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 Astanga 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


                                                                 Monday


9.30 - 11.00am
Kieran


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.


12.30-2.00pm
Klaudia

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 
Freddie


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.


                                                                                                                     


                                                                  Tuesday

9.15 - 10.15am
Gentle Yoga
Charlotte


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
Marie-Flore

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





3.15-4.15pm
Anu

A hatha yoga class with a difference.  As well as teaching a mixture of postures, breathing and relaxation, Anu will bring elements of chanting, yoga history and philosophy,  and stories connected to the yoga tradition.      STARTS  APRIL 17th



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
Marie-Flore

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



                                                                Wednesday

6.30 - 7.30pm
Freddie

General level yoga class open to all including beginners and improvers

7.30 - 9.00pm
Freddie

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.

                                                               Thursday

1.00 - 2.30pm
Jude

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


6.30-8.00pm
Marie-Flore

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.






                                                                 Friday


1.45-2.45pm
Dynamic yoga
Adriana

A strong yet relaxing practice based on vinyasa and hatha yoga tradition with plenty of modifications to make it accessible to all levels. Adriana will guide you through some breathing exercises, a warm up, some strengthening postures, a dynamic flow, balancing postures, stretches and a relaxation at the end.   STARTS APRIL 20th




6.30-7.45pm
Scaravelli Inspired yoga
Ni
A slow, sustained but thoughtful Yoga session that incorporates Hatha fundamentals inspired by the Scaravelli approach. We work with gravity while paying attention to the minutiae of the body, especially the spine and let that be the mindful initiator of moving in and out of postures. In this way, we bring a shift in perspective to a familiar practice. While there are intelligent alignment cues to help guide us, we shy away from rigidly contorting ourselves into destined shapes and instead, allow for a subjective experience of the practice.    STARTS MAY 4th




                                                               Sunday

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



6.30-7.45pm
Restorative yoga
Charlotte
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 3 types of classes:


1. Introductory workshops 

 run at various times over the weekend

For total beginners to yoga. You will learn the basic principles of the practise and work your way through some of the sequence.


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


 

2. Beginners courses with Ian Stoneham
Thursday 8.00-9.00pm

Term time courses for beginners in astanga yoga. On the course we will learn safe practice of sun-salutations and standing postures, and look at a range of sitting postures, with modifications where necessary.  Also the way the ujjayi breathing combines with movements and postures to create the practice.

Next course June 21st - August 2nd  - 7 weeks  £77  see courses for more details and to book





3.    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.

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.




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 2.15-3.15pm with Jayne - 

PLEASE BOOK IN ADVANCE VIA EMAIL

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.
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 3.15-4.15pm - 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

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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

Restorative yoga workshops


These are a series of individual workshops taught by Charlotte Preston throughout the year, in which she will focus on teaching a collection of calming, gentle yoga postures, practised either passively or with some movement, to create a feeling of lightness, clarity and inner balance.  No previous experience of yoga is necessary.

Next workshop is Sunday August 12th  3.30-6.00pm    £25
see workshop section to book