New to us?

Starting out?

If you are new to us, or to Yoga or Pilates, then this is the section for you…

We want you to absolutely love your time with us, so read through the info on the tabs below – and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any unanswered questions!

Mat classes

Mat classes take place in our two beautiful purpose built studios upstairs. We will provide all the equipment you need for a class, just bring yourself and perhaps some water. Classes vary in capacity so book early to make sure you get a spot.

Equipment sessions

Equipment Pilates sessions take place in our studio downstairs.  The equipment teachers offer private and semi-private sessions.  Private is just you and the teacher, an intensive hour focused entirely on you.  Semi-private sessions are up to three people in the studio, each working on the equipment independently, under the expert guidance of our teachers. Private sessions are available to book through reception or online.

We would love to know what you think of your class, so tell us in person, by phone or by email.

Choosing your classes

We have lots of classes on offer! Have a look at the class descriptions on the timetable and see what you fancy.  If you want to chat it through with one of us get in touch and we will happily tell you more.

If you are new to Yoga or Pilates, why not sign up for our six week beginner course here.  It will introduce you to Yoga or Pilates – what it is, what it isn’t, and importantly will make sure that you stay safe and don’t injure yourself. After the six week course you will be in great shape to attend any of our classes.

How to book

You can guarantee your place in class by using our online booking and payment link. Or you can ring us up on 01252 726 110 or pop into our Reception where we would be happy to help you decide which class is best for you, advise you on payment packages and book your first class for you then and there. 

Before your first class

Try not to eat a large meal before your class. Having said that don’t arrive hungry or you won’t be focused on the job!

If you find you can’t make a class, you can cancel it, but please tell us at least 12 hours before the class. Any less than that and we will have to charge you for the class.

What to wear and bring with you

Please wear loose, comfortable clothing. We will ask you to do the class in bare feet (or use socks if you prefer). We will provide all of the equipment you will need including mats, blocks, bolster cushions, etc. If you want to bring your own mat, please do.

Also, one community friendly request, if you are prone to perspiration we ask you very kindly to bring a towel with you or ask our reception for one.

What is Yoga?

Yoga is not only for people who can say “om” loudly and/or can touch their toes! 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.

The practice originated in India about 5,000 years ago. 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. It 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.

What is Pilates?

There’s more to pilates than developing “strong abs” or “core strength”. Pilates is an exercise system that focuses on stretching and strengthening the whole body to improve balance, muscle-strength, flexibility and posture as well as relieve stress and tension. It is suitable for people of all ages and all levels of fitness. Practitioners say it’s a gentle way of raising your activity levels, especially if you have poor mobility, aches and pains or an injury.

How often to come

Posture, strength and flexibility – we would advise 2 or 3 times per week. You will start to see the benefits very quickly to this approach.

Weight loss – the same principles apply to any weight loss regime – come 4 to 5 times per week and you will see the difference. A mixture of dynamic and stretch classes is ideal.

Fitness – yoga and pilates are a perfect addition to any fitness programme, keeping you flexible and strong. Depending on what else you are doing, come to us 2 to 3 times a week.

Peace of mind and wellbeing – come as often as you can! 2 to 3 times per week is ideal.

Before starting any exercise programme it’s advisable to seek advice from your GP or a health professional if you have any health concerns, such as a health condition or an injury.