ALL IN PERSON CLASSES ARE CURRENTLY BEING HELD ONLINE BUT WILL RESUME IN PERSON FROM 7 JUNE IN A HYBRID IN-PERSON/BROADCAST FORM.
With hatha yoga classes and Somatic yoga offered morning and evening with varying levels of practice, Life Yoga aims to ensure there is a class for you. If you are new to yoga and would like to try an introductory lesson all first lessons are FREE or PAY AS YOU FEEL. After that you are welcome to join a BASIC package (1 class a week for a month), join a GOLD package and access unlimited classes and access to a library of recordings. Drop in is available if space is available. The unlimited GOLD class option has proven very popular.
Classes can be booked by emailing your contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org or texting YOGA to 0791 225 7899.
Obviously at this time your income may have been affected by the pandemic and having access to a practice that is beneficial to peace of mind is of paramount importance. Life Yoga really wants to ensure that if you want to practice yoga with a live person (albeit on a small screen) particularly if your health and wellbeing is suffering, then you are more than welcome…
Free classes to those who have lost income and are struggling financially. However, some people might still want to contribute towards their lesson, so if you feel you want to pay, a donation you are more than welcome – or pay it to a charity of your choice.
BASIC PLAN – £28 per month – IN PERSON OR ONLINE. YOUR CHOICE.
- 1 class a week per month at £28 per month (75 min classes)
GOLD PLAN – £35 per month
- Unlimited access to live broadcast classes or
- Attend 1 LIVE IN PERSON clas and access the other classes online
- Access to a library of past classes including Hatha, Dynamic and Somatic classes
- Depending on use each class averages at less than £4 per class.
Drop in, irregular classes from £9 per class subject to availability.
Prices for 1-1 sessions are listed on the One-One page here
Details of what the Hatha and Gentle Somatic Yoga lessons entail are below. For a more in depth discussion about Gentle Somatic Yoga see the Gentle Somatic Yoga page.
UNSURE WHICH CLASS TO CHOOSE?
Hatha Yoga – Mixed Level
Classes are aimed at all abilities and are taught mindfully, asking students to pay attention to how they experience a posture (everyone has a different body – so why should a pose look the same?). Poses are often sequenced (linking postures that fit well together) so the body can fluidly drift between poses, allowing us to begin to meditate and go inwards, whilst ensuring are in control of their movements and practicing comfortably. A key aim of Zoe’s ethos is to encourage individual students to gain a deep understanding and awareness of their own body’s ability and then to encourage practice with attentive curiosity. So that practice becomes your own, and you grow to be your own teacher.
Dynamic Yoga – Mixed Level to more experienced
These lessons offer a little more pace, strength or technique. Again they are taught mindfully, asking students to pay attention to how they experience a posture (everyone has a different body – so why should a pose look the same?). Poses are often sequenced (linking postures that fit well together) so the body can fluidly drift between poses, allowing us to begin to meditate and go inwards, whilst ensuring are in control of their movements and practicing comfortably. In these lessons we might practice arm balances, or headstands and there will always be alternative poses to practice, should you think a pose is not for you on that day. There is never any pressure to do something that you do not want to do. A key aim of Zoe’s ethos is to encourage individual students to gain a deep understanding and awareness of their own body’s ability and then to encourage practice with attentive curiosity. So that practice becomes your own, and you grow to be your own teacher.
Gentle Somatic Yoga and Feldenkrais inspired and Cat Stretch classes
Gentle Somatic Yoga is based on the work of Thomas Hanna (Hanna Somatic Education), Moshe Feldenkrais and the work of James Knight (Gentle Somatic Yoga). These classes suit every ability and body (young/old, injured/healthy) and are very very relaxing. They are mat based (usually lying down or on fronts or on our sides, occasionally standing and sometimes on knees). The classes incorporate slow, mindful movements that amplify bodily awareness. The practitioner is aiming to self-correct and permanantly release persistent stress-based patterns from within their body (soma). Hanna Somatic Education aims to reprogramme muscles as participants work mindfully, focussing awareness on moving, sensing how muscles being used, in order to gain control of muscles and therefore freedom of movement. Students practice small repetitive movements and then relax, allowing the body and mind to absorb the fruits of their work. The benefits of these classes is that they can help erradicate sensory motor amnesia and students can learn how to relax the body. These classes can help with symptoms of chronic lower back pain, stiffness in the neck and shoulders, hip pain, poor posture amongst other problems.
The Cat Stretch class involves some of the recommended Daily Cat Stretch movements recommended by Thomas Hanna but then also some delicious stretches to ease you into the day.
Somatic Yoga Blend
I adore teaching this class. Blending techniques from Somatic and Feldenkrais teachings and fluidity blending them with some of my FAVOURITE yoga movements. A delicious release.
General notes about yoga practice
- Please let the teacher know beforehand of any injuries or physical conditions you may have, so that advice can be given to you, or to allow adjustments to the class plan, if necessary. It has happened that a class has been changed to suit the participants on the day. Zoe likes to listen!
- Always work to your own abilities. The wisdom of inner listening is always key. Everyone comes to class with different bodies (range of movement as well as conditions and abilities).
- Do not to eat for a couple of hours before coming to class. If you need to eat, then a small snack such as fruit is fine.
- Wear comfortable clothing that you can move around freely in and that will give you warmth. Layering is always nice.
- Bring a yoga mat if you have one and any props (cushions or blocks – to make things more comfortable). Please bring a blanket too.
One to One Classes
Why not try a bespoke, tailored class, with one to one attention in the comfort of your own home? Please contact me for details. The benefits of working one to one is that we can target specific areas that you wish to improve on in a class devoted just to you. I can also accommodate people at my own premises. Please contact me for a price. Block booked prices are charged at a reduced rate.
Workshop… Blending yoga with Somatics – 24 April 2021 at 2pm – 4pm GMT – £15.00
I’ve decided to run a workshop. I don’t teach many. I’m being brave! Teaching two of my greatest loves. Yoga and Somatics.
I started practicing yoga in 1999 and grew more serious about it over the years before becoming a teacher in 2013. My style has changed from Ashtanga, through to Iyengar to one that’s more inquiry based… what FEELS good to me and adjusting so the expression of the pose is felt and true yoga begins.. Ahimsa/Satya. We’re often taught postures that are based around certain rules and cues (feet together, shoulders down, tuck the tailbone) . and guess what…. WE’RE ALL SHAPED DIFFERENTLY… these cues don’t work for all… so nowadays I adapt postures in small ways to bring greater long term benefit physically to me.
Then around 2016-2017 I discovered somatic movement. We are creatures of habit. Habits become ingrained within us and posture and movement that may feel right within our nervous system may actually be painful to us in reality. How we react to the world around us… fight/flight reflexes can leave imprints in our posture and we may feel we are stiffening up – when in reality we’ve just forgotten how to MOVE. So in 2017, I did preliminary trainings and began teaching Somatic movement and in 2018 undertook more training and became a Level 1 Gentle Somatic Yoga teacher.. a set of teachings that blends somatic movement (movement with awareness that rewinds the ageing process within the muscles) with familiar yoga postures. I’ve just completed the next stage.
So rather than in yoga, where a stretch is held, we use pandiculation (what we do when we yawn) to release muscle tension… resetting its natural resting length. In this workshop we will explore Somatics and how to apply it to yoga practice… pandiculating pigeons, cat cow, fold etc. This practice has been revelationary. Long held pain that I’ve accepted was part of me is dissolving as I develop better movement patterns that carry into every day life.
I teach both yoga and somatic movement weekly already (been doing so since 2018) and my yoga classes blend in somatic movement in warm up. It’s a perfect mix and is going down really well with my students.
This workshop is a DEEP DIVE into the processes.
Hope you can come along.
Zoom is perfect for this. Just close your eyes and FEEL.
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AN INTRODUCTION TO SOMATICS WORKSHOP
When : To be decided
Where : To be decided
Cost : £20
Did you know you could release muscle tension and gain a freedom of movement in a relaxing way without stretching, like we do in yoga and Pilates?
Gentle Somatic Yoga (based on Hanna Somatic Education) uses the scientific principles discovered by Thomas Hanna, PhD to reeducate the mind in how we move and enhance personal awareness of ones body. The word Somatics comes from a Greek word meaning mind body.
Thomas realised every body to some degree unconsciously responds to certain situations in daily lives with an in built reflex. These reflexes can over time lead to unhelpful ways of moving and also pain. Somatic movement works with the parasympathetic nervous system (soma) in order to relax unconsciously held tensions and therefore move with more ease. We do this by performing repeated relaxing movements.
Much of the class is performed seated or laying down and is suitable for beginners to experienced movers.
This workshop will lead us through some simple movements which when practiced regularly can release tension patterns in the low back, hips and shoulders.
To book or to find out more information, please call Zoe in 0791 225 7899 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
•November 2019, September 2019, March 2019 – Introduction of Gentle Somatic Yoga at Nether Edge and The Power of Yoga in Greenhill
•September 2018 – Gentle Somatic Yoga workshop at Jenny’s Yoga and Pilates
•May 2018 – Gentle Somatic Yoga workshop at Jenny’s Yoga and Pilates
•March 2018 – Gentle Somatic Yoga Introduction masterclass at Nuffield Health
•April 2017 – Yoga for Runners at Nuffield Health
If you would like to host Zoe as your guest teacher, contact email@example.com to check availability