Pilates and Yoga at the Birmingham LGBT Centre

Posted on 04-12-2017 by Sarah Hinksman

The Birmingham LGBT Centre offers a range of free exercise classes on site, taught by professional instructors, and including yoga and pilates.

There are three hour-long yoga classes each week, usually with Anna:

  • Tuesdays at 11am (beginners)
  • Fridays at 5:30pm (beginners)
  • Fridays at 6:45pm (improvers)

And one pilates class, usually with Esther:

  • Wednesdays at 8am (all levels)

Yoga is a great way to nurture your body, mind and breath, offering far more than just a physical work out. Anna’s beginner classes offer an introduction into the different components of yoga, including pranayama (breath work), asana (postures), vinyasa (flowing sequences) and yoga philosophy. Her progression group supports those who already have some experience of yoga to continue to develop their practice.

Pilates is a great class for your posture and core, keeping the essential muscles mobilised and strong for life. It involves small, controlled movements and although we spend most of the class lying down, you can definitely feel it working! During each class we work through a variety of exercises, so you won’t get bored and you should soon feel the difference!

These are all held in the ‘Vault’ Fitness Studio at the Birmingham LGBT Centre.

The centre’s programme of weekly classes and activities is set to continue through the festive season (with a few exceptions around bank holidays) and in to the New Year, to help get 2018 off to a good start.

Week Commencing 18 December

  • 19 December 11am – Beginners’ Yoga
  • 20 December 8am – All levels’ Pilates
  • 22 December 5.30pm – Beginners’ Yoga
  • 22 December 6.45pm – Improvers’ Yoga

Week Commencing 25 December

No classes

Week Commencing 1 January

  • 2 January 11am – Beginners’ Yoga
  • 3 January 8am – All levels’ Pilates
  • 5 January 5.30pm – Beginners’ Yoga
  • 5 January 6.45pm – Improvers’ Yoga

This is the intended timetable – but sometimes there are unavoidable changes so please follow us on Twitter for updates about classes.

You can come along to a class whenever you like. It’s a good idea to arrive a little before the start time especially the first time as there are some forms to complete before your first class.

All are taught by excellent, fully qualified instructors who teach lots of classes elsewhere – but at the Birmingham LGBT Centre you can join them for free!