Akram Hot Yoga
Akram Yoga in Woking is closed its doors on 29th April 2018, only to re-emerge like the phoenix bigger and better at our new studio at 157 Station Road Addlestone. Now open!!!
St James Yoga
St James Church Hall, Weybridge. Gentle hatha/rehab yoga. This class emphasises many different aspects of yoga; Asana, Pranayama, Chanting and Meditation. If you're looking for a strong work-out you won't find it here, but if you're looking to explore your yoga in more depth then this could be just the class you need.
Class runs term time Thursdays 1200 to 1300 (60 mins) and costs £10 drop in or £54.00 if you book for a full half term in advance. Four class card also now available at £36.00
This class has a few spaces available. I'm more than happy to see new faces.
Up to date schedule can be found on Yoga Trail - follow me there :)
I am available to for 1-2-1 classes in your own home if you have space for a mat or I can hire premises at a reasonable rate. I also teach existing clients in my own home. Small groups can be accommodated - just get in touch and we can plan something. Remember yoga is all about your needs; so I will make it as individual as possible.
I am based in Woking and am happy to travel to you bringing all necessary yoga kit with me.
For those of you with gym memberships I currently run classes at David Lloyd Woking Mondays 1930-2030 and Fridays 1145-1245
Yoga is for everyone. I offer a variety of classes for different levels and styles. Don't know what you like? Come visit a few classes.
Yoga is one of the only approaches to health that assists in keeping your body healthy, strong, and flexible while simultaneously providing mental clarity and emotional well-being. Available to any level of experience, it combines ancient tradition with innovation. Encouraging and forward-looking, I offer a wide variety of classes; you're sure to find one to suit your needs. If you come, breathe, and try your best, you’ll notice immediate benefits.
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What To Expect
What is yoga? Sometimes I think I know, but most times I’m still trying to work that one out! Yoga in the Sanskrit language of ancient India means “union” or “yoke” and for me represents a coming together of people of all shapes, sizes, abilities and beliefs who want to find a little peace of mind and work with their bodies at the same time.
What can you expect in one of my yoga classes? That one I can answer much more clearly. My classes always incorporate Asana, the physical postures of yoga, Pranayama, working with the breath, and relaxation and meditation. Along with these elements a little chanting may appear from time to time :) My classes often have themes; sometimes philosophical, sometimes physical, sometimes a mix of both and almost always feature my slightly warped sense of humour.
What kind of physical yoga will you find in my classes? Although I’m a big fan of Sanskrit names (I was originally a linguist) I’m not held down by tradition and if I find something new (or old) that I feel will benefit my students it will get incorporated into my classes. My lessons include elements from classical Hatha yoga, Vinyasa flow, Ashtanga and even bits of Kundalini that I’ve picked up along the way. The bias will always depend on the group and their individual abilities. I believe quite strongly in the value of physical adjustment and where I think it is helpful I will assist you in your pose; perhaps allowing you to feel a slightly deeper stretch, perhaps just to correct a small imbalance. This is never intended as a criticism of your work and if you don’t want to be adjusted at any time you only have to say.
There are no prerequisites for coming to a yoga class. Everyone is welcome; you don’t have to be young or fit or skinny or flexible to benefit from yoga. I’ve taught students from 14 to 91 with all kinds of physical issues. If a pose does not work for you we can work together to find an alternative that does. All I ask for a group class environment is that you are able to get up and down from the floor unaided.
I will help you choose a class; if for example you are working with a knee problem you might be better off in one of my general classes rather than full-on Ashtanga. All students will be asked to complete a confidential medical questionnaire as an insurance requirement.
Breathing; the first thing we do in our lives and the last. Wow, that’s heavy. So let’s take control of our breath rather than letting it control us. In my classes there are specific practical exercises using the breath to calm the mind, to aid sleep, as well as to energise and enliven. Alongside these particular applications is the use of breath in our posture work to aid the physical practice of yoga.
Meditation and Relaxation
At the end of each class there is a period of relaxation. Sometimes this will simply be lying down relaxing to soothing music, at others it may be a guided meditation (sitting or lying down), a concentration practice such as Trataka (candle gazing) or Yoga Nidra. It is really important to relax at the end of class as it allows the mind and body to assimilate what has been learnt during the practice.
Yoga Chitta Vritti Nirodha – Yoga is the stilling of the fluctuations of the mind.
The great sage Patanjali postulated that there are eight limbs (or aspects) of yoga. The Yamas and Niyamas (the do’s and don’ts) which can help us be happier in our daily lives. Asana - our physical posture work that keeps the body healthy. Pranayama - control of the breath to influence the body and the mind. Pratyahara - withdrawal of the senses, cultivating the ability to distance ourselves from the chaos that surrounds us. Dharana - focusing the mind on a physical object to aid concentration. Dhyana - steadfast meditation, and finally Samadhi, the state of bliss.
We also make use of chakra theory to help balance the body and the emotions.
I provide mats, blocks and straps for all classes to assist you with your practice; however, many people prefer to bring their own. As you progress in your practice, you may want to purchase your own equipment and I am often able to satisfy your retail urges at a discount from reputable yoga retailers!
Wear something loose and comfortable or tight and stretchy; whatever you feel happy in and allows your body to move. It’s always good to have some layers; the body quickly loses heat when we lie down to relax, some people like to bring a blanket.