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 Workshop

These workshops give a general overview of yoga, its background and origins and a chance to do three sample sessions in Astanga, Iyengar and Hatha Yoga. There is plenty of time for questions and for you to seek individual advice on the type of yoga class most suitable for you.

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.

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.

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.
This class starts on September 26th

12.30 - 1.30pm

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

Relax and Rebalance
 In this class we will learn to put in place simple yoga techniques that can be integrated into a daily routine. We will go on a journey of self-discovery using asana, deep breathing, simple chanting, visualization, and, best of all, deep relaxation that can give you as much benefit as a few hours sleep.
This class is open to anyone who feels they would like to work gently with their own body and breath in a nourishing environment
This class starts on September 26th

4.30 - 6.00pm
Hatha yoga

A class taught by trainee teachers, often observed by a senior BWY tutor as part of the trainee's assessment. Open to all levels. Check each week that the class is running.

6.30 - 7.30pm

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


6.30 - 7.30pm

A class for either beginners or people who have done a little yoga before. Basic postures will be looked at, with some practice of breathing techniques. Run as pre booked courses.

7.30 - 9.00pm

Hatha yoga class open to all levels, including beginners. A balanced mix of classical yoga postures, breath-initiated movement and relaxation, with an emphasis on mindfulness. 


1.00 - 2.30pm
Hatha yoga

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

Hatha yoga

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.



9.00 - 10.30am

Hatha yoga class at a general level with some challenging asana worked up to in a methodical sequence. Often including pranayama and/or meditation. Not suitable for beginners.

10.45 - 12.15pm
Hatha Yoga
General level yoga class open to all including beginners

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 4 types of classes:

1. Beginners courses

Monday 6.30-7.30pm
For total beginners to astanga yoga. You will learn the basic principles of the practise and work your way through some of the sequence.
You will look at each posture in the sequence in a lot of detail. The emphasis is on making sure every student understands the basics and is able to practice safely.

Suitable for total beginners or for people who have practised other styles of yoga. See Courses page for details.


2. Self-practice class (aka ‘Mysore style’)
Friday 7.00-9.00am  At the moment this class is being re-structured.  Please contact us if you are planning to come.

This is the traditional way of learning and practising astanga yoga. Each student practises at their own pace and gets one-to-one instruction within a class situation. Each student tries to remember as much as possible on their own, with the assistance of a teacher where necessary. If you are a beginner you will be taught a small part of the sequence one-to-one and then attempt to repeat it on your own. These type of classes involve quite a lot of hands-on work from the teacher and also lots of one on one teaching within the class. These classes are suitable for total beginners as well as more experienced practitioners.

3. Non-beginners courses
Thursday 8.00-9.00pm

Runs during term-times for people who are at least familiar with the basics of astanga. In these courses we will explore things that maybe are not looked at or practised regularly in drop-in classes. As well as going through sun-salutations, standing postures, sitting postures of the primary series and finishing postures, we will spend some time on each session looking variously at handstands, head-stand, jump-throughs, adjustments, some advance postures, bandhas, or anything else that is suggested. We will work on things as a group and have a lot of fun doing it.

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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 level with Olivia

Tuesday 7.30-9.00pm 
level 2 course with Tessa
Please contact us first if you are intending to come to this course.

Saturday 8.45-9.45am
Iyengar courses with Julie - all levels
Run as blocks of classes during term times.
current course fully booked, next one starts January 2108

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

Fridays 6.30-7.30pm with Jayne

Preparation for birth

A workshop for you and your partner to learn methods of coping during labour and supporting the birth process. Breathing and positions for labour and birth are covered alongside lots of practical information and tips. There is an emphasis on the role of the birth partner. This is also a good opportunity to meet other expectant parents.

Julia East is a midwife working within the local community. She is experienced in both hospital and homebirth and has worked with parents preparing for birth for 6 years. She also teaches pregnancy yoga and postnatal (mum and baby) classes.

See Workshops page for dates.

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

Baby Massage

Mother laying on her back with her baby resting on her knees
Massage is a wonderful way of communicating with a baby, strengthening the bond between parent and child. Learning baby massage can give parents increased confidence in handling their babies and better understanding of their babies non-verbal communication. Massage enhances a baby's feeling of being loved and respected, as well as improving body\mind awareness, co-ordination and brain development. Suitable for babies from approximately 4 weeks until crawling. Please bring a towel and some vegetable oil for use during the class. Anna Wise has been teaching new mothers in Crouch End for the last 5 years and is a qualified Infant Massage Instructor and a member of the Guild of Infant Massage as well as being CRB checked to work with babies. She is also trained to give breastfeeding support. 

Tuesday 1.45-2.45pm
Courses - with Anna Wise
next course starts November 14th, see courses section

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