HATHA YOGA with Kathy & Lauren
Hatha yoga is a captivating yet gentle yogic system that brings together the mind, body & soul through the practice of breath awareness, mindfulness, accurate physical placement & awareness of asana (postures) and calming relaxation. Classes integrate the physical and philosophical practice of yoga and are energizing and grounding at the same time. Hatha classes are great for building strength, stability, suppleness and consciousness on different levels!
RELEASE & RELAX With Lauren
During these one hour session you will rediscover inner strength, stillness, calm, tranquillity and joy as we focus on moving slowly through a yummy practice that unites pranayama with yin and restorative postures – releasing and relaxing the mind, body, soul and heart! These is a deliciously relaxing and rejuvenating practice that will melt all your troubles away, leaving you with the feeling of being completely calm, still and at one with yourself & the universe.
YIN YOGA With Lauren, Lisa & Kathy
Is a mat based, contemplative practice using breath and gravity. Postures are held for an extended period and explore the meridian theory in Chinese Traditional Medicine. Working on balancing the chi (energy), unblocking, releasing and enhancing the meridian pairs. In holding the postures for an extended period helps to gently stretch the muscles, fascia and connective tissue…as well as creating space between the joints.
ASHTANGA VINYASSA YOGA with Alicia & Lisa
Ashtanga (or Ashtanga Vinyassa) yoga is a popular branch of yoga comprising of the eight limbs of yoga, including posture, breath control and meditation.
Ashtanga yoga is a predominantly physical practice. K.Pattabhi Jois, one of the forefathers of modern Ashtanga yoga, held that Astanga yoga requires “99% practice, 1% theory”. The primary series alone if made up of 60 postures and there are six different series. Through regulation and practice, the ‘eight limbs’ of yoga are nourished. There will be physical as well as mental benefits and a deeper personal insight.
Alicia’s one-hour Ashtanga classes will incorporate postures from the primary series with elements of vinyassa flow. There will be sun salutations, standing postures flowing with the breath and the option to take a vinyassa between the seated postures. A vinyassa is a flow which brings the body back to a neutral position between postures.
The class will end with a short period for meditation and relaxation.
Alicia’s classes will introduce students to Ashtanga yoga postures (asana) and rhythmic breathing resulting in improved physical fitness, increased core strength and a relaxing of the mind. After class students will feel revitalised and reenergised combined with an overall sense of calm and fulfillment.
VINYASSA FLOW YOGA with Alicia & Lisa
Vinyasa is the synchronisation of breath and movement. It is the unique linking of one yoga posture (asana) to the next in a creative flow, often accompanied by music.
In Vinyasa Flow classes – the mind is focused on the breath and by mindfully connecting to the movement we stay in the present moment.
As well as a soothing of the mind, vinyasa flow yoga will increase strength, stability and flexibility.
Alicia’s classes draw inspiration from her Ashtanga yoga training as well as traditional Hatha yoga postures. It will be a dynamic practice with uplifting flows, however, it is suitable for beginners who have a good level of fitness.
There will be a warm up, building into sun salutations followed by creative sequencing, ending with a relaxation.
HOT YOGA with Alicia
Practising yoga at 30 degrees is a great way to deepen your practice, increase detoxification and increase the heart rate, which increases the immediate benefits of your workout. The increased warmth also allows muscles to lengthen and stretch even further – allowing for a deeper practice in a safe controlled environment.
Alicia has developed a hot yoga class that works with opening the shoulders (so important for breathing new energy into our heart space), lengthening the spine (crucial for long-term posture) and stretching the hamstrings (lessen your lower-back stress).
Inspiration for the class is taken from the Ashtanga primary series and there will be Vinyasas between poses to reset and recharge motivation and develop strength and discipline. The class is a creative sequence at a pace that is consistent to keep you working and warm yet never push you too far.
Please remember to hydrate before the class and to bring water. It’s also advisable to bring a towel or yoga sweat towel.
STRONG FLOW with Alicia
This is similar to Vinyasa Flow but taken up a notch, you can expect extended time in your planks and a focus on the core. The class does not focus as much on flexibility as on strength so there will often be focus on inversions and arm balances. It is designed as a class for those who want to explore yoga for its ability to build muscle, tone and power through focus and dedication. You will experience almost immediate progression that will lead to increased engagement with your muscles as well as picking up the fundamentals of the philosophy behind the practice.
SLOW FLOW with Alicia
A great class for beginners, inspiration comes from the more traditional ‘Hatha’ yoga as well as incorporating a gentle flow between postures. There will be balances, standing postures and inversions during the practice. There will also be a focus on the meaning and philosophy of yoga, meditation and pranayama (breathing) exercises.
PILATES with Steph, Pollyanna & Lisa
Developed by the late Joseph Pilates (1880-1967), the Pilates method is a mind-body conditioning programme initially designed for rehabilitation purposes during the early twentieth century. Pilates was later adopted by dancers as its philosophy blended well with their focus on core strength, co-ordination, flexibility and posture.
Pilates is based on a set of principles which exercise the whole body through a range of mat and equipment based exercises. Pilates combines the co-ordination of deep postural and stability muscles, breathing and arm & leg movements with postural correction, suppleness and flexibility. With regular practice, Pilates positively changes the body. The method has seen a resurgence in popularity over recent years and continues to expand since Joseph’s death.
More recently Pilates has been adopted by athletes, fitness enthusiasts and within the health rehabilitation sector. Pilates is suitable for all ages and levels of ability. Scientific research is beginning to provide evidence of its effectiveness on reducing pain, improving physical function, movement and well being.
Both Steph & Pollyanna have been trained by APPI (The Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute), the classes are Matwork based, with the occasional implementation of theraband and swiss balls. These classes are suitable for all levels.
*It is a requirement that anyone new to Pilates at the Pea Green Studio must firstly book a 15 minute 1:1 with one of the APPI trained Therapists (Pollyanna, Steph, Caitlin or Ben), this enables you to be correctly taught how to engage the ‘core’ (Transverse Abdominus and Pelvic Floor) and how to find posture neutral. This allows classes to jump straight in with the Pilates exercises without having to teach the basics at the beginning of every class. We feel this will give a better Pilates experience for all. There is a £20 fee for the 1:1, but you only need to do this once.