YOGA

Learn more about Yoga

Yoga is an ancient practice which today is as popular as ever! Yoga involves a combination of movement and breathing to create a sense of calm and relaxation while improving fitness and flexibility. Yoga is suitable for men and women. You can start at six weeks old or aged 88 it doesn’t matter!

Yoga Basics

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This class is designed for those seeking either a gentle practice or for beginners.

Gentle Yoga

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This is a class designed to gently stretch the body. Likely to be suitable for anyone with a non-acute knee or back injury seeking to build their flexibility and strength in a gentle way.

Hot Yoga

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This is a vigorous type of yoga undertaken in a studio heated to +30 degrees Celsius. The practice is generally either a strong flow of yoga poses/asanas, or poses/asanas held for several breaths, designed to create heat within the body. The reported benefits include weight loss, relaxation of muscles, increased flexibility and improved sleep. This type of yoga is not recommended for people with blood conditions or heat intolerance.

Yin Yoga

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Yin yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga with poses that are held for longer periods of time from two to five minutes. Yin yoga poses apply moderate stress to the tendons, fascia, and ligaments in the body to create the benefits of increased circulation in the joints and improved flexibility. A more meditative approach to yoga, yin aims to slow the mind down.

Yoga Flow

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Vinyasa is the Sanskrit Word for “flow” and these classes are known for their fluid, movement-intensive practices. Sandstone Yoga Flow classes flow smoothly, transitioning from pose to pose, with intensity building at a pace suitable for all students. This class is particularly suitable for students who dislike predictability and routine and want to build their physical capabilities.

Pregnancy Yoga

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This is gentle hatha yoga designed for mums to be. The practice is focused on preparation for the birth, breathing, visualisation and relaxation. This class is also a way for expectant moms to meet new mom friends!

Try our drop in classes at Aldridge & Sutton Coldfield studio or book a 5 week course.

Ashtanga Yoga

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Ashtanga is a vigorous system of yoga developed by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. A set of increasingly challenging poses link the breath with dynamic movement. It builds strength and flexibility in the body as well as a meditative and calm focus in the mind. Ashtanga classes in a studio environment are best delivered over 75 minutes.

Monthly Yin Yang with Thai Massage

(Aldridge Studio Only)

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Combine two styles of yoga with gentle massage and stretching.  Yin yoga is a slower practice where we hold postures for longer helping to increase flexibility.  Yang is more dynamic with faster paced sequences and postures.  You will be guided through a deep relaxation which will also incorporate some Thai yoga massage.

Traditional Thai yoga massage is an ancient healing art handed down  from teacher to pupil since 3rd century BC.  We us hands, feet and elbows to apply pressure to points of the body, together with gentle stretching, to release tension, blocked energy ad free the body’s healing potential, restoring balance and harmony.

All abilities are warmly welcomed.

Forrest Yoga

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Forrest Yoga is renowned as an intensely physical and internally focused practice that emphasizes how to carry a transformative experience off the mat and into daily life. The practice challenges students to access their whole being and to use Forrest Yoga as a path to finding and then cleansing the emotional and mental blocks that dictate and limit their lives. Students cultivate an acute awareness of their own practice and life process, creating a unique and powerful opportunity for them to make practical life decisions based on their own experiences.

Forrest Yoga does not require strength or flexibility; it only requires a willingness to learn how to feel authentically and respond honestly. The practice is founded on four pillars — Breath, Strength, Integrity and Spirit.

Monthly Yoga for Runners

(Sutton Coldfield Studio only)

Monthly Yoga For Runners

Running brings a multitude of benefits but as a repetitive movement it can mean some muscle groups become over taxed.

Our monthly Sunday evening yoga for runners class in the Sutton Coldfield studio will focus on rebalancing the body with simple, functional poses.

We’ll work on lengthening those tight muscles, helping to improve your range of motion as well as on strengthening the core, feet and ankles, helping to improve running posture and protect you from injury.

Contact the studio for more details mailto: suttonc@sandstoneyoga.co.uk or telephone: 0121 647 3614

Monthly Full Primary Series

(Aldridge Studio Only)

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In this monthly 2 hour class Rachel Matthews will guide you through the primary series, giving options modifications to find the pose that suits your body.  The focus is on the breath and the collective energy of the class moving through the practice as one.  We will work through the deeper practices of Ashtanga each month focusing on the tristana – dristi(gaze), breath and the asana names.

This class is suitable to students who are familiar with Ashtanga Vinyasa but don’t necessarily have to have completed the full series.

Not suitable for complete beginners.