Styles of yoga

Tara Fraser - extended balasana
There are many different styles of yoga, ranging from subtly gentle to extremely energetic, and everything in-between. Before you come to a class read the information on this web-site and feel free to email us to ask any questions you may have.

‘Hatha’ is a general term which is used to describe any sort of yoga practise which involves a combination of postures, controlled breathing, and some kind of concentration and relaxation. All classes involve these elements to some extent. Within this general term there are also specific types of yoga which have their own format and are practised in a particular way.

Introduction to Yoga Workshops

These workshops give a general overview of yoga and specifically focus on teaching the basics of astanga yoga, although the workshops also incorporate
many general aspects of yoga, so is suitable for people who are either intending to continue to practice astanga, or for those looking for general introductory information and experience of yoga.  See workshops page for next dates.

Hatha Yoga class descriptions


9.30 - 11.00am

These classes often work on a theme or focus derived from yoga philosophy. They usually include sequences of asana plus pranayama or meditation. Not suitable for beginners.


Yoga Infusion
A mixed ability class suitable for beginners or with some experience. A balance of classic yoga postures with variations with focus on structure and awareness and the connection of breath and movement. The class includes basic breathing practice and relaxation techniques.

7.30 - 9.00pm
Dynamic Yoga 

A fairly strong class, Vinyasa style, emphasising the connection between breath and movement. A steady, deep, yet unrushed flow of poses combined with yoga anatomy and mindful movement to challenge you physically, and get you out of your head and into your body and breath. Some experience is useful for this class.



9.15 - 10.15am
Gentle Yoga

A very gentle approach using mostly passive and restorative asana, some pranayama and meditation techniques. Open to all levels of experience, including beginners. Appropriate for those recuperating from illness or injury as well as those who simply prefer a very gentle practice. Experienced students will also find plenty to challenge them on a subtle level.

12.30 - 1.30pm

A general class suitable for all levels including beginners ( not suitable during pregnancy )

6.30 - 7.30pm

A general level class for those with some experience. ( not suitable during pregnancy )


Hatha yoga

A general class suitable for any level of experience and ability.  Charlotte will use her many years of teaching experience to give you a great start to the day.  

6.30 - 7.30pm
Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga is a calmer and more meditative form of yoga that uses seated and lying postures, held for a longer period of time - typically 3 to 5 minutes - while maintaining deep breathing. The poses apply mild to moderate stress to the connective tissues of the body (tendons, ligaments and fascia) with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints, improving flexibility, and harmonizing the body’s flow of energy. Modifications are the norm and the use of props is encouraged to prevent overstretching. Yin Yoga is an ideal supplemental practice to active forms of yoga and exercise. Its focus on stillness and mindfulness makes it a tool for dealing with stress and anxiety in today’s fast-paced world. 

7.30 - 9.00pm

Hatha Yoga class for those with some experience who want to further their practice. A balanced mix of flexibility and strength, essential yoga poses, breath-initiated movement and relaxation, with an emphasis on mindfulness.


1.00 - 2.30pm

General level hatha yoga class open to all levels of experience and ability


A mixture of postures and sequences, with some pranayama and relaxation, to bring the body into alignment and work on building up strength and flexibility and good breathing habits.  Suitable for all abilities.


10.45 - 12.15pm
General level yoga class open to all.

Restorative yoga
A very gentle approach, using mostly passive and restorative asana, some pranayama and meditation techniques. Open to all levels of experience, including beginners. Appropriate for those recuperating from illness or injury as well as those who simply prefer a very gentle practice. Experienced students will also find plenty to challenge them on a subtle level.

Astanga vinyasa yoga

Marichyasana A
More conveniently known as simply 'astanga yoga'. This is potentially very energetic and physically strong. 

It originates from Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and is based on a set sequence of postures practised continuously, combined with controlled breathing. 

Astanga vinyasa yoga involves a lot of movement, a fair amount of upper body work and you will get hot and sweaty. 

There are 2 types of classes:

1.    2 hour taught class
This is a workshop style class taught by Nigel on certain dates.  In this class you will be verbally prompted through the primary and part of the second series of astanga, with some hands-on adjustments.  Most of the class is continuous, with some time at the end for work on handstands and headstands for those that are willing.  Please check the workshop section for the next of these classes.

2.  General level drop in class
A weekly class for anyone who knows the basics.  You will be guided through the sun-salutations, standing postures and a selection of sitting postures and finishing postures in a continuous flow.  As long as you are reasonably familiar with the sun-salutations, this class is suitable for you.

Thursdays 8.00-9.00pm - Ian - £13

If you are in any doubt about what type of class to attend please contact Nigel

Iyengar Yoga

Iyengar wall ropes
Originates from B.K.S. Iyengar. It involves qualities of attention and alignment in postures. Postures are held statically for a relatively long period of time and great strength and stamina as well as flexibility can be developed. The use of various props such as blocks, belts, blankets and chairs to support the body are a key feature of this style. Great emphasis is placed on correct and safe positioning of the body, with detailed verbal instruction by the teacher. 

Friday 10.00-11.30am
General level class with Tessa Bull

Friday 12.00-1.30pm 
Beginners/General level with Olivia

Thursday 7.00-8.30am
All level class with Catherine

Saturday 8.45-9.45am                                                                                                      Tuesday 10.30-11.50pm
Iyengar yoga with Julie - all levels                                                                                     All level class with Julie
Run as blocks of classes during term times
or drop in week by week.

Yoga for pregnancy

Yoga can help you have a happy, healthy pregnancy and birth. We run two regular drop-in classes for pregnant women and regular birth preparation workshops. The classes are open to all women from early pregnancy right up to delivery, no previous experience of yoga necessary. 

The classes involve yoga postures, breathing exercises and relaxation. You will learn simple techniques to alleviate some of the common complaints of pregnancy and to help you in labour and beyond.

Thursday 10.00-11.15am with Marielle

Monday 6.30-7.30pm with Jayne - 


Mum and Toddler yoga

For crawling babies to toddlers (up to age 3)

Yoga for mums and toddlers is a natural continuation from our mums and babies postnatal yoga class. It is more of a shared exploration of yoga — movements, breath work and relaxation techniques. It will help improve posture, muscular support and boost energy levels and confidence for mum, addressing common issues such as back ache, tight shoulders, pelvic floor and abdominal health. While yoga helps to stimulate your little one’s emotional, physical and motor development. As with postnatal yoga, the format is free flowing and flexible to suit age range of tots present each week and the needs of mum. Classes are fun, with yoga games and songs in the mix, as well as postures to suit mum and tots.

Monday 3.45-4.45pm - with Jayne    

Post natal yoga

Mum and baby Virabhadrasana
Relaxing and refreshing exercises in a low stress setting help you re-gain your strength and muscle tone after having a baby. This is a very informal class with a free flowing, unstructured format. 

You can participate as much or as little as you wish, allowing you to feed, change and play with your baby or chat to another mum as the mood takes you. Learn ways of lifting, handling and holding your baby to promote postural ease and strength. Enjoy working with your baby and doing your yoga together. Meet other mums and babies. You can come to the class as soon as you feel ready, even if you just want to lie down and relax or have a cup of tea and a chat. Suitable for babies from birth up to about 6 months old (pre-crawling). 

 Thursday 11.30-12.30pm  with Marielle


Chair based yoga

This is a gentle class, mainly done sitting in a chair. It includes
breath awareness, joint-freeing movements and modified yoga poses. The
standing poses we do are optional, and are done using the back of the
chair for support. We finish with a guided relaxation or meditation. It
is a friendly class suitable for seniors but welcoming of all looking
for a gentle chair based class - no previous experience of yoga is
necessary. Please note that there is no wheelchair access or disabled
facilities in the studio.

Monday 11.15 - 12.15pm with Karen

Yoga for teenagers

Restorative yoga workshops  with Charlotte

A chance for teens to discover the joys and benefits of yoga. It improves focus, flexibility and strength, and gives tools and techniques to help them relax and find a place of calm inside. The transition years can be stressful, hectic and hard to negotiate, yoga supports a teen’s physical, emotional and mental growth as they discover who they are.

Postures are fun and will often include pairs and team work. Open to 11-16 years old.

Monday 5.00-6.00pm  £7 with Jayne

Half day and Whole day workshops with Charlotte Preston.  Join Charlotte for a long, restorative practice to bring you back to yourself. These workshops will include movement in the form of yoga asana practice and qigong with lots of time to explore how to move in a way that suits your own unique body and level of energy. We will move into stillness with comfortable restorative poses, simple breathing practices and a spacious relaxation at the end.

see workshop section for more details and booking