General information on what to expect from classes currently on offer or available on demand. Check the timetable to find out when they are available.
Clothes may be loose or tight provided they permit a full range of movements in all planes – bending forwards or backwards, legs wide to the side or front to back.
Yoga and Pilates are conducted bare foot or in socks with appropriate grip. Tai Chi and Qigong may be performed in bare feet, trainers or special cotton Tai Chi shoes.
Hatha yoga is what people tend to think of as traditional yoga, combining twists, bends and balances with focus on the breath. It is usually done in a calm, attentive way and the intensity can be varied to suit the class.
Sweating is optional.
Vinyasa flow yoga
Vinyasa flow is a more powerful and strenuous form of yoga, designed to move you through a sequences of postures and leave you feeling strong and energised.
Yoga nidra is a form of guided meditation for deep relaxation.
A DIY all natural face lift with impressive results. Iron out creases, lift jowls and have a fun time pulling faces at each other!
Pilates is usually a slow and deceptively gentle class concentrating on precision of posture and tuning in to postural muscles that are often overlooked. Do not underestimate this class, you are likely to feel its effects!
Some of the exercises are performed standing, many involve lying on a mat.
A warm room is ideal (we have good heating!).
Restorative Exercise is a health-promoting movement programme based on alignment, biomechanics and natural movement for long term function and whole body health as developed by Katy Bowman.
Through a series of gentle stretches and corrective measures Restorative Exercise will improve alignment, mobility, flexibility, strength, cardiovascular health, your gait pattern and reduce pain. This is offered as a special programme, separate from standard studio membership.
Flow yoga or vinyasa flow takes elements from astanga yoga and turns them into a more varied routine.
Intensity can vary.
No Sweat De-stress
This class is available for private bookings and can be run in your workplace towards the end of the day or at the studio. No need to change from your working clothes so long as they allow you to lift your arms above your head. Simple stretches for the neck, shoulders and upper back, combined with breathing and movement for relaxation allow you to let go the tension of the day and enjoy your evening.
Qigong is a related discipline to Tai Chi, focusing more on the self-healing aspects of the exercises. Through gentle stretching and opening exercises, flow is increased throughout the body, increasing energy and the ability to clear blockages.
Tai Chi is a graceful martial art, performed slowly. It works on fluidity of movement and connection with the ground. The art is in diverting an opponent’s effort and weight away from the target. Performed well it feels like magic in action.
Classes usually consist of some loosening and limbering exercises, learning or practising the form (a sequence of steps, blocks, blows and kicks) and partner work with gentle connection between each person.
Concentration and persistence are required to master the many steps of the form.
The class involves prolonged standing and may not suit people with knee problems.
Although there is more mental than physical strain, a surprising amount of heat may be generated.
Astanga yoga uses many postures familiar from hatha classes, incorporating them into a set sequence designed to warm the muscles, heat the breath and develop both strength and fitness.
Classes are best described as fast and furious, although modifications are available to work towards different postures and having a sneaky rest on the mat is permitted!
Astanga is sometimes described as “child’s yoga”, alluding to the playful state of mind that is best brought to the practice and reminding us that children do much of this naturally.
Sweating is unavoidable.
Inspired by and borrowing from yoga traditions, the core challenge class is aimed at people who aren’t traditionally drawn to yoga and are looking for a vigorous and challenging workout that strengthens and stretches.