Have you always wanted to practise yoga at home, but don’t know where to start? You might be using a book or online videos, but they’re often not the perfect solution. And so much choice can be confusing: how easy is it to find something that’s right for you? Yoga is the original portable skill. You can practise it anytime, any place, anywhere (just look at all those social media posts of people practising on the beach, up a mountain, even in the middle of the road). But to do this successfully you must first learn how to structure a sequence. The poses need to work together, maybe building up to a peak posture, or just nicely complementing one another to form a balanced, coherent whole. The Bhagavad Gita describes yoga as ‘skill in action’ and in many ways it is similar to learning a language, with the poses like words which can be linked together into a sentence or sequence. There is also the importance of grammar, or vinyasa […]
Have a look at what’s coming up at Studio Yoga this autumn. You can download the latest copy of our timetable here: Studio Yoga timetable autumn 2017 Please note Iyengar Yoga with Carolyn starts on Wednesday September 6, with all other classes starting the following weekend. Our specialist Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs course starts on September 11 from 6.00-7.15pm and Studio Yoga’s highly acclaimed 8 week Mindfulness course, taught by Dr Gail Loudon, starts on Friday September 29 at 11.30am. Reservations are strongly advised and all classes can be booked online, through the class timetable page, but please call us if you’d like more information. Telephone: 01264 811158 or 07764 949317. 1:1 and private sessions for couples or small groups can also be booked by appointment for either Yoga or Pilates and are recommended for newcomers wanting to join an established group. These classes are normally taught in the afternoon or early evening when the studio is not being used for group lessons.
Working with sound has always been fundamental to the practice of yoga, so deepen your understanding at a Mantra Masterclass with Michael Hutchinson on Saturday October 7 and November 25 2017 from 11.00am-2.00pm at Studio Yoga. Chanting has always been used as a vehicle to take us “from sound to silence,” as a means to transmit the teachings in the days before they were written down, and as a connection with ancient times. Along with pranayama (breathing techniques), using a mantra can help to focus and turn the mind inwards. It can also be an empowering and uplifting experience, affecting us on a multi-sensory level. Today, Vedic chanting is enjoying a surge in popularity in yoga circles as more and more people are realising its benefits and how it gives us a sense of peace and stillness in a fast-paced world These two half-day workshops will include chanting sessions interspersed with sound and movement, simple pranayama and mantra meditation. The sessions are designed to be follow on from one another, […]
Make a New Year’s Resolution to look after yourself by booking some yoga and Pilates classes. Have a look at our Spring 2017 timetable from January to April 2017, with classes for all abilities. Most classes start back the week from Saturday January 7, but Iyengar Yoga with Carolyn begins on Wednesday January 4 at 7.30pm and Friday January 6 at 9.30am. Studio Yoga’s highly acclaimed 8 week Mindfulness course, taught by Dr Gail Loudon, starts on Friday January 20 at 11.30am. Reservations are strongly advised and all classes can be booked online, through the class timetable page, but please call us if you’d like more information. Telephone: 01264 811158 or 07764 949317. 1:1 and private sessions for couples or small groups can also be booked by appointment for either Yoga or Pilates and are recommended for newcomers wanting to join an established group. These classes are normally taught in the afternoon or early evening when the studio is not being used for group lessons.
Studio Yoga is delighted to welcome back Gary Carter for a series of 3 half-day yoga anatomy workshops in 2017. He will be at the studio on Friday February 3, Friday June 9 and Friday October 13 from 1.30-4.30pm. The sessions are a mixture of theory and practice, discovering how to refine our practice by moving with efficiency and intelligence. They are open to teachers, trainee teachers and experienced students (Yoga teachers can claim up to 3 CPD points per workshop). Only 16 places are available per workshop and advance reservations are essential. Book through the website. Cost: £30 per session. Gary Carter is one of the UK’s leading teachers of anatomy as it relates to yoga and Pilates. He has over 30 years of experience of working with physical movement training, anatomical study and movement practices, from which he has created his own unique way of working and ‘seeing’ which he incorporates into his teachings, where students learn techniques and methods of training that bring long term results to […]
Don’t give up on your Yoga and Pilates just because it’s the summer. We’re open throughout July and August with a limited schedule of drop-in mixed ability classes. 1:1 sessions or private sessions for small groups can also be arranged by appointment. All classes are £12 per person and everyone is welcome, regardless of level of fitness or experience so come and give it a go! Yoga and Pilates are movement skills – the more you practice the better you get. All the classes are listed on the timetable or you can view them here: Summer Holiday classes 2017 All sessions will run subject to demand, so please book online to confirm your place.
Exercise, including yoga, is the best medicine for a healthy lower back according to new draft guidelines from NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence). It is recommending specialised yoga classes, as well as stretching, strengthening and aerobics as best treatment options for early management of low back pain. The guidance also advises encouraging people to continue with normal everyday activities for as long as possible. Other changes include dropping acupuncture as a treatment option for low back pain as NICE says there is insufficient evidence to show it is effective. Paracetamol on its own is no longer the first option as a painkiller. Instead ibuprofen or aspirin should be tried first with weak opioids, such as codeine only recommended for acute back pain if these haven’t worked. Musculoskeletal physician and GP Dr Ian Bernstein, a member of the group developing the guidelines, said: “There’s an emphasis in supporting self-management and in promoting active treatment such as exercise in all its forms, rather than passive treatment, such as manual […]
Check out Studio Yoga’s new Timetable for Autumn 2016 and see our schedule from September to December. We’ve added extra Pilates sessions with a new Beginners group at 11.45am on Mondays with Mandy and HIP Pilates on Thursday evenings at 6.15pm, taught by Anneli. Reservations are strongly advised and all classes can be booked online, but please call us if you’d like more information on 01264 811158. Most classes start back the week beginning September 12, but Jo’s Saturday Yoga Flow class begins again on September 3rd, and Iyengar Yoga resumes on September 21 and 23. 1:1 and private sessions for couples or small groups can also be booked by appointment for either Yoga or Pilates and are highly recommended for newcomers wanting to join an established group.
Gary Carter Anatomy and Movement in Yoga masterclasses at Studio Yoga Friday February 5 2016, 1.30-4.30pm Friday May 13 2016, 1.30-4.30pm Friday October 21 2016, 1.30-4.30pm Gary Carter’s experiential anatomy workshops will transform your yoga practice. The more you understand the biomechanics of movement, the more you can practice with self-awareness and insight. Gary is one of, if not the, leading UK teacher of yoga anatomy. He has more than 20 years experience of teaching yoga, physical awareness and personal training. His approach to yoga is deeply influenced by the work of Vanda Scaravelli, and he has studied with Diane Long, Mary Stewart, Sophy Hoare, John Stirk and Peter Blackaby. He lectures in movement anatomy for yoga and at training events for yoga teachers, Pilates teachers and massage therapists across the UK. In a series of half day workshops at Studio Yoga in 2016 Gary will introduce the idea of an “elastic body”, showing how how we can engage with our Fascia and Myofascia to bring a level of […]
Join yoga teacher trainer Michael Hutchinson for a workshop on November 2015 for “Hopes and Fears” – the last in a series of masterclasses on the teachings of the ancient yoga sage Patanjali, about Klesha, a driving force within everyone, which can be experienced as five, often troublesome tendencies. Patanjali says we can find ways to first expose these tendencies and then loosen their influence on our thoughts, words and actions. One of them is fear, and in this workshop Michael will explore the ways in which practising yoga can both provoke and reduce agitation and anxiety. “Hopes and Fears” is suitable for all keen students wanting to expand their understanding of yoga, teachers and trainee teachers. The 3 hour workshop is from 11am-2pm and will include some asana, pranayama and meditation, as well as discussion. Teachers attending this event can count it as 3 hours CPD. In 2016 Michael returns with a 3-part series of workshops on the theme of Pranayama or yoga breathing techniques. Pranayama, the fourth of […]
Join yoga teachers Gilly Barnard and Janet Evans for a fascinating one day yoga workshop exploring Chakra on Saturday October 17 at Studio Yoga. The day will involve practice and study including chant, meditation and visualisation examining how this ancient wisdom can be applied to modern living. You will develop a better understanding of the Chakra system and how it relates to modern western theories, giving you a model to enhance your yoga practice or teaching and a new approach to health and well-being. The workshop is suitable for keen students as well as teachers and trainee teachers and costs £50. Yoga mats and blocks are provided as well as drinks and snacks, but please bring a light lunch with you. To reserve a place or for more information please contact either Gilly: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel 07732 221636 or Janet: email@example.com, tel 07721 410181.
Bring your kids to Studio Yoga for summer fun in the school holidays. We’re running some half-day workshops for ages 5-9 and 9-12 with some yoga, games and crafts. Yoga is as good for children as it is for adults, and in India yoga was originally taught to boys when they were about eight years old. It’s non-competitive so everyone can enjoy it and will help your kids to maintain their natural flexibility, build strength, improve their posture, balance and co-ordination. Yoga helps children to focus and simple breathing exercises can give them techniques to help with issues such as anxiety or sleeping disorders. The ancient teachings that underpin yoga also promote positive values such as kindness, friendliness and being supportive towards others. Our Yoga for Kids workshops are on the following dates: Thursday July 16 10.00am-12.30pm, 5-9 years Friday July 17 10.00am-12.30pm, 9-12 years Monday Aug 24 10.30am-1.00pm, 5-9 years Tuesday Aug 25 10.00am-12.30pm 9-12 years All workshops are £15 per child. Bookings can be made online or email firstname.lastname@example.org […]