CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

There is a perfect class for you, across the variety of classes we offer so explore below and click to book!

 

Hatha Yoga is known as yoga for the physical body 'Ha' = Sun and 'Tha' = Moon, it explores the opposites in our lives, yin and yang, light and dark, hot and cold, hard and soft. 

Vinyasa comes from the Sanskrit term nyasa, which mean’s ‘to place in a special way’, to flow fluidly between a sequence of postures synchronised with the movement of breath.

My personal yoga practice and style of teaching are influenced by the traditional practice of yoga postures (asana) breathing techniques (pranayama) and meditation which is greatly influenced by my teachers, working with my own injuries as well and working with hundreds of clients through KCR. All of which provide a set of tools to increase awareness of the body, help to reduce injury, improve health and promote longevity. 

Everyone comes to yoga for different reasons. My approach is a holistic way of living for transformation, self awareness and exploration, working towards achieving balance in the mind, body and spirit. In classes expect to work strongly but with a gently approach to support your body's capability while finding stillness and peace of mind. 



 

Vinyasa Yoga

'Vinyasa' in Sanskrit means to “to place in a special way.” Most of our classes are vinyasa flow based which means we link breath and movement, moving from one yoga posture to the next connecting with your breathing. 

This class is designed to introduce you to the core concepts of yoga to make you feel confident and safe while practicing. This is a welcoming group, suitable for all who enjoy learning the practice of yoga for their body, who want to switch off and to learn how to calm the body and mind.

This is perfect if:

  • You are nervous about starting or feel “not bendy enough”.

  • Would like to learn about yoga practices which are designed to align and calm your body, mind.

  • Would like to gain some core stability and improve strength and alignment.

  • Would like to learn how to move in a way that supports your body and adapt to any injuries or ongoing “niggles”

  • You need to learn how to switch off and relax.

  • You are a busy person who wants to explore the benefits of yoga leaving you feeling stretched, relaxed and revived.

  • Want to be surrounded by natures, learn yoga in an environment that's calm and quiet.  

The class will introduce you to all aspects of Hatha Vinyasa Yoga and give you an understanding of how to practice safely and with ease. The class covers pranayama (breathwork), asanas (postures), relaxation techniques and yoga concepts. I also infuse my classes with elements of therapy, energy healing and Ayurveda. To help offer you as much support and guidance as I can. You will leave feeling like you have worked but with a deeply restful state of mind.

Modifications and use of props help students to find ease in postures.

Tuesday | 6.30 - 7.45pm (75 minutes) - Mixed Level - Beginners welcome

Wednesday | 9.30 - 10.30am - (60 minutes) - Mixed Level - Beginners welcome

Thursday | 7.30 -9.00pm (90 minutes) - Mixed Level

Thursday class is aimed at those who have been practicing yoga and a looking for a more dynamic practice with more energetic flows and less focus on the alignment. If you have not practiced yoga before you are still more than welcome to join us but be aware that we won't be covering the basics of the postures. This is for you if you have a good level of fitness and flexibility, are looking for a bit of a challenge and want to progress in your yoga practice. 

 

Recovery Yoga (Yin and Restorative)

Recover from injury, stress, your week . . .  life! We need to slow down to balance out the activity in our lives. Life is frantic, chaotic and stressful. Join us of a yoga class of yin + restorative postures which are like mini meditations to help deepen your range of motion, targeting the connective tissues, relax the nervous system and build resilience. Essential class for those who need to slow down, live very fast paced lives, have an injury or take part in sport. 

Wednesday | 6.00 -7.00pm (60 minutes)

Suitable for all levels, greatly recommended for injury recovery.

Slow Flow Yoga

A slower paced flowing yoga class allowing time to really explore the postures and learn the fundamentals of bringing together breath & movement. The class will included yoga postures (asana), breathing techniques (pranayama) and meditation

Monday | 7.00pm - 8.00pm (60 minutes)

Friday | 9.45am - 10.45am (60 minutes)

Suitable for all levels, aimed at beginners.

 

Teen Yoga

Jo has worked in Secondary schools for over 15 years as a Teacher and Community Education Worker. Kev originally trained as a P.E teacher and then went into coaching children in Nursery and Primary school. We understand the importance of yoga and all the various elements it offers to help children cope and build resilience.

Monday | 5.45pm - 6.45pm (60 minutes) | Yoga for ages 12-16 with Ruth

Tuesday | 5.15pm - 6.15pm (60 minutes) | Yoga for ages 17-21with Jo

Yoga Nidra

'Nidra' in Sanskrit means sleep, you will be laying down in savasana a lying relaxed position in a quiet and calm environment. There are huge amount of benefits to this practice including deep relaxation, improve sleep, let tension in muscles melt away, relax the nervous system, reprogram thoughts and habits, allowing your mental and emotional body to process and release. Wake up feeling relaxed and refreshed.  

Level 1 - Suitable for all levels, recommended for injury or illness recovery.

 

Introduction to Yoga

Beginning Yoga can be daunting, it's like learning a new language but often once you start you're hooked and becomes a way of life. Introduction to yoga series is a good place to start.

We take some of the most common postures, sequences and breathing techniques, breaking them down and explaining how to move in a way that's right for your body so not to cause any injury or unnecessary stress. This will give you the foundation and confidence to practice yoga and to join in to any other classes. 

Level 1-2 - Suitable for all levels.

 

Yoga Mini Series - Yoga Therapeutics

We take some of the most common injuries and illnesses we deal with during treatments and offer a yoga class to help support various injuries to encourage your body to heal and repair. In the past we've ran the following classes, more classes running soon. Please contact us by email info@strengthandsoul.co.uk with subject Yoga Therapeutics and let us know what injuries or problems you're facing and we'll design a class to suit and support you back to health. 

Level 1-2 - Suitable for all levels, recommended for injury recovery.

 

 

 

FAQ's

+ What classes are available?

See our timetable above or click here to book.

+ Where are classes held?

All our classes are held at The Barn, Netherton Farm, ML7 5TT. 10 mins from Bathgate / Armadale, 15 mins from Livingston.

+ I have no experience of yoga, can I still attend?

Absolutely, there is no experience required. You do require a good level of fitness or experience of yoga for the Thursday 7.30pm class however all our other classes and events are suitable for all levels. I always give various options of postures so you can choose what is most suitable for your body.

+ What do I need to bring?

Just yourself, maybe some water. I have all the equipment you will need, if you do have your own yoga mat and would like to bring it along, please feel free. You may want to wear layers and some cozy socks for relaxation.

+ What do I wear?

I like to wear layers, a vest top, then long sleeve top of jumper. It’s good to have the options (I hate feeling cold). A tight fitting top or something that has a drawstring tie as there are inversions (down dog, headstand, handstand, shoulder stand) during the class so expect to go upside down at some point! You don’t want your top falling over your head! You’ll be bending, stretching, twisting, so it’s important to be comfortable. And don't feel like you have to spend money on fancy yoga clothes for your first yoga class, it's more important that you're come along to practice.

I like to wear tighter fitting trousers, when moving into downward facing dog, your trousers can fall towards your knee, not that this is a huge deal but it helps to just keep your focus on your body and breath and let go of any insecurities and worries about your clothing. [Read more here][2]

+ Is there space for me to change?

There are toilets downstairs that have space for you to change if coming straight from work

+ Is there somewhere safe for me to leave my things?

We want to keep the studio as clutter free as possible, if you have a small bag you might leave it by your mat otherwise you can leave your bag downstairs. We are the only people using The Barn, we may have clients coming in and out along with other coming to class however you're belongings will be safe. But if there is anything you don't want to leave in your bag, then please do not bring it with you.