I hope that you find this website both interesting and an informative source on yoga and Pilates in Northern Ireland. Continue reading Nourishing Movement
Hello there, I hope you have enjoyed the great weather we have had this summer, makes a change to have sunshine for more than a day here and there but now back to less sunshine – I know, we need the water!
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I am teaching an extended Saturday class on June 23 at Friends Meeting House, off the Lisburn Road. The cost is £30 and we will start at 10.00. Please note, the class on 19 May has been cancelled.
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I am teaching an extended Saturday class on April 28th at Friends Meeting House, off the Lisburn Road. The cost is £30 and we will start at 10.00.
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Mondays 6 – 7pm St Mark’s, Church Street
Dates: 9 April – 25 June 2018 (10 weeks)
8 people maximum
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There are classes next week on Monday in Newtownards and Thursday at Friends in Belfast – next week will be the last week of classes before Easter.
All classes will re-start on Monday 9 April. The Crescent Arts classes will run for 9 weeks and costs £102 – full payment.
The Newtownards class will run for 10 weeks not including the 2 bank holidays in May, so it will start on Monday 9 April and will go on until June 25, if you wish to add another week into July just let me know. The cost for the 10 weeks is £113.
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One-to-One classes can help you develop a practice that deepens your level of ability and awareness more than you can achieve in a group class. They allow both yourself and the teacher to learn more about your body’s needs, abilities and perhaps uncover postural patterns that are no longer needed or beneficial to you. When you do your group class you are then more aware of how to move your body beyond the general instructions given in the class.
I am an experienced teacher with over 28 years of experience in Pilates, Yoga, Meditation, Aromatherapy Massage and Somatics.
The skill of the one-to-one teacher is to understand and support your individual anatomy, postural and movement habit patterns and provide insight as to how to establish patterns which help to organise your body in a balanced and effortless way. This is an energetic stability which can be experienced in the body and the mind.
Hello there everyone, many thanks for your support this year and hope to see you next year!!
Next term begins on the week of January 8 which is a Monday, so all classes are back that week as well as my private class students. I have been asked by a few students for an extended class on Saturday 13 January which may be a bit soon but who knows, start the year off as you mean to go on!!
I am renaming my pilates class at the Crescent Arts Centre to Contemporary Pilates so that I can put a name to what I am actually doing as I have moved further past an ordinary pilates class. These classes will have some Somatic exercises in them and some movements that are more functional.
My yoga classes will also have some Somatics in them and the style of yoga I am inspired by is Vanda Scaravelli yoga which is quite slow and a very somatic way of moving. Anyway I would like to know what you think and what you would like from the classes, or how you are finding them and what you enjoy in the class.
The Tuesday Contemporary class will only have 10 people as the somatics takes a bit of space and you become more spacious within yourself so I do not want to squeeze people in etc. It would be great if you could let me know if you want a space for next term and if you could bring a blanket as well and any yoga blocks you may have. It is surprising how much support for things actually allows the body to release more.
With my many years as a Pilates Teacher, Scaravelli-inspired yoga teacher, my medical background and Hanna Somatics this class will focus on whole-body movement, helping our bodies become more functional, balanced, flexible and strong.
Improving your breath and awareness of how your breath can impact your mind and improve your balance. Breaking down exercises into smaller motor skills and postural adjustments will improve core strength and body alignment, allowing the body to move with more ease and vitality.
By becoming more aware of how we move and breathe we can help ourselves cope with stress, anxiety and tiredness, bringing the whole body into a state of balance and stillness. Balance in the body brings balance to the Mind.
Mondays 6-7 pm
8 January to 19 March (10 weeks)
St Mark’s, Church Street, Newtownards
Contact me if you would like to sign up.
I am teaching a 2 hour extended Saturday class on October 14, 2017 at Friends Meeting House, off the Lisburn Road.
This extended Saturday class will be a morning of Somatic movements. Taking time to open and explore tension patterns within your body and learning to become aware of them to release them. I hope to include some Scaravelli-inspired yoga within the class depending on how everyone gets on.
Please let me know as soon as possible if you would like to attend.
A morning of Somatics
I am teaching a two hour Saturday Morning Class, on the 1st July at The Friends Meeting House Marlborough Park North. The cost is £30 and you will need to bring two blankets!!
The class will be “A Morning of Somatics” – a slow body movement technique created by Tom Hanna (Feldenkrais) and is safe and easy with natural movement.
It will give relief to every part of your body, and is a way of teaching your muscles how to relax and stay that way and is also a profound way of developing a conscious conversation with your nervous system so that you can re-pattern your body’s movements.
We will be in the large room so plenty of space to relax and roll about!! Please let me know
if you are coming and if possible pay to book a place.
I am also going to bring the doTERRA Essential oils
with me and will be using the diffuser so you can sample the oils and look at the brochure if you are interested.
I will be teaching fewer classes this August, so the new class dates are below. All the Crescent Arts Classes and Newtownards Classes have finished for the summer and will re-start the Week of 11 September – hope to see you there again.
The classes at Friends will be on the following dates:
June: 15, 22, 29
July: Saturday 1, 20, 27
August: 3 and 31
Sept: 7, 12 etc as the new term will have started and will run 12 weeks with a half term break, finishing the week of 4 December.
I think I have put all the dates down correctly!!
Class prices have increased to £90 for the block of 8, and for the Crescent Arts classes of 12 weeks is £135, and also the Newtownards Class of 12 weeks is £135.
Keep well, and many thanks for your support. If I don’t see you during the summer I hope you have a good time and look forward to seeing you again in the autumn.