…a gentle, non-intimidating approach to yoga for adults & children.
My name is Claire Pickin and I run affordable Hatha Yoga classes in Sale & Sale Moor.
My classes have been running since 2010, I have been teaching since 2007 and practicing yoga with my yoga teaching Mum since I was a child. All classes are mixed ability and beginners are especially welcome. I also run a Parent & Toddler class.
If you want to improve your flexibility, strength or need help with stress control then these classes could help you, my classes encompass all aspects of yogic practice not just the physical postures. I weave small amounts of yogic philosophy into the sessions which will hopefully make your experience more complete, whatever level of practice you are at.
All classes are drop-in, just bring a mat if you have one or let me know if you need to borrow one. Please wear something comfortable. Pregnant ladies are welcome in classes if they have practiced yoga before, I am trained and insured in Pre and Post Natal Pregnancy. If you would prefer a specialist Pregnancy class then please see the links page.
If you would like to contact me before you come to class, to ask any questions, feel free to email or phone.
Class Price Changes: Please note that as of 1st Dec 2014 the Tues lunchtime class at Red Sky Yoga will be priced at £5.50 per session, also the Tues 6-7pm class at United Reformed Church will be priced at £5 from Jan 6th 2015 – this class has been priced at £4 for the past 4 years and I have kept it this low as long as possible in order to provide a very affordable class in this area. However due to increases in room cost, insurance etc. I have had to take the decision to increase the price of the class. (please speak to me if you feel this is a problem and I can try to work out a payment plan for you)
December 2014 – During December there are slight changes to the class schedule, please go to the calendar page and click the link to check which classes are on. Or if you prefer give me a call, text or email to confirm which classes are running. I am running a ‘Finding Freedom’ Yoga Workshop on Saturday Dec 27th 10-12noon at Sale Moor Methodist Church, places are going fast so let me know if you would like to book a place (deposit of £5 required – balance of £7 to be paid on the day of workshop)
October 2014 – Introducing ladies one to one private yoga sessions – I now offer private yoga tuition, click here for details. (this can be arranged for small groups of up to 4 people – to spread the cost).
Sept 2014 – I have recently completed a course in Yoga for Spine and Neck Health which inspired me to run another Saturday morning workshop on the same subject. Everyone of all abilities attended and I have had positive feedback about the event – we didn’t get to cover everything I had planned, so stay tuned for details of the next workshop which will incorporate all the material we didn’t get to cover!
I have also completed a course on yoga sequencing as I am passionate about providing classes which are structured correctly – giving each and every class member the opportunity to practice safely and intelligently.
I am now on Instagram, see www.instagram.com/yogiclaire99
August 2014 Please take a look at the Calendar page to check when classes are on – as they all run to slightly different term times, the link on the calendar page takes you to a website which shows a live calendar detailing my classes. Or alternatively send me a text or email if you are unsure if classes are on.
April 2014 – I held my second workshop at Sale Moor Methodist Church on the 26th April, we were embracing opposites in order to find balance in our practice and in our lives. It’s so lovely to meet up on a sunny Saturday morning and have 2 hours to go into a bit more detail and cover a little bit more theory. We also enjoy a cup of tea, fruit and treats after the class. The next workshop will be towards the end of the summer.
As well as being BSY trained in Children’s Yoga, I am also now qualified through the brilliant Cosmic Kids Yoga, I am always wanting to develop my skills as a teacher in order to grow and improve. I have also just completed a course in Buddhism, this has been something that had interested me for a long time, it has in fact raised many more questions for me about life (and death) and I hope to study the subject further.
March 2014 – Tues lunchtime class (12-1pm) relocates from The Islamic Centre, Hale to Red Sky Yoga Studio, Washway Rd, Sale (next to Amblehurst Hotel) This class is term time only and is £5 per session. It is a gentle class for mixed abilities. The first date at the new venue is Tues 1st April.
February 2014 – New Class at LA Fitness, Brooklands. Every Friday 12noon-1pm, starts on 7th Feb. This is for LA Fitness members only.
January 2014 – New Website! As you can see I have revamped my website (with lots of help from my husband!) The calendar page links directly to my Go Fitty calendar, just click on the date to check the class is on. I have also got a Flickr account – see link to the right, you will see my attempt at some more advanced postures – but rest assured most of these more complex postures are not taught in my classes, the photos are just to show how my practice is progressing (or not as the case may be!) There are also some lovely photos of the fantastic people who attend my classes, I hope it gives an idea of how friendly and welcoming the classes are……
December 2013 – Detox and Revive Yoga Workshop
Sat Dec 28th 10am-12noon— Sale Moor Methodist Church, Northenden Rd. Price £10 (deposit of £5 to secure your place) Limited places.
September 2013 – Yogi Claire & Family in the local press!!
The Manchester Evening News and their sister paper The Sale & Altrincham Advertiser have very kindly run a couple of stories on my Mum, my boys and me! Although I have to say I think the boys and my Mum were the real stars of the articles. To read the full article see the following link Manchester Evening News Article
September 2013 – Introducing Parent & Toddler Yoga Classes*
At last the time has come for me to put to use my Children’s Yoga teaching qualification and also share my experiences of yoga practice with young children as well as all the knowledge and insight I have gained from attending Parent and Toddler groups over the past years. Not to mention the 18 week Mum and Baby yoga classes which my eldest son and I adored. Culminating in what I hope will be some really exciting Parent & Toddler Yoga classes using songs, games and stories all with a yoga theme.
I realise how valuable classes can be for Mums who decide to stay at home or for Mums who work part time (and Dads too!) It can add structure to your day and also as these classes are for the parent/carer too, then some skills for dealing with stressful situations may be learnt, as well as helping you to keep active! I plan to include some fun breathing exercises into the classes which can be practiced by the toddler and the adult. These may be invaluable when faced with a cranky, tantruming toddler—which is an inevitable part of being a parent!
The classes will be lively and the level of participation by both adult and child is entirely up to them, if some children are a little reticent to join in at first they will be encouraged to watch and only take part when they feel confident. (I have first hand experience of this!) Most children however are eager to participate in the physical postures and the names of postures and the songs that go with them will truly captivate your child’s imagination.
There will be elements of turn taking and children will be introduced gently to some ‘mindfulness’ when we eat our fruit snack which will be provided.
The classes will be very informal and may be a little noisy at times, but we will attempt a little bit of relaxation time at the end of each class!! See the last page of this website for further benefits of yoga for kids.
Classes are held every Monday 10.15-11am (term time only) in the function room at LA Fitness/Brooklands Sports Club, Whitehall Rd, Brooklands, Sale. Accessed through the café bar so you may want to stay for a cappuccino afterwards! There is buggy space and there is a large car park. Cost is £5 per session (block booking discounts available)