Wellbeing classes

From a variation of yoga classes, to ballet fitness ,dance, pilates, tai chi and so many more, take your pick and join us for a relaxing wellbeing session !

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Hatha slow flow is a flowing and focused class that emphasises the alignment within yoga postures (Asanas) to increase body awareness.Students are encouraged to experience and work with their body to focus the mind and relax the  to find peace in movement. The  class finishes with a guided body scan to help absorb the benefits of the practice.

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Vinyasa flow  is a combination of breath and movement that flows through a sequence of poses that strengthen, squeeze and stretch both your body and mind. This class is suitable for all levels, from beginner to advanced, encouraging depth of understanding in the basics of alignment whilst allowing for the freedom of expression through vinyasa. Expect to move, breathe, sweat and walk away energised!

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The Embodied yoga principles class will help you learn how to use yoga postures to get you in the right mindset to achieve your goals. Every class will start with a mindful mediation, followed by the exploration of embodied yoga principle postures and a one-minute partner chat about insights. The class ends with a relaxation practice.

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Pilates is known over the years for improving flexibility, posture, and dealing with lower back issues.

The six Pilates Principles as named from Joseph Pilates- the inventor of this physical training method- are Centering,  Concentration, Control, Precision, Breath, and Flow.

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The ancient Chinese martial arts of Tai Chi Ch’uan and Qigong are practised as tranquil moving meditations. Whilst Tai Chi involves stepping and moving the whole body, Qi Gong offers standing postures with only the arms in motion. Both focus on groundedness and balance, with a deep inner connection though breath. These exercises help to build up your Qi (life force), renew it and store it for greater vitality and health. Regular practice develops flexibility, mindfulness, lightness of being and compassion. 
 

 STRONG FLOW YOGA  - intermediate level-  focuses on strong vinyasa flows. We will make use of the great mix yoga has to offer: strength, flexibility, balance, concentration and breath. We will work on arm balances and play with standing balances. Not for complete beginners, but everyone is welcome who wants to challenge themselves and have some fun on the mat.

Pre-teacher training will cover, philosophy, sanskrit, chanting, history of yoga, sutras of Patanjali, Anatomy, postures (asana), breath work (pranayama) meditation, mudras, yantras, cleansing practises, different traditions from Iyengar to ashtanga, Forest yoga, rocket, vinyasa, Shivnanda and other guru based systems, yoga nidra, yoga therapy, ayurveda, yoga lifestyle, cooking, as well as touching on related areas like calisthenics, and pilates. There will be an introduction to dharma and yoga in real life, as well as a short introduction to the business of yoga. 

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Ashtanga  is a form of Hatha Yoga based on Patanjali's Yoga Sutra's and its eight stages or 'limbs' involving ujjayi breathing and a swift series of poses. This method of yoga involves synchronising the breath with a progressive series of postures - a process producing intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind.

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Hatha Yoga is a class to bring you back to basics. Connect with your breath and gain awareness of your body in motion and in stillness. Increase your strength, your flexibility and your endurance and reduce your stress levels.

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The Mum and baby yoga sessions are geared towards parents with babies from 6 weeks to crawling. We concentrate on yoga for the mums first, with postures designed to help alleviate aching shoulders, necks and backs. We then practice some fun baby yoga moves, incorporating favourite songs and music, and finish with some Baby Om.  Everyone leaves refreshed and ready to face the world! 

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Meditation has been proven to release deep routed stress and offer calm and clarity to our chaotic lives. These weekly group meditation sessions are facilitated by The Meditation Trust. Group meditations deeply enhance your own practice and create greater brain coherence which improves your results. 

If you're not familiar with meditation or don't have a technique you're very welcome to join in; you will be instructed in a simple mindfulness technique that will allow you to join the group practice.

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Seated acupressure massage is an easily accessible and highly effective therapy performed in a professional massage chair, whose purpose is to align the muscles of the body for an optimal treatment. Working over the clothes, Seated Acupressure can work on a range of areas including the head, neck, shoulders, upper and lower back,arms and hands, with each treatment tailored towards the individual needs of the client.

 Nia is based on the intelligent design of the body. Each workout brings mindfulness to your dance movement experience leaving you energized, mentally clear, and emotionally balanced. Nia cardio-dance workouts combine 52 simple moves with dance arts, martial arts, and healing arts to get you fit in 60 minutes - body, mind, emotion, and spirit. It's non-impact, practiced barefoot, and adaptable to individual needs and abilities.

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Open yoga classes aim to release tension,  strengthen and energise students through a dynamic combination of pranayama and asana. Expect flowing movement , playful sequences and a lively soundtrack to ensure you leave  feeling refreshed and ready to take on the weekend.

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Mindful flow classes focus on working on body awareness, energy and alignment while balancing and strengthening the body. Focussing on the breath ,mindfulness is brought back  into the practice leaving you feeling calmer and restored. Remember, slow does not mean easy!

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Yoga for children .Yoga and Mindfulness helps children realise their full potential. Allow your child to experience the life-changing effects of yoga in a fun and interactive way. They will explore traditional yoga postures, breathing techniques and relaxation in a non competitive environment. Yoga empowers individuals with self awareness and self confidence whilst increasing flexibility, concentration, physical strength and motor control. From September we offer a fun after school class with Francesca, who is trained in Yoga and Mindfulness for Children with Special Yoga Foundation.

''When I breathe I feel more relaxed and put my hand up in class rather than shutting down''

(Year 5 child)

 

 

 

''I can go to a place now when I am angry and I calm down and then I can talk to people calmly.''

( Year 6 child)

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Ballet Fitness is a low impact, intense workout for those who want to improve their bodies! It works by using techniques built over the years in Ballet, combining Strengthening core movements with a blast of cardio. There is NO need to have any ballet or dance background to attend this class. The class work can be easily adapted to help people who have never done it, or to push people who have. 

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'COLLEGIATE SHAG' SWING DANCE . From week to week our rotating roster of top London teachers bring you tips, energy saving tricks, and a host of smooth moves and sequences for beginners, improvers and connoisseurs alike.
Each class starts with a warm-up and introduction before moving on to the techniques that underpin the dance, and fancy moves to extend your repertoire.
The evening is split in two with a break in the middle to give brains and bodies a breather. Classes are planned as one to give maximum content over a smooth learning curve.