Bringing together her love of movement of the body, fused with traditional Yoga styles, Aby offers Yoga classes to suit all levels from beginners to advanced, and understands the need of modification and variation to allow yoga to be playful and for everyone.
Through practising Yoga for over 20 years, experiencing many Yoga styles and studying with many inspirational teachers, Aby was motivated to study for three years with Richard Adamo. Aby continues to learn and study, attending courses regularly, keeping her classes diverse and interesting.
Aby appreciates the importance of keeping the body and mind balanced, developing suppleness through flowing movement and effortless alignment.
So Aby’s classes focus on the physical practice of postures (asanas) coordinated with the breath. Because there are many branches of yoga Aby will also include pranayama (breathing practices) meditation and relaxation in her classes.
Aby’s Yoga classes will help balance, strength and flexibility, release tension, increase internal energy and focus your mind, by continually exploring the body and mind “the body achieves what the mind believes”.
Yoga rewards dedication & hard work and is a great distraction from our daily duties, time for you and nothing else!
Aby’s enthusiasm for what she does is contagious, the classes are fun, challenging and diverse. If you engage in other sports or the gym throughout the week this is the perfect opportunity to stretch tired and aching muscles while working your often forgotten core. Truly a fantastic workout for the body and mind! Thanks for all your hard work Aby, James.
Having done yoga with Aby for a few years I blame her completely for my sleep deprivation after early morning yoga classes 😉 – fortunately she does evenings too! But I do get a sense of accomplishment when I manage to do a little bit more than I thought I could. Her teaching style and ability does make you feel like you can do it and made it worth getting out of bed for! Aby keeps me motivated and I always feel better for going. Who knew yoga could be so much fun?
I attend Aby’s yoga classes on a Tuesday evening ☺ Fab class, everything for everyone! Having done lots of yoga you feel fully relaxed and exhilarated at the end of the session … thanks Aby
Aby’s yoga is a flowing sequence of lovely movements all so so good for flexibility and strength. She makes it easy to follow and just take at your own pace ‘ listening to your body’ as Aby takes you through the moves. So, fantastic for your body and your mind, and you always feel better after a class. Aby is an amazing teacher of this art and everyone should try it whatever your age.
Aby’s Friday morning yoga class at Longsdon is one of my best discoveries of recent years. It is fast moving (and certainly not a stroll in the park) but all levels of fitness and experience are catered for, from beginners to those who wish to challenge themselves. I hope it will be part of my life for many many years. Again, Aby’s emphasis is on making her classes an enjoyable experience for everyone. Thanks, Aby
Me and my mum have been regular clients of Aby’s yoga classes for over a year now and can honestly say – hand on heart – that each class is filled with motivation and inspiration! Aby is always positive and this amplifies through her classes.
Each class is exciting and fun, each week is different and you can tell that there has been a lot of thought put into every class – Aby always offers us the chance to work on any requested areas whether that is an injury or weakness we wanted to improve on. She will go above and beyond to reach your goals.
She is always encouraging and enthusiastic and I would recommend Aby’s yoga classes to anyone, as a beginner or advanced as she caters for all levels.
Once you go to Abys yoga you realise that this is proper yoga!
Molly & Jan Cooper
Aby’s yoga classes are a mixture of hard work, stretching, strength and relaxation. She is very experienced and knowledgeable in all aspects of yoga which shows in her teaching which is both light-hearted and challenging, she must be good because after nearly 62 years I have finally mastered the headstand!!! 😉
I do Fitsteps at Longsdon and yoga at Brown Edge. Aby is a great leader who tailors the exercises to suit the age group of the class and also makes it fun with her great sense of humour. She also makes certain that everyone is following the class, and helping anyone if needed without making them feel self-conscious.
When I retired, I wanted to keep fit and stay active so I joined Aby’s Fitsteps class. Three years later I’m still going strong and enjoying every minute of it. It’s a good aerobic exercise and at the same time you learn different ballroom dance steps (without the need of a partner). She is a brilliant choreographer and cleverly interprets the music to fit the individual dances. She changes the routines regularly which not only keeps you “on your toes” but keeps your brain active too!
I then decided I wanted to do a more “relaxing” class so joined the slow flow yoga group. You can make the moves as easy or as hard as you feel able to do. I love this class as I feel that my muscle strength, posture, balance and flexibility have improved greatly.
When TAPfit came along I couldn’t wait to give it a go. This class is great… it’s fun, energetic and a full body great work out. Can’t wait for it to start up again.
Aby is so enthusiastic and “upbeat” in everything she does. It’s no wonder her classes are so popular. Thanks, Aby
Fitsteps, Yoga, TAPfit
Aby is a really great teacher and classes always give a full body workout I’ve never been stronger and fitter. Forever hooked!
Yoga originated in ancient India and has been practised for thousands of years making it one of the oldest forms of self-development. The word yoga is derived from the Sanskrit root ‘yuj’ meaning ‘binding’ and describes the union of the body, the mind, and the wisdom of the heart.
This essence of yoga can help us overcome our stressful everyday world today both physically and mentally. So even in our busy hectic lives, maintaining a healthy body supports us in developing a more positive quality of life and emotional strength.
The goals of yoga are varied and there is a range of benefits which can improve our health, through continued Yoga practice positive changes become evident some immediate some gradually over time.
Enriched well being
Improves Strength and Muscle tone
Body Awareness & develop mindfulness
Pain and injury prevention/relief
Increased stamina and energy
Coordination & balance developed
Build mental focus
Improved function of internal organs
Help prevent Osteoporosis
Better sleep quality
Everyone can practice yoga regardless of age, gender and fitness level. Work at your own pace responding to individual feedback; limitations, imbalances, strengths and weaknesses. You don’t have to be flexible to do yoga!
Yoga is an excellent addition to all exercise programmes and sporting disciplines as well as a standalone discipline.
Aby teaches a variety of yoga classes where there’s something for everyone.
Gentle Flow Hatha Yoga – ideal if you are new to yoga, returning to yoga having had a break or someone who wants a class with a steadier pace.
Hatha Vinyasa Yoga – is a flowing style of yoga that harmonizes breath & movement to give strength & agility.
Power/Vinyasa Yoga – a strong and energising class incorporating more advanced poses.
Yin Yoga – slow paced encouraging you to let go, working on a deeper subtle level specifically connective tissue & fascia. Restoring and releasing blocked energy.
Aby offers classes to suit all levels from beginners to advanced, and understands the need of modification and variation to allow yoga to be for everyone. Regardless of flexibility or strength.
Aby brings together her love of movement of the body, fused with traditional Yoga styles.
In Aby’s classes she will demonstrate all poses and offer many options throughout. Clear instructions are given and Aby combines traditional Sanskrit with translated asana names. Aby encourages mindfulness and asks you to respond positively to the bodies feedback. Aby will often adjust; to explore alignment, help overcome limitations, take the body further if available.
Aby also likes to give you the tools to adjust postures individually and always encourages self correction.
If you are unsure which class to attend please contact Aby for more information.
GENTLE YOGA & FUSION CLASSES
Monday morning YOGALATES ONLINE 9:30 – 10:30am (Fusion of Yoga & Pilates) ideal for beginners, recovering from injury or improvers wanting a gentle start to the week
Monday morning YOGALATES at Swynnerton Village Hall 11:15 – 12:15am (Fusion of Yoga & Pilates) ideal for beginners & improvers plus recovering from injury
Thursday morning at Baddeley Green WMC 9:45 – 10:45am GENTLE HATHA FLOW
(Great for beginners, recovering from injury, returning to classes or if you want a slower paced class)
VINYASA FLOW CLASSES
Tuesday evening at Longsdon Memorial Hall 7:30 – 8:30pm INTERMEDIATE VINYASA FLOW
All Levels, with intermediate progressions so Yoga experience useful
Friday morning at Bagnall Vilage Hall 9:45-10:45am HATHA VINYASA
All Levels, some Yoga experience useful
Friday evening at Michelin Sports Centre 7:30-8:30pm HATHA VINYASA
All Levels, some Yoga experience useful
Sunday evening currently ONLINE 7:00-8:00pm Alternating weekly between Intermediate Vinyasa Flow & Relaxing Yin Yoga (all levels) – see weekly blog for which class is running
* Face to Face £6 pay as you go and Loyalty cards available * Online £3 pay as you go and Loyalty cards available
A Yoga or exercise mat
Extra clothing/ blanket – as your body temperature will vary
Wear comfortable fitness attire which will allow you to move freely
Yoga is typically performed with bare feet but yoga socks are a great alternative
Optional: Yoga block, strap
Yoga has been proven to benefit conditions ranging from sports injuries to chronic illnesses. Please let Aby know if you have an injury/condition you might need to work around, Aby will offer guidance but most importantly she will let you become your own teacher; listen to how you feel and become aware of what the body is telling you if you need to rest.
It is recommended to not eat anything heavy for 2-3 hrs before a class, small snacks or fruit is fine if you’d prefer not to exercise on an empty stomach. Drink plenty of water before a class but small sips throughout if needed.
Starting with a warm up this will develop into a series of physical postures (Asanas), simple breathing techniques (Pranayama), relaxation &/or meditation practices will conclude the session.
Practicing yoga while pregnant is one of the best ways to keep your body feeling good and your mind in balance. Please notify Aby if you are pregnant and let her know which trimester you’re in. If you’ve been practicing yoga for a while, you can continue your regular yoga practice with a few modifications and don’t hesitate to take breaks during class to rest. If you’ve never practiced yoga before, a dedicated prenatal yoga class would be recommended or consider Pilates.