SKYE: I am no longer based in the Borve yoga studio. Instead, I will put on ‘pop-up’ yoga/Pilates classes when I visit Skye. I will email those on my mailing list to inform them about ‘pop-up’ classes and will also post on my public Facebook page about this. If you’re not currently on my Skye emailing list and would like to be added to it, please let me know!
NAIRN: Currently, I can offer a limited number of private tuition slots each week – please see the ‘Private tuition’ page of this website for more information about this. I will also be teaching a 6 week block at Nairn Sports Club beginning on 23rd April, as follows:
Nairn Sports Club Yoga on Tuesdays from 1.15-2.45pm. Dates: 23/4, 30/4, 7/5, 14/5, 21/5, 28/5. This six week block of 90 minute classes is intended for yoga beginners and those who enjoy slower-paced styles of yoga. The class size will be small (max 10) so session content can be tailored to those in the group, in an informal and friendly atmosphere. We will be working on yoga mats, from standing, sitting, kneeling and lying positions. Modifications or alternatives will be given if you have any particular issues (e.g. sore wrists or a dodgy knee). Gentle styles of yoga are also effective: everyone will be encouraged to work at the level right for them as an individual, adding challenge by holding poses for longer or going more deeply into them, if that is appropriate. All sessions will begin with a warm-up, gently mobilising the body in preparation for some stronger yoga poses. There will be plenty time at the end of each session for a guided relaxation, and some relaxing breathing exercises may also be taught. Yoga mats, blocks and straps will be provided for those who don’t have their own. Please bring a blanket to use as a prop during the class and as a cover during the relaxation at the end. For details of class costs, for members and non-members, and to book places, please contact the Sports Club on 01667 454 523.
What to expect, wear and bring:
Doors open 10 minutes before the start of class. Please aim to be inside venues 5 minutes before the class start time, so you are settled and ready to begin with the rest of the class.
As with any exercise, it’s best not to do yoga on a full stomach. Try not to eat for an hour or two before the class. Wear comfortable clothing such as a t-shirt and tracksuit bottoms or leggings. Yoga is usually done in bare feet. Your body will cool down during the relaxation at the end of class, so make sure to bring warm socks and a jumper too.
Mats, blocks, mats and belts are provided. Please do bring your own yoga mat if you have one, and also a soft blanket or travel rug. The blanket can be used as a cover during relaxation and as a prop (to kneel or sit on) for some poses. An eye pillow or eye mask is also nice to have for the relaxation (but not essential, so don’t worry if you don’t have one!). Some people also like to bring a small cushion to rest their head on during the relaxation.
The mats I use in class are from Yoga Matters. I’ve ordered yoga equipment from Yoga Matters, John Lewis , Yoga Bliss, Ruth White Yoga Products , the Yoga Shop UK and Yoga Mad and had good customer service and product quality from all these companies.
I take yoga seriously, but I also find it fun – and I think that’s reflected in the friendly and informal atmosphere of my classes. Each class begins with a short period of settling in, then a series of warm-up exercises. After that we do yoga poses (asana). Every week has a slightly different theme: for example, we may focus on a particular area of the body (such as the muscles of the hips) or family of poses (such as twists). All yoga classes end with a period of relaxation, which may include time for some breathing exercises (pranayama).
If you have any further questions, please get in touch – click on the ‘Contact’ tab above.