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Covid 19 – Safety Measures for Yoga Classes

September 2020

From the British Wheel of Yoga (the main governing body for Yoga in the UK) :

In light of 9 September 2020 government updates we can happily confirm that we are able to continue to operate as we are. There are no changes to how Yoga indoor and outdoor sessions are running.

In the context of the new rules on gatherings in England, the Government has clarified that, from 14 September, people can continue to:
– use leisure facilities, including gyms and pools
– take part in organised indoor and outdoor physical activity, sports and exercise classes

 

The following measures are in place for all group classes at Sheffield Yoga School. These measures are under constant review and may change at short notice according to government guidelines.

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from Class Information, posted September 2020

Pregnancy Yoga 15th September

We are pleased to say that our Pregnancy Yoga classes will start again on Tuesday 15th September.

Social distancing and other measures will be in place to ensure everyone’s safety. This means that places will be limited and early booking is recommended.

Covid 19 : Safety Guidelines

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from Class Information, posted July 2020

Joining our classes in September

We have a break in all our classes over August and we start again in September.

We will be re-opening our Yoga Centre in September and we’re looking forward to resuming our group classes. There is of course some uncertainty at the moment, and our plan is to move gradually. It could be some time before our full timetable is up and running.

There will be a few adjustments to take account of social distancing and to make sure we have a safe environment for our Yoga practice. These will all be in place when we re-open.

What we offer

Since lockdown we have been providing a full timetable of online classes, as well as creating an extensive online library of recorded classes, sequences, relaxation, breathing and meditation practices.

These online resources have proven their worth and will be part of our teaching provision from now on.

When you join our school you will be able to attend a weekly group class, have unlimited access to our live stream online classes, as well as unlimited access to an evolving and comprehensive online library.

Our goal has always been to provide the highest quality of Yoga tuition and to support our students in a lifetime of Yoga practice. Yoga Online will be an invaluable addition to what we do.

How to join a class

If you would like to join one of our beginner classes, or any other class, please send us an email and let us know what you are looking for.

We have a break over August but we will get back to you before our classes re-start to confirm your place and to answer any questions you might have. There are more details about all our classes on the website.

We look forward to hearing from you!

from Class Information, posted July 2020

Meditations on Breath : 6 week Online Course

Starts Thursday 17th September
with Chris Noon
7.30 – 8.30am
£30 / £20

 

Awareness of breathing has always been used as a focus of concentration in meditation :

  • The breathing is always there
  • It is always changing
  • It holds the attention of the mind

Awareness of breathing is central to Yoga and meditation. It is a means by which we can attune ourselves to some of less tangible aspects of our being, the subtleties of energy and of mind.

 

The course

This course will work through a progressive series of dharanas (meditation practices) where the object of meditation is the breath. These are beautiful practices, subtle, gentle and strong.

Sessions will include some posture work and relaxation but the focus of the course is meditation.

Beginners are welcome on this course but if you are new to Yoga and / or meditation please let us know in advance.

Recordings of each class will be provided so that you can do the practices at home and work through them over a longer period of time.

 

Online Meditation

The sessions will be held online via Zoom.

Zoom is very straight forward to use and is a particularly good medium for meditation practice; all you really need is to be able to hear the verbal instructions – you won’t be peering at the screen during the classes!

Everyone attending is ‘muted’ during the classes and you don’t need to be seen on screen by anyone else.

We will send out more information about using Zoom before the course starts.

 

Dates, Time & Costs

Sessions are held on Thursday mornings, 7.30 – 8.30am.

The dates are :

  • 17th September
  • 24th September
  • 1st October
  • 8th October
  • 15th October
  • 22nd October

The fee for the 6 week course is £30.00.

If you cannot afford to pay the full fee you can pay a reduced fee of £20.00.

 

How to book

You can book a place securely through our website.

Click on the button below, see ‘Courses’ and book your place.

Make a Booking

 

Tutor : Chris Noon

Chris has been teaching Yoga and Meditation for 20 years. He qualified initially with the British Wheel of Yoga and then with the Bihar School of Yoga. The Bihar School of Yoga is primarily known for the quality of the meditation practices it provides.

He teaches Yoga and Meditation in a way that is accessible and practical, so that we can integrate what we learn in our practice into our daily lives.

from Class Information, posted July 2020

Re-opening our Yoga centre!

Nothing is certain at the moment … ! That said, we aim to reopen our Yoga centre for classes in September.

We have been teaching a full timetable of classes online since lockdown began and these have gone well. The way we teach and practice in this system of Yoga has transferred quite seamlessly to the online format and overall it has been a positive experience for many of us.

However, we are very much looking forward to getting back to classes in a room with other human beings!

Read more…

from Class Information, posted July 2020

Ajapa Japa : Channeling Breath & Energy

Guidance, Tips and Advice for a Good Meditation Practice

  • 3 Sessions over 3 months
  • September – November 2020
  • Online course
  • £70.00 / £50.00

We are very pleased to announce a 3 month online meditation course with Swami Gyan Dharma.

The main practice for the course is Ajapa Japa, but the sessions will include guidance and advice on how best to prepare yourself for meditation practice, how to get the most benefit from your practice and how to develop it over time.

Swami Gyan Dharma has devoted much of his life to the practice and teaching of meditation. He is able to give expert guidance on the subject, based on comprehensive experience. This course is a great opportunity for anyone serious about deepening their understanding and practice of meditation.

 

About Meditation

Swami Gyan Dharma says this about meditation :

To meditate is to learn to spend time with ourselves, and through a meditative practice, we learn to sit free and independent, without needing the company of others. Being with ourselves internally in a constructive and creative manner, is a skill we develop by sitting down and spending time alone, in a structured meditative way.

We have all got healing to do inside and if we want that healing to happen, we need to take the time, sit down and look in at our minds. To meditate is to work in a conscious and aware way with our thoughts and feelings, instead of running away from them. It is how we start letting go of the pain, fear and confusion that dominate so much of our lives.

It takes a little bit of discipline, but if we sit down every day, close our eyes and look in, and we do it with regularity, the practice of meditation have the power to help us create inner lives that are more meaningful, open, and harmonious.

 

Course information :

Dates :

Each session will be 10.00 – 1.00pm. The dates for the course are all Saturdays :

  • 19th September 2020
  • 17th October
  • 14th November

 

Cost :

The fee for the course is £70.00.

If you cannot afford the full amount you can pay a reduced fee of £50.00.

If there is genuine financial hardship please contact us and we will make an arrangement.

 

How to book :

You can book and pay for your place securely through our website.

Book a Place

 

The Programme

  • 10.00 – 10.30 : Talk, tips & guidance
  • 10.30 – 11.00 : Ajapa Japa Meditation
  • 11.00 – 11.50 : Hatha Yoga
  • 11.50 – 12.00pm : Short Break
  • 12.00 – 12.40 : Satsang (Q&A) on Ajapa Japa and Meditation
  • 12.40 – 1.00pm : Ajapa Japa Meditation

All these times are approxoimate.

We will move through progressive stages of Ajapa Japa meditation over the 3 months.

 

Swami Gyan Dharma

Swami Gyan Dharma, was born in Denmark. At 25 years old he travelled to India and spent many years deepening his knowledge of Yoga. After leaving India he spent 10 years on retreat in a small village in Spain, developing his understanding and experience of Yoga and Meditative disciplines. Since the mid-1990s he has been teaching and making people aware of the spiritual dimension of life.

Swami Gyan Dharma is an exceptional Yoga teacher and is one of the few teachers in Europe with the skills & experience necessary to teach Yoga as a truly transformational practice.

 

Ajapa Japa

Ajapa Japa is a ‘classical’ meditation practice which involves the movement of breath, awareness, mantra and prana. It is a particularly useful technique because the various elements of the practice hold the attention very effectively. Often in meditation the tendency is there for the mind to drift off, but in Ajapa Japa the mind is much more likely to remain anchored to the mechanics of the practice itself.

Ajapa Japa works well as a short daily practice, but it can also be developed in various stages to become a very powerful technique indeed.

Tips for Online Yoga!

  • If you have never used Zoom before it is very straight forward. You can join the workshop through your phone, laptop, ipod / tablet or PC.
  • A few minutes before the workshop starts, click on the link you received when you booked.
  • The link might go straight to the workshop OR it might ask you to download Zoom first. If you need to download Zoom, it is very quick & easy.
  • If the sound on your phone, laptop or PC is not so good you can buy bluetooth headphones, or plug in speakers and that will improve your experience of the classes.
  • For the posture work, apart from when we the teacher is demonstrating try to follow the verbal instructions rather then looking at the screen.
  • You can decide yourself if you want the camera on or off during the class. Your microphone will be turned off.
  • Prepare a space for doing yoga. Make sure you aren’t disturbed by people, pets or phones during the class.
  • You will need a yoga mat, a blanket for the deep relaxation and maybe a cushion for the meditation.
  • During the meditation and relaxation, it is best if you practise in a semi-dark room.
  • For meditation, be comfortable! You may sit on the floor with cushions etc, or on a chair.

 

 

from Yoga Days Info, posted July 2020

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