Category Archives: Classes

Booking now open!

And so on to next term. Bookings are now open for classes, so if you’ve not managed to make it to a class with me yet now is your chance! Spring is the time for new beginnings after all.

Monday, 8pm-9.15pm at Grange Fitness, Grange Farm. Monday 15th April to Monday 20th May (no session on 6th May Bank Holiday, 5 weeks).

The class at Grange Fitness is purposely designed to support an individual’s other exercise plans, whatever they may be. It concentrates on building core strength, mobility and reducing tension, all of which will allow the body to lengthen and find more flexibilty. Students of any level are welcome at the class. This class must be booked in 5 week courses directly through Grange Fitness, call 01473 623277. Prices differ for members and non-members, contact the gym for more information.

Tuesday, 7.45-9.00pm at Parkside School, Spring Road. Tuesday 16th April to Tuesday 25th June. No session on 28th May.

This class is ideal for those with some experience of yoga. This Hatha yoga class will help you to feel energised and healthy, whilst giving you time to relax and unwind from the stresses of the day. Bookings for the whole term only at £60(£6 a class). Contact me on emma@yogaemma.com or 07894 461157 to book. Payment can be taken in cash, cheque or by electronic transfer.

Monday Mornings

Thank you to those of you that supported my new Monday morning class this term, it has been wonderful to meet so many new students. Unfortunately, due to a change in circumstances, I’m not going to be able to run the class any longer, my apologies. I can fit in another 5 weeks after Easter (15th April to 20th May, no session on 6th May Bank Holiday) but I would require everyone to pay the £30 for the course in advance and the sessions will only go ahead if there are enough bookings. If you wish to do this please confirm as soon as you can.

I look forward to doing some yoga practice with you soon.

Free & New Classes at Grange Fitness

I’m really excited to announce that from September I will be teaching yoga classes at Grange Fitness and the first class will be free!

As a one off session I will be leading a free Yoga class at Grange Fitness, in Grange Farm, Kesgrave from 8pm till 9.15pm on Monday 10th September. Members and non members are welcome to come along. This class is a great opportunity for you to try out my class, try out yoga for the first time or visit Grange Fitness.

After the first free session, my weekly yoga classes will begin at Grange Fitness on Mondays at 8pm from 24th September. These classes at Grange Fitness are suitable for beginngers and those with experience. The classes will focus on building strength and flexibity as part of calming and holistic class.

Grange Fitness is a friendly, family run gym located in Grange Farm, Kesgrave. Their services include a full Personal Training and Sports Massage Therapy service, as well as a well equiped gym and studio. As well as weekly classes I will also be offering one to one yoga sessions there as well. I’m really exctied to be working with the team at Grange Fitness for the first time and am looking forward to meeting some new students there.

You do need to book in advance for these classes so to book or just find out more details contact the gym on 01473 623277. You can also visit their website on www.grangefitness.co.uk and follow them on Twitter @grangefitness. If you are interested in 1:1 sessions then please contact me directly on 07894 461157 or emma@yogaemma.com.

And don’t forget that my usual Tuesday evening  classes starts on September 4th at a new time of 7.45pm. There are still a couple of places left for the term so get in touch if you want to come along.

I’m off to do some yoga lesson planning in the sunshine while it lasts!

Emma

 

 

 

Classes coming up….

I’m very excited to announce that all the new times and dates for yoga classes over the summer and autumn are now available on the classes page of the website.

Summer Classes

I had lots of big plans for teaching yoga over the summer break. I was keen to do some classes and workshops, some outside in the sunshine, some focusing on advanced postures for my more experienced students and much more. Unfortunately, logistics and finances were not on my side for this summer so I have had to store away all these exciting ideas for future summer breaks. After some disappointment, lots of telling myself that yoga encourages patience and that if I was meant to do these classes then things would have worked out and so on, I received an exciting email.

DanceEast have invited me to teach three yoga classes at the beautiful studios at the Jerwood DanceHouse on the waterfront this summer. These classes are on Thursday evenings from 6.30-7.45pm, from the 26th July to 9thAugust inclusive.

For those of you that regularly attend my classes these sessions will be a great chance for you to keep up your yoga during the break. For those of you that have been in the past they are an opportunity to come and try yoga again, and for those of you that keep meaning to come along these sessions will be an ideal chance to come and try out yoga and my teaching for the first time.

Each class will be different and will offer some different postures suited to the group. They will be energising sessions with lots of standing postures so you can go home full of energy and make the most of long summer evenings.

If you would like to attend these sessions then you can book in advance through DanceEast, either on their website at www.danceeast.co.uk or on 01473 295230.

Autumn Classes

Again, (can you tell this is a repeating problem?) I had lots of plans and ideas for my weekly classes from September. It felt that after a successful year of teaching it was time to expand, add a daytime class, add an improver’s class, start building up more clients and so forth. But due to many circumstances, most of which are all about being a mum, it seemed that it would be best to stick with just the one class for now. I’m so excited about my yoga at the moment that I just want to be doing it all the time, but I think that would be biting off far more than I, or my family and supportive babysitting friends, can chew.

So instead there will still be the one class on a Tuesday evening, but it is now at a later time. Hopefully this will mean a few of you who have been keen to attend in the past but haven’t been able to will now be able to make it, unfortunately it also means I will loose a few of my regulars which I am sad about as they have come so far, but I’m sure there will be something for them in future. My challenge for the Autumn is to improve my skills at teaching to a mixed group. My wonderful and loyal regulars that have now been with me a year (thank you all) have progressed so much and I want to keep the class new and exciting for them but whilst slowly building up the newer students as they come in. As always, your continued feedback is the key thing for ensuring I can do this and I would encourage anyone attending my classes to keep in touch about their experiences and suggestions in whichever way suits them.

If you are keen to come along to the weekly class in the Autumn then I would encourage you to book for the term as soon as possible. I find that each term more and more people book in advance and therefore fewer drop-in places are available.

Summer Classes

Thursdays 26th July, 2nd August and 9th August from 6.30-7.45pm, £5 per class.At DanceEast, Jerwood Dancehouse, Foundry Lane, Ipswich, IP4 1DW.

These classes are run by DanceEast and can booked in advance either online at www.danceeast.co.uk or by phone on 01473 295230.

One to Ones

And finally, I am now beginning to teach some 1:1 sessions to individual clients. I am so enjoying this part of teaching. It really is very exciting and satisfying to work so closely with a student and to be able to offer them a practise that really suits their needs. I have found that I can really get into detail with clients, working out small problems they face in postures, adjusting their technique to make postures more comfortable but often stronger and this way of working achieves results so much quicker and allows the benefits of yoga to really impact on the student.

If you are interested in having a 1:1 (or small group) session then I am now able to take bookings for September, just email me to discuss this in more detail.

 

I look forward to seeing old and new faces at all these classes and to sharing some wonderful yoga experiences with you.

Emma

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A new term of classes – Back Bends

I’m blogging! It still feels very novelty but I’ll get over it soon. I hope you had a lovely Easter and are excited about what treats I have in store for this terms yoga classes.

So as it is nearly Summer I thought it would be a good opportunity to have a term working towards some energising back bends. Now the nights are longer and we all feel energised and uplifted it feels like time to build on the positivity of spring and do some postures that will help us get the most out of this time of year.

We have previously looked at some back bends in class. The more basic ones such as Cobra (Bhujangasana) and Locust (Shalabasana) poses have been a good starting point and from there we have touched on Dancer (Natarajasana), Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana), Fish (Matsyasana) and Bow (Dhanurasana). We will be returning to all of these in the term and looking at them in more detail, developing our technique for moving in and out of them easily and with confidence. As the term goes on we will look at new postures such as Pidgeon (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana) and Camel (Ustrasana) and may even venture towards Crab (Urdhva Dhanurasna) later in the term if you all feel ready.

All back bends require balance and strength to maintain, so we will continue to work on strengthening the muscles of the legs and abdominals, including using postures such as Boat (Navasana), all versions of plank and some of the Warrior (Virabhadrasana) poses.  We will also be developing our Sun Salutaion and possibly moving towards a slightly different version that incorporates some twisting and side bending. Hopefully, we will also get chance to continue our exploration into inversions and will touch again on Plough (Halasana) and maybe progress to shoulder stand (Sarvangasana) later on in the term. We will be returning to simpler breathing practices this term, mainly because back bends can be quite challenging and energizing so it is important that we finish each week with something calming and simple to ground you all again before you leave.

Back bends can be a struggle for many people, it is not a movement of the body we do very much in every day life, which is one of the reasons it is important to do them so that we maintain a comfortable level of mobility in our spine and torso. They can be very beneficial for relieving tension in the back, spine and chest areas and will aid the building of balance and strength through working on core muscles. Back bends can also be tricky mentally, because it is a movement into the unknown. In yoga we usually use the head and eyes to guide us into postures but with back bends we cannot do this, so through regular practice bending backwards may also help you to find increased confidence in our yoga and ourselves in general.

I hope you are looking forward to trying these postures in the coming weeks. See you at class.

Emma

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