How do you chose your class and find a level that is appropriate to you?  As a new student to yoga we suggest exploring the different classes and teachers so that you can get a feel of which style you enjoy most.  All new students to Yoga should start with Level 1, or an All Levels class.

WE RUN BOTH DROP INS & ADVANCED BOOKINGS FOR CLASS… So you do not have to commit in advance, just come on the day to your chosen class though we do suggest arriving about 15 minutes before the class is due to start.

Do you want a gentle class or a more athletic practice? This is our guide to how it goes: Gentle Yoga, Yin & Meditation, Flow & Restore, Hatha, Iyengar, Hatha Flow, Vinyasa Flow, Dynamic and Ashtanga…

Click on a class to read more about it.

  • Yin & Restore
    • Fridays 1pm to 2.15pm & Sundays 5.45pm to 7.15pm

      This class is a combination of gentle Hatha, Yin and Restorative yoga. It offers a slow, meditative practice that gently stretches the deeper muscles, joints and fascia in the body and helps quiete the mind. In Eastern traditions, Yin is a compliment to Yang; yin type yoga can therefore compliment more dynamic yoga practices, cultivating a sense of letting go. Time, as duration, is an important aspect of the practice, allowing the body to mould into shapes, release to gravity, and be carried through by the slowing breath.

  • Hatha Strong & Slow
    • Tuesdays 1pm to 2.15pm
      Each week, Ling will lead you through a varied series of slow flow poses focusing on correct alignment of different asana postures to ensure safety while encouraging freedom of the energetic body. Increase range of motion in your joints,  improve stability and stamina with slower movements helping you build strength, resilience and awareness in your own body to stay safe in your practice whether at home or at other classes. This class combines movement with mindfulness, slower than other classes but expect to work hard in a very focused way. Yoga- exercise for the body as well as the mind.
      Open level and suitable for all.
  • Flow & Restore
    • NEW CLASS STARTING ~ Saturdays 10.30am from 4th January 2014

      This class combines active postures & vinyasa flow with restorative yoga, creating an energizing and nourishing balance for body, heart & mind. The dynamic and fluid practices will heat the body and build strength, endurance and flexibility. The quiet, restorative posture will help relax the muscles, tissues, organs and nervous system… encouraging a release of deeply held tension while replenishing energy. Helps to decrease negative stress and encourages healthy recovery for post-natal and injury or illness.

      Open to all levels, including injury and postnatal mums. This is also a lovely practice to proceed the Yin & Meditation, so why not try both!

  • Postnatal Yoga
    • Saturdays 10.30am (this class is part of the Flow & Restore class which is open to everyone wanting a softer healing practice)

      Post-natal yoga provides opportunities to connect with other women at similar stages of the postpartum experience, a powerful antidote to the isolation that often accompanies early parenting. This specially designed yoga practice helps you reclaim your post-pregnancy body. Starting gently to ease you into practice, the class is appropriate for women new to yoga, or yoginis looking to find a smart way back to a full practice. The poses will emphasize abdominal toning, pelvic floor and back strengthening.  We will spend time releasing stress from the neck, shoulder, and upper back area. These areas often become tense from nursing, and carrying both baby and supplies. A restorative pose and guided relaxation will complete the sequence, leaving you calm and restored before returning to your baby.

       

  • Gentle Yoga
    • Tuesdays 7.45pm to 9pm and Fridays 1pm t0 2.15pm
      Get juicy in your body with slow limbering movements to bring the suppleness back to your spine and range of motion in your joints. This class focuses on undoing the patterns of stressful modern living by using the tools of yoga whether breath,  meditation, somatic movements, asana (yoga postures) and restorative (passive supported poses) yoga to help rebalance the body, still the mind through the awareness of breath.
  • Ashtanga Vinyasa
    • The most athletic form of yoga, Ashtanga Vinyasa is a dynamic, physically demanding, flowing practice. Students will be led through some or all of a set series or postures, practised in a particular order, know as the Primary series. This practice aims to build heat in the body to help it to open and to release toxins.

  • Dynamic
    • These classes follow a vinyasa flow sequences of postures, with elements fused and integrated from various traditions in Yoga.  Particular emphasis is given to detail to the postures, to the bandhas and the breath and style and sequencing can vary from teacher to teacher! The Dynamic practice can be as strong as Ashtanga, but the difference being that is does not follow a set sequence of postures, so giving you the opportunity to experience various postures from the Yoga asanas  Being a stronger more athletic practice a certain level of fitness is required prior to starting any of the classes.

  • Hatha
    • “Ha” means sun and “tha” means moon and hatha yoga is about the union of opposites. Hatha yoga aims to harmonise body, mind and spirit. The classes draw on the classical hatha yoga postures which help to build strength and stamina, also focuses on the alignment of the body whilst adding an element of flow. Pranayama (breath work) and meditation are also key to the practice and help to bring balance to the breath and the mind.  If you have never tried Yoga before this is a great place to start, and for those who enjoy a less strenuous practice a great practice to stay with.  Despite being a more relaxed class you will still gain the benefits of creating strength while increasing your flexibility!

  • Hatha Flow
    • Hatha Flow takes its root from the traditional Hatha practice, but postures being linked together with a flowing sequence or vinyasa.  Stronger than Hatha, but still providing the benefits of strength, stamina, flexibility and relaxation, but all in a more dynamic style!

  • Iyengar
    • Iyengar yoga is a form of Hatha yoga as practised and taught by B.K.S. Iyengar; one of the most influential yoga teachers of the 20th century. This method focuses on the structural alignment of the body through asanas (postures) and pranayama (breathing practices) to unite the body mind and spirit for health and well-being and is firmly grounded in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.  It is characterised by great attention to detail and precision of alignment. B.K.S. Iyengar has pioneered the use of various props such as belts, blocks, blankets chairs etc. to make the poses accessible to those who are unable to fully achieve them and to help experienced practitioners to have deeper understanding of them. Iyengar yoga is considered a powerful tool to relieve the physical and mental stresses of modern day life as well as a route towards self realisation.

  • Yin Yoga
    • Inspired by gentleness, precision and letting go, this practice draws together different elements of yoga: softness combined with strength, inner balancing outer stillness flowing into movement. The yin form of yoga is based on holding postures passively for sustained periods of time, encouraging softness and internal release.

  • Yin & Meditation
    • Inspired by gentleness, precision and letting go, this practice draws together different elements of yoga: softness combined with strength, inner balancing outer stillness flowing into movement. The yin form of yoga is based on holding postures passively for sustained periods of time, encouraging softness and internal release.

      This class is finished with a 15 to 20 minute meditation which students can choose to participate in or not.

  • Pregnancy Yoga
    • This class is suitable from 12 weeks to term and welcomes all pregnant students from complete beginners to practiced yoginis. Breath and modified yoga asanas (poses) are taught in sequences to ease mums-to-be through pregnancy and labour.  Postures are taught to relieve some pregnancy discomforts from sciatica to heartburn, create strength and flexibility, while encouraging the gentle opening of the pelvis with postures to birth your baby.  Very simple breathing techniques are used to relax both body and mind throughout pregnancy and as a practice to lead you though your labour from first contaction.  Each class is finished with a Yoga Nidra, which is a deep relaxation to help you really let go an enjoy the changes to your body as you grow with your baby and get a bit of rest!!!

  • Mum & Baby Yoga
    • This is a fun class for mums and babies every Wednesday at 11.30am! You can some along any time from 6 weeks after the baby’s birth if you had a vaginal labour or 8 weeks c-section,  or when you and baby are ready to join.  This class is a mix of spending bonding time with your babies over song and yoga postures for both of you.  After a brief intro at the beginning of class, we then create a class around any particular issues, usually targeting areas such as pelvic floor strengthening, relaxing shoulders and necks, lower backs, wrists and lots of twists for the tummy, as wells as providing ease to colic, constipation, teething etc for baby!  We are even brave enough to attempt and mum and baby relaxation! some times it works beautifully and everyone gets to enjoy 15 minutes of quiet time, other times  it is complete bedlam, but we have a lot of fun and at the end you can enjoy a well earned tea and cake over baby chat with other new mums in the class.

  • Autumnal Yoga (OAPs)
    • A gentle and restorative class for older yogis focusing of keeping the joints mobile and hydrated… and finishing with a deeply indulgent relaxation!
      £2 donation – This class is open only to Seniors.

Class Levels

What is important is the level of class you chose. Please only come to class that is suitable to your level and always let the teacher know before the class starts if you have any injuries or heath issues that may have an impact on your practice.

  • Level 1 – complete beginners and those with under a years practice. Please let the teacher know you are new to the class
  • Level 2 – for students with a year or more of regular practice
  • Level 3 – for students with a strong regular practice
  • All Levels – Open to all students of all levels. Please let the teacher know if you are a beginner

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