CHRIS TAYLOR YOGA
Functional Yoga for every body
I truly believe that yoga should serve the student, and that our practice should be functional, relevant, and help us live a full life. I have been a student in many classes over the years, where this has certainly not felt the case, and has taken a performative based approach, rather than an informative, contemplative and functional approach. I believe this can be intimidating, off putting and unhelpful to anyone who is interested in attending a yoga class for the first time. I don't teach yogaerobics, yoga-cise or insta-yoga, and I make a strong case to differentiate between yoga, exercise and performance. You will never hear me say "feel the stretch", "no pain, no gain", or "keep up". However, I will invite you to move, breath and relax, with balance and composure, at your pace. This isn't about avoiding difficult postures either, but to approach them with open attention, intention, ease and stability.
My personal yoga journey started in 2001 after a period of illness, and I have not looked back since. I found the profound impact of Yoga changed my attitude towards well being. Having been a regular at the gym, I noticed the balancing impact of Yoga on both my body and mind. Since 2006, I have been teaching 12 weekly classes across Nottingham, Leicester and Manchester. My teaching has taken me to Spain and Italy too. I have developed and implemented Yoga programmes for premiership football clubs, whilst being the Yoga teacher for Spire healthcare at St Georges park, working along side the England men's senior football team, and sport science department. I also run workshops for the Rugby Football Union, at their training centres in the Midlands, and work within various secondary schools within the midlands area, using meditation, asana and pranayama to give students the tools for dealing with the pressures of their forth coming exams. I teach anatomy and physiology at several yoga schools within the area.
Over the past 14 years, I have given talks at corporate events, and Universities, within the field of Yoga, Health and well-being. I am regularly invited to teach an array of Yoga workshops at studios around the country and Europe.
I am also invited to teach Yoga workshops, at schools and studio's, for teachers and students.
As a recognised senior Yoga teacher, by Yoga alliance professionals, anatomy and physiology teacher, remedial massage therapist, and Thai massage therapist, I am able to bring functionality and relevance to the teachings, and to share my own practical insight into the anatomical aspects of Yoga.
LIVE ONLINE STREAMED CLASSES AND ONE TO ONE
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These classes are ran on a pay what you wish basis. Payment details are found on the class invite email.
Due to the popularity of these classes, I am now offering online one to one sessions. These are proving to be very popular, so please contact as above, if you require any further information.
THROUGH THE PARTICIPATION OF OUR ONLINE CLASS COMMUNITY, WE HAVE RAISED £900.00 THROUGHOUT 2020 FOR BOTH TRACY'S STREET KITCHEN, AND THE MENTAL HEALTH FOUNDATION.
ONLINE CLASS SUBSCRIPTION
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GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES REGARDING CORONAVIRUS.
Live, online, streamed classes from my home studio.
In person class update, regarding new government restrictions as of March 2021, within the health and wellbeing sector.
As restrictions were gradually eased over the summer within the UK, I refrained from trying to go back to in person classes, concerned that this would be a temporary measure. As it stands, I feel this was the right decision, and I still don't have any immediate plans to resume them at this stage. Several venues have been in contact, advising me, they have no plans to reopen until spring 2021, at the very earliest, which I fully support. Certain businesses within this sector, have little choice, but to return to their premises. We are very lucky, that we are still able to connect, practice and enjoy a safe online experience, from the comfort of our own homes. I will keep you all updated, with any changes. The class time table remains unchanged for the foreseeable future, and is expected to remain the same until spring 2021.
All class times are available below, and will be live, and interactive. These are ran on a donation / pay what you wish basis. I think at this time where social interaction is being limited or stopped in some cases, it doesn't take away the need from being part of a social group of like minded people. Live online yoga classes can offer that safe option of practice. If you are interested, please feel free to get in touch. All you need is reliable internet access, and a tablet/smartphone or PC.
PRE-RECORDED ZOOM CLASS LIBRARY
I am gradually adding pre-recorded zoom classes to my library below. These are for anyone, who wishes to practice the class again, or those who haven't had the opportunity to join us in one of our live sessions. A small donation would be appreciated. The donation button can be found below. If you would like to participate, simply click the below class links.
February 26th, 2021,(Asana are a tool, they are not the yoga).
February 19th, 2021.(This is the practice).
February 9th, 2021. (Holding ourselves, with care and sensitivity).
February 5th, 2021. (Preserving space, to meet our experience).
January 29th, 2021. (Getting out the way of ourselves).
January 22nd 2021. (The shape of breathing).
January 8th 2021. (Let's keep things simple).
December 11th 2020. (Silence is not merely a discipline, rather a primary state).
Before participating in any of these recorded classes, please take the time to ensure you are practising in a safe environment, with sufficient clear space around you. You know your body best, and are therefore responsible for ensuring that you look after yourself by adapting and modifying postures according to your personal range of movement, and to stop any practices that make you feel unwell. As these classes are recorded, and I am unable to give advice or modifications, please stay as present as possible, and be lead by your own experience.
Please be aware, that you practice yoga at your own risk. It is highly unlikely, but if you have any concerns during practice, please stop immediately.
THE SUNDAY SLOW-CIAL
As our online community grows, I thought it would be nice to connect offline too.
The Sunday slow-cial, is a relaxed, slow and socially distanced walk. This gives us the opportunity to have an analogue interaction, rather than just a digital one. We chat, walk, and share a few hours together, in the fresh air, and the beauty of Rushcliffe park, in groups of six or less.
This happens on the last Sunday of each month, at Rushcliffe park, Ruddington, at 10.30 a.m (government guidelines permitting). We meet between the main car park, and the rangers office. The full address can be found below. Also note, car parking is £1.00. This can be paid by card, cash or Ringo.
Rushcliffe Country Park
Due to the current situation regarding coronavirus, I have had the opportunity to move my workshops online. This has given an opportunity to those people who may well be at a geographical disadvantage, to attend. These have worked very well, and certainly the students who have attended, don't feel as though anything is lost in this virtual studio. Recent, and up and coming workshops have included.......
THE ART OF ASSISITING (NOT ADJUSTING), MODIFYING, AND THE USE OF PROPS.
A new paradigm (a senstive and intelligent approach)
Our Intention (as teachers)
Observation, and when to assist, modify, or offer props.
What is hypermobility or hypermobility syndrome (HMS)?
How can we recognise this within our student’s, and what does this look like on a yoga mat?
What tests can we use to confirm this?
How can we best advise students with this condition?
Practical, with observation, when to assist, modify and offer props.
I have had the privilege over the years, to provide a mentorship to students and new teachers of yoga. This gives the opportunity for both mentor and mentee to build a relationship through discussion, practice and exploration. I feel this is where a students full potential can be fully realised. As a registered senior yoga teacher, with Yoga Alliance Professionals UK, I have been involved within the 200 hour yoga teacher training courses for over eight years. Whilst teacher training courses can provide an excellent learning structure and framework, a 200 hour teacher training course, is only ever intended to be a foundation course. In the words of Lizzie Lasater "completing a 200 hour teacher training programme, does not make you a yoga teacher. It is little more than an invitation to begin to learn how to teach yoga. it is an early step in a life long journey". A mentorship doesn't set out strict subjects, but gives the student an opportunity to grow, whilst being provided with support, encouragement, and a confidence, through enquiry. After all, this was how many teachers over time were trained, through this relationship, of student to teacher.
Yoga Alliance. Always upholding the highest standards in yoga
Classes run weekly throughout the school holidays as a drop in. All classes are £8.00 per 90 minute session. Below, I have listed my classes and locations. All classes are suitable for Beginners to Intermediate levels. Due to class sizes, numbers are limited, so please check prior to turning up.
CLASS TIME TABLE
Monday, 11.00am-12.30pm, Platt Lane Pavillion, Platt Lane, Keyworth, Nottm.
Monday, 1.30pm-3.00pm, Radcliffe-on-Trent British Legion, Nottm.
Tuesday, 7.00pm-8.30pm, Radcliffe-on-Trent British Legion, Nottm.
(every third Tuesday is at the Church hall R-O-T)
Thursday, 1.00pm-2.00pm, The Dojo, Humber Road, Beeston, Nottm.
Thursday, 7.00pm-8.30pm, Long Clawson Village Hall, Leics.
Friday, 10.30am-12.00pm, Platt Lane Pavillion, Platt Lane, Keyworth, Nottm.
New online live class schedule.
Monday 11am-12.15pm, 1.30pm-2.45pm and 8pm-9pm
Thursday 1pm-2pm and 6.30pm-7.45pm
THAI YOGA MASSAGE
Thai Massage is ideal for anyone, regardless of their age, state of health or level of flexibility, and is one of the few types of massage that can be carried out during pregnancy.
Massage is one of the three main branches of the ancient Thai Medical system, which is based upon the ancient belief that life force (prana) circulates around the body in ten main pathways (energy lines).
Blockages along these pathways result in pain, or disease on both a physical and emotional level. Thai Massage works to stimulate, open and balance the flow of energy through the lines to assist the body in its natural tendency towards self-healing and harmony. This is achieved through rhythmic acupressure; mobilisation of joints; passive stretches and applied Yoga-like stretches.
The receiver can expect to feel very relaxed and energised at the end of a session. You have a sense of balance, and a fresh flow of energy running throughout the body.
Thai Massage has been proven to treat a huge array of physical, mental and emotional imbalances and issues, including, M.S, Fibromyalgia, Sciatica, and sport related injury.
I am fully qualified and insured member of the Traditional Thai Yoga Massage Association, and have trained both at practitioner, and advanced levels with the UK’s foremost teacher training school.
Thai Massage is given on a futon, and the receiver is fully clothed. There are no oils used during a Thai Massage session.
Remedial Massage is ideal for the relief and prevention of musculo-skeletal injuries or conditions, whether through sport, occupation, postural problems, or a specific trauma. Treatment of the soft and connective tissues of the body, lead to the relief of acute or chronic muscular pain,increasing joint mobility, and an improvement to circulation.
This has been proven to be very effective for many people of all abilities. I have several professional athletes who benefit from this treatment, including premiership footballers and professional dancers.
Equally, Remedial massage is able to treat a range of conditions including, Fibromyalgia, Sciatica, and sports related injury.
I am a fully qualified and insured remedial massage and manipulative therapist (Dip RM MSM). I hold full membership with the National association of massage and manipulative therapists, (NAMMT.
The session is given on a massage couch, where oil is sometimes used.
Comments from students and clients.
For the first time ever, I think I achieved a full yoga sensation at the end. My relaxed state was like lying on the softest cushion ever and I couldn't get up if you had paid me. I am so grateful for the opportunity you give me through your work to relax and take time to just be.
(A.M Radcliffe-on -trent)
I love that you make it about working with the body and taking an informative approach rather than a performative one. Having done other classes in the past, this makes a real difference. I wasn’t sure how online yoga would work and although it’s not quite the same as a class I’m really enjoying it and love not having far to go at the end of a class!
I have had a go at yoga a couple of times but never went back until I tried Chris's class. Even when the classes are hard he makes them enjoyable. Excellent teacher.
I was lucky enough to have Chris as my Yoga teacher for 2 years. He's awesome! Get yourself signed up. (A.O Nottingham)
I have recently started Chris' online classes, and nothing is lost in the transmission of his gentle, sensitive and functional approach. I am so grateful I found his online classes. They provide me with the space and inner reflection that is so desperately needed at this time.
(E.H Georgia U.S)
I have been going to Chris'classes for a couple of years now and would highly recommend them. Chris keeps alive the spiritual side of yoga, with a wise word or two at the begining of each session, and tips and advice around meditation with which we always end. His style includes the gentle correction of postures with minimal invasion - a verbal prompt will often suffice, but real care and attention to detail, safety and observation of peoples progress. Top class!
(F. West Bridgford)
Chris has a wonderful teaching style, and always allows me to explore my deeper sense of self. I always feel nourished and balanced after his classes. I highly recommend his classes.
I always recommend my clients to Chris' classes, as he has a great knowledge of yoga, anatomy and physiology. My clients are always very grateful.
I managed to go to the next level inwards, through parts of the practice. Your teaching has just gone to the moon. I LOVE where you are able to guide me to now.
What a wonderful and thorough massage. I feel fantastic !.
I feel totally relaxed, and energised. Thank you so much !
Before I saw you, I felt sluggish and in pain. I feel so much better now, and move with much more ease. Thank you.
Thank you Chris. I am so very grateful.
Chris is an extraordinary teacher. He delivers authenticity, to a modern western audience. His words always seem to hold such relevance, and deep insight. He takes me towards a very quiet, calm and safe place within myself.
I can't believe how much better I feel. Am I actually taller ?!
Wow, what a wonderful massage.
I no longer have any niggles after the game, and my recovery rate is much improved.
QUALIFICATIONS AND CONTINUED LEARNING
My teaching style is very much reflective of my personal practice. The practice and teaching styles of postural Yoga are very broad, and I have had some wonderful teachers from many of the more traditional disciplines throughout the years. Though these have been invaluable in my own practice, I have drawn from all of my experience, allowing me the freedom to teach and guide my students safely and slowly, with an emphasis on trust, time and self reflection, within each asana.
Senior Yoga teacher, Yoga Alliance Professionals.
Leslie Kaminoff's Yoga Anatomy advanced studies program (Fundamentals)
Leslie Kaminoff's Yoga Anatomy advanced studies program (Principles)
Peter Blackaby, Humanistic yoga studies program
John Stirk, What lies beneath advanced immersion program
Paul Grilley, Anatomy of yoga program.
Paul Grilley, The bare bones of yoga program.
VTCT Diploma- Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology (QCF) (501/1873/0) (Qualified 2010)
Thai Massage Practitioner level (TTYMA)(CThA) (Qualified 2010)
Thai Massage Advanced level (Qualified 2011)
Remedial Massage (Dip RM MSM) (Qualified 2016)
Full membership of Yoga Alliance Professionals
Full membership of NAMMT (National association of massage and manipulative therapists)
I would like to give special thanks to my wife Karen, family, students, and teachers, Leslie Kaminoff, Peter Blackaby and John Stirk, to whom I am very grateful. They continue to inspire me, and to allow me to grow and develop, as a yoga student and teacher.
“The success of Yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures, but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships.”