courses and workshops
reformer pilates essentials Course
24th Jan for 4 weeks two seperate courses
This course is a 4 week essentials course and will provide you with a good understanding of the principles and specialist nature of the Reformer Apparatus Pilates Workout.
This course is aimed at people who are new to Reformer Pilates and are ready to find their deeper often unused muscles to grow stonger, fitter, find better balance , feel looser and more flexible. You will feel your body change and experience how this workout will be a fabulous partner to your sport or your functional movement .
Dependant on your lifestyle and exercise regime this workout can compliment and improve all bodies from the vunerable to the exceptional. It is here on this course you will find out how different your body can feel.
Reformers are apparatus that assist and resist your movement with the use of springs and straps and a moving carriage. They are a fabulous piece of apparatus that take a Pilates workout to a specialist level. Any body can use a reformer they are not just for athletes. Ours are the latest A8 Align Pilates and has been described as the Rolls Royce of Reformers. They can fit any body size even very tall gents.
Your instructor is Amanda Harpin
mat pilates beginner course
Jan 25th 4 weeks two seperate courses
Begin your Pilates Journey with this short 4 week course aimed at teaching you the foundation and essential exercises of Pilates.
Learn the Pilates Principles and understand how you will build on the these fundamentals in your practice .
Understand how you will be able to move your body from the strength of your torso and build core strength, helping posture and body stability.
You will practice the Pilates breath, the flow of the body with the breath, the correct setup position, how to control the movement and what it means to centre every movement .
Eventually you will bring precision to your movements, as well as strength and stability to your body.
10 spaces available
Friday 26th Nov 7pm to 8pm
Sunday 27th Feb 5pm to 6pm
Sunday 24th April 5pm to 6pm
Sunday 26th June 5pm to 6pm
You’ll be vibrating on your own unique frequency; feeling rebalanced, centred and calm.
Your sound bath is played by Jean Habron, sound baths offer us a spa-like session and they can be just what you need to relax and restore. Sometimes in life, we feel anxiety or we feel stressed and we can find ourselves holding on to negative energy or feel heaviness in our heart. A sound bath will give you the opportunity to let go of all of that and just return to a state of calm and well-being.
There is a lot of research that shows the physical and psychological benefits of sound therapy and these are just a few benefits of sound baths and sound therapy –
Calms your body and mind, reduces stress and anxiety, increases focus and clarity, decreases tension and fatigue, boosts your mood and reduces feelings of anger, improves sleep and elevates feelings of well-being
This is an opportunity to relax and heal your inner self. You’re likely to feel calm, centred and balanced. You’re also likely to feel uplifted and inspired as you connect with your own positive energy.
Yoga Nidra Workshop
Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep) is the practice of profound rest.
This ancient practice of the yogis allows the body and mind to drop into a state of deep rest and relaxation. It is said that 30 minutes in Yoga Nidra, is equivalent to 2-4 hours of sleep. Through the practice, brainwaves lower to delta and the autonomic nervous system moves into a parasympathetic state, often referred to as rest and digest. In this place of deep relaxation your body and mind are able to rest and restore. Much healing can take place.
It is also in this place of deep relaxation, that you can be receptive to your own innermost knowing and inner guidance. From this place you will be invited to set your heartfelt intention (known as a Sankalpa), for the year ahead.
During the practice, your mind will be guided toward awareness of sensation, feeling, imagery and the space of peace and calm that resides within. You will be expertly guided through this experience and out the other end, feeling rested, recharged and refreshed.
The practice requires nothing more of you than to show up. The majority of the class will be laying down and staying still. Please do wrap up warm as your body temperature will drop. You may also want to bring extra blankets and cushions for your comfort.
As absolutely no physical movement is required, this workshop is suitable for absolutely everybody. Nothing is required from you at all. Simply to be there is enough.
Sunday 6pm to 7.30pm
Welcome to this space for women to come together in a safe, nurturing and supportive environment.
Every month we hold a yoga circle for women of all ages, abilities and ranges in yoga experience (including none at all). It’s a wonderful way to ease into movement, find peace in your mind, and connect with a community of other women.
During the session, you will be invited into a combination of yogic movement, meditation, breath, and sound to transport you on a journey into deep inner listening, self-nourishment, and restoration. The session is specifically designed for women: respecting women’s bodies, connecting to their essence and celebrating their power.
It’s yoga, but it’s not your “ordinary” yoga class. There is much less focus on physical exercise and so much more focus on deeply restful, radical, joyful healing and fun!
If you have never tried yoga before, this is an easily accessible movement, suitable for absolutely ALL women. If you have done yoga before, this will take your yoga experience to a whole new level.
Nothing is required from you apart from your presence. All women are welcome, exactly as they are. Come and join the sisterhood and nourish your soul.
Yoga for Beginner workshops
This series of workshops – Asana, Pranayama, Meditation – is primarily aimed at people that are new to yoga. You will get the most benefit by attending all 3 workshops, but you are welcome to attend them individually if you prefer.
£15 Each Workshop
01. Yoga for Beginners Workshop – Asana
Sat Jan 29th 9:30-11:00
New to yoga? Worried that you’re not “bendy” enough? Or maybe you’ve done a little yoga before but feel like you want to understand more?
Well, this Yoga for Beginners Workshop could well be for you.
In this first in a series of workshops, you will be guided through the foundations of physical posture (asana).
If you’ve heard how great yoga is to keep you supple and strong and would love to give it a go but are confused about which foot should go where and why, then this is a great way to dip your toes and give it a go, knowing that you will be gently guided, without judgement, and that everyone else in the class will be in the same boat.
- Learn some of the basic positions (asanas)
- Learn basic alignment principles to keep you safe
- Understand the benefits of these positions for posture, strength and mobility
- Explore the effects of the positions on the nervous system (whether calming or energising)
- Learn how to adapt these positions to suit your body
The intention is to give you an experience of yoga so that you can see if it is for you.
If you decide to continue your journey, you will have the tools to walk into any yoga class with confidence. You will have a grasp of the main postures that you will come across, an understanding of their purpose, and the ability to adapt and change them as you need.
This workshop will include movement and relaxation. It is suitable for all abilities. And whilst it is aimed at those who are new to yoga, it is equally of benefit to those who want to deepen their understanding of asana.
02. yoga for Beginners Workshop – Pranayama
sat feb 26th 9:30-11:00
New to breath work in yoga? Interested in how yoga and breath can shift your energy and mood? Or maybe you’ve done a little breath work before but feel like you want to understand more?
Well, in this second in a series of Yoga for Beginners Workshops, we travel beyond the physical posture and introduce techniques of observing and controlling the breath (pranayama).
If you’ve ever wondered when you are supposed to breathe in and when you are supposed to breathe out, struggle to coordinate movement and breath together, or just want a little more understanding of why it matters, then this is a great opportunity to test the waters, knowing that you will be gently guided, without judgement, and that everyone else in the class will be in the same boat.
- Understand the principles of energy flow (prana)
- Learn some of the basic breathing techniques (pranayama)
- Explore breath in movement
- Discover the effects of breath on the body
- Discover the effects of breath on the mind
The intention is to give an experience of pranayama and the confidence to use your breath to benefit you, either within a physical yoga practice or by itself.
If you decide to continue your journey, you will have the tools to walk into any yoga class with confidence. You will have a grasp of the main breathing techniques that you will come across, an understanding of their purpose, and the ability to adapt and change them as you need.
This workshop will include movement, breath and relaxation. It is suitable for all abilities. And whilst it is aimed at those who are new to yoga, it will equally be of benefit to those who want to deepen their understanding of pranayama.
03. Yoga for Beginners Workshop – Meditation
Sat Mar 26th 9:30-11:00
New to yoga and meditation? Worried that you can’t sit still for long enough to meditate? Or maybe you’ve done some yoga and meditation before but feel like you want to understand more?
Well, in this third in a series of Yoga for Beginners Workshops, we begin to move the mind into stillness and learn the techniques of meditation.
If you know that relaxing your mind would be really good for you but you just don’t know how, or you like the idea of meditating but you just “can’t do it”, then this workshop will provide you with the tools and confidence to keep giving it a go, knowing that you will be gently guided, without judgement, and that everyone else in the class will be in the same boat.
- Understand the main principles of meditation
- Explore the stages that move you towards meditation
- Explore techniques to keep you focused
- Discover the benefits of stilling the mind
- Learn tools that you can use at home
The intention is to give an experience of meditation so that you can see if it is for you.
If you decide to continue your journey, you will have the tools to continue your practice at home and the confidence to join any yoga or meditation class. You will have a grasp of how to begin to calm your mind, which will help you in any and all situations.
This workshop will include movement and breath as well and meditation and relaxation. It is suitable for all abilities. And whilst it is aimed at those who are new to meditation, it will equally be of benefit to those who want to deepen their understanding of meditation.
Yin Yoga – A Journey of Self Discovery
Monday 7.45pm to 9pm
31st Jan 2021 £50
Welcome to this space and time for you. On this 4-week course, you will indulge in yourself; exploring slow movement, breath and meditation to move you into a calmer, quieter space. Yin Yoga is a slow, stretchy style of yoga where you will pause in positions for longer. Holding longer means that you can feel into and experience the body, mind and emotions. Yin yoga is also a more calming form of yoga which works on the connective tissue of the body (fascia) and energy channels (meridians)
This course is a fabulous balance to high intensity exercise, a busy lifestyle or just a lifetime of built up stress and tension.
Each week you will be guided through a tailored sequence with a specific focus. There will be opportunity to explore deeply, process, and share as the group moves through the course together. You will be expertly guided throughout, using a gentle approach, breath and meditation techniques.
During this 4-week course, you will explore:
Yin Yoga poses
Meridians (lines of energy in Chinese medicine) that relate to organs of the body
Connection to chakras (wheels on energy in Indian philosophy)
Fascia (the connective web of tissue around the body)
Emotions held within the body
Techniques to calm the nervous system
Breathing techniques (pranayama)
This course is suitable for absolutely everyone, even if you have never done yoga before. It is ideal if you want to slow down, connect inward, or even just have a really good, yet relaxing stretch.
This fabulous course is facilitated by Rachel Gosling, who specialises in therapeutic styles of yoga and their healing effects. You can also meet Rachel in regular weekly classes or connect with her via a one to one if you would love some special attention. Feel free to reach out if you have any
Well Women Yoga
Welcome to this this radical, empowering and enriching course that explores yoga and its therapeutic benefits for women’s health and wellbeing. Well-Woman Yoga not only respects women’s changing physical, emotional and mental needs through all stages of life, but it actively celebrates them.
During this four-week course, you will explore:
• The needs of women in yoga, according to their anatomy and physiology
• How yoga can support menstrual health, fertility, and menopause
• The impact of patriarchy on the practice of yoga
• Practices that actively enhance a woman’s connection to inner power
• Practices that celebrate the divine feminine
The course encourages sharing and discussion. As we come together as a group of women, we are united in many of our experiences, understanding and deep inner wisdom of what is right for us.
The main focus will be an experiential journey, using yogic movement, meditation, breath, sound and deep rest. The practices that will be shared are beautifully crafted for women: respecting women’s bodies, encouraging deep inner listening, allowing women to feel nourished and nurtured, and giving each woman access to that which she already knows.
You don’t need to know anything. You don’t need to practice yoga already. It doesn’t matter if you have specific health needs. ALL WOMEN ARE WELCOME!
This fabulous course is facilitated by Rachel Gosling, who has been working specifically with women in yoga for many years (in Leeds) and is delighted to bring the joys of Well-Woman Yoga to Holmfirth.
“I’m sure I’ve told you years ago in person but your womanhood course had such a huge impact on me, I’ve never forgotten it and it’s helped me so much ever since!!” – Rebecca (student from Leeds)