FREE yoga meditation courses, part of a nationwide programme, are on offer in Plymouth.
The programme is being run
to counter the uncertainty surrounding the credit crisis and global upheaval, and organisers hope that people will treat it as just one step on the way towards a more balanced and enjoyable life. The Sahaja form of meditation has been taught in free courses for over 30 years and in 90 countries across the world. Meetings are staffed by volunteers who supply the tuition as part of the community service programme of the SY charitable trust. Sahaja Yoga mediation classes claim to provide a simple and effective way for people to relax, sleep better and achieve a sense of peace in the middle of the chaos of modern living. ADVERTISEMENT The free course is running every Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm in the Charter Room of Plymouth Guildhall in Armada Way.
Caroline teaches a combination of Vinyasa Krama yoga and Ashtanga. Vinyasa krama is traditional Hatha Yoga as taught
by Krishnamacharya in India and Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga is a popular vigorous, dynamic form of yoga and it would benefit those seeking strength, flexibility, a clear mind and an energy boost. Ashtanga differs from many yoga classes in the west in that the order of poses is completely predefined.
Mixed ability Yoga classes. Postures can sometimes be challenging, so a variety of Yoga techniques are explored in
order to promote increased strength and flexibility. The range and efficiency of movement is developed within the body with the aim of increasing energy, stamina and concentration. A variety of approaches to postures are explored and therefore most fitness levels can be catered for.
I have been practicing Yoga for the last 14 years, 11 of those under the guidance of Bill Wood, under whom I also
did my Teacher training. The Yoga we practice is inspired by Vanda Scaravelli, who was a personal student of both Iyengar and Krishnamurti. The resulting practice is very much her own creation, one which affirms the body's inner knowing, fluidity, grace, poetry. Over the last 5 years I have been teaching Yoga alongside working as a doctor, Academic Tutor, GP mentor, Small Group Facilitator at Plymouth University.
A yoga teacher since 1994, Bill has been most inspired by Diane Long, a long time student of the late Vanda Scaravelli,
who he has been studying with since 1996.
He teaches groups and private classes in south Devon, weekend workshops all around the UK, and has run Yoga Teacher Training Courses in Bristol and Totnes.
Bill also has a long history of involvement in meditation and psychotherapy, both of which continually inform and inspire his approach to yoga in its broader sense. He also has a psychotherapy practice, working from his home in south Devon.
Holistic yoga classes - mixed ability, suitable for beginners. The yoga taught is a traditional style of yoga with a focus on the individual, so groups are small. The classes include asana (postures), pranayama (breathing practice), kriyas (cleansing exercises using the breath), meditation, mantra (sounds) and yoga nidra (deep relaxation). The classes are taught with a spiritual basis (though not religious), and are influenced by therapeutic yoga, so are suitable for almost all, including those with health problems.
Therapeutic yoga - classes for back-pain, pre and post-natal classes, and gentle classes for those with other limiting health conditions. Individual therapy sessions (yoga therapy and other complementary therapies) are available. See www.elmsgrove.com for further details.
Barry Elms BSc YRT is a Yoga Register Teacher (Devon School of Yoga TTC Diploma) and holistic therapist (Yoga therapy, aromatherapy/massage, Reiki/healing, flower essences and crystal therapy). He specialises in back pain (Yoga Biomedical Trust trained) and pre and post-natal yoga (Birthlight Diploma). He has an active interest in holistic/integrated healthcare, and yoga philosophy and spirituality in a contemporary Western context. He has two young children.
Vinyasa Krama Yoga is for everybody. It is adaptable and can be modified so that you can start from wherever you
are and make progress. Mondays 19.30-20.30pm at Devon Hills, Totnes Rd Wednesdays 12.30-13.30pm at Luton House, Brixham Rd Classes include asana, pranayama and meditation. I teach according to the sequences outlined by Ramaswami in The Complete Book of Vinyasa Yoga. Each movement is supported by breath and connected in a flowing sequence. Benefits include increased flexibility, strength and endurance in all body parts; improved relaxation, peace of mind, clarity, and sleep, and decreased mental anxiety and physical pain.
Mondays 10am beginners and 11.15 intermediate
Satyananda Yoga uses asanas (postures) to gently stretch and strengthen
the physical body,pranayama (breathing practices) to work on the energy flow (equated with Ki or Chi in other systems),and deep relaxation and meditation techniques to calm and focus the mind. Our friendly teacher is British Wheel of Yoga registered www.bwy.org.uk