Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. The main components of yoga are postures (a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility) and breathing.
The practice originated in India about 5,000 years ago and has been adapted in other countries in a variety of ways.
Benefits of Yoga
- increased flexibility.
- increased muscle strength and tone.
- improved respiration, energy and vitality.
- maintaining a balanced metabolism.
- weight reduction.
- cardio and circulatory health.
- improved athletic performance.
- protection from injury.
Lee Hopkins – Head Instructor at Centre of Balance
I’ve always had a passion for movement and the mechanics of the human body.
I originally trained as a sports massage therapist and weight lifting coach in Coleg Powys, Wales over 20 years ago and have been involved in the fitness industry in varying roles ever since.
I’ve had the privilege of working around the world on cruise ships and as well as teaching for Les Mills UK as a trainer and presenter for BodyBalance™ and BodyPump™.
It was during this time that I developed an interest in yoga, Pilates and the subtle workings of the body, leading me to pursue qualifications in Hatha Yoga and mat and floor Pilates. From this I continued to develop my own knowledge by attending workshops and yoga retreats, as well as a variety of different lectures and modules on pelvic and spine mechanics, reformer Pilates, fascia, yoga, mindfulness and energy healing. I have gained qualifications in yoga philosophy and history, Pranayama, breathing and meditation.
Taking my education one step further I became a teacher trainer in posture analysis – movement correction, bio mechanics and Hatha Yoga with continued education with the Yoga alliance, Drummond education and Intrinsic Bio-mechanics Association.
Joining the class
The first session is free for you to try it out. We have a limited number of mats and blocks we can provide for the taster session but you are welcome to bring your own mat if you wish. Please wear loose, gym clothing if you can. Class takes place in G03 on Thursdays from 5-6pm.
The classes run in term 1 and term 2 and there are three payment options available to you to best suit your needs:
3 Monthly Installments – £15
Upfront Term – £45