We’re really excited to be offering a Yoga Class in Fort William for anyone, from absolute beginner to advanced practitioner.
VENUE: Duncansborough Macintosh Church – New Hall
TIME: 6pm – 7:30pm
PRICE: £6 per session
Classes are currently held at the Duncansburgh Macintosh New Hall on Wednesdays from 1800-1930. There’s no need to book; just turn up and pay £6.00 per session. We look forward to seeing you there!
For us, climbing and yoga have always been perfectly matched activities, with many health and fitness benefits including: improved flexibility, balance, body awareness, strength, and an improved control of your emotional state.
Classes are led by Charlotte Hatto, a registered teacher of the British Wheel of Yoga and long term Yoga Practitioner.
What is yoga?
The word yoga is often interpreted as meaning union, referring to a union of body and mind through concentration on breath and movement. Hatha yoga is the physical practice of yoga including working with the breath. Hatha yoga strengthens the body, encourages flexibility and improves the functioning of the respiratory, circulatory, digestive, and hormonal systems. Yoga brings about emotional stability and clarity of mind. In the practice of yoga the ultimate aim is one of self-development and self-realization. Yoga is a non-competitive practice.
What to wear?
- Comfortable loose clothing that will allow you to bend and stretch easily.
What to bring?
- A non-slip Yoga Mat or similar (e.g. blanket) if you have one (limited numbers of spare mats are available for first-timers).
- Yoga blocks and/or a belt if you have them. Spares can be provide. Please ask about these if you are unsure as they are not always required.
- A blanket or warm clothing to keep you from getting cold during relaxation.
All of these items are available from online stores or from high street shops and supermarkets for very reasonable prices and will be necessary if you are planning on coming to a class regularly.
What to expect in a yoga class?
Those with medical conditions should consult a GP before starting a yoga class.
Typically a yoga class lasts 90 minutes and includes:
- Centering; bringing focus into the present time and place, and moving away from the concerns of our everyday lives.
- Warming and mobilizing exercises.
- Asanas (the main part of the class).
- Breathing exercises.
Classes are mostly mixed ability, with students of all levels attending, and will focus on correct alignment of the body, working to your own personal edge and encouraging relaxation of your mind through concentration on breathing.
Students are encouraged to focus on their own practice and be aware of their body. Postures will be taught in a staged approach allowing you to go only as far as your body wants to and you can easily come back a stage if you wish. Using this approach yoga is made accessible to all and helps everyone who practices to progress.
Before your first class you will be asked to fill out a form regarding contact details and medical conditions. These details will be kept confidential and will only be kept for as long as needed. It is your responsibility to inform us of any changes to your personal details.
Dos & Don’ts:
DO – Check with your health practitioner before coming to a class, if you have any medical condition or recent injury, and make sure we are aware of any health issues.
DON’T – Eat a large meal within 2 hours prior to attending a class, unless your stomach can handle it.
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