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Yoga Classes

Below I have listed all my current available Vinyasa flow Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga classes. All classes are held within the Southampton area. To find out more or to book a class, call me on 07803 586161 or get in touch via my contact page.

Course Prices£8 - 1 hour
£12 - 1 hour 30 minutes

Vinyasa flow Yoga Classes

Vinyasa flow Yoga ( suitable for beginners ) Monday 7.30pm – 8.30pm
Location: Merryoak Community Centre, Acacia Rd, SO19 7JY
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Vinyasa flow Yoga (suitable for beginners)
Solent NHS staff only
Wednesday 5.45pm - 6.45pm
Location: Solent NHS Trust High Point Bursledon, SO19 8BR
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Vinyasa Flow ( suitable for beginners ) Wednesday 7.40pm - 8.40pm
Location: Friends Meeting House - side entrance 1A Ordnance Rd Southampton
Currently suspended - Please enquire for further information
Vinyasa flow Yoga (suitable for beginners)
Monday 5.30pm - 6.30pm
Location: Snap Fitness Centenary Quay Woolston ( members only )
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Vinyasa flow Yoga (suitable for beginners)
Thursday 5.30pm - 6.30pm
Location: Snap Fitness Centenary Quay Woolston ( members only )
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Vinyasa flow Yoga (suitable for beginners)
Thursday 8.05 - 8.50pm
Location: JoJos Health and Fitness Lodge Rd Southampton
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Gentle Yoga Classes
Gentle Yoga ( suitable for beginners ) Thursday 1.30pm - 2.30pm
Location: Merryoak Community Centre, Acacia Rd, SO19 7JY
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Gentle Yoga ( suitable for beginners ) Thursday 11.30pm - 12.30pm
Location: Hanger Farm Arts Centre Aikerman Lane Totton
NB - this class is charged at £6 per hour payable direct to the Centre.
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Ashtanga Yoga Classes

Ashtanga full primary series class Sunday 10.30am - 12 noon
Location: Yoga Shed The Square (Behind Pages Newsagent), Wickham PO17 5JN
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Ashtanga short form primary series class Tuesday  8pm -9pm
Location: *The residents Garden pavilion, 13 Abbotts Way, Highfield, Southampton, SO17 1QU.
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*The residents Garden pavilion, entrance is through the alley way, opposite numbers 15 and 17 follow the path , go through the gate and follow the path to the right. The pavilion is next to the tennis courts on the right hand side.

 

Ashtanga full primary series class - More detailsAshtanga is a physically and mentally demanding form of yoga requiring commitment an open mind and a sense of humour.

The class will cover the Primary Series. Modifications are always available and you will be encouraged to listen to your body, honour the principle of Ahimsa and take them as required. This class will be ideal for you if you already practice vinyasa flow and are looking to take a step up towards a more devotional experience and home practice.

Although Ashtanga is challenging it is good fun and ideally suited to a home practice as it is a set series of postures – and therefore easier to maintain.
I offer both a class pass and drop in price for this class. Drop in at £12 or pay £50 for a 5 class pass to be used within 6 weeks.

To find out more or to book a class, call me on 07803 586161 or get in touch via my contact page.

Ashtanga short form primary class details The class will cover a shortened form of the Primary Series.

The class is ideal for you if you already practice yoga or have a reasonable level of fitness and are curious about a suitable yoga practice. It will also be ideal for you if you are unable to make my full Primary Series Class on a Sunday at Wickham or if you are time poor.

Pranayama and Yoga Nidra class details I do not currently have a regular home for these classes – please contact me on 07803 586161 or get in touch via my contact page for further information, like my  Face Book page – Michelle Higgins Yoga, or sign up to my email updates.

 

Yoga Workshops

Delving deeper into your yoga practice

Date of next workshop: 1st December 2018 2pm to 4.30 pm
Location of next workshop: The Yoga Shed Wickham ( behind Pages newsagents Wickham Square ) PO17 5JN
Cost: £25
Duration: 2.5 hours
Booking info: This workshop will only run if 3 people book and pay by 22nd November 2018

In this both theoretical and practical  workshop we shall look at some of the topics typically only mentioned or briefly dealt with in a standard yoga class.  We shall take time to look at the following

  1. A brief history of yoga and its development in the West – prepare to be shocked ! We shall be stopping by an ancient Egyptian yoga practice and early 2oth century gymnastics and military drill
  2. A  brief introduction to the key yogic texts – the Yoga Sutras and  the Bhagavad Gita and their relevance today
  3. An introduction to the main chants you may hear in a class such as Om , the student teacher chant , the Guru chant and the Gayatri mantra
  4. An introduction to Prana ( energy ) and the Nadis ( energy channels )
  5. Pranayama / breathing practices such as  nadi shodana ( alternate nostril breathing ) , chandra bhedana ( left nostril breathing ) and surya bhedana ( right nostril breathing ) – and why should we bother anyway ?
  6. Drishti ( gaze ). Every yoga pose has a drishti – where the eyes rest – but this is rarely taught in a class
  7. Bandhas –mula bandha ,  uddiyana bandha and jalandhara bandha - what are they and why they are important in a yoga practice
  8. A physical practice to incorporate the above

The cost of the class includes a hand out to be circulated by email after the workshop.

Please call me on 07803 586161 or email on info@michellehigginsyoga.co.uk for further information or for booking / payment details.

Please check my FAQs for info re my cancellation / refund policy.

Establishing a home practice

Date of next workshop: 12th January 2019 10.30 - 12.30 pm
Location of next workshop: The Yoga Shed Wickham ( behind Pages newsagents Wickham Square ) PO17 5JN
Cost: £20
Duration: 2 hours
Booking info: This workshop will only run if 3 people book and pay by 3 January 2019

Do you love your yoga but feel that you’re ready to take the next step and establish a home practice ? Or want a home practice over the Summer whilst your own teacher takes a break ? Do you feel a bit overwhelmed at the amount of resources available on line and don’t know where to start ? Yes ? Well this practical workshop is for you.
We shall look at

  1. Advice re resources including where best to buy from
  2. The use of props – what should you buy and what can you get by without ?
  3. How to set up a sacred space
  4. How to sequence a basic sequence including advice on warm up , poses and counter poses and cool down
  5. Meditation and Yoga Nidra

Please note that a minimum of 6 months yoga practice is required ( any style). The cost is £20 which includes a handout.

Please call me on 07803 586161 or email on info@michellehigginsyoga.co.uk for further information or for booking / payment details.

Please check my FAQs for info re my cancellation / refund policy.

Yoga for a good night sleep

Date of next workshop: 2nd February 2019 2pm - 4pm
Location of next workshop: The Yoga Shed Wickham ( behind Pages newsagents Wickham Square ) PO17 5JN
Cost: £25
Time: 2-4pm
Booking info: This workshop will only run if 3 people book and pay by 1st February 2019

Do you have problems sleeping ? Too stressed to wind down and chill out after a day at work ?
In  this workshop we look at the causes of sleep problems and why yoga can help overcome them. We shall then move on to look at specific postures which can help clam and allow us space to wind down. Props are also useful and we shall investigate their use in this context.

We shall then look at Yoga Nidra and some forms of mindfulness / meditation to help calm the mind. It is said that 40 minutes of Yoga Nidra is equivalent to 4 hours of normal sleep.

I shall provide blocks , bricks and belts. If you wish to bring your own yoga bolster you are welcome to do so. No experience of yoga is required but would be useful.

Please call me on 07803 586161 or email on info@michellehigginsyoga.co.uk for further information or for booking / payment details.

Please check my FAQs for info re my cancellation / refund policy.

Happy Hips and Healthy Hamstrings

Date of next workshop: 13th April 2019
Location of next workshop: Portswood Residents Gardens Pavillion  - opp 15 Abbotts Way – walk down the gravel path, through the gate, veer right and the Pavillion is on the right
Cost: £20
Duration: 2 hours
Time: 2-4pm
Booking info: This workshop will only run if 3 people book and pay by 4th  April 2019

One of the issues I get asked about the most is stiffness in the hips and tightness in the hamstrings.

Join me for this 2 hour workshop where we shall look at the physical and non physical causes of stiff hips and tight hamstrings and the problems which can arise as a result. 

We shall work slowly and deeply into the hips to free and open them working slowly towards Padmasana – full lotus with each attendee working to their safe level. Modifications and variations will be available to all.

We shall also look at exercises to safely open and stretch hamstrings.

This workshop is perfect for you if you have a sedentary life style, stiff hips and / or want to work slowly towards full lotus – time that is rarely available in a standard 1 hour yoga class.

It will also be ideal if you are a runner looking to increase your flexibility in this area.

Please call me on 07803 586161 or email on info@michellehigginsyoga.co.uk for further information or for booking / payment details.

Please check my FAQs for info re my cancellation / refund policy.

Pranayama Workshops

Date of next workshop: 16th February and 2 March 2019
Location of next workshop: The Yoga Shed Wickham ( behind Pages newsagents Wickham Square ) PO17 5JN
Cost: £50 for two workshops
Duration: 2 hours per workshop
Time: 2-4pm
Booking info: This workshop will only run if 3 people book and pay by 8 February 2019

Healing is every breath.” Thich Nhat Hanh

“Prana “ means “  life energy  “ and “ayama “means to draw out. Together  they mean “ the regulation of breath through certain techniques and exercises “. Pranayama is  the 4th limb of yoga coming after yamas , niyamas and asana and before pratyahara, dharana, dhiyana and Samadhi.

So why should we practice it ?
The breath supports every activity we do – whether its playing a sport , giving a talk , appreciating art or music or cooking a meal  . Inhaling  is the first thing we do when we are born and exhaling is the last thing we do before we die. Breathing is part of the autonomic nervous system and is the only part of that we can really control. Yoga practitioners have been found to be able to decrease blood pressure , reduce oxygen consumption , slow down the breath and reduce the production of stress hormones.

During the course of a day – the brain changes the nostril it prefers  every  hour or so. The right brain hemisphere which is more holistic and feminine is powered by left nostril – the  Ida Nadi and the left brain hemisphere is powered by right nostril – Pingala –which is more analytical and masculine.

So if we want to be nurturing or for example appreciate art works or music or practice yoga we need to  work on Ida nadi. If we need to be more analytical – maybe we are coming up to an important business meeting , giving a talk or carrying out physical tasks we need to work on the Pingala nadi.

Pranayama has also been shown to reduce stress and anxiousness  ,increase energy levels and improve physical well being.

During this 2 x 2 hour workshop course we shall look in more detail at the practice of Pranayama. We shall start with breathing waves and then move on to various Pranayama techniques such as Ujjayi – victorious breath , Nadi Shodhana – alternate nostril breathjing   , Kapalabhati – shining skull and Brahmari – humming bee. We shall also look at the most suitable postures for practicing Pranayama and some warm up exercises to open the hips and to prepare the body.

These workshops will give you the tools to establish your own Pranayama practice and learn how to regulate your breath leaving you energized , refreshed and with reduced stress and anxiety.

I have been practising Pranayama for years and recently studied the subject under the guidance of Gregor Maehle a world renowned Ashtanga , Pranayama and yogic meditation  teacher. My fascination with the breath continues and I am always seeking out new opportunities to learn.

The costs includes emailed handouts after each session

Please note. If you have any long term health condition then please contact me before booking as the course may not be suitable for you.

Please call me on 07803 586161 or email on info@michellehigginsyoga.co.uk for further information or for booking / payment details.

Please check my FAQs for info re my cancellation / refund policy.

Neck and Back Care Workshops

Date of next workshop:  11th May 2019 at Merryoak
Location of next workshop: Merryoak Community Centre , Acacia Rd Southampton
Cost: £20
Duration: 2 hours
Time: 10-12
Booking info: This workshop will only run if 3 people book and pay by 2nd May 2019

One of the issues raised the most at class is that of neck, shoulder and back pain and stiffness.  In todays world we spend so much time hunched over desks , computers , phones , tablets etc that we are not getting the exercise we need in the neck, shoulders and back – and we are becoming stiff , hunched and in pain.

In this 2 hour workshop we look at some of the causes of neck, shoulder and back problems. We shall also practice  exercises and postures to relieve tension  before going on to yoga postures to strengthen these areas and to protect them. We shall  look at advice as to how to avoid common injuries to these areas in class and  spend some time looking at back bends, back strengthening exercises and how to back bend safely.

No prior knowledge of yoga is required but would be useful.
Please call me on 07803 586161 or email on info@michellehigginsyoga.co.uk for further information or for booking / payment details.

Please check my FAQs for info re my cancellation / refund policy.

Introduction to Ashtanga Workshops

Date of next workshop:  TBA
Location of next workshop: Merryoak Community Centre
Cost: £20
Duration: 2 hours
Booking info: TBA

Curious about Ashtanga yoga and what its all about ?
Then join me for this 2 hour workshop. Ashtanga is a physically and mentally demanding form of yoga requiring commitment an open mind and a sense of humour. The worshop will cover the key asanas of the Primary Series. We shall cover the Ashtanga Surya Namaskars , some standing postures , the Primary series ( mainly floor work – forward bends and arm balances ) and key poses of the closing sequenc.

Modifications are always available and you will be encouraged to listen to your body , honour the principle of Ahimsa and take them as required. We shall also look at the Ujjayi breath, use of drishti and bandhas.

This workshop will be ideal for you if you already practice vinyasa flow and are looking to take a step up towards a more devotional experience and home practice. Although Ashtanga is challenging it is good fun and ideally suited to a home practice as it is a set series of postures – and therefore easier to maintain.

The cost is £20. Please email me on [email protected] for booking and payment details.

Please call me on 07803 586161 or email on info@michellehigginsyoga.co.uk for further information or for booking / payment details.

Introduction Yoga Workshops

Date of next workshop:  TBA
Location of next workshop: Merryoak Community Centre
Cost: £20
Duration: 2 hours
Booking info: TBA 

Are you new to yoga or returning after a  break?
Do you feel a bit intimidated attending a class which has been running for a while ?  If the answer is yes then join me for a 2 hour workshop. We shall take things steady and cover

  1. A brief history and background to yoga
  2. Simple Pranayama ( breathing ) exercises to calm and destress
  3. A gentle warm up to prepare the body for movement
  4. An asana ( posture ) practice to introduce you to the most common yoga postures
  5. A gentle cool down and
  6. A blissful savasana ( relaxation ) and yoga nidra ( guided meditation )
  7. Time for questions

The investment for this workshop is £20 payable in advance – booking essential as places are limited. Please call me on 07803 586161 or email on info@michellehigginsyoga.co.uk for further information or for booking / payment details.

Integrating the 8 limbs of yoga into an asana practice and your life

Date of next workshop: TBA
Location of next workshop: The Yoga Shed Wickham ( behind Pages newsagents Wickham Square ) PO17 5JN
Cost: £25
Duration: 2.5 hours
Booking info: TBA

Over 2.5 hours we shall look at the 8 limbs of yoga. Yoga not just throwing some shapes on the mat – yoga is a life style and the 8 limbs were set out in the Yoga Sutras written by a sage called  Patanjali over 5000 years ago. However as an oral tradition it is likely they existed way before then. They have been likened to a  set of Russian dolls – all interlinked but each contains  elements of  the others – they are  layers of the same thing.

The 8 limbs are:

  1. Yamas – today – behaviours – ahimsa – non harming , satya – truthfulness , asteya – non stealing , brahmacharya – moderation and aparigraha – non stealing
  2. Niyamas – internal observances / self discipline – saucha – cleanliness , santosha – contentment , tapas – the fire inside – your motivation , svadhyaya- self study and isvara pranidhana – surrender to a higher being / what you cannot control
  3. Asana – postures – all familiar with
  4. Pranayama – breathing exercises – such as equal , nadi shodana – alternate nostril and  kappalbhati -shining skull
  5. Pratyahara – withdrawal of senses inwards
  6. Dharana – concentration
  7. Dhyana – uninterrupted flow of consciousness – a  keen awareness  without specific focus  and
  8. Samadhi – what we all aspire to – peace –the  feeling we get in savasana after practice

We shall start with a talk about the 8 limbs and follow that with a group discussion before moving on to a physical practice.

Please call me on 07803 586161 or email on info@michellehigginsyoga.co.uk for further information or for booking / payment details.

The Vagus nerve – the most important nerve you didn’t know you had

Date of next workshop:  TBA
Location of next workshop: The Yoga Shed Wickham ( behind Pages newsagents Wickham Square ) PO17 5JN
Cost: £20
Duration: 2 hours
Booking info: TBA

The vagus nerve is the longest nerve in the body yet many of us have never heard of it and have no idea how important it is. The nerve  starts at 10th cranial nerve at  base of skull and travels all way down the body connecting all our major organs with the brain.

It is like a super highway sending messages back and forth to the brain and forms part of our parasympathetic nervous system – the “rest digest “ rather than the “ fight or flight “.
If vagal tone is good we  tend to be more resilient to stress,  recover better from illnesses and are generally more positive.

If it is poor we find ourselves  in a continual fight or flight situation  and are  more prone to stress , physical issues with heart  and digestive system , stress and  depression. We get caught in a stress loop. A vicious circle.

In this workshop we shall look at the science. We shall then practice  asanas to work on these areas to improve vagal tone. There will be flowing sequences to warm up the body , strengthen muscles and  stretch connective fibres thus increasing blood flow to organs. There will be calming  inversions which are  good for blood pressure as head is below heart  and  energizing backbends to open the heart.

We shall also look at  Pranayama- breathing exercises ,  and meditation –in particular the  loving kindness meditation – borrowed from the Buddhist tradition.

Please call me on 07803 586161 or email on info@michellehigginsyoga.co.uk for further information or for booking / payment details.

Yoga Playshops

Playshop - Arm Balances

Date of next playshop:  TBA
Location of next workshop: Merryoak Community Centre Acacia Rd Southampton SO19 7JY
Cost: £20
Duration: 2 hours
Booking info: This event will only run if 3 people have booked and paid by TBA

If there is one type of yoga pose which polarizes practitioners opinion its arm balances. You either love them or you hate them or you fear them – or all three ! Often this is due to there never being enough time in a 1 or 1.5 hour flow to take it slow, to break the poses down and just well PLAY.
In this 2 hour playshop we shall look at:

  1. The muscles we need to work and exercises to strengthen and release them
  2. The role of the bandhas ( energy locks in the body – in particular mulabandha and uddiyana bandha )
  3. The role of self confidence and the fear of falling
  4. Various arm balances and their modifications such as   bakasana ( crow ), parsva bakanasana ( side crow ), Bhujapidasana ( arm pressure pose ),  tittibhasana ( firefly ), eka hasta bhujasana ( one hand over arm balance ) adho mukha svanasana ( down dog ), chaturanga dandasana ( 4 limbed staff pose ) and vasisthasana ( plank and side plank ) – yes they’re arm balances too !

Please note this workshop is not designed for beginners and at least 6 months yoga practice is recommended.

Please call me on 07803 586161 or email on info@michellehigginsyoga.co.uk for further information or for booking / payment details.

Yoga Retreats

A journey  through the chakras day retreat with Michelle Higgins

Date :  6th June 2019
Location of next retreat: The Yoga Shed Wickham
Time : 10.30- 4.30
Cost: £65 ( £60 early bird by 6 April 2019 )
Duration: 6 hours
Booking info: This event will only run if 3 people have booked and paid by 6th May 2019

Join Michelle for a blissful day retreat journeying through the chakras in the delightful setting of the Yoga Shed Wickham.

We all know that we have a physical body but we also have a subtle body – the yogic body – which we cannot see . Blood circulates through our physical body through veins and arteries .whilst Prana ( energy ) circulates through the subtle body through nadis ( energy channels ).

These nadis cross at various points called chakras – or energy centres- which regulate the flow of prana. There are 7 main chakras in the human body– Muladhara , Svadisthana , Manipura , Anahata , Vishuddha , Ajna and Sahasrara . Each chakra is related to specific organs or bodily functions and the 5 elements of earth , water , fire , air and ether . If these centres are blocked or unbalanced we can suffer illness and dis ease in these areas as the prana cannot flow freely

The day will begin with an introduction to the chakra system and its relevance to yoga . We shall continue with a yoga practice to activate and balance the 7 chakras using yoga asana and other yogic techniques. The day will end with a blissful chakra meditation.

There will also be an opportunity for discussion and to browse a selection of relevant books.

Teas and coffee are provided. Lunch is not provided but you are welcome to bring your own to eat in the studio or garden. Alternatively you can visit one of the many cafes and eateries in the village.

Please check my FAQs for info re my cancellation / refund policy

Please note that this retreat will only run if 4 people book and pay by 6 May 2019

Retreat - The eight limbs of yoga day retreat with Michelle Higgins

Date :  14 September 2019
Location of next retreat: The Yoga Shed Wickham
Time : 10.30- 4.30
Cost: £65 ( £60 early bird by 6 April 2019 )
Duration: 6 hours
Booking info: This event will only run if 3 people have booked and paid by 14th August 2019

Join Michelle for a day long retreat immersing you in the study and experience of the 8 Limbs of Yoga set out in the Yoga Sutras written by a sage called  Patanjali over 5000 years ago.  These limbs have often been likened to a set of Russian dolls in that whilst they are separate there are elements in each of all the others. The 8 limbs are

  1. Yamas  – behaviours
  2. Niyamas – internal observances
  3. Asana – postures
  4. Pranayama – breathing exercises
  5. Pratyahara – withdrawal of senses inwards
  6. Dharana – concentration
  7. Dhyana – uninterrupted flow of consciousness – a  keen awareness  without specific focus  and
  8. Samadhi – what we all aspire to – peace –the  feeling we get in savasana after practice

We shall start with a talk about the 8 limbs and follow that with a group discussion on whether it is possible to live a completely ethical life or do we need to make some compromises. 

We shall then move  on to a physical practice of  asanas  to fully experience the yamas and niyamas on our mat and to put them into practice . The practice will also give us opportunity to look into Pratyahara and the techniques of asana , breath and drishti.

There will then be an introduction to Pranayama with a short practice . The day will end with exercises in concentration and meditation such as Trataka – candle gazing and yoga nidra – yogic sleep.

There will also be an opportunity for discussion and to browse a selection of relevant books .

Teas and coffee are provided. Lunch is not provided but you are welcome to bring your own to eat in the studio or garden . Alternatively you can visit one of the many cafes and eateries  in the village .

Please check my FAQs for info re my cancellation / refund policy.

Please note that this retreat will only run if 4 people book and pay by 14 August 2019

If you are interested in finding out first before anyone else about my Yoga retreat please call me on 07803 586161 or get in touch via my contact page.

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