- connection with the breath – the foundation of our practice
- a good relaxing, toning and grounding warm up
- playful and empowering exploration of shapes – asanas – where strength, balance and flexibility are naturally optimised.
- deep final relaxation
- optional half hour of deeply healing pranayama (breathing practices) and meditation following on from the asana class.
Please bring 3 cushions, a blanket, blocks if you like using them, a tie/dressing gown strap and a scarf/eye mask. ‘Doors’ open around 10 minutes before the yoga class.
90 minutes of yoga asana practice with final relaxation followed by optional half hour of pranayama (centring breath work) and meditation. You are welcome to both sessions or either.
Mon/Thurs 6.30 – 8.00 asana practice, 8 – 8.30pm pranayama and meditation.
Single asana class £9 Monthly pass to all asana classes £40 (4 consecutive weeks)
Single pranayama and meditation session £4 Monthly pass £12
Single asana and meditation session £12 Monthly pass to all asana ‘n med sessions £42
Concessions available – please get in touch.
Benefits of regular practice
Encourages optimum immunity:
- relaxation is key to this (stress is no 1 cause of disease)
- good blood and lymph circulation = healthier cells
- better energy flow = more vitality for organs to deal with pathogens
- better engagement with life force = strength and clarity
- spirit of ease and well being = physical, mental and emotional health
- connection with a deeper sense of being
And of course we enjoy the regular benefits of moving our bodies – increasing flexibility, strength and balance.
Feedback from one student who has just joined these online yoga and meditation classes:
“Can I take this opportunity to tell you how much I am enjoying the sessions. Three weeks of practise with you has already made a difference and I am committed to this being a lifestyle change; the life benefits are simply amazing . My husband commented that I am looking less stressed and more radiant ; you are the only change so it must be the practise! I never thought I would be able to mediate and although I know I have a lot to learn , I have had tiny glimpses of what will come.”
Yoga classes for everyone
Each of my Hatha Yoga classes in York is unique, directed to meet the needs, strengths and potential of the people attending. Everyone, every body is welcome. Young, old, tall, short, big, small – all welcome. Yoga helps and invigorates everyone. One and a half hours to substantially improve your life.
What does a class involve?
A typical class starts with relaxation and experiencing the breath into a gentle but throrough warm up. The aim is to release tension and energise the body. We then move into more challenging practices with stages for everyone to enjoy. Towards the end of the class explore more freedom of movement and ability to stretch. We end each session with final relaxation and a short time seated.
9.30 – 11 am – All abilities always welcome
- run by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
- £6 drop in
- all abilities very welcome
- at the Folk Hall in New Earswick
Please contact me if you cannot afford classes – Yoga is for everyone.
I have a health condition, can I still do yoga?
Please give me details of any conditions (eg sciatica, IBS, insomnia) you have, in advance of class, either by contacting me or talking to me before the session begins. thank you
We all have our strengths and weaknesses, flexible in some parts, stiffer in others. Yoga is self practice, totally non competitive. The journey is watching yourself improve – physically, mentally and emotionally. I like to encourage partner work as this helps the body relax and tone much more quickly. It also helps create a happy, relaxed atmosphere in a yoga class – a spirit of community and support. Of course, like everything in the class, partner work is optional – other choices are always given and taken. The more we relax together the deeper we can release into yoga nidra at the end of the yoga class where deep healing can happen.
Sonia is a brilliant yoga teacher, very focused and informative. Her classes are always friendly and fun to be in.
– Sara Collins
I first looked to yoga to help with a recurring back issue and problems with my pelvis. Sonia has looked after me from the beginning, tutoring me on how to take it easy in her yoga classes, ensuring that I listened to my body and only did what was right for me.
– Tamlyn Ryan
I’ve been learning yoga with Sonia for nearly 5 years. More than any other teacher I have ever had Sonia concentrates on explaining the postures very clearly and manually adjusting you where necessary so you get the most benefit from the class. Her yoga classes are fun and very stimulating and I would recommend them to anyone. Sonia really cares about her students.’
– Sarah French
Sonia is an excellent teacher with a great sense of humour, inclusive and welcoming to everybody, no matter how experienced or inexperienced they are. She always works on an individual basis and will tailor the session depending on people and their abilities. Her warmth and encouraging attitude are extremely beneficial – highly recommended!
– Milena Dragic
Sonia is a brilliant, sensitive, inspired, funny, spiritual, intuitive teacher. You’re in safe hands.
– Ruth Elder
As an experienced student I enjoy her classes and found them to increase my understanding.
– Emma Yates-Butler
I’ve been attending Sonia’s yoga classes for a number of years now. Her grounded, friendly approach focusing on natural core strength to support classical postures has always worked well for me. Her use of breath work (pranayama), relaxation, humour and seasonal rhythms scattered with spiritual wisdom creates a wonderful space in which to relax, expand and grow.
– Colin Froggatt
I love my yoga classes and really look forward to them every week. Some time for me.
– Sally Ryan