Block Booking System and Pricing

All classes (EXCEPT Tuesday 7.30pm Improvers) are booked in blocks of up to 6 weeks, aligned roughly with the school half terms, according to the following system:

    • The price per block is based on £5.50 per 1 hour class x number of weeks eg a 6 week block is £33.  For 1.25hrs the price is based on £7 for the session.
    • Payment in full is due by the first week of the block and can be made in advance by cheque (payable to K.J. Woodman) or in cash in week one.
    • If you are unable to attend the first class please arrange to pay for your place before or during the first week of classes. If you do not, your place may be offered to someone else.
    • Late payments can be made in cash only and will still incur the full price for the block.
    • The booking is non-refundable and non-transferable.
    • Once a class is full, a waiting list is kept and places are offered to students from this list.
    • Should places remain after a block has started, it is possible to attend on a drop-in basis, paying a surcharge of £3 on the usual price. Priority is always given to students who have paid for the full block and spaces for drop-in students cannot be guaranteed or pre-booked. Payment for individual classes is cash only.
    • Students paying for the full block will be guaranteed a place on the following block if required. Claim your place by signing up on the sheet which will be provided in class.
    • If you have not signed up for the coming block but wish to make a full booking for the future, add your name back onto the waiting list as soon as possible, to have the best chance of a place.
    • I reserve the right to refuse a place or cancel your booking (for which you will be reimbursed pro-rata for any outstanding classes) should I deem the class to be unsuitable for you for any reason.

New students

    • You may join a class at any time, providing spaces are available, and complete your first class before deciding whether to commit to the whole block.
    • At the end of this first class you have 2 options:
      • pay the usual price for 1 session if you do not wish to continue
      • pay for that class plus the remaining weeks of the block to reserve your space (£5.50 or £7 x number of weeks, depending on class length)
      • Further classes taken on a drop-in basis will incur a £3 surcharge.
    • Payment for new students is in cash only.

Class Swaps
I operate a swap system to try and help those who may miss several of their usual classes in a block. Please let me know as soon as possible if you know you will be away.  This makes your usual space available to another student and hopefully we can arrange for you to attend at a different time.

    • Swaps are arranged within the current block of sessions only.
    • Swaps are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis but priority may be given to those who will otherwise have to miss several sessions.
    • A swap is not possible if you provide less than 48hrs/no notice of your absence.
    • The option to attend an alternative session cannot be guaranteed.
    • Swaps can only be arranged between classes at the two Meeting Houses.
    • No price adjustment will be made for swapping to a shorter or longer class.

Cancellations
Classes at the Meeting Houses are unlikely to be cancelled due to poor weather but on a rare occasion I may be obliged to cancel a class due to unforeseen circumstances.

    • If I can give more than 24hrs notice I will email you.
    • If I am giving less than 24hrs notice I will text you.
    • Students who would normally attend the cancelled session will be offered either credit towards their next booking, or a refund, if they will not be continuing.  However;
    • If you have arranged to swap that particular class for another session you will not be entitled to a refund in addition to the swapped class.
    • If you have arranged a swap to attend the cancelled class instead of your usual session I will attempt to offer you another alternative class but this cannot be guaranteed.
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Do your prep!

Back when I was doing my British Wheel of Yoga Teacher Training course, I remember our tutor commenting that there was a feeling in the British Wheel that teachers were offering lots of prep but not so many postures in their classes.  “Where have all the postures gone?” became a bit of a catchphrase at the time.

It’s true to say we do need to warm the body up before performing more challenging postures in order to avoid injury.  We also need to do counter-poses after the main posture so that we relax the effects of the main posture.  For example, a strong main posture that is a backbend might be followed by a twist and then a forward bend as counter-poses.  So each class is going to consist of a mixture of movements and postures that prepare and counter-pose for the main posture.  We also benefit from some quiet time at the end, when the body can absorb the benefits of the practice before we move on.  That doesn’t always leave a lot of time for ‘proper’ postures.

According to the ancient wisdom of the Gheranda Samhita (translated by Ian Mallinson);

“All together there are as many asanas as there are species of living beings.  Shiva has taught 8,400,000.  Of these, 84 are pre-eminent, of which 32 are useful in the world of mortals.”

It would be a pretty tall order to include even these 32 in a daily practice, let alone 84!  So, why not try another way of looking at the issue?  By doing plenty of preparatory work we can aim to maintain the body in a state where a variety of postures can be successfully practised if we choose to, even if we don’t do them daily.  For example, I rarely do boat pose (navasana) but I do prep work for it each morning.  So when I do want to do this posture, there is no struggle.  That prep work also serves me well for any of the standing balances and strengthening poses such as plank.  This way I get all the benefits and save time too!  Can’t be bad!

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