With over 25 yoga classes per week, we have a wide range of  classes and styles available for you. 

Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. The main components of yoga are postures (a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility) and breathing.

Benefits of Yoga

You will spend time on the mat working every major muscle group in your body through a process of stretching and lengthening those muscles, calming your nervous system and relaxing your mind. This unique blend of physicality and stillness of the mind is the magic that is yoga.

Scientific studies suggest that yoga is a safe and effective way to increase physical activity, especially strength, flexibility and balance. There’s some evidence that regular yoga practice is beneficial for people with high blood pressure, heart disease, aches and pains – including lower back pain – depression and stress.

Yoga is also a perfect addition to a more rigorous training programme, allowing the body to stretch well and gain strength between more cardio-based exercise sessions.

And finally, you should leave every yoga class with a smile on your face!

 

 

 

Hopefully any question you have will be answered here, but if you have any further questions or concerns, simply get in touch with us & we’ll be happy to help!

Can I do yoga if I can’t touch my toes?
Yes you can! In fact some people can never touch their toes but getting on the mat is still hugely beneficial to them. Our teachers are used to having a range of abilities  in their classes and will offer modifications to each pose to ensure that every need is catered for. The best advice is only do what you are comfortable doing and try not to compare yourself with the people next to you as they might have been practicing for many years and can therefore do more, go further and are stronger than you are. 
Is yoga just stretching?
No! Yoga emphasises alignment, for example, how you touch your toes is more important than being able to touch your toes. Attention to the breath and working “within” your body, tuning you and it to subtle changes in how it is working is equally as important. And most yoga poses are stretching not just an isolated area but involving the whole body in both stretching and strengthening. 
I haven’t done yoga before – should I start with a beginner course?
It is not essential but it is certainly advisable. Our beginner course introduces you to the basics and allows you explore yoga together with other beginners. Armed with the basics you will enjoy your classes more and will be safer, less likely to injure yourself, and more secure in your practice of yoga. 
Can men do yoga?
In fact yoga used to be practised exclusively by men! Happily that is not the case anymore. Men are however often natural yogis. Some poses ask for more upper body strength than most women have when they first start yoga. Others require a stillness of mind and a focus of concentration that can be difficult for many women who are used to doing many tasks at once. 
Stick with one style of yoga or practice a range of styles?
There is a lot to be said for being a “yogic gourmand” who delights in many tastes, styles, and approaches. This is especially true when you are starting out on your yoga journey. If one day you want to sweat and strengthen your way through a Power class and the next day you feel more like being guided by your Yin teacher into a long, deep pose, you can choose appropriately. Varying your practice can be a way to get in touch with your inner guidance, foster balance in your body, and bring a quality of richness and spaciousness to your yoga. Other people follow a particular style because it complements other things they do best.
Can I do yoga if I am pregnant?
Yoga can be very beneficial in pregnancy. It can help develop stamina, improve balance, relieve tension everywhere but especially in the lower back and hips and can have a wonderfully calming, soothing effect on you and baby. Yoga is suitable after you have reached 12 weeks in your pregnancy. Even after 12 weeks, you MUST check with your doctor before doing any kind of exercise during pregnancy and we ask you to tell the teacher if you are pregnant.
Can I do yoga if I am ill or injured?
Yoga can be a very helpful tool in recovering from an illness or injury. If you have been injured or ill recently it is advisable that you ask your GP or health professional before you start any form of exercise. Your teacher will ask at the start of each class if anyone has any injuries. It is VERY important that you say if you do have. If you would rather do this privately please talk to your teacher before the class starts. 
What to wear?
Wear comfortable clothing that isn’t too baggy or will get in your way as you move. Most importantly wear something that won’t end up over your head when you are upside down! Yoga is practiced without shoes but you are welcome to wear socks if you prefer to.
What to bring with you?
Nothing! We supply mats and all of the props you will need free of charge. If you are prone to sweating we ask you to bring a towel or hire one from reception. You are welcome to bring your own water or you can buy bottled water from reception.