Core X Stretch & Mobility
Our fitness classes are low impact stress-relieving workouts, combining targeted bodyweight based exercises, elastic band resistance, pelvic floor strengthening, various core and balance workouts and endurance techniques, to build strength and increase stamina and to help you to reconnect to yourself and to appreciate your body. In these CoreXperience™ classes, you will be supported to reshape your body and mind, learning to love your image and gaining self-confidence like never before. The simple movements are completed using just your body weight and concentrate on the upper, middle and lower body, working at various levels of difficulty so that classes are inclusive of different fitness levels.
Flow & Restore
This class offers us the luxury of a little more time to explore longer held restorative and yin postures at the end of a smooth delicious flow practice.
Gentle Yoga (Mobility-Friendly)
This is where we really take our time, gently inviting movement into the body
without expectation or the pressure to arrive. Most movements are taught lying
down or sitting on the floor or a chair. You will be encouraged to listen to your
body, moving within your capacity with options to challenge yourself more if
wanted or to allow rest or minimal movement when this is more beneficial.
Recognising that we can only start from where we are on any given day.
Suitable for anyone wanting gentle movement, seniors or people recovering from
illness or injury. Classes are smaller for individual attention.
Hatha Yoga & Meditation
Hatha yoga is often used as an umbrella term to encompass the physical practices of yoga. These days it is generally considered to be a blend of physical postures (asana), breathwork, (pranayama), deep relaxation and/ or meditation. Classes tend to be at slower pace and postures held for a longer period of time than in more 'flowing' styles.
These classes bring you a balance of physical practices and meditation - both seated meditation and yoga nidra (conscious sleep meditation).
Hatha Yoga - Five Elements
This yoga reminds us that, as human beings, we are cyclical beings and encourages us to explore the seasons that turn in us as surely as they do in nature around us. The Chinese Five Elements are our map - for our four inner seasons and their central hub. In each class, we nurture a different phase within us by varying our postures, the style and pace of our movement and the quality of our awareness. So some sessions are relatively dynamic and others tend to deeply relaxing stillness. The overall focus is on internal connection and mindful, fluid, self-reverent movement that honours how we are feeling on that day.
Hatha Yoga - Somatic Inspired
In these classes you will be invited into intelligent movement sequences to discover more about your body and the way it moves, as well as exploring yoga asana in creative ways. You will be encouraged to actively listen to your body, to evaluate what's going on and make personal choices about what and how you practice. This class is open to all.
Whether you're new to yoga, or looking to improve your technique, Iyengar Yoga is a great way to boost your well-being, increase flexibility, build strength and relieve stress.
Iyengar Yoga places particular focus on body awareness to help you develop healthy alignment in the poses. You will also learn about appropriate sequencing and how to use props for support and to encourage deeper release or increased extension.
Jivamukti classes integrate the physical, psychological, and spiritual aspects of yoga. Classes include dynamic vinyasa based asana practice, hands-on adjustments, breath awareness, meditation and deep relaxation. Theme of a class is supported by Sanskrit chanting, eclectic music, readings, spoken word and references to yoga philosophy texts
A Kundalini yoga class features the familiar elements of asana, meditation, and chanting, but it combines these in unique way. Each class consists of a different kriya, or set of poses that are designed for a specific purpose, such as opening the heart, fighting off illness, or nurturing creativity. Each class includes mantras and meditations that support the purpose of the kriya. It can work very well in conjunction with a traditional asana practice.
Pilates is a method of body conditioning which strengthens and tones muscles, improves posture, provides flexibility and balance and unites body and mind.
Pilates was developed by German-born Joseph Pilates, who believed mental and physical health were closely connected. His method was influenced by western forms of exercise, including gymnastics, boxing and wrestling. Pilates immigrated to the US in the 1920s and opened a studio in New York, where he taught his method – which he called 'Contrology' – for several decades.
Birthlight Perinatal classes are specialist classes for pregnancy and birth preparation. Birthlight teachers are trained to a high standard to guarantee safety, background knowledge and expertise. Birthlight perinatal yoga has been developed and tested over thirty years of organic growth and retains its originality and integrity.Teachers are trained to cater for group and individual needs in their own unique style, as befits the unique experience of each pregnant woman in the group.
Birthlight has also adapted class templates to the cultural needs of women in different countries around the world with a sensitivity informed by anthropology.
Women can attend these classes from the 12th week of pregnancy up until birth.
You can join the sessions at anytime.
Restorative Yoga uses seated and lying postures and props to create a grounded, soothing practice, with a focus on calming and centering the body and mind.
Beverley Nolan's special blend of intelligent movement enquiry and restorative yoga makes for a unique chill-out session.
Expect to relax deeply and to come away from each session feeling replenished.
Restorative Yin Yoga
Restorative Yin focuses on balancing the passive, lunar, deep and still asana by holding postures for a longer period of time whilst being supported by props. This is a softer variation of Yin and aims to increase the health and integrity of the myofascial body and joint complexes. Yin practices are a direct antidote to the stresses and challenges of modern life. ‘To be in the state of Yin is to acquaint with your true self’.
The Restoration Hour & Sunday Stillness
These sessions bring you the best of restorative practices, from Restorative Yoga or Yin Yoga, to Gong Sound Baths, Yoga Nidra, or Deep Rest Meditation, we have a selection of teachers to expertly guide you into a state of restful being. All floor based, with all props provided. You just need to turn up and we will take care of the rest. The Restoration Hour is on Friday evenings at 7.30pm and Sunday Stillness is on Sundays at 5.30pm. Both sessions will restart in September.
A dynamic, 'flowing' style of yoga blending the transition between postures into one seamless sequence. Vinyasa is for building strength, focus and endurance. Classes may include music and though the pace of each class may vary according to the style of each teacher majority of vinyasa classes tend to be faster paced.
Vinyasa Flow - Forrest Yoga
As well as working with the muscles in a similar fashion as in the classical Hatha and Vinyasa yoga, Forrest yoga (created by Ana Forrest) focuses on strengthening the abdominals, back, and shoulders whilst at the same time releasing built-up tension, particularly in the neck and the jaw. Practitioners are encouraged to use strong Ujjayi breath throughout the practice with the emphasis on the exhalation to release tension, especially in the jaw line. Postures are also held for a bit longer compared to a usual flow style. Please note this is a strong asana class, suitable for people wishing to challenge themselves physically.
Well Woman Yoga
Well Woman classes focus on nourishing and enriching practices for women at all stages of life. By developing a respectful awareness of the shifting cycles within women, greater health and freedom can be gained. This class is for women only.
Yin Yoga involves mindfully working with seated and lying postures, which are held for longer periods of time. The focus in on the connective tissues in the body, with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility.
Yin / Yang Yoga
This class is a nourishing blend of Vinyasa Flow Yoga, a more rhythmic, fluid style of practice, with Yin which incorporates long held passive postures that are floor-based. They are woven together to stimulate energy movement in the body and calm the nervous system so that you leave class feeling more in harmony and present with yourself.
"The study of asana is not about mastering posture.
It's about using posture to understand and transform yourself"