Workshops & Courses and Retreats

All bookings through the bookings link on our timetable and bookings page or by contacting Sarah. 077035996

Courses:

Yoga for Beginners (6 week course) Tuesday mornings 09.30-10.45 and evenings 7.30-8.45 starting Jan 9 2018.

The holistic health benefits of yoga are seriously wonderful! You can expect to feel stronger, more energetic, firmer, more flexible, calmer and more focussed. During this six week Introduction to Yoga course you will learn the critical aspects of this ancient practice, a practice steeped in wisdom and backed up by modern science. You will learn the importance of correct breathing, why where we gaze is important, the reason we Om. Also how to do many of the bread and butter yoga postures so that you can take them with you to any yoga you may chose to do in the future.
We will work on the critical aspect of linking breathing with movement for the ultimate moving meditation. You learn a little about the philosophy of yoga and also be led through meditation and relaxation techniques.

We are essentially an Astanga studio and passionate about the benefits this ancient practice can offer. Your course will be based on the tradition of Astanga which is a powerful yet subtle practice synchronising breath and movement. It is a practice that takes time and patience to learn and creates a blueprint for wellbeing that begins on the mat and manifests itself in everything we do.
This course will offer the foundations of a yoga practice and work with each individual to establish the beginnings of a yoga practice both in a class-led environment and a home self-practice.

 

 

Classes:

Sunday Restorative Class.

On the last Sunday of each month we teach a special class unwinding and allowing the parasympathetic nervous system to arise and heal. In this restorative yoga class we guide you through a blissful sequence of restorative postures exploring every aspect of our bodies and selves.

“I am amazed at how little I knew this body I call home before I found yoga” Becky Pell. ‘RocknRoll yogi’

Next class: 28 Jan 2018 19.30-20.15

 

Mysore Week at the Yoga Hutch

Immerse yourself in 5 morning Mysore sessions between Christmas and new Year supported by Sarah.

 

Workshops:

Shoulder Freedom and Stabilising Workshop at St Mary’s.

Sunday 21st January 2018 2.30-5.50pm

£40

Pain free shoulders in your Yoga practice – how to protect your shoulders in your Yoga practice and create a healthy balance of Stability and Flexibility

Many Ashtanga Yoga practitioners most probably have experienced some pain or discomfort in their Shoulders / Shoulder Girdle at some point, whether that be mild discomfort, pain, joint impingement or serious injury.
Your shoulders are capable of an astonishing range of motion compared to your hip. A healthy Shoulder can move your arms forward, back, across the body, and in 360-degree circles – that’s amazing.
This highly mobile joint structure is supported by a complex arrangement of soft tissue to hold it together (The soft tissue includes ligaments, which connect bone to bone; tendons, which attach muscle to bone; and muscles, which move and stabilise the bones.)
In the Ashtanga Yoga Practice we rely on our shoulders to carry some of all pf our body weight particularly when jumping forwards or backwards, in various forms of handstanding or even in Catvare (Caturanga).
If we are not careful in the way we move we can create injury or pain in the shoulder joints as they struggle to cope with the competing demands of being Stable and Flexible at the same time!
In this (3 hr?) Sunday afternoon workshop, Andy Gill will share healthy approaches to protecting and keeping your shoulders safe and injury free in the Ashtanga practice, simultaneously stability, strength, mobility and flexibility for a pain free experience
This workshop will include;
• The anatomy of the shoulder and what a rotator cuff really is
• De-bunking Yoga myths on what is healthy movement for shoulders
• Sharing healthy and intelligent movement principles and exercises to increase Shoulder stability
• Exploration of movement principles with common Yoga Asanas
• Shoulder re-habilitation practices

This is a very much an experiential workshop. Whilst there will be an exploration of the theoretical aspects of Movement and Bandha, this is a practical workshop in which there will be plenty of opportunity to play and explore the concepts and principles Andy will share.

Biography

Andy has been practicing Yoga for over 25 years. His Yoga journey has taken him through Hatha and Iyengar before he found his Yoga home in Ashtanga.

Andy has been teaching Ashtanga Yoga for over 12 years. He is a 3rd Series practitioner and has extensive knowledge and experience in teaching Primary, 2nd and 3rd Series asana practice in the Ashtanga method. Andy’s personal practice and study has taken him on several visits to Mysore in India, the spiritual home of Ashtanga Yoga where he worked with Sharath and Saraswati. Andy has also had the privilege to work with a number of top Ashtanga Yoga teachers including; John and Lucy Scott, David Swenson, Rolf and Marci Naujokat, David Keil, Dena Kingsberg, Greg Nardi and David Williams.

John and Lucy Scott remain the biggest influence on Andy’s teaching and practice completing a RYT-200 hour Teaching training course with them. Andy has continued to study with John Scott and has subsequently taught with him in Goa, Salentop, London, Barcelona and Kathamndu resulting in him becoming one of a small group of teachers to be awarded the John Scott Yoga 500 Hour Teacher Training certification.

As a teacher and a practicing Life Coach Andy understands and respects the needs of the individual student, placing their needs at the heart of his teaching. He brings an informed and non-dogmatic approach to teaching Ashtanga whilst remaining consistent and true to the traditional method.

Andy is passionate about teaching Ashtanga in the traditional Mysore space and he draws upon his experience both as a teacher and coach to provide a supportive, nurturing and inspiring space in which he can facilitate the personal growth of his students through their practice.