I am now teaching all classes either live online via Zoom, or by audio recording and video demonstrations. Luckily the way I teach (and have done for 20 years) is very well suited to online or audio. I teach with verbal instructions, demonstrating sometimes whilst students watch. This means you are not trying to do your yoga practice and watch the screen at the same time. On Zoom, I am watching you, so I can see if I need to rephrase the instructions and with the audio recordings, you can stop to watch the videos or watch them at the beginning of the class.
“I have found the live online classes really good. I find it helpful to set aside a specific time each week and I look forward to it. It is encouraging to see you and to see other people and have a sense of doing the class together, especially at a time when social contact is so limited. I found the Zoom technology pretty easy but was already using it for other things. There isn’t anything I’ve disliked about the online classes.”
This next section was written pre-covid for face to face teaching. The principles are the same for Online Yoga and you don’t have to travel to get here!
I aim to offer yoga for all. My classes and workshops include students with different levels of suppleness, fitness and experience. Practices are taught in stages and I encourage students to stay at their optimum level whilst progressing with comfort and ease.
Chairs, cushions and meditation stools can be used for sitting for meditation, so people can be comfortable but still have the opportunity to develop the ability to sit comfortably on the floor when ready.
I ask all students to complete a registration form with health information before joining. As I have this information and because the classes are small, I can support individuals with any particular requirements or needs, without drawing attention to them in the class.
As well as 6 weekly classes and 2 monthly classes in our attic yoga studio here at Stainton Road, I teach private classes and workshops and train and assess trainee yoga teachers.
Tuesday and Wednesday’s Classes are general classes for people of varying levels of ability, fitness and experience. Thursday afternoon is a “Recuperative” class, so the focus is on introducing and maintaining functional movement, rest and healing. This class is suitable for people rehabilitating from injury, recovering from surgery, living with cancer and many other conditions. There is also a meditation class on Monday mornings.
As well as general classes for all levels, there are classes suitable for rehabilitation after illness or injury, ( e.g. long covid, ME, chronic fatigue, hip operations) chronic pain, bad backs, shoulders and knees, anxiety and stress or to support those living with cancer or a chronic disease.
The classes all include a good balance of sensible yoga postures, breath work and deep relaxation (Yoga Nidra) and sitting meditation techniques too.
The way I teach a yoga class is still very influenced by my traditional hatha yoga, Satyananda Yoga training. In particular the classes all include a balance of postures, breath work, yoga nidra deep relaxation, some practically useful mudras and bandhas and often meditation techniques. However, I no longer call myself a Satyananda yoga teacher. My approach to yoga postures has changed in the last 7 years. I have been influenced by the training I have done with Neuro Orthopaedic Institute to learn about the most recent pain research and how to apply it usefully and effectively in my yoga teaching and personal practice. I have also to learned a lot from a 1 year course with Pete Blackaby and still attend regular mentoring sessions and weekly classes with him. This video will give you an example of this approach Pete teaching the downward dog (Parvatasana)
If you want to read more about this approach I recommend his book Intelligent Yoga.
Whether you have never done yoga before or are already very experienced, whether you are already fit and active or need an extra gentle class for now, please contact me to discuss your needs. If I don’t have an available space that suits your needs I will do my best to direct you to another teacher in Sheffield who can. Rebecca
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