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 and 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. 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.
Newcomers: 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 one class at cost 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.
Four classes are offered per week. Each one is suitable for all levels. The classes each last for 45 minutes with a maximum class size of 12 people.
Newcomers: When a space becomes available, newcomers are welcome to trial one session without any further commitment. The fee for this is £5, unless they decide to join the course, in which case they will be charged the rate for the remainder of the course.
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 at 11:25–12:10, 12:15-13:00 and 13:05-13:50 ; also on Fridays from 13:00–13:45.
- Yoga classes are held on Wednesday lunchtimes:
- Sivananda yoga classes are held in the Club House lounge, downstairs on the left, from 12:30-13:30. There is a maximum class size of 8 people indoors.
- Ashtanga yoga classes are held in the Gym Studio from 12:15-13:15 and have a maximum class size of 12 indoors.
- 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.
Clothing & Equipment (Pilates & Yoga)
For classes that are held within the Gym Studio, which is accessed through the gym, it is essential that you wear proper sports trainers to walk through the gym. Once inside the Gym Studio you are welcome to remove your shoes for the duration of the class.
Wear loose, comfortable clothing that allows a large degree of movement.
For yoga classes please bring a yoga mat if you have one 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 classes.
For Pilates, mats are provided unless you wish to use your own.
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. (jobettsyoga.com).
- Julia Endacott (juliaendacottpilates.co.uk) runs classes in Ipswich.
- Penny Jones Pilates (pennyjonespilates.com).
Other Related Activities
Qi Gong classes are run locally by John Millar. See (energyplay.co.uk) for more information.
Sahaja Yoga Meditation (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 here or from reception in the BodyTalk Gym.