Vinyasa Flow classes are aimed at a beginner to intermediate level but not necessarily advised for a first timer. The movements are rapid, flowing from one yoga pose into the next synchronised with the breath. It is an energetic class which will raise the heart rate and create warmth in the body. You can expect to build strength and stamina whilst releasing tension stored in the body.
Vinyasa Flow is a branch of Hatha Yoga. In Sanskrit ‘nyasa’ means ‘to place’ and ‘vi’ ‘in a special way’.
In Yin Yoga we allow ourselves to slow down. Working through a series of supported postures which are held for longer periods of time, usually 3 – 5 mins; working deeply into muscles, joints and targeting the deep connective tissue and fascia, of the body.
Allowing for a truly nourishing and deeper release of physical and mental tension. Increasing our flexibility, opening up those tight areas of the body, including hips and back; reducing overall stress levels, whilst replenishing our energy and boosting the immune system.
Inspired by ancient Chinese yoga tradition, specific poses stimulate the meridians (energy channels) and organs in the body, helping to supplement deficiencies and stagnation of Qi flow (vital energy)
Bringing our body, mind and spirit back into a place of balance and flexibility, whilst increasing our overall sense of Wellbeing.
Open / Mixed ability level: Beginners welcome.
Somatic (Restorative) Yoga
•Do you suffer from muscle tension?
• Do you have joint stiffness?
• Would you like to move better?
Learn how to release tension from all the major muscle groups of your body from head to toe.
Somatic Yoga is a series of slow, skilled and focused movements that unfreeze the brain‘s muscle memory to release chronic tension and compensatory patterns. The Somatic programme results in the elimination of pain, your ability to move your body in the way you want it to move and renewed energy you thought you had lost forever.
Vanda Scaravelli was born in Florence in 1908. It wasn’t until she was in her 40s that she began to practise and study yoga with Iyengar and subsequently with T.K.V. Desikachar from whom she learnt about the importance of the breath. She developed her own independent practice and found a way to re-interpret the classical yoga postures as taught by Iyengar, through her discovery of the profound relationship between gravity, breath and the spine.
Scaravelli is a very deep way of connecting with your body, which over time, can bring about profound change. It is also a very safe way of doing yoga – classes are small, allowing the teacher to give individual attention to each student and to make sure that they are fully grounded, non-competitive and non-ambitious in their approach to yoga. The classes work through a variety of postures combining forward and backward bending, twists, spirals and rotations to develop strength, flexibility and balance.
Pregnancy yoga is an amazing way to prepare the body and mind for labour and birth. With the use of specialised breathing techniques and yoga poses, mums-to-be are able to stay active in a safe environment while gaining knowledge on how yoga can be used throughout pregnancy and birth to help calm the mind and strengthen the body for labour.
Benefits of Pregnancy Yoga:
Strengthen and prepare the body for labour and birth
Improve circulation and calm the nervous system
Relieve tension and stress throughout the body
Specialised breath work to aid in labour and birth
Establish connection with baby
*Hatha Yoga is a series of slowly performed asanas (postures) designed to strengthen the physical body and nervous system. It is the foundation on which all other yoga practices may be built. During the process of working through the postures, the body becomes flexible, relaxed and strong and we can begin to find a deeper peace within as the mind and body synchronise.
The Hatha Yoga classes at Clerkenwellbeing may be influenced by more than one style. They are aimed at a beginner level and we provide a safe environment regardless of ability.
In Sanskrit, yoga simply means ‘union’. ‘Ha’ means sun and ‘tha’ means moon, therefore the concept is about understanding the unity of separate entities such as the mind and the body.
Both Tim and David have completed the LYTTG (London Yoga Teacher Training Group) 2 year BWY fully accredited Teacher Training Course with the LYTTG here at Clerkenwellbeing and have been part of the trainee teachers programme. www.lyttg.co.uk
David is also a very experienced psychotherapist. Tim is one of our clinic’s Sports and Remedial massage therapist who also practices Myofascial Release, Reiki and ERT (Emotional Realignment Therapy).
“Early morning Hatha Yoga with David” on Fridays 08.00 – 09.00
(new name it was called Yoga for stress that David taught as a trainee)
This is a Hatha Yoga class suitable for beginners with a gentle, thoughtful series of postures and breathing designed to help with the stress and anxiety that is held in the body and mind. Students carefully work towards classical postures without strain or force, with adaptations to suit most people.
A great way to start the day, allowing one to move in a relaxed but focused way and to learn more about ones body and mind.
“Gentle Yoga with David” on Fridays 10.00 – 11.30 starting Oct 20th
This is a Hatha Yoga class suitable for those new to yoga, beginners and also those who would enjoy a more restorative and slower pace style of yoga. Classes will include gentle and thoughtful series of postures and breathing, designed to help the body and mind to relax.
Students work carefully work towards classical postures without strain or force, with adaptations to suit most people.
This longer class allows time for an introduction to simple breathing techniques and for a longer relaxation.
“Hatha Yoga with David” on Fridays 12.00 – 13.00 Asana (Posture) class * description above
“Hatha Yoga with Tim” on Mondays 12.15 – 13.00 (not new/taught it as a trainee, is ongoing and now part class packages) Asana (Posture) class * description above
“Hatha Yoga and Meditation with Tim” on Wednesdays 16.30 – 18.00 Asana (Posture) class includes simple Pranayama (breath work) & Meditation * combination of Hatha yoga description and Meditation description.
A short meditation class open to all levels from beginners to more experienced meditators. Using a range of meditation techniques including focusing on the breath, visualisations and a period of reflection to provide space and time in the midst of the working day. Start the working week with a focused mind.
“Meditation with Tim” on Mondays 13.00 – 13.30 (Not new but on going)
Meditation helps to quieten the mind and allows you to focus on the present. Tim uses simple breathing and visualisation techniques to introduce you to meditation and the calm that it can instil.
This class is for those students those who wish to deepen their Vinyasa practise. This class is stronger and with more detail of Vinyasa postures, it is aimed at those with some experience of Vinyasa to intermediate level, is not suitable for a first timer.
The movements can be rapid and flowing from one yoga pose (Asana) into the next, synchronised with the breath. Sometimes the poses (asanas) can be held.
It is an energetic class which can raise the heart rate and create warmth in the body. You can expect to build strength and stamina whilst releasing tension stored in the body. Those with injuries should speak with the teacher in advance to advise if suitable, please call reception 020 7490 4042 option 1.