Yoga

What Is Yoga?

Yoga is not just physical exercise – the Sanskrit word yoga means union or integration: of body, breath, mind and spirit. The practice of asana (physical postures) together with pranayama (breathing techniques) and relaxation or meditation combines to create a sense of wellbeing, physical harmony, mental clarity and self-awareness. It is believed that yoga originated in India approximately five thousand years ago. It is an ancient, eastern philosophy which offers a holistic approach to body, mind and spirit helping us to cope with the challenges of daily life, so we can enjoy all it has to offer.

It is certainly not a ‘one-size fits all’ activity, but although there are many different styles of yoga they all share the same core values. Today yoga is practised by millions of people around the world, old and young alike, with its enduring popularity a testimony to its timeless teachings, enabling us to change ourselves for the better.

Yoga is quite simply the most powerful system of overall health and well-being I have ever seen…as preventive medicine, yoga is as close to one-stop shopping as you can find.

Why Practice Yoga?

A regular yoga practice can bring benefits on many levels, including:
  • Increased flexibility, stronger muscles and bones.
  • Improved posture and balance.
  • Healthier joints.
  • Improved lung function with slower and deeper breathing.
  • A stronger immune system.
  • Increased concentration and focus.
  • Lower blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
  • Reduced anxiety and stress.

Our Yoga Classes

Hatha Yoga

Hatha Yoga is a traditional style of yoga combining yoga poses or asanas with breath work or pranayama. It’s a physical and spiritual practice for mind-body health. The combination of breath and movement increases strength and flexibility and can be energising but also calming. Our Hatha classes always finish with a guided relaxation or meditation and are suitable for everyone, including beginners. For students unable to attend classes in person some of our Hatha classes are live-streamed and recorded.

Vinyasa Flow Yoga

A form of Hatha Yoga that links poses together into a continuous flowing movement to stretch and strengthen the body. It’s a more energetic and physical practice for fit beginners and experienced students.

Iyengar Yoga

Iyengar Yoga takes a very precise view of the yoga postures. It focuses on correct physical alignment, using props such as blocks and straps to help maintain this, and postures are frequently held for long periods. It is suitable for all levels of strength, experience and flexibility. Classes are generally mixed ability with the teacher offering modifications for less experienced students.

Yoga For Beginners

Many people get their first taste of yoga online, but in our experience nothing beats the benefits you will get from an in-person class where the teacher can see you from all angles and give guidance and instruction that’s relevant to your body. Beginners are welcome in all our classes, but if you’ve never done yoga before, joining an established group can seem a bit intimidating. We recommend starting with a private session or two so you can learn the basics at your own pace. We also run occasional Beginner’s Workshops and Taster Sessions.

Restorative Yoga

Simple, gentle yoga to quieten, heal and rejuvenate body and mind. Props, such as blankets and blocks, are used support the body so you can enjoy complete rest. Monthly classes suitable for all.

Yoga Workshops

Master-classes, half and full day workshops on Fridays and weekends often taken by guest teachers, These sessions, which explore some of the deeper aspects of yoga, are suitable for those with some experience of yoga, teachers and trainee teachers.

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