New to Yoga

Welcome to Little bird. We hope to see you soon.

Here is some information on yoga, its benefits and the various styles practiced in the studio:

Before Class

Stay hydrated and try not to eat for two hours before class.

Wear comfortable clothes that allow you to move freely.

If it is your first visit, please come 15 minutes early to sign in. If you have registered on-line then just say hello at reception and we will sign you in and show you around the studio.

Classes can be accessed through the front or side doors of the café. However early morning ashtanga classes are accessed through the yoga studio side door. There is a bell for you to ring if the door is closed.

Yoga is about learning to listen to and respect your body. Please be mindful of your own boundaries and remember, you should never ever feel pain in class.

We are happy to provide yoga mats for use free of charge. They are the blue mats which can be found at either side of the door into the studio. We would be grateful if you remembered to wipe your mat down after use, roll it up and put it back in place.

Class levels

Level 1
Open to those in the initial stages of yoga or Pilates.
Level I classes provide a solid, safe foundation and are suitable for all levels.

Level 2
Intermediate classes are for students who want to develop and refine their practice and learn more challenging postures. Not suitable for beginners

Level 3
Advanced level classes, suitable for those with a dedicated regular practice.

Benefits of yoga

As with many forms of physical exercise, yoga will increase your strength and energy levels, improve your blood circulation and muscle tone, help with weight loss and encourage overall heath.

It will also help you to develop better posture, balance and flexibility, leaving you feeling lighter and at ease in your body. In addition it improves your metabolism and digestion by massaging the internal organs.

Above all, (and the reason why so many people are turning to yoga) it is hugely beneficial for relieving stress and increasing focus and concentration.

Yoga Styles
There are many different forms of yoga and the range of styles can be confusing. Most styles practiced today derive from Hatha yoga, the forerunner of all postural yoga. Many styles emphasise the connection of breath and movement as an integral part of the practice; some include an element of meditation, and all include relaxation at the end of class.

Hatha Yoga
Hatha yoga is essentially a series of postures designed to improve body alignment and to calm the nervous system. Classes tend to be gentle and slower-paced with a focus on simple breathing exercises and meditation. Hatha yoga is particularly suitable for beginners.

Iyengar Yoga
Developed by B.K.S Iyengar, it places great focus on precise physical alignment and refined instructions. Students are guided step by step into the poses, sometimes with the use of props to cater for the needs of each individual student. Poses are held for longer periods of time, and classes concentrate on different areas of the body. Iyengar yoga is excellent for beginners, as it provides a deep understanding of the basic poses.

Ashtanga Yoga
Ashtanga is a dynamic and physically demanding form of yoga. This ancient system developed by Sri K Pattabhi Jois involves a series of set postures practiced in sequence: each posture prepares for the next, building heat, strengthening and toning the body, increasing flexibility and focusing the mind. Steady rhythmic breathing is maintained throughout, fostering mental focus and internal awareness. Ashtanga is suitable for those with a medium to good level of fitness.

Vinyasa Flow
This is a dynamic flowing style of yoga, harmonizing breath and movement to develop strength, flexibility, and concentration. While Vinyasa flow classes are generally physically demanding, teachers’ styles can vary greatly. Some classes can be slow-paced and focus on holding poses and fluid, graceful transitions; others can be more fast-paced and emphasise a vigorous aerobic workoutVinyasa Flow is suitable for those with a medium to good level of fitness.

Restorative Yoga
A gentle, nurturing, slow-paced type of yoga anyone can do. Postures are usually deeply supported by blankets and bolsters and held for several minutes at a time, thus encouraging the body and nervous system to relax deeply. Our restorative yoga classes are usually in the evening and candle-lit: you will leave feeling nourished and relaxed, ready for a deep, deep sleep.

Kids Yoga
Kids yoga classes are all about having fun! They are non-competitive and help children to develop and maintain their natural flexibility, imagination and concentration. Classes involve games, ‘yoga-journeys’, song and dance as well as relaxation and meditation.

Teen Yoga
Teen yoga classes maintain an element of fun and start to introduce more aspects of yoga and meditation practices. Teen yoga is a safe space for young people to talk and express themselves, while learning about their own health and movement.

Yin Yoga
Yin yoga is a slow paced style of yoga. Classes involve mostly passive poses practiced on the floor wrapped in blankets. Poses are held for 2-5 minutes and help target connective joint tissue and fascia flexibility, unlike more yang styles of yoga which generally target muscle flexibility. Yin is a relaxing but challenging practice, and is a fantastic compliment to other forms of exercise. Yin is suitable for all levels.

Yoga for Seniors
This is a gentle yoga class for anyone over the age of 60. The class will concentrate on breathing, stretching and strengthening the body to improve flexibility and clarity of mind. We are as young as we feel!

Pilates
Core strength and stability is the foundation of Pilates exercise. These deep internal muscles of the abdomen and back support the entire body, its spine and movement. Pilates exercises target these muscles, and like yoga, use an integrative approach with breath, movement, centering and concentration. With experienced teaching it is an extremely safe form of exercise suitable for all ages.

The Fluid Body
The Fluid Body is a self-treatment system to combat chronic pain, stress and stiffness. Its focus is on the body’s connective tissues and the role they play in pain, stress, weight gain and overall health. The exercises revolve around a series of movements on a ball or foam roller, designed to stimulate the nervous system, break up internal scar tissue and relax the muscles. Although gentle, these exercises are extremely precise and incredibly effective.