Beginner’s 6 Week Yoga Course starts 19th April 5.15pm.

Ideal for those starting their yoga journey, or wanting to brush up on the basics.

In the six week programme you will:

  • Learn foundational postures (asanas) and posture groups;
  • Examine the sun salutations and variations;
  • Develop an awareness of alignment and how to safely practice;
  • Delve into the history of yoga and basic philosophy;
  • Explore the impact of the breath, it’s importance in your yoga practice and breathing practices (pranayama);
  • Discover basic meditation techniques.

The course will enable you to develop the confidence to join the weekly drop in classes and give you a firm foundation for your practice.

On completion of the course you will receive a 20% discount off your first class pass.
£50. Course starts on 19th April.
For more details email info@leedsyoga.com

Meet our new teacher Sophie Hutchinson

Sophie is a Hatha Yoga teacher as well as a contemporary dancer with professional training and experience in somatic practices.

The notion of curiosity is a key part of Sophie’s practice; the ever-changing body meeting the ever-changing world and all of those spaces in between! Sophie’s classes are based on a strong belief that Yoga is a highly physical and highly intelligent art – but most importantly, it is fun and can be also deeply relaxing.

Each class will invite you to explore and deepen your understanding of moving in coordination with the breath as a means to strengthen and stabilise the body on and off the mat. You can expect to be challenged physically but also soulfully in a safe, supportive and friendly space!

Sophie will be teaching the lunch classes every Friday at 12.15 & 13.15.

Entry Points To Meditation by Jennifer Parr

Are you interested in meditation but not quite sure where to start?

Or do you want to deepen your experience?

The following has been put together to help you find an entry point. There are of course many more options but hopefully you’ll find this a helpful starting point.

Use the headings in bold to see what might suit you best. Many resources are free and will be highlighted with (FREE) behind it.

Do you have a smart phone?

Have a look at the Insight Timer app (FREE). This app has a timer for timing your own meditations with a pleasant range of bells to start and end with. The app also has very many guided meditations you can try. All of this for FREE! Teachers I would recommend bookmarking are the following (many have websites or books that are worth a look and some I will discuss below):

  • Vidyamala Burch
  • Jack Kornfield
  • Tara Brach
  • Shamash Alidina
  • Elisha Goldstein
  • Reggie Ray
  • Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Sharon Salzberg
  • Mark Williams
  • Joseph Goldstein
  • Melli O’Brien

Do you have a chronic condition?

Do check out Breathworks-mindfulness.org.uk. Founded by Vidyamala Burch. They run 8 week courses all across the UK.

Interested in Mindfulness?

The book ‘Mindfulness: finding peace in a frantic world’ is great to start with. One of the authors is Mark Williams. The meditations in this book can be found online at franticworld.com (FREE).

In-depth but with an excellent sense of humor are the books by Ruby Wax. Her openness about depression is a breath of fresh air. Try ‘A mindfulness guide for the frazzled’ or ‘How to be human’. There are some talks available on YouTube (FREE).

Does Radical Self Acceptance speak to you?

Then Tara Brach is for you. (tarabrach.com). She has written some excellent and accessible books.  Her website has talks and meditations (FREE).

Would you like to explore a more Buddhist approach?

Tara Brach mentioned above is great for this.

If you have been to the meditation classes on at Leeds yoga you might be interested in exploring somatic meditation. Reggie Ray has written a number of books (Touching Enlightenment might be the most accessible of these). The websites (dharmaocean.org) offers some talks and guided meditation (FREE).

Pema Chodron has written some beautiful and accessible books. Visit pemachodronfoundation.org has all the information and has some talks as well (FREE).

Thich Nhat Hanh has written some lovely accessible books (visit plumvillage.org). Teachings are available on the website (FREE).

Do you have a scientific mind?

You will relish Rick Hanson’s neuroscience approach. Try the book ‘Buddha’s Brain: the practical neuroscience of happiness’.

Join Jennifer Parr on the last Saturday of the month 12.30pm to investigate some somatic meditations in the style of Reggie Ray. FREE to attend and open to ALL.

Beginner’s Yoga Workshop Saturday 2nd March 2-4pm

Join us for our beginner’s yoga workshop.
Ideal if you’re starting your yoga journey; in the 2hr programme you will:

  • Learn foundational postures (asanas) and posture groups;
  • Examine the sun salutations and variations;
  • Develop an awareness of alignment and how to safely practice;
  • Delve into the history of yoga;
  • Explore the impact of breath and it’s importance in your yoga practice;
  • Discover basic meditation techniques.
The workshop will help you to develop the confidence to join our weekly drop in classes.
On completion of the workshop you will receive a 20% discount off your first class pass.
£20 for the workshop.
For more details email info@leedsyoga.com

Winter Yin / Yang Mini Retreat – Sunday 23rd December – 2-4.30pm.

Join us on Sunday 23rd December 2 – 4.15pm for a special Winter Yin / Yang Mini Retreat.
Press pause for a couple of hours before the busyness of Christmas begins with a wonderfully warming and energising heart opening vinyasa based practice with Michelle* and then savour an hour of candlelit Yin with Natalie** to moderate worry & stress (so prevalent at this time of year!) by working on the Stomach & Spleen meridians.
Open and warm the body with the support of two teachers to then move into stillness.
The session ends with a delicious and restorative guided relaxation with 4 spaces available for reiki to enhance the nourishing experience.
Includes tasty cake, winter treats and brews after the session ends.

Limited spots at £30 each and 4 spaces at £35 to include reiki during savasana.  BOOK HERE

Join Michelle and Natalie for a renewing and reviving retreat to ensure you’re grounded and prepared for the Christmas festivities ahead.
About the teachers:

*Michelle discovered yoga when travelling in New Zealand, journeyed to India to continue her studies and now teaches alignment focused Vinyasa Flow & Ashtanga Fusion in Leeds. Her teaching draws on her advanced Vinyasa training with Jason Crandell and her own Ashtanga practice with Joey Miles. She is one of the directors at Leeds Yoga. Her aim is to facilitate her students personal enquiry while encouraging practice for longevity, mindfulness and self acceptance.

**Nat came to yoga through her time in law and above all understands the importance of self care. Nat promotes sustainable yoga so that it can be used in the everyday, on and off the mat and throughout a long and full life. Nat’s style has a strong focus on meditation and mindfulness, which complements her Yin Intensive training with Norman Blair.

Beginner’s Yoga Course – November 2nd 2018 for 6 weeks

Ideal for those starting their yoga journey, or wanting to brush up on the basics.

In the six week programme you will:

  • Learn foundational postures (asanas) and posture groups;
  • Examine the sun salutations and variations;
  • Develop an awareness of alignment and how to safely practice;
  • Delve into the history of yoga and basic philosophy;
  • Explore the impact of the breath, it’s importance in your yoga practice and breathing practices (pranayama);
  • Discover basic meditation techniques.

The course will enable you to develop the confidence to join the weekly drop in classes and give you a firm foundation for your practice.

On completion of the course you will receive a 20% discount off your first class pass.
£50. Course starts on 2nd November.
For more details email info@leedsyoga.com

 

Book Here