Strengthen your body and improve your mental wellbeing in one of our mind and body classes at Bluecoat Sports, choose from a range of Yoga and Tai Chi classes. These low impact activities will leave you feeling refreshed and revitalised, each class will help you to reduce stress levels and anxiety whilst improving posture, boosting physical well being, strength and breathing. These classes are suitable for all fitness levels and we run a range of classes to suit all abilities, there has never been a better time to start a new exercise routine.
Classes are available to book through our online booking system, by phone, or by coming into the club.
In our yoga sessions, you use slow movements and stretching to increase your flexibility, balance and coordination. The NHS has said there is “some evidence that regular yoga practice is beneficial for people with high blood pressure, heart disease, aches and pains – including lower back pain – depression and stress”.
Yoga has a lot of health benefits that can improve strength, mobility, balance and posture and reduce stress levels if practised regularly as part of exercise routines. Our Yoga class caters for all abilities so you can work and move at your own pace. If you’re new to yoga, let the instructor know before your session commences and they will be able to assist you further.
What is Yoga?
Yoga is an ancient form of low impact exercise which uses posture and breathing techniques to help physical and mental health. Yoga originated in India 5000 years ago is and people today use Yoga for relaxation and stress relief.
It’s one of those classes many of our members and guests become hooked on and is suitable for ages 16 and over.
What are the physical and mental benefits of Yoga?
When practised regularly, you can improve mental wellness by increasing body awareness and relieving chronic stress patterns. It can centre attention, sharpen concentration and relax the mind.
Physically, yoga can improve strength, balance and flexibility. It is ideal for people with symptoms of arthritis or back pain as it increases mobility and eases the comfort of tender or swollen joints.
Factors that contribute to heart diseases such as high blood pressure and excess weight can also be addressed through regularly practising yoga.
Who can practice yoga?
Anyone can practice yoga, regardless of fitness level or age, you’re never too old, or young to start.
What do I need to wear to a yoga session?
Due to the range of movements required in yoga, it’s advised to wear something that is comfortable but form-fitting so that it won’t hang over your head when you’re upside down. Many people choose to wear breathable flexible bottoms like yoga pants, leggings or shorts with a comfortable t-shirt or tank top. Yoga is performed barefoot so there is no need for any special shoes!
How long is each class and what can I expect?
Classes are one hour long and based in Studio 1 at Bluecoat Sports. Please arrive between 5 and 10 minutes early to choose your mat space and If this is the first time you have attended a Yoga class, it is advised you speak to the instructor before the class. Please let the instructor know if you have any injuries so that they can make reasonable adjustments to your routine. Each session is slightly different and all movements and routines will be talked through with your instructor they will discuss breathing techniques and show you how to move your body into the right poses. They may help you on a one to one basis to adjust your pose to help you gain better alignment or move deeper into a pose.
Book onto a yoga class at Bluecoat Sports today.
Health Tai Chi Classes
Tai Chi, also called Tai Chi Chuan, is an ancient Chinese Martial Art, developed in the 13th century, based on the Taoist philosophy of Yin and Yang. It aims to provide a balance in you physically and mentally; combining flowing tai chi movements with deep breathing exercises and relaxation. You can use Tai Chi for health, relaxation and self-defence or as a form of meditation, improving concentration and awareness.
Our Tai Chi classes incorporate Tai Chi Chuan Handforms. The slowness of the movements promotes deep and regular breathing, resulting in a peaceful mind and improved concentration. They give a balanced exercise routine to muscles, joints and tendons. Some also believe these movements promote the flow of positive “Chi” energy.
What are the benefits of Tai Chi?
Tai Chi helps to reduce stress and anxiety. It may also manage symptoms of some chronic diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and fibromyalgia.
With slow mindful breaths and movement, Tai Chi can have a positive impact on your nervous system and mood-regulating hormones. Sleep can also become more restful with regular Tai Chi classes. Studies have shown that participants practising Tai Chi twice a week experienced significant improvements in their quality of sleep.
Who can start Tai Chi?
You do not require a high level of fitness to begin to learn Tai Chi, there is no special equipment and you can progress at your own speed. Tai Chi can also be enjoyed by anyone over 16 years old.
What types of Tai Chi are available?
There are 5 primary styles of Tai Chi including Chen, Yang, Hao, Wu and Sun. Whilst they all follow the same premise, there are slight variations. At Bluecoats you will practice Tai Chi Chen which focusses on low stances with deep breathing and silk reeling energy spiralling movements.
What do I need to wear to a Tai Chi class?
Movement and flexibility are key for Tai Chi, so if is recommended to wear light, soft and subtle clothing. Clothing such as silk, cotton or loose linen can be worn, but leggings, shorts and loose-fitting trousers work well for this class too.
How long is each Tai Chi session and what can I expect?
Each session is one hour long and is located in Studio 1 at Bluecoat Sports. If you’re new to the class arrive slightly early to let your instructor know, they will discuss any injuries you may have and how the class will work. Each class follows the same movements and steps but will be varied each week.
Discover more about Tai Chi and the benefits of our body and mind class by booking now.
Overall well-being benefits of mind-body classes
The benefits of regular physical activity are widely accepted, finding the right movement that suits you and your lifestyle can make sticking to a new exercise routine much easier. Many people tend to enjoy taking mind and body classes as they provide a gentle low impact way to boost physical fitness and strength.
These types of gentle fitness classes can be great if you are:
- New to working out
- Recovering from a sports injury and want to keep active
- Want to include mental well being & mindfulness within your workouts
- Want to improve flexibility & mobility
Our body and mind classes are very popular. You can book a class via our booking system now. We welcome both members and non-members to classes, however, members do receive early access to online booking. Due to the popularity of this class, we also operate a waiting list, contact reception if you are unable to book and we can add you to the list.