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Yoga for life

A qualified and experienced Yoga Teacher

 

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Yoga for life

A qualified and experienced Yoga Teacher

 

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Rebecca James A qualified and highly experienced Yoga Teacher offering hatha, alignment-based flow, pregnancy yoga, post-natal yoga, mummy and baby yoga, children’s yoga, private and group yoga classes in Hampshire, including Alton, Alresford, Basingstoke, Winchester and Old Alresford areas.

Contact me if you would like to find out about classes in these areas.

Click on the video below for a 30 minute morning class.

 
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Private Classes


Private Yoga Classes

Private classes are available to people on a one-to-one basis

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Private Classes


Private Yoga Classes

Private classes are available to people on a one-to-one basis

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My private classes are available to people on a one-to-one basis or for small groups of up to three people in the comfort of their own home. 

Private classes are beneficial as a way of getting started if you feel uncomfortable about joining a group class straight away. They offer lots of opportunites to ask questions and as my attention is always focused on you there is little chance of injury. 

For those who have already done a little or a lot of yoga, private classes are a great way to deal with specific aspects of your practice e.g. tight shoulders, knee injuries etc. and to get help with alignment or to work towards a specific goal e.g. weight loss, stress reduction, increased confidence.

As the boundaries between work and home life become ever more blurred in our society and many people end up working long or unsociable hours a private class can be a great way to work yoga into a busy life. 

You get to choose the time that suits you and there is no time wasted travelling to and from class.

I also offer pregnancy and post-natal private tuition which helps with keeping Mums and Mums-to-be happy and healthy.

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Hatha


Hatha and Alignment-based Flow Yoga

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Hatha


Hatha and Alignment-based Flow Yoga

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The group classes I teach are a mixture of Hatha yoga and Alignment Based Flow.

I hope to create a class where we move gracefully and with awareness between the poses. This helps to move your energy and unlock stiffness or tightness in the body whilst also working on aligning and strengthening the body at the same time. 

I do offer some gentle hands on adjustments in class  to help individuals find a better alignment and to encourage them to relax so the body can open up. Each group class includes some breath work or pranayama and ends with a guided relaxation and sometimes a few minutes of meditation.

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My classes are a mixture of age and ability and are open to everyone. If you are new to yoga I will be able to help you learn the basic poses alongside those who have been practising for a while. I offer lots of ways of extending and modifying poses so that they suit everyone. 

At the end of each session you will leave feeling lighter, taller and more positive about life.

 

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Baby Yoga


Mummy and Baby Yoga

Bring baby along to enjoy some relaxing time together.

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Baby Yoga


Mummy and Baby Yoga

Bring baby along to enjoy some relaxing time together.

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A fun class where you and your baby will be welcomed with open arms.

There are core strengthening exercises and gentle toning and stretching poses for Mum and massage, stretches, singing and dancing for you and your baby.

In the class we aim to follow your baby's lead so if they need to feed, you can stop and feed whenever you like, if they are tired, they can rest and if they want a little more fun, we sing and dance - there is no set routine, the idea is to keep it flexible and just enjoy ourselves together.

Each class ends with a wonderful relaxation to help you feel calm and energised when you leave.

Classes run continuously during term time. They can be booked as a block of six (discount applies) or drop-in rates available. 

See Rebecca James Yoga Class list for details of courses and prices.

Mummy & Baby Yoga registration form

Also see Absolute Joy Mummy and Baby Yoga class on Mumsnet.

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Post-Natal


Pregnancy Yoga

Classes to ease you through the pregnancy and back into shape afterwards.

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Post-Natal


Pregnancy Yoga

Classes to ease you through the pregnancy and back into shape afterwards.

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My pregnancy yoga classes in Hampshire offer gentle stretching, toning and breathing exercises, to help keep you and your baby relaxed and healthy.

Whatever your individual needs are during the birth, what you have learnt in your yoga classes can help by releasing fear and tension.

A greater awareness of your breath's natural rhythm nurtures an overall sense of wellbeing and contentment which expands from you into your family helping to create a calm and loving environment for your baby.

Overall my classes are lighthearted and fun.

Classes run continuously during term time. They can be booked as a block of six (discount applies) or drop-in rates are available as you near your due date.

See Rebecca James Yoga Class list for details of courses and prices. 

Pregnancy Yoga registration form

Also see Absolute Joy Pregnancy Yoga class on Mumsnet

Pregnancy Yoga comes to Alton COLLEGE

I now run a popular pregnancy yoga class on Tuesday evenings from 19:15 – 20:25 at Alton College, Old Odiham Road, Alton. You may have heard of yoga and know that everyone from Madonna to Victoria Beckham practices it. But you may not know why it is particularly beneficial during pregnancy and birth.

Your body is undergoing major change

Pregnancy is a time when you are undergoing tremendous change. As hormone levels rise you may feel fatigued, sick, emotional, dizzy and irritable. As the baby grows you may experience back ache or swollen ankles. The gentle poses combined with rhythmic breathing taught in pregnancy yoga classes can help alleviate many of these symptoms.

Preparation for Birth

As well as keeping you physically healthy pregnancy yoga classes will prepare you for the birth. I teach specific movements to help you cope with the strong sensations of your birthing muscles during labour and breathing techniques to help you stay calm and focused. 

I strongly believe the birth process is much more than just a bodily process; it is also a psychological one. If you stay connected to your breath during the birth you can stay focused and relaxed. By practising these techniques in a weekly yoga class they become second nature to you, so you will automatically begin to use them when you need them. When in labour, by staying calm and relaxed you will activate all the helpful birthing hormones that encourage the body to open and help to alleviate pain.

Although taking yoga classes will not guarantee you an easy, pain free birth, all the techniques you practise whilst pregnant will help you during the birth by enabling you to stay calm and relaxed whatever happens. As a result you will be better able to release tension and trust your own instincts and if everything does not go according to plan you will be able to adapt with confidence and flexibility.

Explore the changes happening to you... with support

The relaxed space created in your yoga class also provides a place for you to explore how you feel about the birth and the changes becoming a mother will make to your life. It is a safe place to process the many diverse emotions that women feel during pregnancy, making you better prepared for birth and for being a mother. It is also a wonderful way to make friends with other pregnant mums and many women have said to me that once their babies are born the friends they made in their pregnancy yoga classes have been a great source of support.

Visualisation techniques

We also practise visualisation techniques in pregnancy yoga to help create a positive picture of how your birth will be. In a world where many of us only ever see women giving birth in films and on TV, where the onus is on creating drama, and where we are bombarded with horror stories from our friends and families, it is easy to forget that women have given birth for centuries and that many women have births that whilst they might be intense, are calm and empowering. The more positive stories we can share and positive pictures we can create the more you will be able to enjoy your pregnancy and birth.

Pregnancy Yoga - Good for baby too!

As scientists continue to discover more about life in the womb it is becoming clearer that what we experience in the first months of life has an important influence on our future health and happiness. In light of this pregnancy yoga is a powerful tool for both the mother and the unborn child. The relaxation and feelings of joy, bliss and contentment that are experienced in your yoga class are not just good for you, they are good for your baby too.

Personal experience

I can say, as the Mother of three children, that yoga helped me enormously. I practised yoga throughout my three pregnancies and adapted the classical poses as my body changed. I had three very different but positive birth experiences and used many of the techniques I now pass on to women in my classes, so I know they work. I continue to draw strength from my daily yoga practice which provides both support and inspiration to me as a mother. 

If you are interested in joining my classes please contact me on 07929 185057 or bex.yoga@gmail.com.

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Children's Yoga


Children's Yoga

A great way for children to take exercise.

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Children's Yoga


Children's Yoga

A great way for children to take exercise.

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Yoga for Schools

Yoga has fantastic benefits for children of all ages. It is a great way for children to take exercise if they don’t like taking part in team sports. But it doesn’t only make us feel physically strong and flexible; it also helps children with their ability to concentrate and focus, encourages self confidence and a positive self image and promotes good posture. 

Practicing yoga is a chance for children to learn a discipline that they can practice throughout their whole life. 

If you are interested in getting yoga into your school then please get in touch. I am very flexible about how classes operate. I teach after school clubs, timetabled classes and am also very excited to be able to offer Stretch and Relax for Exam Stress, a series of classes offered over a half or a whole term prior to exams.

 

Stretch and Relax for Exam Stress

This course introduces children to the basic physical yoga poses so that they get to move and stretch the body and release tension. It also includes relaxation, breathing and meditation techniques which children can take with them out of the classroom and use whenever they feel worried or stressed about their exams or indeed about any aspect of their lives. They may, for example, have difficulty sleeping. The relaxations learnt in class can then help them wind down before bedtime and get a good night’s rest.

I qualified as a children's yoga teacher 3 years ago at The Special Yoga Centre, under the expert tuition of Jo Manuel and have three children of my own aged 9, 14 and 17. Since qualifying I have taught a range of children from toddlers to teenagers both in children’s centres, schools and yoga centres.

 

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Business


Business Yoga

"Yoga can help reduce stress and anxiety by encouraging states of relaxation and calm."

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Business Yoga

"Yoga can help reduce stress and anxiety by encouraging states of relaxation and calm."

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  • Never have time to go to a yoga class? 
  • Stressed out at work? 
  • Suffering from neck ache or headaches? 
  • Tight leg muscles from cycling or running? 

Keep your team fit and healthy

Maybe you are the Manager of a team of people and would like to them fit and healthy? 

Bring yoga into your business

Then why not bring yoga into your business. I will come to your office/school/hospital and teach anything from half an hour to an hour of yoga. 

The classes can be for small groups and either paid for by the business or directly by the staff. Each class can be tailored to your individual needs and take place in a meeting room so there’s no time wasted travelling to and from class.

Five reasons to try a yoga class:

  1. It makes you physically and mentally stronger
  2. It improves flexibility of both body and mind
  3. It boosts the immune system and keeps you healthy
  4. It helps relieve stress and increases feelings of wellbeing
  5. It opens the body giving you more energy
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Five reasons


Why Yoga?Five reasons to try a yoga class

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Why Yoga?Five reasons to try a yoga class

1    It makes you physically and mentally stronger

2    It improves flexibility of both body and mind

3    It boosts the immune system and keeps you healthy

4    It helps relieve stress and increases feelings of wellbeing

5  It opens the body giving you more energy