Online Yoga Classes
Yoga For A Healthy Structure
Together with stress, a sedentary lifestyle is one of the top predictors for back pain and injury and a leading cause of ill health world wide
Using gentle exercise, movement, breath and mindful attention, yoga is a proven way to condition your body, reduce stress, resolve pain and enjoy optimal health
For Your Back, Your Fitness & Your Health
Get into shape, free yourself from stress and tension and enjoy greater health and vitality
A healthy structure is fundamental for a healthy mind and body
How Will I Benefit?
These small classes of 6 max. participants allow your to practice the vital elements of posture, movement, breathing and mindfulness in ways that are natural and maximally beneficial for you
With a top level of individual attention and support you can develop a personal practice to help you with
- back and neck pain
- joint and muscle stiffness
- stress and tension
- poor sleep
- brain fog and fatigue
- and much more
Person Centered Yoga
We take a functional approach to yoga, setting a clear purpose for each exercise and assessing its effectiveness according to the internal feel over and above the outward appearance
Working with this inner alignment you’ll practice within your own safe limits, while learning to reach beyond your perceived boundaries intelligently and effectively
The classes are suitable for people with all levels of experience, from absolute beginners to seasoned yogis. The emphasis is on learning to listen to your body so you practice in ways that are right for you
That said, there may be times when practising yoga in a group is not the best environment to support your wellbeing, such as when you are experiencing acute pain or your health status requires a more tailored approach
To assess the suitability of the classes to your needs please contact me for an obligation-free initial chat or live online assessment
Saturdays 10:00-11:00 GMT*
* Greenwhich Mean Time
single drop-in: £12
x4 classes: £32
(valid for 6 weeks)
Have any questions?
Click the button to see some frequently asked questions. Or use the contact form to ask a question or request a face-to-face chat
Book Your Class
Book A Session
Online sessions are run on Zoom
You’ll receive a meeting link for your booked session by email or messaging app of your choice. Click the link – and you’re in!
You can join a meeting 15 minutes before the scheduled time, when you’ll be placed in a virtual waiting room and have time to set up your sound and vision and iron out any technical issues
Classes are recorded for your continued personal practice. Recordings are available for up to 48 hours after the end of the class and are downloadable for your personal use. Please don’t share the recordings without the explicit consent from everyone in the group
Where possible, please pay by direct banking transfer (BACS). I’ll share my A/C details with you at the time of book your appointment
Alternatively you can pay for your class with a debit or credit card or PayPal account if you have one using the facility below
Online Yoga: Healthy Structure
Payments are managed by PayPal. PayPal accept all major debit & credit cards and you don’t need to have a PayPal account
To pay with a card simply choose the grey “check out” button in the shopping cart, then enter your details
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are just a few of the most commonly asked questions about yoga and what it can do for you
If you have any question about the programme, style of yoga or my approach, experience and qualifications, please ask away. I’ll be more than glad to clarify your doubts so you can make a fully informed choice and get the best out of the programme
Are the activities suitable for me as a beginner?
Certainly. Yoga can be easy or demanding, gentle or strong, depending on your abilities, your needs, and also your preferences
A major theme in yoga is right effort: yoga takes the middle path using a gentle but sustained level of effort which absolutely anyone can do. This fortifies your body without creating tension or strain
How Will Manuel Assess Me?
As a registered osteopath Manuel is qualified to assess your overall health and structural status and give you the go ahead to join the online yoga or offer you alternatives
The assessment follows a protocol of
- current and past medical history
- ranges of motion of all major body segments
- functional tests for primary movement patterning
- Sometimes ancillary tests are needed to complete the assessment. Where these cannot be carried out online Manuel will refer you with a letter to your GP or other suitably qualified qualified practitioner
Assessment is done live online and is free of charge
Could doing yoga aggravate my pain?
Though nothing is 100% risk free, studies have consistently shown yoga to be extremely safe
Yoga has a very low risk of adverse effects, with serious reactions being extremely rare
However, if you are currently experiencing pain please contact Manuel for advice before signing up
How does feeling stressed impact my health?
Stress is one of the top predictors for injury
Perceiving something as stressful stimulates a flight-flight cascade to up-regulate your blood pressure, inflammation, pain sensitivity and many other vital functions
A healthy response is for your body to return to a baseline of rest and repair
Persistent arousal maintains inflammation with consequences ranging from blood vessel damage to tissue injury, anxiety and fatigue
Yoga helps you better cope with stressful events to reduce arousal, calm anxiety to let your body rest, reset and repair
How does yoga differ from physical therapy?
While there is some overlap between the two it’s important to appreciate some fundamental differences:
Physical therapy works to improve mechanical function such as muscle tone, stability, mobility and alignment for your fitness and wellbeing
Tough also concerned with your structure, yoga is a mindfulness-based body therapy with a focus on mind-body connectivity and stress reduction for your physical and mental health
Working together yoga and physical therapy embrace the mind-body spectrum to provide you with a sound base for healthy function
What are mindfulness and meditation?
The role of the mind is to think. The mind will not be emptied. But it can be filled. This is mindfulness, which at its simplest means just paying attention
Yoga practice invites you to pay attention. Just at as you do when you’re driving, or reading, or enjoying a beautiful view
All effort in yoga, mental and physical, is gentle. This is key to avoiding tension
Paying attention shows you how you use your body and provides a platform for learning new movement habits that’ll keep you mobile, strong and pain free
Is yoga for me if I'm not very flexible?
Absolutely! Yoga is about balance.
If your body is stiff you’ll benefit from improving your mobility
If you’re naturally supple balance will come from developing muscular tone for support
Yoga is about you, what you want to achieve, and how you want to practice
The small-group classes offer you a unique opportunity to work with your imbalances and achieve harmony
Should I consider a private yoga class instead?
Group classes are a great way to get fit, stay healthy and work with issues like stress reduction or elevated blood pressure. Pain, however, needs special consideration
When you are actively in pain private yoga classes offer you the best in safety and effectiveness
Working with pain requires a thorough examination, diagnosis and a targeted treatment plan that respects your symptoms and supports healing and repair
Once you’ve worked through the pain a group yoga class is a great environment for continuing to improve your physical and mental resilience and prevent its recurrence
Group classes are kept to 6 people max so you still get a top level of support
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