The club runs regular yoga and Pilates classes for people who work at Adastral Park or who are otherwise eligible for ATLAS membership. It also provides occasional information to its members on related activities such as Sahaja Yoga Meditation and Qi Gong.
Yoga is an ancient method of keeping healthy by means of a variety of exercises, postures, breathing control and focussed relaxation. It has an instant feel-good effect – a looser, freer body, a sense of ease & calm, more energy and improved resistance to illness. The postures and sequences (asanas) work on all the major muscles, joints, glands and organs of the body. They bring strength to weak spots and softness to tight spots. A stiff body is no excuse not to start.
We offer classes in two styles, Ashtanga (e.g. www.jobettsyoga.com) and a Sivananda-based style. The Ashtanga style is more active than most other hatha yoga styles and is based on sequences of postures.
Each yoga class lasts 1 hour.
People can join the yoga classes at any time, but since the Ashtanga style is more active, it is best if newcomers have done some yoga previously or are otherwise fit before joining. People interested in trying yoga may attend two classes to see if they like it with no further commitment.
Pilates is a system of exercises developed by Joseph Pilates and designed to strengthen and maintain the body’s core muscles and improve posture. It builds and maintains the fine control muscles, which are very important as you get older.
Two classes are offered – Beginners & Improvers. These are 45 minutes long each with a maximum class size of 12 people.
When & where
The classes are held in either the ATLAS Club House (B78) or in the Studio room at the back of the BodyTalk Gym. Changing rooms and shower facilities are available upstairs in the Clubhouse and at the Gym.
- Pilates classes are held in the Gym Studio on Mondays 12:15-13:00 (Beginners) & 13:00-13:45 (Improvers)
- Yoga classes are held on Wednesday lunchtimes
- The Sivananda yoga classes are held in the Club House lounge, downstairs on the left, from 12:15-13:15. There is a maximum class size of 9 people indoors.
- Ashtanga yoga classes are held in the Gym Studio from 12:15-1315 and have a maximum class size of 12 indoors. Beginners’ courses are run intermittently. Please enquire.
- In Summer and on other warm days, yoga classes are often held outdoors on grass in a sheltered area.
Both Yoga and Pilates classes are offered in sessions of around three months’ duration.
Yoga classes are paid for on a session basis and currently cost the equivalent of £5.50/class.
For Pilates, the whole course is paid up front in one block, and averages out to £3.50 per week. For new people wishing to try before they buy, a one-off taster session is offered at a rate of £5.
Yoga: Where spare places are available, newcomers are welcome to try a couple of classes with no further commitment. Those joining the Ashtanga class need to have attended a Beginners course, which we run occasionally, or have some prior Ashtanga experience.
Pilates: The current courses are both full and a waiting list in place. Please contact the organiser to request your name be added to the waiting list. A one-off trial session will be offered at a rate of £5.
Clothing & Equipment (Pilates & Yoga)
Wear loose, comfortable clothing that allows a large degree of movement. Bring a yoga mat if you have one, or a large towel, on which to do the exercises. You may also want some extra clothing (e.g. jumper, socks, track suit) to keep warm whilst relaxing at the start and end of the yoga classes.
For health and safety reasons, it is mandatory that everyone wears proper sports trainers to walk through the gym area to access the Studio.
Tips for Practising Yoga and Pilates
- Allow at least an hour after eating before practising.
- Pace yourself.
- Always ask if something doesn’t feel right.
- Always work to your own level.
- Never compare your ability and flexibility to others. Everyone is different.
- Try to link movements to your breathing. This will become more natural the more you practice.
Other Local Classes
If you are interested in yoga or Pilates but cannot attend our classes, here are a few local options
- Jo Betts, our current instructor. (www.jobettsyoga.com).
- Ashtanga East (www.ashtangaeast.com).
- Katharine Lawrence: Previously ran classes on site. (www.kamalayoga.org.uk).
- Eve Dunn: Runs classes in Martlesham Leisure Club which are open to non-members in and in Ipswich Dance Studio (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Lorraine Biddle (primalretreat.co.uk)
- Nikki Hall (www.nikkihall.co.uk). Specialises in yoga during pregnancy.
Other Related Activities
Qi Gong for Well-being
Qi Gong (pronounced “Chee Gung”) uses natural movement and breath to strengthen and balance the entire body. The aims of the simple, elegant moving meditation taught in short sessions are
- To take time to calm the mind and improve clarity of thought.
- To become familiar with simple, effective techniques that help manage daily stresses and tensions.
- To explore the effortless power that comes from natural movement.
Qi Gong classes are run locally by John Millar. See (www.energyplay.co.uk) for more information.
Meditation (Sahaja Yoga)
Sahaja Yoga Meditation (www.sahajayoga.org.uk) is a unique method of meditation based on the experience called “Self Realisation”. Regular meditation makes us stress free and also helps us to face the day to day extremes. When we get our self-realisation, we become an integrated personality and become disciplined from inside. Classes are run in Ipswich by volunteers.
Participants in the club’s Yoga and Pilates classes should be either full or temporary members of ATLAS. Arrangements are available for students and those on site temporarily. Eligibility is primarily people who work at Adastral Park (any company) or those who work for BT in the local area. Full details are available on the AtLAS website or from reception in the BodyTalk Gym.