Whether you are completely new to yoga or you already have a regular practice, you are in the right place. Yoga can bring immense benefits to the body and the mind, especially important in today’s busy world. If you have any questions or concerns about coming to my classes, whether this is your first ever yoga class or not, please get in touch with me and I’ll be happy to help.
What to wear – The most important thing is that you can move easily and you feel comfortable. The second most important thing is that I can see the shape of your body in the postures so that I can easily correct your alignment and prevent wear and tear on your joints. Come to class wearing stretchy clothes that aren’t too baggy. You may also wish to wear layers as your body temperature will likely change during practice, warming during the more active phases and cooling during the restful phases.
What to bring – Mats are provided, but of course you are welcome to bring your own. A small towel and a bottle of water are especially important in a hot yoga class.
Drag your sleepy self out of bed and onto the yoga mat; pyjamas are perfectly acceptable attire. In this 60 minute class you will be gently awoken, physically and mentally. Starting with a floor warm up sequence we gradually build energy through postures that will perk you up, open your hips, lengthen your spine and stretch your shoulders (perfect if you spend most of your day hunched over a computer). You will leave feeling energised, positive and ready to face the day with a can-do attitude. It’s amazing how yoga in the morning can set the tone for the rest of your day.
No experience necessary, complete beginners welcome.
The term “yin yoga” comes from the Taoist tradition. Yang relates to movement, often repetitive movement, creating heat in the body. Yin is about finding stillness, slowing down and creating space to just ‘be’. Yin yoga can complement an already active life or help those who feel distracted by “mind chatter”. We need both Yang and Yin activities to bring ourselves into balance, both of the mind and the body.
Yin yoga is practiced sitting or lying on the floor and poses are held for up to 20 minutes. The longer static holds enable us to access the connective tissues around the joints, gently strengthening and lengthening. There are no planks, no warriors, no core work, no dynamic sun salutations and no standing poses. The pace is slow, so you need to wear comfortable, warm clothes. The classes are suitable for beginners and more experienced practitioners alike.
The practice allows the body to drop down into the parasympathetic nervous system, which can be deeply healing and nourishing. The hope is that we develop mindfulness skills that can be transferred from the mat to everyday life; by focusing on the present moment, the “mind chatter” is lessened and the “volume” turned down on persistent and negative thought patterns.
Hatha yoga is an old system that includes the practice of asanas (postures) and pranayama (breathing exercises), which help bring peace to the mind and body, preparing the body for deeper spiritual practices such as meditation. Hatha yoga is intended to create a balance of strength and flexibility in the body as well as a balance of effort and surrender in each asana. No posture should be forced, and adaptations to the individual are offered in all cases. This practice requires special attention to the breath, which helps calm the fluctuations of the mind and find stillness. With particular attention on the alignment of the spine you will leave the class feeling looser, longer, refreshed and relaxed.
No experience necessary, complete beginners welcome.
Ever thought of doing a series of 26 postures in 38 degree heat? It’s hot, it’s sweaty and it could change your life! Practicing a set sequence of postures in a heated room elevates the heart rate, increases your flexibility, strength and energy, improves breathing and the intense focus that is required helps to calm your mind. With a strong emphasis on correct postural alignment, it’s a fantastic series for correcting postural aches and pains as well as increasing the overall health of your spine.
If you are a complete beginner I recommend doing the Hot Yoga for Beginners course that is run at Camyoga before you commit to a full 90 minute class. See you there!
Bring more well-being to your workplace with these tailor made classes, held at your office. The perfect antidote to the high paced, high stress work environment where we often find ourselves hunched over a computer screen all day long. So, take 40 minutes out of your day to do some yoga and return your desk feeling energised, refreshed and relaxed – avoid the post lunch slump and see how much more productive you could be!
Please contact me directly if you are interested in bringing yoga to your workplace.
This class is specifically designed for the rowing teams of Cambridge. A specialised yoga programme which targets the 4 major sections of the stroke, with specific emphasis on the areas of the body that come under extra strain when rowing. The main aims of the practice are to increase flexibility, balance and power whilst reducing the risk of injury – and win more races!
Please contact me directly if you are interested in adding yoga to your training routine.
Prefer to try yoga in the comfort of your own home, either on your own or with a small group of friends? Or do you have troublesome aches and pains or maybe old injuries which are holding you back? Either way, I will work with you to develop a yoga practice which meets the needs of you as an individual, working on your problem areas specifically, fine tuning your posture so that you can feel more at ease in your own skin.
Please contact me directly if you are interested in discussing private classes with me.