Gentle Yoga

This gentle yoga course is for people with chronic autoimmune conditions, weight issues, long covid or anyone that has a difficult relationship with their body through physical pain, limited movement, or fatigue.

The benefits may be: sense of relaxation, sense of being more connected, calm, clarity, increased range of movement, increased confidence, slow building of strength, improved digestion, better vitality.

With gentle movements, breath awareness, and building to holding in adapted versions of classic yoga postures (asana) and trying classic breathing techniques (pranayama), we’ll ease into yoga and its time-tested gift of letting go.

And with kind and patient guidance in case of brainfog and co-ordination issues, these sessions are at your pace. You never have to do anything I say and will be guided toward the engagement that suits you on the day. You’ll be invited extend, stay where you are or go back to resting. These gentle yoga techniques are ones you can take into your own practice and everyday life.

Each session ends with a 20-minute guided lying down meditation, (yoga nidra) for deep relaxation and personal insight.

People with these conditions, among others, might benefit: fibromyalgia, IBS, Crohn’s, PCOS, Endo, rheumatoid arthritis, sleep apnoea, CFS, ME, post-viral fatigue, PTSD (though no substitute for therapy), chronic back tension, chronic headache, diabetes.

Having said that, for some people the slow pace may jangle and prove unbearable. This is why the first session is free, to get a taste of the benefits or decide it is not for you.

The six-week course (including the first free session) will see different outcomes for different people, and you may want to move on to a a traditional hatha class or repeat the course. It may be that a community develops.

Fiona has long experience of teaching classical hatha yoga and meditation (since 2001) and has trained in the associated techniques of yin yoga and yoga nidra, as well as yoga for hypermobility and trauma-informed yoga.

If you are new to classes with Fiona please follow the ticket link to book a pre-class consultation* and complete a health questionnaire. Otherwise, please message or email to arrange.<

A pre-class consultation (15 minutes) not only gives you a chance to explain your needs, wants and any health conditions, but also helps establish rapport between us. In addition, it is an insurance requirement for online sessions.

By now most people are familiar with the benefits of yoga, even if they have not been to a class. Increased flexibility and strength, stress reduction, improved sleep and a mindful, more relaxed outlook are some results of a regular class. However, there can be a few physical barriers: just the thought of getting up and down onto the floor, being too stiff in the body, injuries and ongoing conditions such as arthritis, for instance. That’s why specifically gentle yoga for chronic conditions is ideal.

I am a yoga teacher of long experience and know ways to adapt yoga for everyone. ‘Kind’ and ‘intuitive’ are common comments about holding space.

*Jan 5th – Feb 9th

ONLINE via Zoom*
£50 for six sessions

The first class is free with no obligation so you can gauge the benefits to you. Please be in touch if you are on benefit/low/no income for a bursary place.

Welcome! I’m looking forward to working with you, Fiona

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A pre-class consultation (15 minutes) not only gives you a chance to explain your needs, wants and any health conditions, but also helps establish rapport between us. In addition, it is an insurance requirement for online sessions.

90-minute sessions allow for learning techniques that you can take away at home, as well as the experience of peace and relaxation of mind-body-spirit, the essence of yoga.

For the class you will need:

  • a yoga mat – not essential immediately but in due course a simple, cheap but good enough one can be got for £5 from Tesco, for instance, but if you can invest a bit more that is good
  • a few cushions and great if you also have a firm meditation cushion
  • a blanket or two for rolling up to support your knees and for final lying down relaxation
  • laptop or other device with camera, microphone and speakers
  • stable internet connection though zoom seems to cope fine with lowish capacity

It’s best not to eat for a couple of hours before class, but have some fruit juice perhaps if you have blood sugar issues. It’s usual to feel very chilled and floaty after a class, so have some fruit and a drink handy to ground yourself before you get on with the day.