Beginners Yoga Courses
Thornbury & Henleaze
Learn the foundations
Welcome to my 6 week Beginners Yoga Course. Whether you're completely new to yoga or have dabbled in it before, this course is designed to give you a safe, exploratory introduction to yoga that you can grow from.
Each session we will breakdown common yoga poses, alignment, meditation (introspection) pranayama (breathwork), meditation and yoga philosophy.
Yoga has been a profoundly healing tool for me for the last 12 years so I really can not wait to share it with you!
Why join this course?
Build a Strong Foundation
I'll guide you step-by-step through fundamental yoga poses such as sun salutations, standing postures, balances and twists. You will be supported to find movement that feels easful in your body. How to make use of props to support your practice to find more ease and space in your body. All learning styles are considered and lots of repetition to help embody and integrate what you learn each week. You will come away with a practice you can do at home, while gradually building strength, flexibility, and body awareness.
The power of breath
There are so many profound benefits to learning how to breath fully. In yoga we call it Pranayama. I will share how to how to control and direct the breath to have different energetic effects on the body. Whether that be to energise, cool, relax, focus or detox.
Mind-Body & Spirit
Yoga is more than just physical exercise; it's a practice that unites the mind, body, and spirit. You'll cultivate a deeper connection with your body learning to listen to its whispers or in some cases roars! This starts with surrendering into being present rather then always having to "do" and analyze. We go slow and I offer cues and techniques to help you drop out of monkey mind and back into your natural state of being so you can experience some peace and calm..
Learning yoga with others is special as you can experience the collective spirit of sharing a new experience together. New friendships often blossom as result. I so often hear of beginners going to a regular class and feeling intimidated. There is none of that here as everyone is new and no one has a clue what there doing at first!
An intro to yoga, touching on yoga philosophy and introspection of the body. The physical practice will start with a break down of sun salutation A and some standing postures such as Triangle focusing on grounded alignment through the legs and longer hold poses to build strength.
Repeating all that was covered the previous week. We will learn Sun Salutation B + introducing twisted standing postures focusing on detoxifying the body and creating mobility through the spine.
Repeating all that was covered the previous week. We will be learning and exploring forward folds and the energetic effects on the body. How to support lengthening of the hamstrings without straining the lower back.
Repeating all that was covered the previous week. Play with balancing poses to help us find mental and emotional steadiness. Remaining steady and centered in a balancing pose improves focus and helps to relieve stress.
With the foundation from the previous weeks we will have the tools to start exploring back bends. They stretch the quads and hip flexors and help open up the shoulders and chest, an area where lots of us hold tension. They build strength and power in the legs, arms and back muscles- the perfect tonic to invigorate the whole body.
Weaving everything into a more flowing vinyasa style practice where we begin to link the postures together. A feel good class to celebrate what you have learned and feel confident in joining other yoga class
"I feel incredibly fortunate to have found River as my first yoga teacher. Her knowledge, patience, and genuine passion has help me so much. I can't recommend her classes enough!"
Have some questions still? Then please reach out to me!
Is this course suitable for absolute beginners? Absolutely! This course is specifically designed for beginners with no prior yoga experience. You'll learn the foundations of yoga and gradually build your practice from the ground up. What should I wear and bring to the classes? Wear comfortable, breathable clothing that allows for easy movement. It's recommended to bring your own yoga mat and a water bottle If you don't have a mat, don't worry! We can provide one for you. I'm not flexible. Can I still do yoga? Absolutely! Flexibility is not a prerequisite for practicing yoga. In fact, yoga can help improve your flexibility over time. We'll work with your current abilities and gradually build flexibility and strength as you progress. What if I have physical limitations or injuries? Please inform me about any physical limitations or injuries before the course starts. I'll provide modifications and alternative poses to ensure your practice is safe and suitable for your needs. Do I need to be in shape to do yoga? Yoga is for every body shape and size. It's not about being in shape; it's about connecting with your body and improving your well-being. The classes are designed to meet you where you are and support you on your personal journey. What can I expect in a typical class? Each class will include a an arrival practice to settle in, we will then start learning the physical practice ( asana) each week will build on the next so plenty of time to integrate and learn. You will learn breathing exercises (pranayama), and a relaxation or meditation practice to finish. Will there be hands-on adjustments? I'll provide verbal instructions and demonstrations to guide your practice. I may offer gentle hands-on adjustments to help you with alignment and deepen your experience in a shape. However consent is always asked prior to this, so please let me know if you prefer not to receive hands on adjustments. Can I attend if I'm pregnant? It's important to consult with your healthcare provider before participating in any exercise program while pregnant. If you receive the green light and feel comfortbale with what you can or can't do then you are welcome however I am not a certified pregnancy yoga teacher. What if I miss a class? Life happens! If you miss a class, don't worry but do your best to attend all classes as each class builds on the next. If there is space to join another class that week then this can be arranged but not gaurenteed depending on availability. Can I continue practicing yoga after the course? Absolutely! I encourage you to continue your yoga journey beyond the course. The course aims to provide you with the foundations for a life long practice. Where is the course held? Currently courses are held at Senaste Spa Henleaze and Turnberries Community Centre, Thornbury, Chekcing out the booking age for dates. Can I eat before yoga? It's generally recommended to avoid eating a heavy meal right before yoga. Digesting a large meal can make you feel uncomfortable during your practice. Ideally, allow at least 2 hours after a full meal before practicing yoga. If you need a snack before your session, choose something light and easily digestible. How long will it take to see results from practicing yoga? The benefits of yoga can be felt after just a few classes, but everyone progresses at their own pace. Consistency is key. With regular practice, you'll notice improvements in strength, flexibility, and overall state of being. It is magic but you do need practice patience. What if I don't enjoy it? Come with an open mind. I hold a beautiful space for you to learn and develop. You might learn or experience something new or wern't expecting. Often things we don't like or find challengin enitially can be our greatest medicine in life. So stay open to receiving. What if I need to cancel? No refunds on cancellations are provided a week before start date. You have the option to sell/give your space to someone else.
"Yoga is a light that once lit will never dim, the better your practice, the brighter your flame." - B.K.S. Iyengar