Adult Yoga Classes
Christ Church, Christchurch Road, Reading, Berkshire RG2 7AB
£12 Drop-in class.
Parking available on site outside church.
Note: the class is in the side room of the church: when standing in front of the large wooden entrance doors, go round to the right & enter via the side door.
Do I need yoga experience to come to class?
No previous yoga experience is needed: you will access each class in response to the needs of your bodymind on any given day. Yoga is non-competitive & participation is about mindful movement, grace and flow: we learn to honour our limitations as well as our strengths. Simply come and have an experience!
I love Holly’s classes. Her attitude and sense of humour are infectious, and I would seriously love two or three classes per week. Additionally, the weekly yoga class is often structured around short courses focusing on a certain theme, element or outcome. This gives a great sense of design, and indeed, achievement. Thanks Holly!BB
What do I bring to class?
- A yoga mat, blanket or sheepskin to sit on
- A shawl or blanket to keep warm
- Loose, comfy clothing
- Socks (to keep toes cosy during meditation)
- Water bottle (water is available at class)
It is advisable not to eat 2-3 hours before class
CURRENT & UPCOMING YOGA COURSES
TIME & TIDE: new course begins 6th September
In almost all wisdom traditions time, & thus life itself, is depicted as a wheel: the wheel metaphor allows for the cyclical nature of life- the rolling seasons, the shifting weather, the cycle of aging, the wheeling of planets & stars, fertility cycles, the arc of birth & death, the turning of the wheel of the year and so on.
Often we think of time as linear; it is how we experience it. One year follows another. One event follows another. Life feels like a spool of wool flung out into the void.
But we know life is paradoxical: yoga teaches us that life is never either/or (what we call dualistic thinking); life is experienced as both/and. Two seemingly opposite things can sit alongside one another in harmony. Yoga practices aim to bring us to this balance point between opposites. This balance is depicted in symbols such as the yin-yang, the image of Shiva-Shakti, and the Mayan Hunab Ku.
So we dwell in paradox: within a cyclical universe that ebbs and flows with energy currents, and within a linear flow that is like the sea coming in and going out, marking time with horizontal flow.
This academic year (September-July) Yoga White classes will explore the ebb & flow of life energies by honouring the wisdom gleaned from Kundalini Yoga’s ‘Humanology’ teachings, Chinese medicine, Ayurveda and astrology.*
Classes will be designed to flow with the prevalent energy of each season; teaching you how to tap these shifting energies to create harmony in your life. We will explore such things as:
- the progression of ‘elements’ throughout the year
- the ‘organs’ connected to the seasons & what foods best support you in each season
- the numerology of the months & choosing meditation to support that energetic quality
- how to change yoga practices in each season & tweak your lifestyle accordingly
- how to work with & harness planetary energies
- how to honour the smaller cyclical seasons in our own lives
- using colour to enhance the season
*Note: I am not ‘qualified’ in Chinese medicine, astrology or Ayurveda but read widely on these subjects & take deep interest in how they overlap with yogic practices & philosophy
All welcome: no previous yoga experience required. These classes are designed with progression in mind but are drop-in classes so you can come & go as you please!
Yoga White runs drop-in classes: we recognise how busy you all are & that you can’t always commit to that Wednesday or Thursday night slot.
But we also recognise that some of you do commit to a course or a weekly practice and so Yoga White is offering a new way to book for classes & to recognise that commitment with Six-Class-Saver.
What is it?
Drop-in classes are £12 so six classes cost you £72.
The Six-Class-Saver is a pre-payment for 6 classes at £64- a saving of £8.
How does it work?
You pre-pay for six classes on the website (using Paypal) or by cheque/ cash at class.
You are then given personalised Yoga White vouchers. When you come to class you simply put your voucher in the pot instead of cash.
What if I miss a class?
Your vouchers will be valid for 2 months from the date of buying them so you have 8 weeks in which to use them up. After that use-by date they are no longer valid.
Can I use them at Sunday morning mantra-meditation classes?
Yes. Your vouchers are valid for all £12 Yoga White sessions.
A present with a difference…
Why not buy a Six-Class-Saver for a friend? The perfect gift for a yogi/ yogini!