– What Services do we offer? –
Aimee teaches a range of classes across Teesside. She is available for bookings and private tuition also. See experience and qualifications for more information.
Some of the services offered include:
- Hatha Yoga / Yin & Vinyasa Yoga / Gentle Yoga / Chair Yoga
- Yoga for limited mobility / Yoga for seniors
- Yoga & Meditation Philosophy
- Move it or Lose it! Gentle Exercise classes
- Pranayama / Breathwork / Meditation
- Holistic Nutrition
- Reiki & deep relaxation
‘Yoga is for anybody’
AMALAwellness’ aim is to deliver yoga classes to aid with over-all wellbeing. We focus on gentle exercises and relaxation/meditation techniques as well as quality of life and over-all health (both mental and physical).
Benefits of Hatha & Gentle Yoga and Meditation:
- Improve physical and mental wellness
- Lower the risk of cardiovascular disease
- Aid in recovery from injuries or ailments
- Manage pain and inflammation
- Improve sleep quality
- Helpful for working through difficult feelings
- Fun and gentle way of improving flexibility, strength and mobility accessible to all
- Fun way to encourage community & sociability
What is Traditional Hatha/ Hatha Vinyasa Yoga?
Hatha is the root of all yoga. Iyengar, Vinyasa, Yin, Ashtanga and other forms all stem from Hatha yoga.
A ‘Hatha’ yoga class will typically involve a set of physical postures (yoga poses) and breathing techniques, practiced slowly and with standing, seated and sometimes inverted static posture holds.
Hatha means ‘force’ in Sanskrit हठ and attains that through the physical practice of Yoga, we receive the benefits. So Hatha yoga can be considered as anything you might do with the body to still the mind, including:
- asana – yoga postures (practised in any style of ‘yoga’)
- pranayama – breathing techniques
- mudra – hand gestures
- Meditation and relaxation techniques
Hatha practices are designed to align and calm your body and mind. This practice is often modified and can be as challenging as you wish it to be, with modified poses for beginners. More challenging options are included for more experienced practitioners, making it accessible to all. Your practice deepens and grows with you as you progress.
When practising, asana (postures) are important, but there are 8 limbs to yoga and asana is only 1 of these limbs. When practising the other elements of Hatha yoga, such as chanting, pranayama (breathing techniques), meditation, kriyas (cleansing), satsang (chanting and listening to well learned teachers) and philosophy, plus eating a vegetarian diet, we can begin to link the benefits of healthy mind and healthy body.
Vinyasa means “to place in a special way” , where in Hatha, we tend to hold asana postures for longer, in Hatha Vinyasa we flow through asana, linking postures and movement with breath. Without practising the other limbs of hatha/ hatha vinyasa yoga, you are only doing a gym class. It is really important to develop a fully rounded practice to learn and get the benefits from Hatha properly. This is an integral part which is sadly getting lost and diluted in the west.
The benefits of this practice are well known. In the west it is mainly used to bring strength and flexibility to the body. However, if you take the time to learn about other aspects of Yoga; you can really begin to develop a deeper practice. Not only for your body but for your mind.
What is Gentle Yoga?
Gentle yoga classes are going to be accepting of beginners and people who have limited mobility, as well as being beneficial to all levels. They may include meditation. They are intended to be slow paced, gentle and calming. They aim to reduce stress and aid mobility. If you have been intimidated by more athletic yoga styles or are looking for a way to unwind and reduce stress, you may want to explore gentle yoga. Also, gentle yoga is suited to those who are used to a faster pace and want to learn how to slow down.
What is Move it or Lose it?
Move it or Lose it is an exercise class designed for those age 50+ and over, or those with limited mobility and a need for gentle exercise. Attending a Move it or Lose it class is great fun and as much a social event as a fitness class. It will help you stay fit, motivated and active for life. It also helps with maintaining flexibility, mobility, aerobic fitness, balance and strength. The exercises have been created in partnership with the Centre for Healthy Ageing Research at Birmingham University. They help “turn back the clock” and help maintain independence. The exercises can be done standing, seated on a chair or standing with chair support. They can be adapted to meet your needs with less repetitions or lower resistance.
What is Chair Yoga?
Seniors or those who have mobility issues avoid unnecessary movements due to fear of falling or injuring themselves. With limited movements, the limbs get stiff. This leads to reducing the range of motion causing aches and pains in the limbs. Fortunately, with awareness of yoga practices spreading wide, those with mobility issues too can benefit from this practice through the introduction of Chair Yoga.
Benefits of Chair Yoga:
- stretching the muscles, to reduce pain and stiffness.
- improves blood circulation to keep the body fresh and active.
- keeps control of the blood pressure.
- improves the range of motion of the joints, keeping the symptoms of arthritis in control.
- Helps lift mood – reducing anxiety
- improves balance and coordination.
For more information on classes and services – please see the ‘about, services and classes section’ of the website.
What is Reiki/deep relaxation?
Reiki is a deep meditation and relaxation technique. In the session, Reiki is given by placing hands over certain chakras and energy points in the body, facilitating deep relaxation which can lead to healing. Reiki is based around life force energy, ‘ki’ in Japanese, ‘chi/qi’ in Chinese and ‘prana’ in Sanskrit. Prana flows through all of us and through Reiki we can channel this life force to help heal mind, body and spirit.
A reiki treatment usually lasts an hour, it is a very relaxing experience and time is given before and after to set intentions, discuss any feelings or emotions that came up in the session as well as to answer any questions.