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’.
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.
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.
Gentle Somatic Yoga to release Neck and Shoulder Tension
Thursdays 6.00 pm – 7.15 pm
5th October – 9th November 2017
(6 week course /no drop in)
Gentle Somatic Yoga for Hip and Leg Mobility
Thursdays 6.00 pm – 7.15 pm
16th November – 21st December 2017
@ Clerkenwellbeing, 178 Goswell Road, EC1V 7DT
£82 if you book before the end of October, £90 thereafter
This is a 6 week course with no drop-in option
To book your place, click the link below and navigate to the 16th Nov
Spend 6 weeks opening up the hips, loosening the hamstrings and finding length and strength in your lower limbs. This is an ideal series of classes for runners, cyclists and those who want to get the legs moving. Focusing on the lower limbs we will be using Gentle Somatic Yoga to reduce stress and tension and find greater mobility and flexibility. During this course you will learn Hanna Somatic techniques and some gentle yoga techniques that combat these areas to teach you how to find wider range of movement, more mobility and stability in the joints and more awareness and control of movement.
This is an open level course and there will be options for all abilities. No prior experience of Somatics or Yoga is required.
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 and Meditation with Tim, class at 16.30 – 18.00 on Wednesdays.
This gentle class is ideal for beginners and beneficial for the more experienced, whatever your age or level of fitness. There are no fast changes from one intricate posture to the next. Instead, you’ll learn how to listen to your body so you can move at a pace that’s comfortable for you. Tim uses the Yoga poses a way of exploring the way you move and defining areas of tension. As well as the poses that many know as Yoga, this class will also involve the breathing practices known as pranayama, as well as meditation.
“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.
CHI KRI – Hatha Yoga
CHI – also known as Qi or Prana exists in the 5 elements
of creation and in all the body of all human beings. Chi is the potency that we live of in air, water, sunlight, food even thought.
Chi also exists closer to home, in fact, it exists within us.
KRI – simply means “to do”. It is a Sanskrit root verb and is the root of words such as “Kriya” meaning action.
When working and practicing all the limbs of Chi Kri yoga, you will use the most potent energy you possess to keep your activities strong and pure.
ABOUT CHI KRI
Chi Kri Yoga is led by GrandMaster Neil Patel – one of the UK’s leading yoga teachers, with 22 years of experience. His mother, Tara Patel, is one of the most prolific yoga teachers in the UK and created the first ever televised BBC Yoga series, introducing the discipline to many people back in the seventies.
Chi Kri is a disciplined, strong and powerful yoga style. It is unique, incorporating the Raja Yoga system, in addition to elements such as creativity and expression.
Chi Kri Teachers
Chi Kri teachers are trained to instruct physical practice, meditation, relaxation and breathing techniques to the highest standards, following a gruelling 18 month training programme. And that’s just the beginning.
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.
Learning through movement is the essence of the Feldenkrais method. Gentle movement and directed attention, lead to sensory motor learning.
Through this method you can increase the ease and range of motion, improve coordination and balance and rediscover your innate capacity for graceful and efficient movement.
The method is particularly effective in cases of restricted movement, chronic pain and tension, as well as neurological and developmental difficulties.
The Feldenkrais method when taught in group classes is called ATM (Awareness Through Movement) and consists of verbally directed movement sequences.
A lesson generally lasts from forty five to sixty minutes.
During ATM people engaged into a precisely structured movement explorations that involves sensing, thinking, moving and imagining.
Chi Kung is an ancient form of exercise originating in China. Chi Kung translates as ‘energy exercise’ or ‘to work one’s energy’ an important aspect of Chinese Medicine. Chi Kung has developed into many different styles and forms over the millennia. The underlying principle mainly involves the cultivation and circulation of Chi.
Zhan Zhuang Chi Kung is a style of Chinese Chi Kung, often considered to be at the ‘core’ of many different styles of Chi Kung. This may be practised lying down, sitting or standing. Once the template is learnt it can be adapted to many different aspects. One of which is to help people regain and also maintain their health and vitality. Simple to learn and easy to practice this system of postures and movements is more static than Tai Chi and is suitable for all ages and levels of fitness.
Classes are structured to repair and prepare the body, to still the mind, so true rest and calmness is obtained.
Iyengar yoga can help you achieve balance, flexibility and strength. As you tune your body within the asana (posture) and the breath, the mind becomes more focused.
Open level class