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Yoga classes & workshops

We offer a variety of classes and workshops here at balance, for complete beginners through to advanced practitioners and everyone in between. Alongside our regular programme we hold specialist classes for mums and babies, runners and cyclists, aerial yoga and more. We also regularly invite respected and inspiring teachers from around the world to lead workshops.

For dates, times and booking information for upcoming classes and workshops please visit our Timetable.

Yoga for Beginners

Whether this is your first lesson, or you are seeking a refresher after some time away from the mat, our classes and workshops for beginners are a great introduction to the benefits of yoga. These classes will set you up for a great and rewarding practice and are open to men and women of all ages and fitness levels.

Beginners Start up Courses & One Day Introductions introduce basic yoga postures and breathing techniques, as well as the principles of relaxation and meditation.

Start Up+ is for those who wish for more time before making the transition to a Level 1 class. You will learn new poses as well as consolodate familiar ones. It is also designed for those who have had time away from yoga and want a quick refresher.

Level 1 & Level 2

These classes gradually introduce more challenging asanas, and open up opportunities to develop a deeper practice.

Level 3

These classes are for experienced students and those seeking a challenging practice. Attendees must be competent with intermediate-level asanas.

General

This class is suitable for all levels except absolute beginners. Be prepared for a sometimes challenging class.

Ashtanga Basics

Ashtanga is a dynamic and strengthening form of yoga, and this class introduces the basic breathing techniques and poses that become the basis of the flowing Primary Series sequence.

Hip Openers & Helpers

This class focuses on poses and sequences to open the hip area to increase flexibility, improve range of movement and alignment, and strengthen & lengthen the muscles and joints in the pelvic region.

Wake Up Class

A refreshing early morning class to wake, warm, stretch and energise the body, setting you up for the day ahead. The class is suitable for all students except absolute beginners.

Yoga and Pregnancy

These classes are suitable for expectant mums at least 13 weeks into their pregnancy, no previous experience of yoga is required. Incorporating specially tailored postures and breathing techniques, these classes encourage relaxation, strengthen and tone the body, and help to build confidence as your body changes. Advice and information are also provided on all stages of pregnancy, delivery and the post natal stage. There are two classes: 13 - 30 weeks and 30+ weeks.

Please consult with your doctor that you are able to undertake gentle exercise. It is advised not to participate in the class if you have a history of repeated miscarriage.

Post Natal Yoga

For mums and babies 0-6 months this is a fun and informative class. No previous experience of yoga is required. For mum, the class will focus on gentle exercise to realign the spine and strengthen abdominal and pelvic floor muscles and also encourage relaxation. For baby there is 10-15 minutes of baby stretching at the end of the class. This class is also a great way to meet other mums, and tea and biscuits are provided at the end.

Please consult with your doctor that you and your baby are able to join the class. If you underwent a caesarean section you must have a 6 week check from your GP before attending. If any perinea sutures (tears) are in place it is advised to wait 3-4 weeks and for the wound to be comfortable before attending.

Mindful Yoga for Stress & Fatigue

A gentle monthly class suitable for beginners and those who, for whatever reason, want to practice at a slower pace. As well as improving alignment, stamina and flexibility, the class includes simple mindfulness and relaxation practices to re-balance the body. Handouts are provided to encourage home practice between classes.

Yin Yoga

Yin yoga is thought of as a complement to the Yang style of yoga normally practised. By practising slowly but deeply (poses can be held for up to 5 minutes) Yin targets the deeper connective tissues in the body. Each monthly class focuses on different asana, mainly around the spine, lower back and hips, joints commonly requiring extra care and attention.

Yin has been said to 'help maintain or recover the natural range of movement in the joints and it's a practice that you can take with you through all stages of your life whatever your strength, flexibility or age'. It also helps to stimulate the flow of chi to create a balancing effect on the body.

Yoga for Runners & Cyclists

Yoga is a perfect complement to running and cycling. These workshop focus on strengthening and stretching core muscles used by these and many other sports, helping to counter and remediate injuries. Those with no previous experience are welcome to join, and existing yoga students who wish to focus on particular areas such as hips and backs will find it beneficial too.

Balance Aerial

This class incorporates the use of a yoga swing to support the body with the help of gravity, so poses can be achieved with less effort and strain, enabling students to explore poses to a deeper level than they might normally be able to achieve. Some yoga experience is required, suitable for beginners through to advanced levels.

One to One Private Tuition

These individual yoga lessons are tailored to your particular needs, whether you are new to yoga, looking to refine your practice or are seeking a remedial program to aid recovery from an injury or ailment. To enquire about a one-to-one lesson please call directly on 0141 332 8800 or email info@balance.co.uk.

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