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CLASSES

Information about our Newcastle yoga classes below. 

Progressive 10-week Courses

‘Introduction to Yoga’ 

Class length:

1 ¼ hours
7 sessions per week available

Suitable for:

  • Absolute beginners
  • Those new to Iyengar Yoga
  • Those with only a little yoga experience
  • Those wishing to recommence yoga after a break

Attendance Options:

  • 10 Week course with unlimited attendance,
  • Casual attendance
  • 50+ – this class covers the Introductory syllabus at a more relaxed pace, and as always variations are given for people working with injuries or medical issues.

Course Information:

  • Progresses sequentially, week by week introducing students to elementary concepts and asanas (yoga postures)
  • Includes basic standing poses, seated poses, twists, backbends and preparations for shoulder-balance
  • Includes relaxation

Level 1 ‘Foundation’ 

Class length:

1 ½ hrs
10 sessions per week available

Suitable for:

  • For those who have completed a 10-week Introduction to Iyengar Yoga or the equivalent,
  • For those wishing to establish a consistent and progressive approach to Yoga
  • Following on from Introductory Level

Attendance Options:

  • 10 week Level 1 Foundation course
  • Casual attendance
  • Membership packages available for attendance for up to 3 classes per week

Course Information:

  • Consolidates and develops introductory level themes and asanas
  • Introduces more complex and dynamic standing postures, forward and back bends and twists
  • Preparations for head-balance
  • Alternating Asana-group emphasis by terms helps to establish proficiency
  • Relaxation and basic breath work
  • Continue for 12 Months minimum 

Introduction to Level 2 

Class length:

1 ½ hrs 
1 session per week available

Suitable for:

  • For those who have completed a minimum 1 year of Level 1 Foundation classes and are wanting a more gradual step up into the level 2 Developing classes.

Attendance Options:

Course Information:

  • Consolidates and develops level 1 themes and asanas
  • Introduces more complex and dynamic standing postures, forward and back bends and twists
  • Head-balance with variations and alternatives are explored
  • Alternating Asana-group emphasis by terms helps to establish proficiency
  • Relaxation and basic breath work
  • Continue for as long as needed at this level

Level 2 ‘Developing’ 

Class length:

1 ¾ hrs
5 sessions per week available

Suitable for:

  • For experienced students
  • Minimum 12 Months Level 1 Iyengar experience preferred. 
  • Please check with the teacher prior to attending if you are new to our school to confirm if this level is appropriate for you. Become skilled and advance at the appropriate level at Hamilton Yoga with our expertly developed curriculum.

Attendance Options:

  • 10 week Level 2 Developing course
  • Casual attendance
  • Membership packages available for attendance for up to 3 classes per week (includes classes at L1)

Course Information:

  • Consolidates Level 1 and introduces more challenging poses across all of the groupings
  • Thematic, with longer timings, balances and Inversions
  • Pranayama (Breath energetics)
  • Continue 24 Months minimum at this level

Level 3 ‘Maturing’ 

Class length:

2 hours
1 session per week available

Suitable for:

  • For advanced students with 3-4 years of minimum consistent attendance
  • Minimum 1 term of consistent Level 2 classes at Hamilton Yoga
  • Please check with the teacher prior to attending if you are new to our school to confirm if this level is appropriate for you. Become skilled and advance at the appropriate level at Hamilton Yoga with our expertly developed curriculum.

Attendance Options:

  • 10 week Level 3 Maturing course
  • Casual attendance
  • Membership packages available for attendance for up to 3 classes per week (includes classes at L1 or L2)

Course Information:

  • Broad range of asanas pertaining to themes, with timings, dynamic sequences, complex pranayama, inversions variations, arm-balances, back-bends, forward bends and twists. 

Special Programs & Classes

L1 – Led Practice

Practice length:

1 ¼  hrs

1 session per week available

Suitable for:

  • Suitable only for students enrolled in courses for level 1, level 2, or level 3
  • For those wishing to progress from being a regular and consistent student to become a sadhaka, a practitioner of Yoga
  • Led Practice is essential as a component of Teacher Training at Hamilton Yoga. 

Attendance Options:

  • 10 Week course – no casual attendance.
  • Enrolment is essential
  • Included in “Dedicated” Membership at no extra cost.
  • Become a leader! After participating for a minimum of one term you are invited to submit an Expression of Interest to lead.  A qualified teacher mentors successful applicants.  Leading practice helps to develop your own discipline and gain the skills and confidence required for home practice. 

Course Information:

This is not a class!

The practice is led by experienced students. There is no teacher, and no instructions are given. It is therefore essential that participants are either also enrolled in a course or attending regularly as a member. 

The leaders demonstrate by doing, as they call the pose names from a set sequence. Asanas are drawn from the same level courses. The group follows 

 

L2 – Led Practice

Practice length:

1 ½ hrs
1 session per week available 

Suitable for:

  • Only for students enrolled in courses for level 2 or level 3
  • For those wishing to progress from regular and consistent student to practitioner

This is not a class!

Attendance Options:

  • A 10 week program for those enrolled in a concurrent course from our levels program.  

No casual attendance

Course Information:

This is not a class!

The practice is led by experienced students. There is no teacher, and no instructions are given. It is therefore essential that participants are either also enrolled in a course or attending regularly as a member. 

The leaders demonstrate by doing, as they call the pose names from a set sequence. Asanas are drawn from the same level courses. The group follows 

 

Pranayama

Practice length:

45 minutes
1 session per week available

Suitable for:

  • For experienced students with 1 year minimum consistent attendance.

Attendance Options:

  • 10 week Pranayama course
  • Casual attendance may be permitted under some circumstances. Please speak to the teacher before attending to discuss suitability for this class.

Course Information:

  • Pranayama ‘serves as a bridge between body and mind’(BKS Iyengar)
  • Much more than breathing exercises, pranayama is a refreshing practice that refines sensitivity and concentration and develops self-awareness.

Private Classes

Practice length:

60 minutes

Suitable for:

  • New students with medical issues, injuries or disabilities considering the most suitable entry program at Hamilton Yoga. A private class is a prerequisite for those considering joining the Bridging Program.
  • Current students who are experiencing issues in class, or unable to attend due to injuries or medical conditions
  • Individuals who are interested in practicing yoga, but are unable to join into our regular programs

Attendance Options:

  • Please contact reception by email, phone or in person to arrange a time with the teacher. Bookings are not available online. 
  • Payment is required at time of booking. 

Course Information:

  • These sessions may sometimes be helpful in relation to relief of discomfort from certain physical issues, however the main focus is not therapeutic. The objective is with a focus on exploring pathways for the learning and practicing of yoga. 
  • The approach is to discover what is possible, and build on from there. 
  • BKS Iyengar developed a complex and considered approach that can be adapted for every individual and each unique situation.

Kids Yoga 

Class length:

45 minutes
1 session per week available

Suitable for:

  • All children of primary school age

Attendance Options:

  • Course enrolment
  • First Class Free Trial
  • Active Kids Vouchers accepted

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Hamilton Yoga 2303

Course Information:

  • A fun, supportive active class that progresses week by week.
  • Students learn the physical skills of yoga and the mental disciplines of concentration and relaxation.

Yoga Intensives

Practice length:

Introduction To Yoga: 1 hour & 15 minutes
Intro/Level 1: 1 hour & 30 minutes
Level 2/3:   2 hours

Pranayama 45-mins 

Suitable for:

  • Attendance at your level.
  • Students wanting an immersive experience with several consecutive days of yoga

Attendance Options:

  • Bookings essential
  • Usual format is 5 consecutive days, at the same time each day
  • Option for keen students to attend extra classes later in the day

Course Information:

  • Experience daily Yoga and enjoy the positive effects of regular yoga in your life. 
  • Dedicated Membership has 2 Intensives per year included (see Membership packages) ‘Dedicated’ members are still required to book to facilitate class management.
  • Current ‘Committed’ members may use their weekly allocated classes towards the cost of an intensive and so receive a deduction to the value of those 2 sessions. Alternatively they  may pay full price for the intensive and also attend their regular allocated classes at another time in the week. 
  • Current ‘Balanced’ members may use their weekly allocated class towards the cost of an intensive and so receive a deduction to the value of that 1 session. Alternatively they  may pay full price for the intensive and also attend their regular allocated class at another time in the week. 

50+ 

Practice length:

1 ¼ hours

1 session per week available

Suitable for:

  • More mature students who would like to learn yoga.
  • People wanting to work at a more considered pace. 

Attendance Options:

  • As part of Unlimited Introduction to Yoga Course, or Casual attendance with a single class or 10 class pass
  • Membership packages  are also available.

Course Information:

  • Yoga is for people of all ages. Learn safely with an experienced qualified teacher. Build strength, improve balance, loosen up stiff joints and develop mental calm and poise. No special levels of fitness or abilities are required. Just bring a sense of curiosity and find out what is possible.

Bridge to Yoga 5-week course

Practice length:

1  ¼ hours

1 session per week available in the first 5 weeks of each term

Suitable for:

  • for people with specific injuries or medical conditions that would otherwise pose as a barrier to participation in yoga courses at Hamilton Yoga. 

Attendance Options:

Course Information:

  • Students in this 5-week program learn and become familiar with adapted poses from the Introductory Course syllabus. Sequences and modifications can be written up for reference in home practice and future classes.

 

“Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.” ~B.K.S. Iyengar

…I had not thought that it would be possible to successfully participate in yoga due to my physical limitations. Many years ago I had attended a community-run class but left feeling dismayed and discouraged because I couldn’t do most of the poses. Recently my physiotherapist and pilates teacher told me about Amanda’s classes and thought her approach might work for me.  

Initially,  I had some 1:1 sessions with Amanda and then progressed to the Bridge to Yoga course… Amanda is a highly experienced, pragmatic and considered teacher. She does not accept “I can’t do that pose”. Instead she asks “what is needed to support you in the pose?” Adjustments are made that are safe and supportive and her explanations and  instructions are easy to follow. I have found this course and Amanda’s approach empowering, encouraging and motivating. I feel that I am progressing, more in tune with my body and stronger. I highly recommend this course with Amanda Hood.”

Rebecca

Our aim is to enable access for all. Iyengar yoga is a practice that recognises the complexity and interdependence of mind and body, and can be of great benefit to both. This is true for all people, regardless of age, health, fitness or experience.   

Students in this 5-week program learn and become familiar with adapted poses from the Introductory Course syllabus. Sequences and modifications can be written up for reference in home practice and future classes.

Students may proceed to the Introductory Program or re-enrol in the Bridging Access Course for further consolidation after completion of this course. Students continue to work with their adapted poses as long as required.

Smaller student numbers in these classes enable students to develop and learn at their own pace in a supportive environment, which allows more individual time with the teacher.
Yoga is an ancient mind-body practice that can have a profound effect upon one’s experience of being. Iyengar yoga integrates highly defined actions in the body and mental observations in real-time. These actions, called asanas are based upon postural alignments and are therefore well suited to people with physical injuries and medical conditions.
The aim of a yoga practice is not to improve at doing yoga poses.

The aim of a yoga practice is to develop skills in self-study so that over time one can learn to let go of unhelpful or harmful beliefs that prevent us from experiencing our connection with all things. Yoga means union.Whilst the practices are often beneficial physically and can alleviate certain conditions that have arisen out of postural imbalances, our model is not a therapeutic one. The aim of our Bridging Course is to provide a pathway into the course syllabus. Students learn modifications and adaptations for poses that are covered in the Introductory courses.

Workplace Yoga or Yoga in Schools

Practice length:

Negotiable

Suitable for:

  • any workplace or school wanting to initiate a wellbeing program on site
  • lunchtime or after-hours yoga on site

Attendance Options:

  • Ongoing, with enrolment in 5 or 10 week courses 
  • One off, or a short series of sessions

Course Information:

  • Our teachers will come to you.
  • Please contact reception to discuss details

Group Bookings

Practice length:

Negotiable

Suitable for:

  • Schools
  • Any groups interested in learning Yoga privately
  • Organisations involved with groups with special needs
  • Sporting Clubs
  • Community groups
  • Lunchtime Yoga 

Attendance Options:

  • Ongoing, with enrolment in 5 or 10 week courses 
  • One off, or a short series of sessions

Course Information:

  • Please contact reception to discuss details

COMING TO CLASS

Before you come to class:

  • Allow 3 hours after a meal before coming to class.
  • If you are a new student please arrive 15 minutes before class start time to register.

Arriving at our studio:

  • Please arrive at least 10 minutes before the starting time.
  • The reception doors will open 15 mins before each class.
  • Please wait outside quietly until the class inside finishes.
  • Please be mindful of noise levels in relation to our neighbours in the early and late hours
  • Please remove your shoes in the reception area and place them beneath the bench-seats.
  • There are pigeon holes provided for your shoes and belongings in the change room.
  • A change room is provided as well as two external unisex toilets which are also available for changing.
  • Please leave your drink bottles outside of the yoga room as it is not necessary to drink during the class. There is filtered water provided in the change-room. 

Equipment, clothing:

  • All mats and equipment are provided so just bring yourself!
  • Wear comfortable clothing you can move freely in.
  • Footless tights or shorts are great. Baggy pants are not really recommended as we like to see your knees and ankles!
  • Dressing in layers is great as you will warm up and cool down.
  • The studio has a/c and ceiling fans.

Personal information:

  • New students will be required to fill out a form notifying teachers of pregnancy or any injuries or medical conditions that may affect your participation in class.
  • It is important to let the teacher know prior to each class also of any injuries that might be affecting your practice on that day (even if you have written them down previously).
  • All information is treated in confidence.
  • Please feel free to discuss any condition in further detail by phoning us prior to attending class.