Yin yoga and Vinyasa flow for all levels as well as mixed movement, Hiit training, breathing and mobility workshops and masterclasses.
Niamh Colfer is a full time personal trainer and yoga teacher with seven years of experience in personal training and three years experience teaching yoga. She trained and qualified as a Yoga Alliance International yoga teacher RYT 200 in the Frog Lotus school of yoga based at Suryalila retreat center in Spain and has received her RYT 300 advanced yoga teacher certification. Niamh teaches Vinyasa Flow, Yin Yoga & Restorative yoga as well as mixed movement workshops, strength training and yoga masterclasses.
Liam is a yoga alliance international certified breath coach, Gravity Yoga Instructor and an advanced oxygen advantage breath-work coach. Liam has been studying yoga breathing practices for seven years, he is passionate about breath-work and is always delving deeper into the history and science of breathing.
Yin Yoga combines the physical with the mental and is designed to calm a busy mind. This is a more deep stretching class to improve flexibility as well as range of motion and stability in your joints. Most of the poses are practised low to the floor either seated or in a supine or prone position and involved holding poses for a long period of time. This affects the lower body parts, specifically the hips, thighs, and spine. Poses are held for a few minutes at a time. You need a couple of cushions for this practise, a belt or scarf and a couple of hardback books (or yoga blocks). Props are a great way to support your body in the yin postures which we hold for a few minutes at a time.
Book in for a one to one class if you’re feeling nervous about starting any of the open group sessions. If you’re working with any injuries or conditions and want to learn how to modify postures to suit then this is the option for you but please have a doctors clearance certificate to say that you can take take part in physical exercise.
Vinyasa means to move with the breath, which is essentially the core of a Vinyasa class. These classes are great for improving strength, flexibility and stability. Although Vinyasa is often considered a fast and physically challenging practice, it can also be soft and gentle. Moving with the breath can also mean slowing down your transitions with deep inhales and slow exhalations. Vinyasa classes also incorporate breathing techniques and meditation to help to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, the body’s “rest and restore” state to improve physical and mental well being. These classes are for all levels and you will be given modifications and variations to suit your body and plenty of opportunities to rest throughout.
Workshops and Masterclasses
Take an introductory yoga workshop or a deep dive masterclass. We also offer workshops on self myo-facial release techniques, PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation) stretching, breathing exercises, pelvic floor and deep core work, working with injuries, yoga for athletes, inversions, arm balances, backbends, acro-yoga, yoga for hypermobility, yoga for anxiety, yoga and ayurveda, yoga and the elements, guided meditation, solstice celebrations, equinox flows, beach yoga and much more.
The practice of yoga asanas requires you – the practitioner – to gauge the safety of your practice within your personal physical limitations. It is better to build up slowly than to force and strain. Whilst you may feel exertion at some times during practise you should also feel relaxed. The techniques and suggestions presented in class are not intended to substitute for professional medical advice and you should consult your physician before beginning any new exercise program including yoga.
By taking part in our yoga classes you acknowledge and represent that:
- to the best of your knowledge, you suffer from no medical or physical condition or disability that will or might increase the normal risks associated with exercise; [and / or]
- your doctor has approved your participation in our yoga classes.
You must inform us, as soon as possible, if:
- you suffer from any [new] injury, illness or other medical condition;
- you feel any pain or discomfort during an yoga class; or
- you feel that any exercise included in an yoga class would be unsafe or uncomfortable for you.
Niamh Colfer & Liam Colfer at Livin’ off the Hook assumes no responsibility for injuries suffered while practicing these techniques. We will not be liable to you in respect of any personal injury that you may suffer or sustain directly or indirectly as a result of attending our yoga classes. Nor will we be liable to you in respect of any other losses arising as a result of any such personal injury.
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