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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 and One Day Introductions introduce basic yoga postures and breathing techniques, as well as the principles of relaxation and meditation.

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 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, this class introduces the basic breathing techniques and poses that become the basis of the flowing Primary Series sequence.

Mysore

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.

Tradional Counted Led Half 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.

Over 60's Class

This class is for anyone looking for a focused, self aware practice whether they are aged 60 and over, or not. It is suitable for anyone who would like to start practising yoga or who wants to continue with their yoga at their own pace. 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. The class is suitable for all levels of experience and ability. Poses can be adapted to individual ability, using a chair, bolsters and blocks for support and balance if needed.  

Pregnancy Yoga

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.

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, with tea and biscuits 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.

Yin & 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 reenergises the body after the slower Yin practise.   
Yin-yang is the foundation of the Chinese philosophy of Taoism and is the inspiration for Yin & Yang Yoga. Yin-yang represents the dualistic qualities of life in every living thing, Yin & Yang yoga applies this philosophy to the differing substances in the body and the way these substances respond best. Ultimately aiming to restore balance and stimulate the flow of Chi.  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. 

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.

Aerial Yoga

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. Suitable for those that have attended an Aerial Taster class and those with some aerial experience.

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 yoga@balance.co.uk.

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