10 WEEK BEGINNERS FOUNDATION COURSE
Next 10 week course - details to be announced soon.
Timings vary but each session commences at 18:30
Ashtanga Yoga is a unique yoga system that links full rhythmic breathing with powerful postures. Deep internal heat purifies the body whilst enhanced levels of concentration relax the mind. Internal energy locks strengthen the nervous system.
Having practiced other styles of yoga for some years I attended Rob's Ashtanga beginners course earlier this year. Five months later I'm attending Improvers sessions and have a regular home practice - a result of Rob's encouragement and inclusive teaching style. Ashtanga is a demanding but hugely rewarding discipline which has improved my flexibility and strength but has also made me calmer, more patient and, I think, more compassionate. I leave classes tired but full of joy; I can't recommend Rob's teaching highly enough if you want to make lasting improvements to your life!
The postures sequences of the salutations are gradually building strength, flexibility and stamina. With a regular daily practice, you will notice that your body feels stronger, lighter and more open. As you develop your practice you will become more proficient at synchronising the breath with movement.
We introduce the bandhas in session 1 and we will continue to clarify them over the duration of the course.
Sun Salutation B
1hr 15 min
A development of the A, Surya Namaskara B further cultivates your fitness, strength, alignment and flexibility. Weaving two new poses – Fierce posture and Warrior 1 – into the sequence also helps you locate your centre of gravity in the pelvis.
In the standing sequence our balance is challenged and the understanding of how to work with the forces of gravity is developed.
In all Asanas there is a point of equality of opposition in which we may find the greatest sense of stability and comfort. This point may be discovered in the simultaneous rooting and rising energies within the body.
The three essential elements of balance are alignment, strength, and attention. Alignment of the body with gravity is crucial; it makes balance physically possible.
Strength gives us the power to create, hold, and adjust alignment. Attention continually monitors alignment so we know how to correct it from one moment to the next.
WEEK 5 to 10
Weeks 5 to 10 will introduce you to the seated postures each of which has it’s own unique benefits. Forward bends stretch the spine, shoulders and hamstrings. Seated twists lengthen and release these muscles, permitting mobility.
Seated twists not only benefit the soft tissues that surround the spine, but also enhance the health of the discs and facet joints between the vertebrae. All postures have a level of core strengthening but the introduction of Navasana will build increase your strength in this area considerably.
Following each session you will receive an email that will reinforce the elements of the session and enable you to build the required strength and flexibility for the next session.
Due to the Railway Institute closing its doors I am not sure when the next course will begin but you can secure your place on the course or ask a question by using the contact form.
The fee for this course is £80.
Students and concessions £60
I have been attending Robs classes for several years now and believe I owe my health and stamina and positive outlook to his teaching.
His classes are always challenging and his teaching style means that you progress with his gentle encouragement along your own personal yoga journey.
Highly highly recommended for people of all ages and stages of their yoga journey.