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Exercise, Dance and Wellbeing

Yoga and Relaxation for everyone

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Start date: 16th Sep 2020

Time: 18:30 - 19:30

Cost: £60

Day: Wednesday

Duration: 12 weeks

Tutor: Lou Moore

Course code: 20AU032

Yoga is unique in that it is a form of exercise that can bring strength and flexibility to the body, whilst connecting movement and the fluctuations of the mind to the rhythm of the breath.   A mind, body and breath approach to enhance overall wellbeing. 

Yoga is not a religion but a philosophy dating back to India 5000 years ago, based upon scriptures which provided a framework for spiritual growth through physical and mental practises.  

This course is for; 

Anybody and every body!   Physical flexibility is not necessary - just a willingness to try.   You may have a desire to explore how yoga can increase fitness levels, improve flexibility, aid joint mobility, enhance spinal health...and that's just for starters.   Breathing and relaxation techniques bring a sense of balance and calm, even to the busiest of minds.

All physical work is easily adapted to suit individual needs, and a health questionnaire and regular teacher contact will ensure that discreet modifications can be offered and safety comes first. 

If you are currently receiving medical treatment or recovering from surgery or health problems you may wish to discuss with your consultant or GP before commencing your yoga journey.

For the first session students will need;

A yoga/exercice mat (although there are some spares) and comfy clothing that you can move in (i.e. leggings or joggers).  You may like to bring a blanket to cosy down for your relaxation time.

Ideally yoga should be practised with an empty stomach, but if you need to eat beforehand you may prefer just a light snack.   Twists and forward bends are never comfortable after a huge feast!

Additional Costs;

None.  If you prefer to use your own yoga mat these can purchased cheaply in TK Maxx and supermarkets.  

The course aims

There are many styles and traditions of yoga, but this Hatha Yoga class blends movement with breathing and relaxation techniques in a friendly and informal group setting.  There is no competitiveness and no grading or expectations.  There are times when it is appropriate to be quiet in order to develop a sense of self awareness and inward focus.  At other times we explore, ask questions and share the experience.

The course is structured to be all-inclusive.  No prior knowledge is required but likewise students with previous experience are also welcome.  

The course will cover

Physical movement, including joint mobilisation, spinal mobility and stretching to strengthen, improve balance and the posture.

Breath work to enhance breathing and improve the respiratory system.

Relaxation and meditation practices to counteract the stresses and strains of everyday living.

When we combine these together we have a complete system which can be transformational and improve our overall health and wellbeing. 

We shall explore physical movement in preparation for classical yoga postures (asana) and provide confidence to work within the individuals limitations, breathing (pranayama) as a stand alone tool as well as a way to find our way in to and out of the movement and a variety of relaxation techniques to quieten the mind.  An understanding of why we are moving, breathing and doing will be explained throughout, and all health benefits highlighted.

By the end of the course students

Will gain a sense of awareness and understanding of how movement and breath can be used to improve the posture, aid movement and mobility whilst stress-busting and feeling generally energised and rejuvenated.

Students will be able to safely adapt and modify the practises to suit individual needs and have the confidence to apply the methods and use them in everyday life.   There will be access to the teachers social media channels and an opportunity to follow along with short video tutorials at home.

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Lou Moore

Lou first attended a yoga class almost twenty years ago, and knew straight away that it would become a way of life and a passion that she wanted to share. She trained with the British Wheel of Yoga, Dru Yoga and further specialist training in Trauma-informed restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra and began teaching in 2007, whilst also discovering the joys and stresses of motherhood. Her students to date have ranged in ages from two to ninety two, but she much prefers teaching well behaved adults!

Lou is also a qualified massage therapist and takes a special interest in adapting a yoga practise to suit any physical or health limitations. When she is not promoting calm and stillness Lou likes listening to loud rock music and whizzing down a mountain on a snowboard!

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