Fitness Yoga targets flexibility, stability and strength. It is a fitness programme that incorporates deep stretch, yoga postures and modern evidence based fitness practices.
Every element of Fitness Yoga is validated from a fitness perspective. Anyone taking part in a Fitness Yoga class can expect to improve their flexibility within 8 weeks. Fitness Yoga is not a spiritual experience. It mimics Yoga in its breathing and style, offering postures that endorse strength and stability.
There is no dogma, chanting or philosophy attached to this workout.
Fitness Yoga is:
- Suitable for all levels of fitness and for both men and women
- Suitable for both beginners (Sunday) and more advanced participants (Wednesday)
- A class with mainly standing or body weight postures with some seated exercises
- A more challenging class than my yoga class
- Focused on building strength and core stability
Will it be too difficult for me?
You are free to go at your own pace, self modify where required and progress with time. Please always try a class such as Fitness Yoga for at least 8 weeks so that you can start to see the benefits and the positive changes in your muscle strength and flexibility. It can actually feel strange at first if you are not familiar with yoga poses, it can feel wrong before it feels right.
Will it be too easy for me?
No! There are lots of ways that you can make the postures more challenging.
Is it different from conventional yoga?
Yes. It is FITNESS yoga. It is not a spiritual experience, it is a contemporary approach to an ancient format. Fitness Yoga takes yoga postures and modifies them to be purely fitness-based. Extreme postures are also avoided and there is no chanting or meditations.
Is there anyone that shouldn't come to the class?
No under 14s. If pregnant, please contact me first. I can modify the programme for pregnancy in my Sunday class, but I need to know more details about your pregnancy.
If you have recently given birth, please wait until your doctor gives you permission to resume exercise activities. If you have given birth within the last year, please do let me know.
If you have a diagnosed back/joint condition or if you suffer from dizziness/fainting please contact me. Please let me know about recent injuries or surgery.
What happens during the class?
We begin with a mobility warm up to lubricate joints and then start developing heat in the body. We then move to sun salutations to heat the body further before moving to a sequence of yoga postures, finishing with some seated exercises. Please arrive in time to be ready to start at the advertised start time. If you need to leave early for any reason please do so quietly so as to not disturb other participants.
What to wear/ bring?
Something that's not too tight and allows you to move freely. You can do Fitness Yoga in your bare feet, yoga shoes or if you prefer to wear socks they should be non-slip (yoga or pilates socks are ideal). Please bring a yoga mat.
How much does it cost?
My 50 minute class costs £5 or you can buy a 10 class card for £45.
Can I just turn up?
Yes, drop-in class