Online Yoga Classes
Yoga is a way of moving and exploring your body, that can help you become stronger in mind and body, with a new energy and purpose. If you’d like to feel happier, healthier and more capable, these classes are for you.
With the Covid Pandemic, I have started to offer this class online, using the Zoom platform.
Online Yoga Class
This gentle class is ideal for beginners and beneficial for the more experienced, whatever your age or level of fitness. There are no fast changes from one intricate posture to the next. Instead, you’ll learn how to listen to your body so you can move at a pace that’s comfortable for you.
Yoga increases your perception of how your body moves and feels, allowing you to identify areas of tension and release them with simple yoga movements. By gaining a deeper inner awareness you’ll be able to reconnect with your body, reduce pain and stress and restore well-being.
What happens in class?
I’m using a form of yoga inspired by the teachings of Vanda Scaravelli. This approach uses gravity to relax and release the spine, which leads to an invigorating and natural suppleness. I will guide you through a series of poses, encouraging you to find the support of your bones in each pose which helps you to minimise the amount of effort necessary to journey towards the poses. I will use props (belts, blocks and bolsters) to help you find comfort in the position that is best for your body. Occasionally I will also use my hands to help bring an awareness of the base of the pose or to bring a focus to where the movement ideally is occurring.
As Vanda said: “Movement is the song of the body”.
The course I studied on is accredited by the British Wheel of Yoga and includes 500 hours of study, covering yoga practice and philosophy, anatomy and physiology. I have also completed the 50 hour “Teaching yoga online” course run by the Institute of Yoga Sport Science.
If you are interested in attending this class please complete the BWY General Health form (see panel on the right) and email it back to me. I will then send you an email with the link for classes, and ways to pay. If there are any questions I need to ask with regards to your health I will ask to have a conversation with you before your first class.
The British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) has provided this helpful document about attending online yoga classes.
What equipment do I need?
Unlike going to a yoga studio where most props are provided you will need to provide your own. This blog post runs through things in a bit more detail and offers a few alternatives, but the follow is a quick list
- You will need a computer/phone/tablet with a web cam to take part in the class, and this needs to be positioned so you can see me and I can see you as you practice. From experience having the camera about 2 meters away gives a good view. If I can’t see you I can’t ensure your safety and that this your responsibility.
- A yoga mat is helpful, but not totally necessary. A mat provides a space on which to practice, and putting it out sets the intention of practicing yoga. It also provides padding on harder surfaces.
- A belt
- A block
- A blanket, which can be used for additional padding if necessary
- A small cushion, which can be used to help support in certain poses (especially if you have aching knees).
If you want to attend one of my classes, and you are not an existing client, you will need to complete the following form:
A Word document version can be sent on request.
This form needs to be completed, and returned to me via email (tim<@>relaxreleaserenew<dot>co<dot>uk) before I will send the link for the class to you and details about ways to pay.