TeenYoga: A class especially for our young adults
TeenYoga provides a place for our young adults to get away from the pressures of school, friends, family and phones. Each one-hour class incorporates movement, breathing techniques and meditation. A time to release stress in the body through stretching and moving which feels so good; learning to understand the rhythms of the breath and use these to influence our feelings; a time to meditate, have stillness – a time to rest.
Yoga movements and postures (asanas) are the main part of the class. Moving the body into certain shapes can make us feel more alive and confident whilst other shapes can help us calm. The idea is to notice these feelings and be OK with them – this can help us begin to understand the root cause as to why we feel a certain way. When we can understand why we feel a certain way, start to be comfortable with being challenged in yoga asanas and begin to foster the patience to practice within the safe environment of a yoga class, we can start to use these techniques outside of the class – in school and home. Yoga is great for sporty teens as a form of cross-training for other sports. It’s also a beautiful way to be active in a non-competitive environment for the not-so-sporty.
“I enjoy going to teen yoga because it helps with my stress. I also try and practice some of the moves at home too because I’m trying to get my splits. It’s helped a lot with improving my flexibility and keeping myself calm in hard situations (like the breathing exercises we do).”
The classes also focus on breathing techniques. Some yoga breathing techniques are taught with particular attention to stress relief – a bonus for those with exams coming up. Breath powers each asana. In some asanas it is more difficult to breath as the body may be twisted, or in a backbend. We can use awareness to refine how we need to breath to be comfortable in a position; again these challenges can be translated off the mat and into life!
So many of the young people I teach always ask for more meditation. The meditation we do in this class is the yoga nidra meditation. Nidra means sleep! Whilst people really do sometimes fall asleep, the real meaning is the sleep of the body. The meditation, done lying down, includes a body scan to fully relax the body. Once completed there are simple breathing meditations and sometimes visualizations. Yoga nidra is a real gift of ease and time-out for our teens.
“It’s really nice to go after a day at school and just forget about everything. I enjoy learning different poses and feel more flexible now after doing yoga for a year. The best part of the class is the meditation (sleeping…!) at the end.”
Summary of benefits of yoga
- develops strength, flexibility and stamina
- reduces tension, stress and anxiety
- raises self-esteem and promotes self-efficacy
- improves motivation
- develops clarity, focus and concentration
- creates awareness of emotional responses
- encourages self-management of behaviour
- promotes social, mental and emotional health
“It’s been a safe place to unwind and de stress. Best thing ever for teenagers.”
Katie currently teaches yoga at a local grammar school and a local girls’ school.
She runs a TeenYoga class each Tuesday during school term time at Cheltenham Holistic Health Centre.
Katie also runs adult vinyasa, hatha and restorative yoga classes at the centre.
Restorative Yoga with Katie Maughfling (Yoga with Katie)
Restorative yoga is a relatively new style of yoga. It was developed in 1937 by B.K.S. Iyengar to help students release into yoga asanas (poses) without stress or strain and so has the benefit of assisting in recovery from injury or illness.
Restorative yoga is a deeply relaxing style of yoga. Each asana is held anywhere from 2-20 minutes, depending on the pose and the student. During this time you are supported by blankets, bolsters or pillows and blocks. The asanas are based on those found in a regular hatha or vinyasa class and there is a special sequencing of the poses as in a regular yoga class, whilst being held and supported throughout.
In all yoga we aim to let go of the ego, and even more so in restorative yoga. Holding these supported asanas for minutes at a time can be mentally challenging as we learn to watch the mind as the body stills.
Yoga with Katie is now offering Restorative Yoga classes at the Cheltenham Holistic Health Centre. We have here a number of mats, blocks, blankets and bolsters, however do bring your own if you have them.
These restorative classes will be 90 minutes long and will have the additional benefit of a yoga nidra meditation at the end.
Cost £12 per person, per session. Bookings essential. Email email@example.com for more information and booking.
Katie also runs weekly vinyasa, hatha and teen yoga classes at the centre.
Yoga with Katie
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What people say about these classes:
“Bliss. Beginning with seemingly small movements to encourage your body to release tension. Using props, such as bolsters and blankets for comfort, very much guided by your own bodies’ needs. Surprisingly powerful poses culminating in a period of calming meditation. Katie expertly guides you through this so there is no need to be nervous for those joining for the first time! Really beneficial and great to take time out to restore and relax. Snoring optional.”
“The class was very gentle, but surprisingly effective. I felt a lot more relaxed and peaceful afterwards and it freed me from the stiffness I usually feel in my neck.”
Weekend Intensive Yoga Workshop with Lindsay, who is a very experienced Junior Intermediate Iyengar Teacher.
There are just a few places left for this wonderful weekend of Iyengar yoga asanas and pranayama.
Saturday 8th April 10-12.30
Saturday 8th April 1-3.30
Sunday 9th April 1-3.30
The whole weekend is £75. Or £30 a session if you can only make one of them (they will work as stand alone classes).
If you have at least 2 years experience of yoga and would like to join us taking a very spacious, thorough and focused journey through some of the asanas to improve your practice please contact Lindsey to find out more on 07748 531327.
To book your place, contact Cheltenham Holistic Health Centre via phone (01242 584140), email (email@example.com) or Facebook page.
Treat any mother you know (including yourself!!) to some well deserved time out in a nurturing space.
A Sunday session to unwind and reflect on your unique journey into motherhood. Sunday 14th May 2017, 12.30-4pm. £45.
(£35 Earlybird booking before the end of April).
This workshop provides an opportunity to slow the pace and replenish yourself. You will find a way to return to yourself in a compassionate, affirming and validating environment.
Through visualisation, story-telling and other creative exercises you will find ways to connect with your felt experience and find acceptance.
You will be offered space for creative expression and may share and receive the wisdom of many mothers.
You will deepen insight, feeling valued, resourced, strengthened and recharged as a mother.
For booking contact Cheltenham Holistic Health Centre, 01242 584140 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This workshop space is held by Lisa Kimberley, Psychotherapist at Cheltenham Holistic Health Centre and experienced therapeutic arts group work facilitator & Yoga teacher Katie Maughfling.
For more information and booking please contact Lisa Kimberley.
We have a new time for our pilates class with Cathy Baynes, Level 3 Pilates Instructor!
They will now take place every Tuesday 9.30-10.30am and are available as a drop in (£9.50) or a book a 4 week course for £34.
Suitable for all abilities, please ring Cathy on 07763 374755 or email email@example.com to find out more and book your space.
See Cathy’s website, www.avocadopilates.co.uk to find out more about her and her class.
Yin Yoga Workshop with Ann Morley
Sunday 11th December, 10.30-12.30. £20 per person.
Yin Yoga is a beautifully relaxed style of yoga where the focus is on the inside; the sensations of the breath and body, and observing our reactions to those. We hold the stretches for a few minutes at a time to allow the best benefit to our connective tissues. It gives the body time to relax fully into the postures, whilst calming and stilling the mind, take the time to just be.
‘Yin’ is the soft, relaxing, accepting counterparty to the ‘yang’, the fast, dynamic, need to achieve that dominates a lot of our modern lifestyles; we need both yin and yang to come into balance.
The class is suitable for all levels. If you have any health concerns, please let Ann know before the class. Most things can be accommodated with some adjustment to the poses. Yoga mates and props are available to borrow, just remember to wear loose fitting clothes that allow you to stretch easily.
For more information, please see: www.annmorleyyoga.co.uk/yin-workshop.
Ann is an experienced yoga practitioners, having practised since 2003. She trained to teach at Yogacampus, London and is accredited with Yoga Alliance.
To get in touch with Ann directly to book your place, please email on firstname.lastname@example.org or ring on 07521 684883.
You may have seen on the news recently, local man, Ben Hooper is attempting to be the first man to swim the Atlantic Ocean in November 2016.
What you may not know, is that he has benefitted from therapies at Cheltenham Holistic Health Centre to help him in his training.
In addition to yoga, acupuncture and sports massage, Ben, had a huge number of Myofascial Release Therapy treatments to help get his body and mind in peak condition during his intense training regime.
Extract from Gloucestershire Echo (27th November 2014)
Ben Hooper swears by it (Myofascial Release Therapy). In fact he believes that it will be crucial in helping him achieve his goal of becoming the first man to swim the Atlantic Ocean next year.
“The first time I thought ‘oh my God what is this’ but the difference is immense,” Ben says.
“I’ve been seeing Jenna for three months, six hours a week, it’s fantastic.
“We have so many swimmers and triathletes in Cheltenham and around Cheltenham, they should be booking in for this.
“The difference it makes to me emotionally – I walk out of here more relaxed mentally and physically.
“Physically it extends my stroke. I have greater reach and flexibility.
“It has been life-changing. It’s that serious and could be the difference between me making it or not.”
3rd – 8th October is Back Care Awareness Week.
We have some great offers for both new and existing patients.
- £10 off all new and continuing patient appointments
- Free spinal and baby checks
- If you recommend a friend who visits during the week, we will give you £10 off your next appointment
Our GOsC registered osteopaths are Stuart Wilson and Lucy Carden.
To book an appointment please telephone (01242) 584140, or you can book online at www.chhc.co.uk.