Yoga Classes in and around Oxford

Yoga Classes very limited in the holidays this Summer but do look at the Timetable.

Full Classes begin week of 18 September with most elbow room and welcome to drop in:

  • Tuesday 9.30am established group, Old School Hall, Cumnor
  • Wednesday 9.30am more mixed ability Old School Hall, Cumnor
  • Tuesday new 5pm class St Anthony of Padua, Headington
  • Wednesday 6.45pm Deancourt community centre

Do text or email to let me know you are joining the yoga classes. Hire a mat @ £1 but bring your towel for padding in poses, &/or cushion if more comfortable. Do come early to talk though any tips to ease back into yoga &/or especially as a beginner?

Yoga Classes have own page for each location with directions and local information to inspire you. As i have taught for 12 years I have been fortunate to build up a great group of students. Do ask to be on the waiting list if you local hall & yoga classes are currently full.

Wednesday 9.30am Cumnor Old School

Come and join this friendly Midweek class, 9.30am to 11am. Always easier and harder options so keeps strong folk working and also ideal for beginners or those easing back into yoga. Refresh your yoga body and jog the grey matter into learning the sequences and key poses. We also include the pranayama or breathing and simple stillness towards meditation, and of course enjoy the best part of class the chance to relax! Having a day off? Then space to drop in at £12.00, just check space by text or do email.

Fees for Yoga Classes

The advantage of joining the block classes is enjoying a constantly changing selection of asanas with easier and harder options to suit how you feel that class. The one and half hour classes allows time for moving, relaxing and brief pranayama and stillness, with friendly sized groups, with an experienced teacher you can gain the most from your weekly class. Try to arrive early so you can settle, we start promptly which gives time to pack up comfortably and head home at end.

Day time classes:
eg Twelve week term is £120.00, or half term eg 6 weeks £66.Drop in available for Wednesday only is £13.00. Payments can be made by cash or bank cheque

Evening classes:
eg Usually 12 or 13 Week terms, eg. 12 week £120.00. Can pay to half term eg 6 weeks £66.
Drop in £13.00 5pm St Anthony of Padua & Wednesday Deancourt Botley.

Cover teachers

Occasionally through teaching or training commitments (& rarely for illness) I need to ask teachers to cover the yoga classes. These teachers are all BWY qualified and usually teach a similar Hatha Yoga with flowing sequences. I enjoy their teaching so hopefully you will too, sometimes a different voice or explanation can radically help us improve!

Positive words and affirmations can improve our mindset and mood

 Experience yoga as the quality of attention,
rather that the quantity of minutes you have practiced,
and you might find that you have lost track of time altogether.
Quote by Julie Rappaport 2009

So many folk have found this calming and have benefited in times of stress or difficulties. Read this mantra or affirmation on the breath from Thich Nhat Hanh:

” Breathing in ~ I calm my body,
Breathing out ~ I smile.
Breating in ~ I dwell in the present moment,
Breathing out ~ I know it is a wonderful moment.”
Book: Joy of Meditation as Nourishment

Quietly chant or silently say the words as you slow your breath. Invite self reflection and contemplate on Harmony equality and well being for all. This Buddhist Monk asks us all to be mindful, open our hearts and help create peace for all.

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This Bird of prey stayed in perfect stillness New year 2009 Photo. copyright K Brown, Dahab, Eygpt

“Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something Sometimes one creates as significant impression by remaining silent”

Quoted from ‘Dalai Lama’s Book of Daily Meditations’.

What to expect

In all Hazel’s courses students will be working with asanas (postures), pranayama (breath) and meditation. Students work at their own pace and ability. The benefits of Yoga are increasing flexibility and strength; and becoming aware of posture. It can help reduce symptoms of asthma and a range of ailments from creaky joints, digestive issues and poor posture.

Please bring a cushion & blanket or throw (and if you have one, a yoga mat) Wear comfortable clothing that you can stretch & move in. All are welcome, new comers please let me know if you are a beginner or if you are working with any ailment. One student put Grumpy on the health form, which hopefully went into remission as Yoga helped loosen her tension and lower stress levels.

Are you a complete beginner daunted by group class, returning after an extended absence or needing to take it gently with an injury? A private one to one class is a great introduction to yoga and focus on your individual needs. A one to one can build your confidence and opportunity to learn adjustments or different poses before you join a group class. Also if you would like to refine your yoga practise at home a private class can fine tune your understanding of the complexity yoga can offer. You might find the BWY explanation useful before your first class: What happens in yoga classes.

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Ushtrasana: Camel and easier Half Camel version

Difficult poses like this strong back bend can be softened with a variation safer for stiff backs

It is possible to join classes throughout the term. Let me know if you have any conditions that need a bit of care or modifications, such as high blood pressure, arthritis, asthma, back ache and many more. In most cases we can adapt postures to suit, rarely need to sit out certain things and usually find techniques that can ease or help maintain your lifestyle to be as healthy as possible.

If you would like to know more about any of the weekly classes please contact me if you are interested on 07931 743 785.

A little yoga regularly is great

if you can’t make any yoga classes do continue with some yoga at home, a little often is a great way to build your strength and flexibility. Even if only some Cat poses and stretches start your day fitting in your body comfortably and ideally practise a moments stillness, maybe now before your read on, here’s how:

Take a sigh ease your shoulders down, the shoulder blades melting behind you, lengthen up from your sit bones and encourage your breath to be full and smooth. Keep your minds attention on the easy rhythm of your breath arriving and your breath leaving. Allow the eyes to close or soften gaze downwards as you take a mini break from the confusion of thoughts, schedules and to do lists our grey-matter like to spin around our heads.

“It is the concrete, specific awareness of one’s own act of moving which is so satisfying.
Something more is needed than simple body mechanics, that the feelings hidden in the body, the source of all its movement, must be involved.”

Quote by Mary Starks Whitehouse, speaking of Authentic Movement though equally applies to yoga and mindfulness

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Pear Trees or Vrkasana pose Marsh Baldon workshop 2004

Charity Yoga Classes & events

This year we are supporting Sobell House, the amazing hospice who have helped friends and students to experience a good and comfortable final days as they can.

For 2016 we supportied Macmillan Big Coffee morning, with £50 raised on 26 August and further events end of September and raffle with Neal’s Yard lotion to win. Additional charity is the Star Child helping disabled kids have a wonderful experience at the Big Top. Also we have raised money from the Satsang events for Maggies the breast cancer centre at the JR Hospital. WY student teachers were able to ‘borrow’ the regular classes for their assessment classes. May 2014 the Monday class raised £80 for Cancer 700 in memory of June Hills a delightful friend in class and inspired so many continuing yoga in her 80’s and easily holding the strongest leg lifts! January 2014:  with students donating to different charities. Monday am raised £54 for The Prison Phoenix Trust, Tuesday am £52 and Wheatley £48.50 for The Children of Syria Appeal; Headington TBC HomeStart, Eynsham £84 and Summertown £52 for UNICEF.

Thank you to everyone’s generosity through yoga and especially those donating even though could not make the classes. In 2013 we supported the Multiple Sclerosis Society, and 2012: raising money for Help for Heroes in a beautiful garden, and a Student Teacher class for local Teenage Cancer Trust.

OTHER CLASSES

Private one-to-one, or small yoga classes. Private Sessions to improve and deepen your yoga practice. This will be tailored to a student’s needs, starting from scratch for beginners; rekindle home practice for those of you who have lapsed or Yogi/Yoginis wishing to develop your asanas or pranayama. 1 hour £45.00; 1½ hour £60.00.

Special Groups

I taught a smashing group of 16 year olds at the Abingdon College and have a few lightly younger students attending my mixed ability classes. You are welcome to attend with your child if 14years or older. When I came to Oxford I with Oxford Council’s Adult and Continuing Education Team I gained valuable experience teaching varied groups, with very different requirements, a Medium Security Unit and a wonderful group at the Enablement Centre. Also a series of ‘taster events’, eg. refugees group and yoga for the whole family to join in, taken to disadvantaged areas in and around Oxford. If you work with a special group of people who could gain from yoga please get in touch to find out more. Previous summers I have also taught as part of English Language Summer Schools. I tried to learn ‘flexibility’ and ‘calm’ in 7 languages and the students seemed to enjoy a new lesson experience.