explore the meaning behind the Nijamas and how we can integrate these both on the mat and into every day life. The philosophy will be interlaced between poses, breath work and meditation practice so you still get your typical yoga practice!

Yoga is a way of life, not just an exercise class or a way to feel better. When we have a deeper understanding of what yoga means and how we can embody it into a daily practice (which by the way doesn’t necessarily mean ‘mat time’ each day) we can really start to realise the true benefits of a life with balance and ease.

This course will run from Friday 21st June - Friday 2nd August (no class on 19th July) at 9:30-10:45am

Investment is £8 drop in per class or £42 for 6 classes.

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Exploring the Yamas
May
3
to Jun 7

Exploring the Yamas

The system of yoga is made up of eight limbs according to the great saint, Patanjali, who taught us about the concept of yoga over 2000 years ago. These eight limbs are the stepping stones on the path of yoga to reach the ultimate goal of Samadhi, complete integration or bliss. The path of yoga is to purify mind and body so that we can move through life with less suffering and more ease. The eight limbs are:

  • Yamas - attitudes towards our environment (5 virtues to develop)

  • Nijamas - attitudes towards ourselves (5 qualities to develop)

  • Asana - physical posture

  • Pranayama - expansion or restraint of breath

  • Pratayahara - withdrawal of the senses

  • Dharana - concentration

  • Dhyan - meditation

  • Samadhi - blissful state of complete integration

Most of the limbs are taught in a typical yoga class, however the first two often get looked over. So for this 6 week course we will explore the meaning behind the Yamas and how we can integrate these both on the mat and into every day life. The philosophy will be interlaced between poses, breath work and meditation practice so you still get your typical yoga practice!

Yoga is a way of life, not just an exercise class or a way to feel better. When we have a deeper understanding of what yoga means and how we can embody it into a daily practice (which by the way doesn’t necessarily mean ‘mat time’ each day) we can really start to realise the true benefits of a life with balance and ease.

This course will run from Friday 3rd May - Friday 7th June at 9:30-10:45am

Investment is £8 drop in per class or £42 for 6 classes.

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Revistalise & Energise - Wednesday AM Yoga
May
1
to Jul 31

Revistalise & Energise - Wednesday AM Yoga

Get a mid week boost with a revitalising and energising Yoga class. We will start with some slow unwinding to wake up tired bodies, then a slow flow of postures to bring about some stability, strength and structure into the physical and mental bodies. Feel refreshed and ready to conquer the rest of your week with a radiant spring in your step!

Gwills Yoga is a gorgeous venue - especially when the weather is sweet and we can take the class into the garden :)

Join us: Wednesdays 7-8am from 1st May - 31st July (no class on 12th June)

The classes will be £7 on a drop in basis, or you can take advantage of the VERY SPECIAL earlybird offer… Just £75 for 13 classes - that’s a FABULOUS saving of £16 (or 2.3 classes)

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When you make a commitment to practicing Yoga EVERY week, you’ll be sure to notice the beautiful benefits it can have on every day life. I hope to see you there.

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Journey through the chakras
Mar
8
to Apr 26

Journey through the chakras

Over the course of 7 classes together we will explore the 7 main chakras (energy vortexes) in the ethereal body and learn about the energetic system that optimises our health and vitality of mind, body and soul. Using all aspects of hatha yoga including: asana, breath work, mudra, mantra, meditation and aroma, we will balance and realign our energies to bring about a higher sense of peace and ease with life.

Each chakra relates to different glands, organs and body parts as well as having their own characteristics and governing emotions. When we can understand what each means, we can start to recognise when a chakra is out of balance and learn some simple techniques to bring our energy back into harmony.

This is a 7 week course running from 8th March to 28th April missing out Good Friday (19th April)

Investment £49 for the course or £8 drop in

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Foundations in Yoga
Jan
18
to Feb 22

Foundations in Yoga

Whether you are a complete beginner or an established practitioner, this six week course will lay the underpinning foundations to cultivate intimacy and intuition with your yoga practice.

Yoga means ‘union’ which can be interpreted in many different ways. But on the mat I view it as creating connection between mind, body and breath. This means to let go of all external and internal distractions and centre the attention on our present experience to listen and respond accordingly to bodymind wisdom.

During our time together we will explore different ways in which to connect with these aspects through practice of the eight limbs of yoga with special attention on the subtle anatomy. Each week will build on the teachings from the week before, so it is highly recommended that you commit to the full course to get the best outcome.

Week One: Laying the foundations - meeting the earth with your body, basics of breath, mula bandha, how to practice yoga and importance of relaxation

Week two: Folding into internal space - exploring forward folds and how to modify with props, uddiyana bandha and basics of meditation

Week Three: Opening the heart to inner wisdom - back bending safely for your body, full yogic breath, jalandhara bandha, cultivating courage and compassion with mudra and meditation

Week Four: Unwinding the spine - twists and lateral extensions to create space and length in the spine, kapalabhati (skull cleansing breath), the concept of yoga as a tool for purification

Week Five: Delving into the hip girdle - psoas health, alignment and modifications for hip tension, nadi shodhana (alternate nostril breathing) to balance mind and emotions

Week Six: Turning your world upside down - a light hearted exploration of inversions, the benefits, breaking down self imposed limitations and transmuting negative energy to lighten up your day

Investment £42 for the six weeks or £8 drop in.

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