St Giles Church Hall entrance near white car.
St Thomas Church and Community Project 239 Garretts Green Lane Garretts Green Birmingham B26 2SA
Thursdays 09:30 to 10:30 free to all local residents aimed at but not strictly limited to over 50 years old . Then chair Yoga 11:00 to 11:30, aimed at local residents with limited mobility, again aimed, at but not strictly limited to over 50 years old. No need to book.
St Silas Church 80 Lozells Road Lozells Birmingham B19 2TD
FREE Yoga for men every Tuesday 10 to 10:40
New Hope Global FREE Yoga Birchfield Library Aston Birmingham B6 6AH every Tuesday 11:00 to 11:55.
I also do Private lessons, one to one, at your home, or small groups, £60 per hour, have a class bespoke to your one to one needs, or a small group of your friends and/or family, or your workforce.
Yoga at your workplace, get your manager/company to pay for me to do Yoga at your work. School/Office/Hospital/Police Station/University Staff.
I have held classes at several local schools in Birmingham children and staff.
I hold a current CRB Certifcate and served for 35 years with West Midlands Police.
References can be obtained from Lyndon Green School, St Albans School, Oasis Academy Hobmoor Road, Oasis Blakenhale , St John and St Monica. I already teach several classes per week in the schools term time.
Frequently asked questions.
Question. Do I need to book.
Question. How does Yoga improve your body/mind/soul/life?
Answer, Yoga makes you more flexible, it improves your balance, it tones and develops muscles. In addition there is a huge amount research that has scientifically proven that yoga, even one class a week lowers risk of heart disease, and certain cancers. Yoga will give you an improved mood, better sleep, and better thinking. Yoga may help with weight loss.
If you are sceptical of all these benefits then google "how does yoga improve your body".
Question. What type of Yoga do you do Chris?
Answer. If I had to choose 3 phrases, simple but challenging, easy to follow, but not necessarily easy to do.
I try to not limit myself to one style of Yoga. If you wanted to "label" my class it would be a fusion of the following styles:
Anusara, Hatha, Slow Flow, Modified Ashtanga, Sivannanda, Viniyoga, Vinyasa/Power, Scala, Yin.
Question. Is class suitable for beginners?
Answer. YES. Even if you have never done Yoga before you will be able to do my class.
Question. I am not bendy, so, would I be able to do the class?
Answer. Yes, I will give you a very easy option, an easy option, an intermediate option, and an advanced option.
Question. What do I wear?
Answer. Normal clothes for the Gym, shorts, track suit bottoms, leggings, and a T shirt/polo shirt.
Ideally a base layer, then mid-layer, then an outer layer to put on during the last 5 minutes of the class during relaxation.
Your base layer and mid-layer should be wicking fabrics. These are modern technical fabrics which draw moisture away from the body. They are made of high tech polyester, which unlike cotton absorbs very little water. Cotton will absorb 7% of its weight in water. Some people refer to wicking fabrics as being "breathable" that is they let air in and sweat out.
Bare foot is best, but if you want to wear socks, or trainers no problem. Yoga socks with very small rubber dimples for extra grip are fantastic.
Question. Is it a mixed class?
Answer. Yes, but you can hide at the back of the class if you want to, and at St Giles, the back of the class is quite dark!
Question. I am afraid I will look stupid as I wont be able to do most of the poses, how easy are the easy poses?
Answer Very easy, at your first class go to the back and if after 10/15 minutes you decide my class is to difficult then just give me a wave and leave the room no problem and I will refund £5.
Or have a trial one to one class which includes 10 class pass so you get your £50 back !
Question. Do you play music?
Answer. Yes I believe its nice to have some music playing very quietly in the background.
Question. I went to a Yoga Class a few minutes late, and the teacher would not let me in!
If I am late can I still come in?
Answer. Of course you can, even if you are 10 or 15 minutes late.
It's nice to arrive 10 minutes early and settle in, but sometimes with jobs, commitments, traffic, being a bit late OCCASIONALLY is OK, its sometimes unavoidable in this busy modern world.
Question. I did a Yoga Class once and I ached for days, so I never went back, will your class potentially do the same?
Answer. I pride myself in saying to new students "take it easy, don't force anything, listen to your body. Pick the easy option for a few weeks then build on your practice slowly, carefully and mindfully." However, the way Yoga improves your body is the same as many other forms of exercise. You may experience what Physiotherapists call delayed onset muscle soreness/stiffness (DOMS) its nothing to be worried about. You may be a little stiff for one or two days.
Question Is there any religious element to the class?
Answer, no, all faiths welcome.
Question. I have high blood pressure I have been told to avoid inversions what is your opinion?
I am not a medical expert however on my Yoga teacher training course the advice was avoid inversions with high blood pressure/menstruation. As always consult your Doctor, or in the modern world "google it".
Question. I have a "bad back" should I do Yoga?
Answer. In my opinion for most people with "back issues" gentle exercise especially Yoga, if practised carefully is good for them, and helps manage the problem. However, it depends how bad your back is.
Give, me a call to discuss, anytime.
Also become more knowledgeable about your body, especially your spine by reading anything written by the well respected Physiotherapist Sarah KEY eg "Back In Action", "Keep Your Joints Young" try a fantastic second hand book website called abebooks. It's like ebay but just sells books. Click on the link below.
Yoga will improve your body, mind, and soul.
I try to be the best value for money Yoga in The West Midlands.
Just let me know in advance and turn up at one of the venues 15 minutes early and we can have a chat. Also at Sheldon, Marston Green, and Solihull, you can observe a class or part of a class at no cost.
18:00 – 19:00
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