Classes

Take to the mat and see what unfolds…

In Person-Classes (taught in our cosy Stonehouse in Northern Portugal, close to Fornos de Algodres):

Weekly mixed ability in-person yoga class, every Saturday 9:30-11am. The price is €10 with a discounted option of €7.50 for those on lower incomes.
At the Stonehouse, Quinta da Pomba.

Weekly mixed ability in-person yoga class, every Thursday 10-11:30am. The price is €10 with a discounted option of €7.50 for those on lower incomes.
At the Stonehouse, Quinta da Pomba.

Online Classes (offered via Zoom platform):

Zoom mixed ability yoga classes offered online every Monday, 7-8:15pm. The price is £7 per person.
This class is open to all – plenty of options are always offered, in order to cater to all levels, from beginners to seasoned practitioners. Most classes focus on a particular theme, for example twists, back-bending, opening the side body, intelligent use of core muscles etc. And in each class we focus on conscious, full breathing and we always finish with a relaxation in corpse pose.

Life-long Access to Previous Class Recordings
I have started making my Monday classes available as recordings after the live class, so you can practise them any time you like, as often as you like. Each class has a unique reference number and title and costs £5 to purchase. To purchase a class please first pay the appropriate amount into my account then get in touch with me by email (beckymay283@gmail.com) with the title and/or number of the class(es) you wish to receive, and I will send you the link to the recording.

Available classes (keep checking as I’ll add more as I record them):
1. Playing with Pigeon – A deeply releasing class with an outer hip-opening focus that explores the ‘pigeon’ shape in different, creative ways. Expect a creative flow with lots of stretching.
2. Breathing The Body Open – We focus on using the breath to open the body from within. Pranayama and stretches that open the intercostal muscles and the whole of the torso (front, sides and back) are both used to help you breathe more freely than perhaps you’ve ever breathed before by the end of the class!
3. Hamstring FocusIn this class we put our focus on the back of the legs and we use postures and sequences to both lengthen and strengthen the muscles here, particularly the hamstrings on the back of the thigh. You should feel 10cm taller after this class! Our relationship with our hamstrings is sometimes linked to our relationship to the past. What are we still holding onto that we are ready to release? This class might show you…
4. Psoas Focus – In this class we hone in on one of the deepest postural muscles in the body, the psoas muscle. Sometimes called ‘the muscle of the soul’, the psoas is an essential part of our core stability and our ability to move around, and is also engaged in our ‘fight or flight’ stress response. Hence it is chronically tight in most people, leading to all kinds of other body issues. Here we use the wise approach of both strengthening and releasing this important, endlessly fascinating muscle. You might find yourself walking taller and more easefully afterwards.
5. Drawing Towards the Centre-line – This class is all about drawing our energy inwards and towards the centre-line of the body for maximum efficiency. This helps us feel strong and light in postures. We focus especially on adducting the legs and observe how this helps us connect to our deepest core muscles and opens up the area around the sacrum.
6. Opening The Space Behind The Heart – In this class we focus specifically on opening and strengthening the thoracic spine, which is notoriously stuck and weak in most people due to excess sitting and ‘slumping’. Finding full mobility in this part of the spine enables us to breathe more fully and find more ease in backbends. A deceptively powerful class!
7. Thighs and Shoulders This class focuses on strengthening and lengthening the front of the thighs (quadriceps), moving towards a series of peak, bound (i.e. hands hold feet) back-bending postures that require open thighs and shoulders. Plenty of different options are given and you are encouraged to enjoy the journey of opening rather than getting hung up on achieving the end postures! A wonderfully opening class that will move stagnant energy in the legs for sure!

Healing With The Moon – monthly online yin yoga and yoga nidra classes
Working with the lunar cycle is a powerful tool for healing and transformation, not least by helping us remember to look up into the night sky and know we are part of something much greater than our minds can comprehend! And this knowing that we are supported by the powers of nature can be a really helpful resource – we are never alone. As such, I offer monthly themed yoga classes around the full moon and new moon – see below for details of these classes.

All classes are now recorded so you can request the recording if you aren’t able to be there in person. The cost for this is the same price as the live class. However, if you were present at the live class and wish to purchase the recording, it’s half-price for you… 🙂

Monthly Zoom yin yoga class – offered on the Friday closest to full moon, 7:30-9pm. Next scheduled dates: 17th June and 15th July 2022.
Price is £10.

It is well documented that the full moon leads to heightened emotions and energy for most of us and this makes total sense to me. The moon’s gravitational pull has the ability to move our planet’s mighty oceans, so it can of course move us watery beings too (we are composed of around 70% water). So, traditionally, at this time of the month, a calming yoga practice is recommended, to foster relaxation and mindfulness of whatever emotions are arising. I therefore run a 90 minute monthly class each Friday closest to the full moon with the aim of helping you to release excess energy, stress, unhelpful emotions and tension, which can all be more present at this time. We use the meditative practice of yin yoga to sit with whatever wishes to arise within us, and breathe it out, sending it on its way, like the waves of the ocean.

Yin yoga adopts a ‘less is more’ approach of surrender, stillness, acceptance and self-compassionate presence. We use various props to support ourselves in the postures and we hold the postures for longer (usually between 3-5 minutes). The emphasis is on ‘process’ rather than ‘outcome’; we are not striving to be anywhere else than where we are in each posture, without effort and straining but rather with complete acceptance and surrender.

To help you relax, it’s great if you can have blankets and cushions to hand at home, plus any yoga props you have, so you can make yourself as comfortable as possible in the longer holds/guided relaxation. And a yoga bolster is an amazing luxury too if you have one, but not essential.

Monthly Zoom yoga nidra class – offered on the Wednesday closest to new moon, 7:30-8:30pm.
Next scheduled dates: 29th June and 27th July 2022.
Price is £6.

The new moon is a potent time for releasing what you’re ready to let go of and planting seeds of intention for what you’d like to bring into your life. To support this process, I offer a monthly yoga nidra class. Yoga nidra means ‘sleep of the yogis’ and is a specially designed guided relaxation process, which takes you into a deeply relaxed state akin to the deep, dreamless sleep state, where the body thinks it’s asleep but the mind remains utterly alert. This state of consciousness (called the ‘hypnagogic state’) is fertile ground for planting new ideas into the sub-conscious, which positively serve you so that, over time, you are no longer controlled by unhelpful patterns arising from the sub-conscious. It’s been proven to be an amazing way to positively change your life – for example by releasing old patterns of trauma-relating reactivity, addictions, accelerating healing, enabling forgiveness, learning new skills and much more – it’s fascinating stuff. And, if nothing else, it’s incredibly relaxing and only half an hour of practice is said to offer the same restorative benefits as a few hours of good quality sleep.

In the class we will begin with some very gentle stretches and breathing exercises to fully enter the body and prepare ourselves for moving into yoga nidra during the second half of the class – the yoga nidra practice usually takes between 30 and 40 minutes. You will need a quiet, warm space where you won’t be disturbed. Blankets and cushions are a great support for the yoga nidra practice, to ensure you are super comfy and cosy.

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