Yoga & Pilates Fusion Classes

Classes in Harrogate

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Yoga improves flexibility, strength, balance and helps calms the mind.

Dru Yoga is based upon soft, flowing movements, controlled breathing and visualisation.

Yoga is both a graceful form of exercise and a potent means of stress relief. With its foundations set firmly in ancient yogic tradition, Yoga is a style that has been passed down through the generations. It works on the body and mind, strengthening core stability and building a heightened feeling of positivity and empowerment.

The word Dru comes from the ancient Sanskrit word dhruva, which refers to the stillness that can be experienced in Dru Yoga and Dru Meditation. In this stillness, we are able to sit back from anything that may be happening around us and see and act from a point of clarity and inner calm.

The 9 components of Dru Yoga

Dru Yoga is based on the following components:

* activation

* energy block release

* flowing postures and movement sequences

* therapeutic posture work

* pranayama (breathing techniques)

* mudras

* the art of deep relaxation

* concentration

* meditation

My initial teaching Diploma is in Sunpower Yoga. I am currently training to be a Dru Yoga teacher. I have attended several workshops in Transformational Breathing with Alan Dolan, Kundalini workshop and much more.

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"The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning develops the body uniformly, corrects posture, restores vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit" Joseph Pilates.

"A person is as young as their spinal column" Joseph Pilates

Pilates is a form of exercise that strengthens your back by developing your core abdominal and pelvic floor muscles, which in turn provides support to your lower back. It is also amazing for improving rounded shoulders by opening the chest and strengthening the upper back muscles. Pilates is a form of exercise that Osteopaths, Chiropractors and back surgeons recommend. Read more.

Pilates (originally called Contrology) is based on the work of Joseph Pilates, 1880 to 1967. Born in German, a sickly child suffering from a variety of ailments such as asthma, rickets and rheumatic fever. He was determined to overcome his physical weaknesses and dedicated his life to becoming physically strong through incorporating gymnastics, yoga, dance, self-defence and weight training. By the age of 14 he had become extremely fit and posed for Anatomical charts.

Joseph was held as a prisoner of war on the Isle of Man during this time he trained other prisoners of war with his fitness regime. In fact in 1918 there was a flu pandemic and the prisoners Joseph had trained all survive where many others prisoners died.

Pilates is a unique form of body conditioning that focuses on structural fitness. It emphasis movement awareness and efficient body mechanics helping you to gain strength where weak, flexibility where tight and stability to your core musculature with ease of movement and a diverted flow of energy. The Pilates teaching creates a comprehensive exercise programme for the client. Focus is specific to the client's individual needs whilst using exercises that integrate the whole body to re-educate and restore it to optimum muscle and skeletal function.

The benefits of Pilates are:

  • Improves your posture
  • Improves mobility and flexibility of the spine
  • Delivers muscle tone and flexibility
  • Promotes a more efficient and supportive core
  • Increases stability for the pelvis and shoulders
  • Facilitates injury prevention & physical rehabilitation
  • Complements training for athletes
  • Offers a safe & beneficial form of exercise for a wide range of medical conditions including Scoliosis, Osteoporosis, Arthritis and Multiple Sclerosis.

The eight principles of Pilates are:

  • Alignment
  • Concentration
  • Flowing movements
  • Relaxation
  • Stamina
  • Breathing
  • Centring
  • Co-ordination

I first began practising Pilates in 1997. I then went on to train to be a teacher in matwork with the prestigious Body Control Pilates Association based in London in 2005. I then went on to train with Polestar (UK) in Pilates studio equipment (such as the Reformer machine). I have also attended numerous development weekends and workshops on back pain, shoulder problems, Pilates on the Ball course (Advanced), Intermediate Matwork course and numerous other relevant topics over the years.

I have over twelve years experience of teaching matwork classes and teaching on a one to one basis in the Pilates Method.

For five years, I owned and run a highly successful Pilates studio in Skipton, North Yorkshire. I have also have years of experience in teaching groups with special needs whether physical or psychological. I have also taught for a short time in a Women's prison and to various community groups.

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