Yoga comes from the Sanskrit word yuj, meaning yoke or union, describing the connection - the union - between body, mind and spirit.
A typical yoga class includes breath control exercises (called pranayamas), physical postures (called asanas), and guided relaxation/meditation.
Regular practise of yoga will:
- improve your mood
- counteract stress
- reduce heart rate and blood pressure
- increase lung capacity
- improve muscle relaxation
- help with conditions such as anxiety, depression and insomnia
- improve overall physical fitness, strength and flexibility
- positively affect levels of certain brain or blood chemicals
Yoga is not about the need to be flexible, you do not have to be able to get your legs behind your head to reap the benefits from our classes, there is no beginning or end to your practise, and no perfect way to perform yoga. Everybody's abilities are different and your yoga practise if your own, many people who are no where near touching their toes can do incredible things after just a few deep breaths. With regular practice you will become more flexible, stronger and leaner, you will notice improvement each time a posture is performed. Some of the postures also massage and tone your internal organs, helping to prevent diseases such as diabetes, arthritis and hypertension, they also bring about balance to internal and glandular functions. Through breathing techniques you can learn to cope with stress, relieve tension and deal with anxiety and depression, you will learn to be more relaxed under otherwise stressful situations, as well as managing ailments such as asthma, anxiety and bronchitis. This is your first step to healing your body, mind and soul and finding optimum health and well being.
We have a lighthearted class structure with attention to detail and practice through informed sequences, I incorporate precise cues and pose breakdowns, compassionate adjustments and relevant alignment instruction, I will encourage you to breathe, focus and do your best, take breaks as needed and over time the classes will flow with ease.
My aim is to help students understand the movements of their bodies and the path to personal growth and to find the centre of themselves each time they step on the mat.
Although all classes are open to all abilities a reasonable level of fitness or mobility is required for some of our classes as they are fairly active flowing hatha/vinyasa yoga, a slow to medium paced flow with some long holds for strength.
If you are looking for something more gentle please keep a look out for courses and workshops that specify they are slower, more gentle and meditative. Please contact me if you are unsure.
Thursday evenings class is where most beginners start, especially if you have injuries or any health issues however you will need to consult your GP before undertaking any exercise programme as these may not be suitable.
Monday and Thursday evening classes run in blocks of 4 so we pretty much follow the same poses/sequence for 4 weeks focusing on certain area's of the body, I have found this to be a more beneficial way for beginners to learn, if I change it up to much it all gets a bit confusing, but it gives everyone a chance to learn the names of the poses and the alignment cues and dig deeper into their own practice.
For a full list of classes please view the timetable.
Preference for group classes will be given to existing students first (for the classes they currently do), Then the remaining spaces will be offered to those on the waiting list and then on a first come first served basis, to avoid disappointment please do not book onto classes without contacting me first as although there is a space on the booking system it does not necessarily mean this space is available.
A registration form is required before attending your first class, so I can be aware of any difficulties you may suffer and adaptations to class that need to be put in place. If you are pregnant please click here as a different form is required.
There are many benefits for children attending yoga classes too....
Introducing yoga at a young age can encourage a healthy lifestyle early.
Teens are encouraged to come to our yoga classes if they attend with a responsible adult, yoga can help promote self-esteem, awareness and respect for others.
Teenagers can draw upon the lessons they have learnt on their mat to help them deal with the stresses and strains of developing into an adult, they will reap the physical and mental benefits of a yoga practice experiencing emotional balance and deep relaxation, the breathing techniques will calm, energize and balance the nervous system, and they can begin to learn effective yogic tools to handle stress, anger, anxiety, depression, and other challenges facing teens, this knowledge will enhance their feeling of self-worth and can boost levels of confidence in these crucial transitional years.
For more information on other classes please click the links below
Loose fitting clothing is advised, and a blanket/warm clothing for our blissful relaxation at the end of class.
Mats can be provided, however if you practice regularly purchasing you own mat is beneficial, please let me know if you would like any advice on purchasing a mat.
Yoga should be performed on an empty stomach try to allow 2 hours after eating a heavy meal or the body will feel heavy and uncomfortable and performance and concentration will be affected.
Arrive 5-10 minutes early.
Entering classes late is disturbing to others, if you do arrive a few minutes late please make sure that you enter as slowly and quietly as you can.
No admission after 10 minutes late.
Mobile phones - please help preserve the peace and be sure to turn off your mobile phone before the class begins (please do not have your phone on vibrate as when this rattles on a wooden floor it's far from silent and can still cause a disturbance).
You must book every single class that you wish to attend, no drop-ins are allowed.
Any cancellations must be give 4 hours prior to the class time, if not you will incur a fee as refunds cannot be made after this time.
Payments can be made via the online booking system, through paypal, cash and cheque payable to Sharon Cannon (if paid in advance so amount is cleared funds before first class)
Pay as you go classes are £8 (booking still required)
Class passes are bought in 4 - £24 / 8 - £45 / 12 £68.00 session payments and can be paid via the Instabook booking system or by cash/cheque (payable to Sharon Cannon)
Passes are valid at all classes.
If new, please DONT buy before you have contacted me.
Class passes are non refundable once purchased as this is your commitment to attend. If unsure whether you can make a commitment then you are best paying as you go £8.00 for which you will still need to book on via the online booking system (or contact me and I can add you) if you are not booked online via Instabook your place will not be held and you may be turned away.
Classes can be carried over for holiday/illness etc. BUT you need to notify me in advance so you wont loose the class. If you have booked in for a class and don't let me know that you can't make it prior to class your class will be deducted from your pass.
Further information regarding payment, class passes and the booking system can be found in the Terms and Conditions (more classes are being added all the time so please keep checking back) If you are interested in joining a class please complete the online Yoga Registration Form. (if you are pregnant please click here as a different form is required) New Students: please ensure you have made contact and registered (above) before booking on