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ABOUT CLASSES

 All classes at Hamilton Yoga are taught by qualified, certified Iyengar Yoga teachers. 

This is your guarantee of the highest teaching standards to be found. 

PROGRESSIVE YOGA COURSES

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CLASS LENGTH:

1 hour

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:

Ongoing Courses  – Join at any time

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

CLASS LENGTH:

1 hour & 30 mins

SUITABLE FOR:

For those who have completed  10-weeks Introduction to Iyengar Yoga or the equivalent

For those wishing to establish a consistent and progressive approach to Yoga

Follows on from the Introductory Level

ATTENDANCE OPTIONS:

Ongoing Courses  – Join at any time

Casual attendance

Membership packages are available 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 

CLASS LENGTH:

1 hour & 30 mins

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:

Ongoing Courses  – Join at any time

Casual attendance

Membership packages up to 3 times a week available

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

CLASS LENGTH:

1 hour & 45 mins

SUITABLE FOR:

Experienced students

A minimum of 12 months Iyengar Yoga experience preferred

Please check with your teacher before attending for the first time to confirm if this level is appropriate for you.

Become skilled in suitable level classes first.

ATTENDANCE OPTIONS:

Ongoing Courses  – Join at any time

Casual attendance

Membership packages up to 3 times a week available

COURSE INFORMATION:

Introduces more complex and dynamic standing postures, forward/ back bends and twists

Consolidates Level 1 & introduces more challenging poses across all of the groupings

Head-balance with variations and alternatives are explored

Alternating asana-group emphasis by terms helps to establish proficiency

Thematic, with longer timings, balances and Inversions

Pranayama (Breath energetics)

Continue 24 Months minimum at this level

CLASS LENGTH:

2 hours

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:

Ongoing Courses  – Join at any time

Casual attendance

Membership packages up to 3 times a week available

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. 

SPECIALIST CLASSES

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Class Length:

45 minutes

Active Kids Vouchers accepted

Try the first class – no payment if you decide not to sign up.

Suitable for:

All primary school age children

Attendance Options:

Course enrolment – Join in at any time (pr0-rata pricing will be applied)

Casual attendance by arrangement only at reception

Course Information:

A fun, playful supportive active class that progresses each child to their own capacity.

Kids learn the physical skills and the mental disciplines of concentration & relaxation

 

Class Length: 

45 mins

Suitable for:

For experienced students with 1 year minimum consistent attendance.

Attendance Options:

Ongoing 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

 Class Length:

1 hour

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.

Class length:

1 hour & 10 minutes

There are two 5-week courses per term. One session per week. 

Suitable for:

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

Attendance Options:

Enrolment in the 5-week course. No casual attendance. (pro-rata pricing is applied for late joining)

Attendance in a 1-hour private assessment to determine the most appropriate approach is a prerequisite

CONTACT RECEPTION TO ARRANGE A SUITABLE TIME

 Course Information:

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.

Our aim is to enable access for all. 

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.

CLASS LENGTH:

1 hour 15 mins

SUITABLE FOR:

Suitable only for students enrolled in courses for level 1,  2, or 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:

Ongoing Courses  – Join at any time

No Casual Attendance

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

Ongoing Courses – no casual attendance.

Included in 2x & 3x a week membership

Enrolment is essential

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

CLASS LENGTH:

1 hour & 30 mins

SUITABLE FOR:

Only for students enrolled in courses for level 2 or level 3

For those wishing to make the transition from being a regular and consistent student to becoming a practitioner of Yoga.

This is not a class!
ATTENDANCE OPTIONS:

Ongoing Courses  – Join at any time

No Casual Attendance

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

Ongoing Courses – no casual attendance.

Included in 2x & 3x a week membershipEnrolment is essential

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. 

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.

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:

Follow a thread of asana and philosophy, travelling a little further each day.

 Experience daily Yoga and enjoy the positive effects of regular yoga in your life. 

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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.
Practice length:

Negotiable

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

 Session Length:

 Negotiable

Suitable for:

Schools /clubs / businesses /organisations

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 arrange details

YOGA BRIDGE 5-week Course

 

“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

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. 

Equipment, clothing:

  • Equipment is provided for Beginner students, & those new to our school, but we now strongly recommend you purchase your own mat. 
  • 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.