Quite simply, yoga is for everyone. In our classes we have people of many ages, from both sexes, all with different bodies and different needs. We take all of these variations into account. Yoga is a subtle science, but this does not mean that it has to be complicated. We try to unravel the air of mystique that is often associated with this ancient practice. Yoga is no longer seen as a discipline for cranks or ascetics. That is why it has grown so much in popularity all over the world. People from all walks of life, from pop stars to housewives, are finding that yoga directly improves their quality of life. Yoga reaches the human body in a way that no other system of exercise can. It will exercise every muscle in the body; it tones and massages the internal organs, bringing them fresh blood and oxygen; controlled breathing helps calm the nerves and activity of the brain, bringing renewed mental focus; activation of the parasympathetic nervous system improves digestion, respiration and circulation in both the blood and lymphatic systems. The list goes on, with increasing amounts of medical study and scientific research to back up these almost fantastic claims. If you have never before taken a yoga class, we hope that you will be pleasantly surprised.
We teach a flowing style of yoga that works to unite breath and body by using a fluid sequence of postures to promote optimum health and balance. The style of yoga taught by Colleen has its roots in Astanga yoga and Dynamic yoga. However, these names can sometimes be confusing. It is all yoga. The method of teaching may differ from one "style" to another, but the desired result is always the same. The strong practice builds flexible strength, suppleness and stamina, and induces deep relaxation, stress release and calm. The body and mind are brought naturally back into balance, allowing you to relax and enjoy life in a body that feels lighter and stronger. Most important of all for you to know is that classes are taught with compassion and a sense of humour. We take yoga seriously, but that does not mean that the classes have to be serious. Yoga should be simple (which does not mean easy!), and yoga should be fun.
Colleen Taylor is a certified Astanga yoga teacher. She is currently furthering her knowledge by undertaking a year long master teacher training diploma. This is an internationally recognised certification. This course is being run by The Astanga Centre in Edinburgh, which is Europe's number one teacher training school in this style of yoga. Colleen has been practicing yoga for ten years, in many hatha yoga styles including Iyengar, Dynamic and Astanga. Her practice began at The Life Centre, in London's Notting Hill, which is where director Godfrey Devereux founded the practice of Dynamic yoga. She has taught in Edinburgh and Dundee as well as in St Andrews, where she is now resident yoga teacher at the University of St Andrews as well as the famous Old Course Hotel.
Colleen has a long history in movement and physical disciplines. She took her first dance lessons at the age of three, which eventually led to her becoming a professional dancer who has worked in musical theatre for more than twelve years. She has worked all over the world, including the U.S.A., Great Britain and Ireland, and many European countries.
Thursday evenings. Class starts at 5.30pm and finishes at 6.45pm
Victory Memorial Hall, Market Street. Opposite Student Union, next door to Balaka restaurant.
All classes are general classes, suitable for beginners up to intermediate level students.
Classes are on a drop-in basis, any class can be attended at any time.
Adult - £5.00
Student - £4.50
Clothing for yoga should be comfortable and loose around the middle. Traditional gym attire is suitable.
Yoga mats are provided. If you own a yoga mat, you can of course bring it to class. Mats are also available for purchase in a variety of colours.
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