Mondays 19:15 - 20:15 (online)
Theiyā’s yoga classes focus primarily on asana practice, the physical postures, with threads of yoga philosophy woven into the classes. Yoga Asana benefits the physical body, in terms of improving strength and range of movement, balance and stability, etc. It also brings calm, ease and clarity to the mind.
But more than that, it is a process we can use to guide our awareness inwards, and understand our inner workings, both mental and physical. In bringing our focus inwards away from the external distractions, we can be led to moments of contentment, stillness and silence.
During the physical postures, we support you to find the best way for the posture or the movement to find a place of comfort in your body – rather than forcing your body into a particular posture. What is the intention of the movement or the shape? Our teachers help you find the most comfortable option for this in your body. Comfort in this sense means you can maintain a steady breath and a steady mind and an alert stillness in the body (whether the posture itself is challenging or easeful).
There is no such thing as being ‘good’ or ‘bad’ at yoga. There are no prerequisites for joining a yoga class. When you come to class, you are invited to set aside any expectation about what you are going to be able to do or not able to do, and learn to be present with and accept your body as it is today, and with the practice as it unfolds.
In the wonderful words of Arthur Ashe:
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
Tuesdays 13:00 - 13:30
Thursdays 18:00 - 18:30
Since the start of the first lockdown in March 2020, we have been offered two free meditation sessions every week. We began this as a way to support people when we went into lockdown. We could never have imagined that two years on we would still be happily running these sessions, and indeed how our meditation community would grow and become such an important part of our week. Our sessions have become a core part of our Wellbeing offerings.
The sessions themselves are either a guided meditation practice, or a guided Yoga Nidra practice. The difference between the two is that a Meditation practice generally (but not always) has a point of focus or concentration. Yoga Nidra on the other hand brings the mind and body into a place of relaxation while our awareness remains alert, following the guidance of various elements that can include all or any of the following breath awareness, body scan, opposites of sensation, visualisations.
(run in partnership with Parkinson’s UK Edinburgh Branch)
(carers can also join in the class, at no extra cost)
Whether group classes or individual 1-2-1 support, whether in person or online, Theiya Arts is committed to making Yoga Asana and meditation an accessible practice to people of all ages and abilities.
In our Community Yoga (asana) classes, we are committed to teaching the people, not the poses. It is a person centred approach, where we offer different posture and movement options, without pitching one option as ‘better’ or ‘more advanced’ than another. We look at the intention of a posture or movement, and then look at the ways different bodies can explore it. We invite you to explore what the posture feels like in your body, rather than thinking about how it looks, or how it compares to others.
In our Community Meditation sessions, we encourage and support the development of a regular practice, and we are always available to those in our meditation sessions if they wish to share or talk about their practice or experiences.
Over the past two years, we have noticed an increase in companies wishing to support the wellbeing of their employees, through workplace wellbeing activities, supporting staff to prioritise both their physical and mental wellbeing.
Our skilled teachers are passionate about supporting wellbeing, and we bring a person-centred approach to every class we teach. In addition, by inviting Theiya Arts to deliver wellbeing activities with your staff, you are indirectly supporting the other charitable activities of Theiya Arts delivered to vulnerable, disadvantaged or marginalised communities in Scotland.
Online or in-person Yoga Nidra (30-minute guided relaxation)
Online or in-person Yoga Asana class (45 minute movement-based class, that prioritises easing tension in shoulders, back and hips, while gently strengthening)
In-person Bollywood dance class (45 minute dynamic dance class - easy to follow that requires NO previous dance experience)