Scroll down to see descriptions of our classes. Click on individual classes for more information about that class. All classes are booked directly with the teacher concerned. Please call them or use the contact form on their class pages.
Class term dates vary slightly depending on the teacher.
What’s the difference between the classes and which is right for me?
These classes are aimed at complete beginners and will cover physical postures (asanas) and movement as well as breathing techniques and guided relaxation. Beginner’s courses are an excellent way to start your yoga journey ensuring that the basics are learnt properly before you move on.
A class suitable for all levels including beginners (unless otherwise stated). A well rounded yoga practice with emphasis on the breath and healthy, safe alignment. Modifications and alternatives are given. The class style will vary depending o. the teache., Please contact the teacher for information specific to that class.
The viniyoga of yoga
The viniyoga of yoga is a term which describes the traditional yoga form created by TKV Desikachar which has its roots in the ancient Indian medical practice known as Ayurveda and has application in both yoga classes and individual yoga therapy. ‘The viniyoga of yoga’ simply mean ‘the intelligent application of yoga’ and in this tradition each person is seen as an individual and sessions offer a meditative approach to yoga through which various yoga techniques are applied to each individual’s circumstances and requirements. This is a form of yoga which utilises the relationship between breath and movement and recognises the influence one has on the other with the aim of creating strength, flexibility and ease in the body, and peace in the mind. Movement is adapted to each individual and so the viniyoga of yoga approach is suitable for both complete beginners and experienced yogis wishing to work in a more mindful and applied manner.
Somatics is a practice where we learn to re-programme our muscles (neuromuscular re-programming); where we discover what is tight and learn through guided movement how to release it. Our bodies react unconsciously to habitual movement and daily stresses, often become tight and painful. Following an injury or illness muscles can get ‘stuck’ in a certain pattern of holding. Somatics will help you learn how to release and recalibrate your muscles allowing the body to re-find an ease in movement that may have been ‘long gone’. In Somatics you use your brain to change your body and so the effects are faster and longer lasting. At the same time, you rebalance your muscular-skeletal system and you learn to perceive your body from within.
Classes specifically designed to be accessible to anyone. This is a class that is appropriate for those working with injury, limited mobility and health issues, or for those who prefer a softer, gentler approach to yoga.
Yoga for Pregnancy classes incorporate gentle yoga-based exercises, pranayama (breathing), relaxation, and ideas for working with the sensations of labour and birth. Yoga is well known for helping women to cope wth the physical demands of pregnancy and labour and can positively influence postnatal recovery. Women report improved sleep, reduced backache, strengthed muscles (including pelvic floor) and increased body awareness. Women who attend these classes enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, alongside the opportunity to improve their physical and emotional well-being in a safe space. Birth experiences are positive – however babies are born – and women grow in confidence and self belief. For first time mothers there are practical tips and an opportunity to meet other expectant mothers, for women who are already mothers the classes are a chance to relax and concentrate on this baby and this birth.
Well Woman Yoga
Well Woman Yoga draws on the ancient Indian health system of Ayurveda and offers selected yoga resources to promote mental and physical balance and a feeling of calm vitality. This is the key to a stress free and healthy new you. Through its known effects on the neuroendocrine system yoga helps stabilise hormonal levels and creates new foundations for emotional stability besides physical benefits including improved blood circulation, postural alignment. muscle tone and balance. Practices are easy to follow for women of all ages, from beginners to the most experienced yoga practitioners. All classes include relaxation, breathing practices and cultivate calm, balanced energy and vitality, detoxify the body and promote a sense of inner peace.