Yoga Classes 

Ann and class in seated cobblers (bound angle) pose

Hatha Yoga

Hatha is a general category that includes most yoga styles. It is founded on an old classical system that includes the practice of asanas (yoga postures) and pranayama (breathing exercises) which help bring peace to the mind and body, designed originally to prepare one for deeper spiritual practices such as meditation.

Hatha is primarily a gentle, slow style, great for beginners or students who prefer a more relaxed practice, where you will hold poses longer. 

Alongside the classical yoga poses, including seated and standing postures, sun/moon salutations and floor work, you will experience some energising flowing sections, breathwork and relaxation to finish.

In these small, friendly classes everyone is invited to listen to their own unique body and adapt poses to suit them (particularly if carrying an injury) or simply rest.

A typical class runs for a generous 70 mins to enable you to settle at the start of the practice and end in a chilled savasana.  We also have 45 minute early morning classes too.
Stay for a cuppa/glass of something afterwards if you have time.
Hopefully you will leave with a sense of joy and connection to yourself and others, nicely stretched and relaxed.

Yin
Yoga

A wonderful quietening and relaxing practice to ease stiff joints, improve range of movement and calm the mind. 

We stay in the floor-based poses for 1-5 minutes to give the joints, ligaments and deep connective tissues time to open and yield. Different options are offered to suit your unique body.

Linking with Chinese medicine, classes concentrate on targeting different meridians or channels and organ pairs. Gentle music, silence, poems and readings accompany this meditative style of yoga, suitable for all abilities including those new to yoga.

You are encouraged to observe the breath and use this to focus on the present moment, allowing thoughts and feelings to arise but staying with them and watching them without getting “involved”. The “mind chatter” is lessened and the “volume” turned down on any negative thought patterns. The hope is that we develop mindfulness skills that can be transferred from the mat to everyday life.
In this small, friendly class everyone is invited to listen to their own unique body and adapt poses to suit them (particularly if carrying an injury) or simply rest.

We close with a long relaxation and visualisation.

A typical class runs for a generous 70 mins to enable you to settle at the start of the practice and end in a chilled savasana.

If you have time, stay on for a cuppa/glass of wine afterwards.
Hopefully you will leave with a sense of joy and connection to yourself and others, nicely stretched and relaxed.

Students in supported shoulder stand
Students in supported Child's pose

Restorative Yoga

 

Our most chilled out yoga session, very relaxing and a perfect way to end a busy week. Slow down, breathe and spend some time for yourself.  We use bolsters, blankets and other props to ensure the most comfortable experience.

Quiet and meditative floor-based restorative, supported postures suitable for all ages and abilities even those new to Yoga. In this small, friendly class everyone is invited to listen to their own unique body and adapt poses to suit them (particularly if carrying an injury) or simply rest however best suits you.

Physically release into the relaxation response, allowing the body to heal and rest, whilst focussing on yourself and the present moment.
The class is accompanied by gentle music, poetry and philosophy and is designed to help you relax and recharge those batteries ready for the week ahead. 

A typical class runs for a generous 70 mins to enable you to settle at the start of the practice, fully relax and end in a chilled savasana.

Stay on for a cuppa and homemade cake afterwards if you have time.

Hopefully you will leave with a sense of joy and connection to yourself and others.

 

Yoga Nidra

Yogic sleep or Relaxation Yoga

Hop into something comfy and lie down on the floor or your bed.  No yoga poses, just rest. Listen to me introduce the session and lead you through a guided meditation.  We will have time at the end to discuss if you chose. 

 

Benefits of a Regular Yoga Nidra Practice: 

  • Improves sleep

  • Slows heart rate and regulates breath

  • Reduces blood pressure

  • Turns off the stress response

  • Decreases muscle tension

  • Increases mental focus, attention and decision making

  • Increases creativity

  • Produces a sense of calm

  • Improves retention of information

  • Allows the body to heal

  • Allows us to stay in the present moment more easily

  • Reduces chronic pain

  • Improves conditions such as anxiety and depression

  • Increases energy

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Students in relaxation - Savasana
Quotation

"yoga and chat were just what the doctor ordered. A great class and a lovely welcoming group of people. Great news on the planned Yoga and Candle Making morning.  I'll look out for it popping up on the booking schedule"

- Susanna

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"Thank you Ann, I'm really enjoying getting back into yoga.  Couldn't recommend you enough.  Brilliant classes held in your lovely lounge and I always come away feeling totally relaxed"

- Lisa