Louise Byford (Hatha Yoga), Ursula Dunne (Yoga)
YOGA is a Sanskrit word the literal meaning of which is “Yoke” and the generally accepted idea is that it joins the “body, mind & spirit” into harmony and helps those who practice it find inner peace.
Many people, nowadays, find themselves leading increasingly busy lives, and need something to help them through what can be stressful times. Thousands have chosen Yoga to provide the balance – “The practice of yoga helps to co-ordinate the breath, mind and body to encourage balance, both internally and externally and promote feelings of relaxation and ease.” http://www.bwy.org.uk
Anyone can practise Yoga – older or younger, male or female; no special equipment is essential – a cushion, warm blanket and bottle of water are all you need.
At Nine Springs we offer the following types of Yoga
Gentle Yoga - Ursula Dunne
Yoga for Pregnancy - Ursula Dunne
Hatha Yoga - Louise Byford
The classes provide those attending the chance to stretch, strengthen the body, to become aware of the breath & learn breathing techniques, and finally to enjoy a short relaxation of the body & mind. You learn to be more aware of the body and the breath so that you can work to your level. The advantages of yoga start to appear as soon as you practice and over time the benefits become greater. It is personally progressive & there is no need to compare yourself with others. The atmosphere is relaxed, students are mutually supportive and it is the one place where you can be guaranteed a space of time just for yourself, where there is no rush, no hurry and no need to do more than gentle effort. We always end with breathing exercises and a relaxation session.
What will happen in a class
Yoga with Ursula. At the beginning you will lie down & settle the body & mind. This will be followed by gentle warm up movements, stretching the body and taking it through its full range of movements. Classical asanas or postures are taught but alternatives are always given so that everything can be accessible. There is a strong focus on safety, in particular, care is taken of knees, lower back and lumbar regions. The teacher may demonstrate new asanas, do them alongside the students or go round to adjust or to help.
During the last half hour students are taught breathing exercises (about 10 minutes) and how to use the breath to help relax the body. This is followed by a relaxation session which may include guided visualisation, music or an introduction to meditation.
Hatha Yoga with Louise. Hatha yoga is the physical practice of yoga including relaxation breathwork, postures and meditation.
Louise initially trained in the Sivananda style of hatha yoga and has gained experience in Iyengar and Ashtanga. After teaching for 11 years she has developed her own style but still with the essence of Sivananda.
During a typical class there is a focus on floor work routines to release tension. Attention is paid to the quality of breathing throughout the class. Other sequences will include ‘the sun salutation’ and inverted postures such as ‘shoulder stand’. Standing postures include ‘the warrior’ and ‘triangle’ and usually at least one of the balance postures such as ‘tree pose’.
The class is taken at ones own pace depending on physical ability with the option to ‘rest out’ at any time. Classes are mixed level and very friendly.
Kum Nye - Tibetan Yoga with Eileen Laurie. (Currently suspended until further notice) Kum Nye actually pre-dates both Hindu (Indian) Yoga and (Chinese) Qi Gong, which are in themselves ancient.
“Kum” encompasses all aspects of our embodiment, and to our presence in space. While “Nye” means massage, not in the way we would presume of someone giving you a massage, more to confer the idea of stimulating feeling in the subtle body, in order to help our energy to constantly refresh itself. “Yoga” in this sense means integration, of the energies of body, mind, senses, breath and heart.
Kum Nye sets out a large range of meditations, physical stretches, breathing techniques, which are interspersed within the practice. The result is that, as the exercises proceed, you begin to feel extraordinarily sensorily aware, and very much ‘in your body’. To any yogi many of these exercises are familiar, yet with a different emphasis on the movement, the tension versus the relaxation.
It can provide a refreshing and powerful approach to the cultivation of spiritual peace. Kum Nye Yoga is a gentle healing system that relieves stress, transforms negative patterns, and helps us to be balanced and healthy.
What can the class help
A whole range of problems may be helped from the benefits of yoga
- improved strength
- body awareness
Who would benefit from this type of exercise
Anyone and everyone provided they have some mobility and are happy about lying and sitting on the floor. All students are required to fill in a questionnaire explaining any serious health issues so that the teacher is aware of them and can teach accordingly. If there are other medical concerns at any time these can be discussed in private with the teacher.
Monday - 9.30am - 11.00am Gentle Yoga - Ursula Dunne
Monday - 11.30am -1.00pm Gentle Yoga - Ursula Dunne Monday - 2.30pm - 4pm Very Gentle Yoga - Ursula Dunne Monday - 6.00pm - 7.15pm Yoga for Pregnancy - Ursula Dunne Monday - 7.30pm - 9pm Hatha Yoga - Louise Byford
Tuesday - 7.00pm - 8.30pm Hatha Yoga - Louise Byford
Thursday - 6.00pm -7.30pm Hatha Yoga - Louise Byford Thursday - 7.45pm - 9.00pm Hatha Yoga - Louise Byford
Teachers - contact information
Louise Byford 07958 780245
Ursula Dunne 07507 837744
Personal recommendation/s from previous client/s
From Ursula's clients:
"Such a wonderful way to start the week. Each bit of my body moves & stretches - Great!" Lyn
"Great class, great way to start any week." Helen
"Relaxing and enjoyable, thank you." Maureen
"A friendly and mutually supportive class which I look forward to every week." Helen
"Ursula's class makes me feel full of harmony and part of the natural order. We go through a surprising number of different movements in each class, some will be familiar and some will be new variations. The relaxation and meditation at the end is even more wonderful than the active part of the class." L.M
"A very good, and relaxing class(done at our own leisure, no pressure to do anything too difficult for us) Ursula is a very thoughtful and informative teacher and I enjoy the mediations we sometimes do at the end of classes." Jenny
From Louise’s Clients:
“Yoga with Louise has genuinely made and enormous impact on my physical and emotional well being before, during and after my pregnancy.”
“I look forward to my weekly yoga session with Louise knowing I will come away feeling energized, relaxed and revitalized for the rest of the week.”
“Thank you, Louise, for such comprehensive and supportive yoga classes that work me at exactly the right level physically to ensure steady progression and improvement to my strength and posture.” ND
“The benefits of my weekly yoga last long after the class has finished. Louise is a positive and patient teacher.” Helen
“Yoga transformed my life, enabling me to do more things in my life, despite a back problem that prevented me before.” Marion Coleman
“Yoga has helped ease stress and allows me to relax.” CT
“Yoga is the best relaxation after a stressful day.” LH
“My strength and flexibility have increased greatly since joining the yoga class.” MB