General Yoga

Update Autumn 2020: The following will be trialled for the month of September starting from w/c 7th September. I will be asking for your feedback by the end of the month and will monitor the viability of the in person classes in particular before deciding how to move forward from October. 

Welcome (back) to my general adult yoga classes. I am running these in person four times weekly at North Hall, Spencer Yard CV31 3SY:

Mondays 11am-12noon (note new time/length) 
Wednesdays 10-11.30am
Thursdays 7.30-9pm (note new venue)
Fridays 10.30am-12noon

These sessions will also be live streamed so that online students can also join in. I cannot guarantee the quality of the wifi connection at North Hall so will in addition run two online only classes:

Tuesdays and Thursdays 10.30-11.30am 

Classes will run for four weeks from w/c 9th September to w/c 28th September inclusive with 2 exceptions: no classes on Thursday 1st Oct and Friday 2nd Oct as I will be running some long overdue teacher training. 

Costs are as follows:

In person classes £40 for one class weekly in September( £30 for the Thursday evening and Friday morning classes).  All these need to be pre-booked. I am sorry but at present I can't offer swaps from one class to another nor casual payments but there will be the opportunity to join remotely if you cannot attend in person any of the online classes to make up, as well as access to any recordings. This means that you have to enrol separately for each class that you would like to attend if you are planning to attend more than one class in person weekly. 

There will be a maximum of 13 spaces per session to enable social distancing and spaces will be available on a first come first served basis. It may be possible to join after the start of the booking period but I cannot guarantee a space. 

Online classes £30 for one weeky online class in September, £40 for more than one (no maximum). You can select the online class you are most likely to attend when you book but you can swap around as suits you. If you are just opting for one online class then you can choose the four sessions you would like to attend in any combination. It's a flat fee so please don't ask for discounts if you can't attend all weeks. 

Covid safety measures for in person classes. All students need to tick the disclaimer on their booking form to state they will only attend in person if they are symptom-free and not required to isolate and agree to comply with the protocols laid out in the Yogaworks risk assessment as well as any requirements of the locations where the sessions take place. If I or any class member are required to self-isolate in keeping with current government guidance then I/they will not attend class and will inform class members.

In essence, social distancing will be maintained at all times in class as well as when entering, leaving classes and moving around the building. Masks need to be worn when arriving and leaving but not during the class, unless a student prefers this. Students will need to bring their own mats and other equipment such as blocks, cushions, blankets, belts, water bottles as necessary. Mats will be positioned 2m apart according to floor markings. There will not be any adjustments or partner practices. The room will be cleaned and ventilated between sessions. All communal areas will be regularly cleaned and gel dispensers available both inside and outside the yoga hall. A track and trace system will operate requiring all students to enter their name and contact details on a register for each class.  

There will be a new one-way system for entering and leaving the building. Please access by the blue door from the courtyard which leads straight up stairs to North Hall. You will then leave by the glass doors. Please arrive on time rather than early to give me time to clean and set up space safely. I will aim to wedge open the blue doors at least 5 minutes before session time starts. Please don't enter via the glass doors. Please wait outside respecting social distancing until the doors open and whilst going up the stairs - the same for when you leave. You will be able to hand sanitise before entering the yoga hall. The internal doors will be wedged open for entry and exit but closed during the sessions as they are fire doors. The room will be as ventilated as possible so do bring extra layers if you feel the cold.  During the class please only sneeze or cough into the arm, and keep voice levels as moderate as possible. You will be able to visit the regularly cleaned toilets during the class but encourage you to visit one at a time. 

Please be patient and bear with me whilst we are all still adjusting to these new habits. As my aim is to live stream the in person yoga classes then I will have a laptop in front of my mat and will occasionally have to attend to it to let people in, to adjust angle, to sort technical issues. Since everyone can potentially benefit from this facility please be patient with me whilst I adjust to doing this. 

If you're interested in women's health and wellbeing then join me on this well woman yoga online workshop on Saturday 19th September 10.30-1pm called Optimising pelvic floor tone. It's open to both yoga students and teachers. There will be a talk followed by practice and a chance to ask questions. Cost £25 or £20 for Birthlight members. You will need to book via Birthlight not me but you are welcome to ask me any questions. Here is the link: https://birthlight.com/product/optimising-pelvic-floor-tone-the-birthlight-way-cpd/

For online yoga only: Please join the yogaworks general yoga closed facebook group. If you are not already a member please ask me to invite you in. This makes it a lot easier for me to communicate with you and also for you to stay in touch with each other. I will be posting the links to the Zoom classes on this group and any changes. 

If you are new to yoga please contact me first before booking. You can attend a no commitment class then sign up afterwards if you would like to continue so contact me first and I can send you a health form to return to me before your first class as well as the link to the class you would like to trial . 

If I fall ill and have to cancel classes then I will post this on the  facebook group as soon as I can. I would in that event extend the time period of this block to cover any missed classes. If you fall ill I am sorry I will not be carrying payments forward or extending the dates of the block.  I will be aiming to post at least one recording per week of a full yoga session which you can access for a month to help with home practice or if you miss some of the live sessions. 

You wil need a Zoom meeting ID to join the classes. You can access these on the relevant facebook group or just e mail me and I can send them to you. PLEASE DON'T SHARE THE LINKS WITH ANYONE ELSE. 

Zoom is free for you to use. You will ideally need a laptop with a camera or a phone. A speaker can help you to hear me more easily. I will mute everyone once the class has started but you will have a chance to talk to me and others at the end if you wish. There is a chat facility too where you can type some comments/questions. 

If it's your first time using Zoom please test your equipment first. I start the session 10-15 minutes before the class start so you go into a waiting room then I can admit you. This gives you a chance to check that everything is working before the class starts. Please make every effort to join on time as it's quite distracting to admit people in when I am already teaching - but I do understand that equipment fails so will do my best to let you in. Sometimes internet connections go down so if you 'leave' the class whilst it's running again I will do my best to let you back in, but sometimes you may have to wait a few minutes. 

Create a lovely calm space in your home where you won't be disturbed. Try to have as much space as possible around your mat. Ideally a wall and/or chair nearby. A belt or scarf as well as a couple of blocks would also be great. 

Looking forward to seeing you in person or online !

Enjoyable and accessible hatha yoga classes for all adults, men and women, beginners and experienced yogis alike. You work at your own pace so you are welcome whatever your age and level of strength and flexibility.

You will be encouraged to deepen your awareness of your posture and your breathing, to find ways to strengthen and tone, to improve your flexibility, as well as to release. There is always time for a good relaxation in my sessions but you will also learn practical tools to help you feel more balanced and relaxed in everyday life. 

We always have time for smiles and laughter too!

general yoga

Mondays

10:30am - 12:00pm 

The Space Upstairs, Spencer Yard

Wednesdays

10:00 - 11:30am

The Space Upstairs, Spencer Yard

Thursdays

7:30 - 9:00pm

All Saints Junior School

Fridays

10:30am - 12:00pm

The Space Upstairs, Spencer Yard

 

Spring term 2020

Start: 6th Jan

End: 1st April

No classes w/c 17th Feb

 

Spring term 2020: 

Mondays: £100 for 12 classes

Other classes: £95 for 11 classes

or £10 per class casual rate

Half termly options also available

See teaching dates for full details

You can mix and match between sessions so you can always find a class that suits!

 

Book your class!

What to bring: Most people bring their own yoga mat to the general yoga classes. There are spare mats. blocks and cushions at Spencer Yard that you are welcome to borrow but please bring your own equipment to the Thursday evening class. 

Ken - Friday Mornings

I’ve been going to general adult yoga classes with Belinda for nearly two years and have enjoyed every minute. She’s a great teacher, very in tune with the needs of individuals, and the classes are suitable for people of all ages and abilities. My flexibility, balance and core strength have improved enormously and I’ve found the focus on breathing and relaxation very beneficial. 

Lynda - Wednesday Mornings

Belinda has been my yoga teacher for over 7 years and I would recommend her yoga to beginners or the experienced looking for a new teacher, she offers satisfying classes to the young and old, fat or thin. Yoga is for everybody.    

Nigel - Monday Mornings

Having only taken up yoga a year ago as a 60 year old ‘sportsman’ whose body was feeling the aches pains and stiffness of age and wear and tear of old injuries, Belinda’s class has become a ‘must attend’ weekly session. My flexibility and core has really improved to the extent that I have taken up a new active sport, am cycling further and my full golf swing has reappeared ! Belinda is particularly conscious of old injuries and helps in their management. Great fun too!   

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