Having qualified with The British Wheel of Yoga I am registered with Yoga Alliance Professionals. I also hold a Restorative Yoga Teaching Certificate which is a deeply restful form of yoga useful for renewing energy levels and recharging your batteries.
With 14 years teaching experience and over 30 years of practice I am influenced by the slow and gentle side of yoga, breathe with movement and the effects of gravity on the body, also somatic approaches where slow inquiry helps to release tension and habitual holding patterns. I hope to encourage my students to develop more physical and self awareness so that they maintain or improve their overall wellness but also leave my classes feeling rested, calm and relaxed.
My Classes and What to Expect
About Hatha Yoga
Hatha Yoga is a physical form of yoga that is gentle and steady in its approach. It aims to bring balance to your whole being starting from wherever you are now, you don't have to be super fit to begin. Postures can be adapted and modified to suit the individual and everyone is encouraged to work within their own safe limits, making this type of yoga suitable for all ages and abilities including beginners.
Always let me know if you have a particular injury or condition and also if you are or have been recently pregnant so that I can offer more suitable alternatives to help you.
If you are in any doubt about whether yoga is for you then please consult your Doctor prior to class.
We usually start with a short relaxation to settle followed by some simple warm up moves. We then practice a range of postures either moving steadily or holding still, sometimes we might link several into a short sequence. At the end I offer a further 10 minute guided relaxation so that everyone leaves feeling calm and rested.
Village Hall, The Pound, NN7 3NW
Wed 10:30 - 11:45am
First class back all being well 19th May
The Church Rooms, Stocks Hill, NN12 8UW
Waiting for permission to reopen
Tues 10:30 - 11:45am and a second session 12:15 - 1:30pm
The Sawpits Centre (The old library) NN12 6EX
Mon 10 - 11:15am
Fri 10 - 11:15am
First classes back all being well 21st & 25th June
No matter your fitness level and experience, Viv's Yoga is aimed to help you gently stretch, tone and relax. Contact me for more details and to reserve a spot in my next class.
You’ve Got Questions - We’ve Got Answers
What are the benefits of Yoga?
Yoga is an excellent way to improve overall health and fitness. It strengthens the bones and skeleton whilst toning and stretching the muscles releasing stiffness and tension. It also massages the nerves and internal organs bringing benefit to every bodily system through improved circulation and the better delivery of hormones, nutrients and oxygen. Results include improved posture and mobility, maintaining or improving range of movement and balance. Also an increased ability to concentrate and relax through the mindful nature of the exercises makes yoga perfect for stress management and relaxation. It can also help with relief from digestive problems, menopausal or hormonal symptoms and balancing the metabolism and weight.
Do I need to bring any equipment with me?
Wear loose warm layers and bring something to lie on what is usually a wooden floor. Yoga mats are ideal as they are non-slip, you may also find a yoga block and strap useful (an old tie and a cushion could be used as possible substitutes) A small bottle of water if required and a blanket is welcome for the period of relaxation at the end. Always allow an hour or two between a meal and coming to class. If this isn't possible then please eat lightly to keep your energy levels up and your tummy settled.
How much is it?
Due to the new conditions and strictly limited numbers I am currently running a weekly/monthly booking system with classes £9 each. Unfortunately I am no longer able to transfer payments if a session is missed. I will of course refund if you have to go into isolation or we have to close the class.
Is every session the same?
I offer a variety of yoga moves each week and build my classes towards a range of different themes to keep them more interesting and enjoyable. The relaxation echoes the theme by using one of several different techniques to leave you feeling calm and relaxed.
What About Covid19 and Classes
Some of my classes have reopened (please see above) and others are still closed. I am waiting for permission from the relevant booking clerks before I can restart and will let you know as soon as this happens. When coming to class please bring masks to use in the toilets and entering the buildings, however we are able to exercise mask free with windows open and free ventilation. It could get chilly, so please wear layers to keep a comfortable temperature. I am unable to share equipment so you must bring all your own mats, blocks, cushions, straps and blankets. We will be maintaining a 2m social distancing rule and I'll place a marker on the floor so you know how far this is. Please do not come to class if you feel at all unwell. Especially if you have a temperature, a new or continuous cough, or loss of or change to your sense of smell or taste. If in doubt wait it out and stay home.
I came to yoga rather late in life, 60+ From my first session with Viv my fears that I wouldn’t be able to keep up with the others were put to rest. I have never felt pushed beyond my ability or pressured. In fact, having problems with a shoulder Viv offered alternative positions that assist rather than strain. I have never felt silly or embarrassed with Viv and I know that I am a firm believer in Yoga helping me stay active.
I must not forget the last 15 minutes of any session, Viv’s calming voice during relaxation sets everyone up for the rest of the day.