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Exercise, Dance and Wellbeing

Yoga for everyone

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Start date: 14th Sep 2022

Time: 18:30 - 19:30

Cost: £65

Day: Wednesday

Duration: 12 weeks

Tutor: Lou Moore

Course code: 22AU094

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 Moore

Lou first attended a yoga class over 20 years ago, and instantly knew that it would become a way of life and spark a passion for sharing the many benefits of this ancient healing practise.
She trained with the British Wheel of Yoga and Dru Yoga, and has since gained further specialist qualifications, including Pre/Post Natal Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Trauma-Informed Restorative Yoga, Menopause Yoga, Yoga for Cancer, Breast Cancer Post-Op Rehabilitation and Women’s Circles.
Lou began teaching in 2007 whilst navigating her own journey in to motherhood, and has taught at a wide range of settings, more recently providing mentoring and support for other teachers. She has a particular interest in women’s health, and ensures all participants feel part of a supportive and friendly community. She loves to blend a seasonal and elemental focus in to her classes, creating balanced and inspiring experiences.
When she is not teaching, Lou likes walking, live music, snowboarding and travelling. She has recently rediscovered a joy for roller skating... no broken bones, so far!!!

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