VINYASA FLOW with BE THOMAIDES
Join me for an energising Vinyasa flow class, designed to ease you into the day and leave you shining afterwards. A mixture of guided meditation and strong flows, aligning breath with movement; this class caters to all abilities.
I live by “do what makes your soul shine” and so my classes are up-lifting, light hearted and nourishing. I aim to create an environment where my students feel safe to explore their practice in this miraculous self-study.
About Be: I went to my first yoga class in 2012, looking for another way to nurture my physical well-being. Instead I found a passion which enabled me to find calm in the present when I needed it most. I love how yoga takes you from the whirl wind of daily life and gives you time to reset, with a big, fat smile on your face! I wanted to give this gift to others and so embarked on my yoga teaching course in January 2018, training in Hatha and Vinyasa flow with Allie Hill from YogaHaven. This enabled me to deepen my knowledge of the philosophy that is yoga and I continue to practice this not just on the mat, but in my every day life.
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IYENGAR YOGA with LAUREN CURRIE
ALL LEVELS Wednesday 18.15-19.30 BEGINNERS Wednesday 19.45-20.45
Iyengar Yoga Beginners Course:
In the beginners course we’ll be learning new things! How to make shapes with our bodies and form standing and seated poses. As we work we’ll learn about balance and stability – encouraging a new kind of awareness, intelligence and freedom. The poses we work on focus our concentration and quieten down our minds. There will be plenty of help, hands on adjustment and direction so we can learn safely, and begin this wonderful self-study.
About me: I believe yoga positively transforms body, mind and soul! I’m passionate about the Iyengar method being accessible to all regardless of age, ability or state of health. I attended my first Iyengar class ten years ago and was amazed at how much I learnt and how great I felt – the door was open on a new kind of self-awareness and self-study! Since then I’ve been fascinated by the depth of the subject and never ending learning, the study of consciousness, the study of breath, the chance to gain and improve my health and the journey in. I’m grateful to have studied with senior teachers Rajiv and Swati Chanchani amongst many others that visit us at Manchester & District Institute of Iyengar Yoga, and share their knowledge and years of study with the Iyengar family in Pune, India.
“Words cannot convey the value of yoga, it has to be experienced” BKS Iyengar
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CAPOEIRA with SEBASTIEN SERAYET Thursday 19.45-21.15
Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form developed by enslaved Africans in colonial Brazil, where two people transcend into a bodily dialogue of steps, kicks, dodges, faints, acrobatics, theatrics, all to the tune of live music and call and response songs. It encompasses movement, dance, rhythm, music, singing, martial art and fighting. This new class will stretch you physically, mentally and culturally. We will practice sequences of movements as a class and in pairs to traditional rhythms.
About me: I first came across capoeira in 2000 and have been practicing ever since with the best masters in the UK, Europe and Brazil including Mestres Moraes, Cobra Mansa, Joao Grande, Roberval, Jogo de Dentro and many more. After studying the roots of Capoeira in Salvador (Brazil), I formed in 2003 a group with my Brazilian teacher Contra Mestre William Sousa and learned how to connect movements and music of the traditional style, capoeira angola. I have taught classes for over 10 years to people of all ages and levels at Manchester College, Manchester University, Z-Arts Centre, numerous schools and community centres. I regularly attend workshops in cities across Europe, organise local events with leading figures in Capoeira and perform demonstrations in the streets or at festivals. As well as giving me many friends, Capoeira has taught me so much about myself, my body, discipline, Brazilian culture and language, learning and teaching. I look forward to share my experience at Space.
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ROCKET YOGA with ROSIE EDMONDS
‘The Rocket’ allows us to achieve the discipline and grounding effects of the traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa, but what sets it apart, is its ability to allow you the freedom to take control of your practice and have lots of fun along the way. Based upon the Ashtanga series, we move more fluidly through a dynamic sequence, where modifications will always be encouraged. This allows students to fully immerse themselves in their own practice, never striving to push themselves in to a pose that isn’t right for their body. The Rocket is a powerful but nonetheless playful practice, so expect to let go of your ego, play with inversions and leave feeling rooted, yet lighter in both body and mind.
My yoga journey really began when I moved to Manchester in 2016, where I found great difficultly adjusting to a new city. I always used running as a way to let go, but it didn’t seem enough anymore; I needed something that would help mentally, too. Quickly I became totally engrossed in the practice of yoga, it gave me a deep focus, that I hadn't ever experienced before, along with a great sense of awareness and love for myself. I knew I had to help others improve the relationship with themselves through the practice of yoga and so I trained to become an Ashtanga Vinyasa and Rocket teacher with Dulce Aguliar and Jamie Clarke of The Yoga People in 2018. I am forever grateful for yoga and will continue to learn and evolve as a teacher, sharing along the way.