Yoga Class Descriptions
We offer a variety of classes and courses for complete beginners through to advanced practitioners and everyone in between.
For dates, times and booking information for upcoming classes please visit our Timetable.
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 those that have attended an Aerial Taster class and those with some aerial experience.
Aerial Yoga Taster
This class is an introduction to Aerial Yoga, a playful and fun way to practice yoga. With the weight of the body supported in a soft hammock, it helps for deeper stretches and greater flexibility whilst building core strength – with ease, and because it’s so playful it leaves you feeling refreshed and relaxed. Twice the benefit for half the effort.
Some yoga experience is required but this class is suitable for beginners and those completely new to Aerial.
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.
Ashtanga Counted Half Led Primary Series
Traditional counted led Half Ashtanga Primary Series up to Navasana (boat pose).
The teacher will count and talk through the Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar) A&B, the standing, seated and finishing sequence. Demonstration and adjustments are given when needed. The count will set the pace of this class.
Suitable for students of all levels of experience.
* No classes on Full Moon and New Moon days.
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga – Explorations
This dynamic class deconstructs the postures of the Primary Series up to Navasana (boat pose), taking a closer look at what is happening in each pose, externally as well as internally and how they build on each other. You will playfully experience the interplay of foundation, balance, strength and flexibility in each of the postures.
This class is suitable for those who are completely new to Ashtanga as well as those who have some experience and would like to revisit the postures of the first half of the Primary Series.
Ashtanga Yoga Short Forms
One hour traditional counted led Half Ashtanga Primary Series up to Navasana (boat pose).
The teacher will count and talk through the Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar) A&B, the standing, seated and finishing sequence. The count will set the pace of this one hour class.
This class is suitable for students of all levels of experience.
Beginners Start Up Course
Whether this is your first lesson, or you are seeking a refresher after some time away from the mat, our six week course for beginners is 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.
Introducing basic yoga postures and breathing techniques, as well as the principles of relaxation and meditation.
Beginners One Day Introduction
The Beginners One Day Introduction to Yoga runs for four hours in total. Whether this is your first lesson, or you are seeking a refresher after some time away from the mat, it is a great introduction to the benefits of yoga.
Basic yoga postures and breathing techniques are introduced, as are the principles of relaxation and meditation. This One Day Introduction offers an alternative to our comprehensive six week Start Up Course, for those who are unable to commit to regular classes straightaway.
A follow on from the Beginners Start Up class, Beginners Plus 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 consolidate familiar ones. This class is also great for those who have had some time away from yoga and want a quick refresher.
This class is suitable for all levels except absolute beginners. Be prepared for a sometimes challenging class.
Over 60s Yoga
This yoga class is for anyone looking for a focused, self aware practice whether they are aged 60 and over, or not! Yoga helps increase energy levels, flexibility and fitness. It’s proven to have a positive effect on muscle and joint stiffness, neck and back problems, arthritis, high blood pressure, shortness of breath and bad circulation. Yoga is also a great way to relax, relieve stress and improve sleep. Poses can be adapted to individual ability, using a chair, bolster and blocks for support and balance. If you are a complete beginner or have limited mobility, please call balance first to check the suitability of the class.
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.
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. Please advise the teacher of any aches and pains and number of weeks pregnant.
Post Natal Yoga
For mums and babies 6 weeks to 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 with 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 perineal sutures (tears) are in place it is advised to wait 3-4 weeks and for the wound to be comfortable before attending.
Level 1 & Level 2
These classes gradually introduce more challenging asanas, and open up opportunities to develop a deeper practice.
Mysore is the traditional way to practice Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. You work through the postures of the Ashtanga Yoga system at your own pace, rather than being ‘led’ by the teacher or following the pace of a group. New postures are introduced when you are ready. Depending on your level of ability, the teacher will guide and assist on a one-to-one basis within the group setting.
Suitable for students of all ages, abilities and levels of experience.
* No classes on Full Moon and New Moon days.
Wake Up Yoga
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.
Yin and Yang Yoga
This class is split in to three sections: Yin, Yang and relaxation.
During the Yin section, carefully selected poses are offered by the teacher, who demonstrates modifications so that students can hold poses for longer (up to five minutes per pose). Through these longer held poses Yin targets the deeper connective tissues in the body. The Yang section uses the sun salutation as a basis for a dynamic practise which re-energises the body after the slower Yin practise.
Many students find that practising Yin & Yang Yoga has helped them to become stronger after rehabilitation of an injury, improved their fitness and range of movement in other physical exercise, releases pain associated with conditions such as arthritis, and helped them to unwind from a busy lifestyle.
Individual Private Lessons
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. Click here to view available timeslots with Gerry Kielty, Principal Yoga Teacher. To enquire about a private lesson please call reception on 0141 332 8800 or email email@example.com