Yoga Classes and Workshops

During the pandemic I encourage you to continue practising at home. I think we are all going to need our yoga and meditation more than ever this winter and it is really worth making the effort to have some kind of yoga and/or meditation routine. Just make sure your target is realistic and not over-ambitious. If you can spare e.g. five minutes a day, five days a week and you stick to it, not only will you benefit from the actual practice but you won’t give yourself such a hard time about never getting round to doing your yoga.

Sometimes less is more.

It’s all about fitting the practice into your life as it is right now. If, for example, you struggle to get out of bed in the mornings and then are busy from the moment you get up till the moment you fall back into bed in the evening, consider doing your yoga in bed before you get up. Five minutes of supine pranayama and/or asanas could make all the difference to your day! Or, if you have difficulty sleeping, a few minutes of yoga/meditation in the evening could help you settle.

Do get in touch if you would like some yoga-related advice. I am working on ways to support people in their self-practice.

I am available for one to one’s, in person out of doors or by phone, if you would like some support in establishing your own regular practice that is right for you.

I have 5 Yoga Videos on Youtube. Each was made with a specific group of my students in mind and they present varying levels of challenge, from short and basic to longer and more physically demanding.

I have been running some small pop up outdoor classes. Due to  England being in lockdown they have to be paused until restrictions are eased.

But as soon as we are allowed to meet again I am keen to resume the outdoor classes. I have been adapting the sessions as the temperature drops, so that we can practise whilst wearing warm clothing and in a way that helps maintain our body heat. This includes incorporating various warming-up exercises and breathing practices, and walking meditation instead of sitting .

For me at this time the important thing is for us to continue to meet when possible, according to which tier we are in and do some practice together in a mindful way, even if it doesn’t quite look like the kind of yoga class we have been used to.
The ground is going to be damp from now on, so I recommend bringing something waterproof to put under your mat. Grip toe socks will be useful, as well as warm non-restrictive layers. If you can manage to bring a blanket or even a sleeping bag you should be warm enough for a short relaxation.

If you would like to be on the contact list please let me know.

DROP-IN CLASSES (To be resumed at a future time.)

Thursday Evening Mixed Ability Drop-in Class. 6-7:30p.m.

Venue: Asian Cultural Centre, Manzil Way, Cowley Rd, Oxford OX4 1GH
Cost: £12/£10
All Welcome, including Beginners.

This is a friendly class for all abilities.  Clear instructions are given for those who are new to yoga, and I also include some challenging (and fun!) postures for people who are more experienced and/or physically fit.

Includes postures to stretch and strengthen your body, breathwork and relaxation.

Wear loose or stretchy clothing, try and bring a mat, blanket or thick towel, and don’t eat for at least a couple of hours beforehand.

If anyone wishes to attend but can’t afford it, please contact me to discuss a further reduction.

Tuesday Evening Intermediate/Advanced Drop-in Class. 6–8p.m.

Venue: Asian Cultural Centre, Manzil Way, Cowley Rd, Oxford OX4 1GH
Cost: £16/£14/£12

Deepen and develop your yoga practice.  Asana, pranayama, mudra/bandha, meditation and relaxation.

All are welcome who are reasonably familiar with the classical asanas, and wish to explore and grow their practice.

If anyone wishes to attend but can’t afford it, please contact me to discuss a further reduction.

Saturday 15th June 10 -1, 2019

Asian Cultural Centre.  Manzil Way, Cowley Rd, Oxford OX4 1GH

Lower Back Yoga Workshop. £35/£30/£25

Looking after your Lower Back and remedying any issues is partly about correct posture and exercising wisely, and partly about how you take care of that area energetically. In this workshop I will share some ideas and practices centred on strengthening and improving the flexibility and alignment of your lower back, as well as preventing or reducing lower back pain.

I’m an acupuncturist as well as a yoga teacher and will weave some ancient Chinese wisdom into the workshop and encourage you to enhance your energy, listen to your body, and maintain a good balance between exercise and rest, with the aim of supporting your lower back health.

The workshop will consist of a mix of asanas including: exercises to develop core-strength, backbends, twists, forward bends and relaxation.

You will be encouraged to find your own level.

N.B. there are only 15 places available on this workshop, so early registration is advised.

To register and pay (in advance, please) contact Sue Pennington:

Email: suepennington@yahoo.com

Phone: 01865 776759

Restorative Yoga Workshop:

Saturday 16th March 2019

10am – 1pm, Asian Cultural Centre, Manzil Way, Oxford OX4 1GH.

£30/£25/£20

N.B. Please book in advance to secure a place.

These workshops will focus on yoga postures suitable for when you are: tired/stiff/injured/practicing before bedtime/wanting a relaxing session/looking for a balance between yin and yang styles.

Or you can just practice them because they make you feel good!

Much of the work is passive, supported by the floor, wall, or other props. These poses can be held for longer than usual to allow your body’s own weight + gravity to bring about a deeper release in the muscles and joints. This also helps develop greater awareness within your body and mind, and can be a voyage of self-discovery.

There’ll be a mix of asanas; including backbends, forward bends and twists, and plenty of emphasis on hip-opening, as well as pranayama and yoga nidra.

Testimonials:

What a wonderful workshop. Particularly appreciated your calming voice and presence. Great way to spend a Saturday morning. Can not believe how quickly 3 hours went by! Would have probably carried on for another 3 hours not realising how time flies. Feeling very happy and relaxed.

Jo

‘I was lucky enough to gain a place, and participate in Sue’s Restorative Yoga Workshop . The morning consisted of a practical exploration of gentle and re-balancing asanas. Sue led us gently through the poses and, with her thoughtful approach, offered alternatives, props and modifications so that we all could benefit. We also took time to fully relax; practice a lovely mindfulness exercise; and do simple pranayama. I never fail to be amazed by the benefits that such yoga can bring. With Sue’s considerate teaching, by the end of the morning, I felt fully restored, lighter of mind and relaxed in body. I even went home compelled to be creative in writing and drawing, following on from the experiences and feelings left over from the class. Sue created a warm and relaxed atmosphere. We felt really comfortable as a group to share our ideas and practice yoga together. Sue is an inspirational yoga teacher and I believe her workshops offer something for everybody. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend any of Sue’s workshops for anyone interested in furthering their yoga and development of themselves.’

Debbie Turner

Sunday 27th January 2019, Tarnowskie Góry, Poland.

‘Lower back workshop’.

Private Tuition also Available – One to One or Small Groups

CDs

Relaxation and Visualisation £6
Astanga £9

Yoga Equipment

(Eco) Tree Yoga Mats £35
Neti pots £10
Wedges/Bricks £5
Blocks £5/£4

i began practising yoga in 1978 and realised after attending my first class that i would never stop.  i have been teaching since 1984, and love it and plan to carry on until noone wants to come to my classes anymore.  my influences are manifold and include rigorous asana practices such as astanga, as well as more passive styles, and extend through pranayama, meditation, mudra/bandha and yoga philosophy.in my classes i try to inspire students to use yoga to instil peace of mind, and support self-healing.

For yogic inspiration I recommend this link to a video clip about an amazing 92 year old yoga teacher with the twinkliest eyes http://youtu.be/gip5sjGy8pM

or Never, Ever Give Up. Arthur’s Inspirational Transformation!

and for yoga humour http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-8IPDR4Khc

(thanks to laura, michi and alex for sharing those with me)

YOGA DURING PREGNANCY

Click here to read about yoga during pregnancy.

Sue Pennington:  Acupuncture, Massage, Yoga, Shamanic Work, Mentoring

tel: 01865 776759

email: supipennington@gmail.com

http://www.suepennington.com