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Women-Only Chair Yoga

occurs on: Mondays
Free class at Plungington Community Centre
time: 11:30 - 12:20
Mondays 11:30am - 12:20pm at Plungington Community Centre

A very gentle free to access class specifically for women and to be beneficial for those with chronic pain and other health conditions. The class is focused on relaxing the body and mind and befriending the body.

The class is chair-based with standing options, so that we don't have to get down to the floor.

Emma has a great deal of experience delivering sessions for those with chronic pain. This class supports individuals in relaxing the body through yogic breathing, postural techniques, self-massage and gentle rhythmic movements that everyone is able to do in your own way. These techniques help to switch nervous system dominance from sympathetic (fight/flight) to parasympathetic (rest/digest) to allow muscles to relax, the breath to deepen, and digestive system to work effectively. From there we can start to engage in movements that feel safe.

The feedback from previous Yoga for Chronic Pain courses has been excellent with participants reporting that they felt pain free for the first time in years, that they felt listened to and connected with others and learnt helpful techniques to manage their pain.

To ask any questions Email: Emmabebliss@outlook.com

Where does the class take place?

The class takes place at Plungington Community Centre, Brook Street, Preston, PR1 7NB

Is this class suitable for yoga beginners?

Yes, this class is focused on breathing and postural techniques to ease tension and find space in the body.

How active is this class?

The class is relaxing with gentle, rhythmic movements and stretches only moving to a range that feels good for you, self-massage and finding more ease in standing and sitting in different ways. Each session also includes a guided relaxation meditation.

We are working on relaxing and befriending the body so that we can learn to relax muscles and move in a way that feels safe and healthy for us.

How long does the course last?

The classes will run until Feb 2023 and we recommend a minimum of 12 weeks attendance to help you to feel the difference. You are welcome to come along and try one or to attend as many as you feel able to.

Is the teacher experienced in working with people with chronic pain?

Yes, Emma has lived experience of chronic pain and is a trauma-informed yoga teacher who trained with John Scott and Lucy Crawford. She has taught the techniques to NHS-referred pain support groups over the past 3 years and she also taught these techniques to her father who had chronic pain.

Is there parking at the venue?

Yes, we will be using a venue that has parking available.

Can I participate in the class using a chair?

Yes absolutely, the class will be chair based with options to stand if that is more comfortable or if you feel able.

Do I need to bring anything?

No, just yourself.

What should I wear?

Wear something you are comfortable moving and gently stretching in - perhaps leggings or loose trousers, or jogging bottoms, and a t-shirt or vest top.

about the Teacher

Emma Lowther-Wright: Studio Director

Hi, I'm Emma and I am very fortunate to have been trained to teach Ashtanga Yoga by world-renowned John Scott. John is one of the key teachers who brought Ashtanga yoga from India to Europe. Often referred to as 'Preston's yoga teacher' I am honoured to teach yoga to 150-200 people every week!

I am dedicated to and immersed in the Ashtanga practice and continue to travel to study with senior 500hr international teachers including Eddie Stern, Scott Johnson, Lucy Crawford-Scott and Greg Nardi.

I teach with an emphasis on clear communication, empowerment, joy and compassion. I am especially interested in the neuroscience of yoga, how yoga can release physically held mental and emotional tension and how yoga can help us to live with greater joy, confidence and ease.

As well as studio classes I work within the community teaching in workplaces and education settings and to members of our community with physical and mental health challenges including those with deafness, who use a wheelchair and have cognitive challenges.

My classes are heart-lifting, empowering, flowing dances to the rhythm of the breath. I share movement and meditation practices with kindness, encouragement and joy - I hope to welcome you to a class soon.
RYT 350hrs, BAST PLdip, Groove Facilitator, POUND, Barre Concept, Aerial Yoga

I am only fairly recent to the studio and to Emma as a teacher but wow what a difference it has made to my week each week and my well-being overall. I look forward to my classes and feel amazing after.

Emma is so kind and helpful  coaxing you to push a little further and increase your practice, making it more enjoyable and giving your a stronger basis. The yoga in the park during the pandemic was a life line and such a beautiful idea I almost sad to go back to a studio. We laugh, practice and most of all enjoy the moment. I recommend this school and teacher wholeheartedly ......”  Anna

Wow - what a difference!

I have practiced yoga with many teachers but have learnt so much from Emma. Her explanations are very clear and really help me to get more from each posture and my practice. I always feel wonderful after her yoga classes. Thank you for sharing your knowledge Emma. Pauline

Learnt so much

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