Yoga

Yoga is one of the worlds most practiced spiritual disciplines, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practised for health and relaxation. Yoga can improve flexibility, improve strength, reduce pain and stress and increase overall body awareness.

The body needs the chance to reset, to flip the switch from fight-or-flight (sympathetic nervous system) to a love-and-light mode (parasympathetic nerves system). It is only in this latter state that we are able to heal and rejuvenate, mentally, physically and spiritually.

Yoga allows us to connect to ourselves in the present moment, feel the breath moving through us and experience the exquisite beauty in our one-ness with life. Making healthier choices becomes easier, and quitting the habits we battle with, happens organically and we begin to truly live.

Breathing techniques (Pranayama) and meditation (Dhyaan)

Pranayama is the art of effective breath control. Practicing proper techniques of breathing can help bring more oxygen to the blood and brain, eventually helping control prana or the vital life energy. Pranayama also goes hand in hand with various yoga asanas. The union of these two yogic principles is considered as the highest form of purification and self-discipline, covering both mind and body. Pranayama techniques also prepare us for a deeper experience of meditation.

 

Your yoga teachers

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Gemma Witcomb

Gemma is a qualified teacher, registered with the Independent Yoga Network and over 10 years’ experience teaching yoga and movement. Gemma has led a teacher training programme and constantly seeks new yoga insights & experiences through workshops, retreats and regular practice.

All levels of experience are welcome as she will adapt the postures to suit your body. Gemma’s yoga classes focus on linking breath to movement in flowing Vinyasa sequences.

You will move through a series of postures designed to align, stretch and strengthen the body, bringing you more into balance, reducing pain and tension and awakening your body’s natural ability to heal and renew. Her yoga classes offer a peaceful space, allowing you to pause and be mindful, to focus on your body and breath and find tranquillity.

Gemma offers a special 1.5hr Restorative Yoga on the last Friday of the month in our studio. It is usually fully booked, but you never know?

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Lauren Gray

Lauren is a fully qualified Yoga Alliance accredited teacher with over a decade of experience practicing yoga and four years of teaching experience. She completed her training in India with Himalaya Yoga Valley in March 2014.

Lauren is an ex dancer and draws on her ballet, jazz and contemporary training to create a fluid practice combining freedom of body, stillness of mind and lightness of spirit.
Her classes are centred around finding the happiness in the everyday and follow the Hatha and Anusara style of Yoga.

All levels are welcome to this class and will experience a combination of traditional Yoga poses and postures to heighten the bodies balance, flexibility and strength. Alongside these physical practices Lauren also entwines pranayama techniques to enhance the respiratory system and meditation techniques to calm the mind.

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Christine Dixon

Christine’s Yoga classes, focus on letting go, healing and renewing energy. Guiding you through a varied sequences of Asanas (Yoga poses) and Viloma and Pranayama (breathing techniques). Yoga philosophy and meditation is evident in her teaching. Individually tailoring to students needs, always warm and encouraging.

Christine specialises in: Beginner’s Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, Yoga for back pain, One to one Yoga, Children’s Yoga, Partner Yoga, Restorative Yoga and guided meditation.

Returning from living in Australia, Christine did her Yoga teacher training at the renowned Byron Bay Yoga Centre. She has been practising Yoga for over 15 years and has been teaching Yoga and running wellbeing retreats in the Australian Rain Forest, for the last three years.
Coming from a dance background Christine professionally performed worldwide and taught a multitude of dance workshops to adults and children. She studied; BA Arts Degree in Western Australia, focusing on Acting and Art therapy. All these skills combine a rounded yoga experience.

 

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Harriet Livesey

Harriet is a qualified Vinyasa flow yoga medicine trained teacher. Her teaching style is dynamic, with a strong emphasis on alignment, anatomy and the physical benefits of the practice from a therapeutic point of view.

Her classes differ each week often focusing on a particular muscle group or joint with the aim of improving health and posture whilst using the breath to assist the process.

Harriet always teaches to music using calming soundtracks. The first five minutes of her class focuses on the breath in order to still the mind followed by carefully choreographed, dynamic sequences and ending with a well earned savasana and brief shoulder massage. Her students leave her class feeling energised, recharged and focused. All levels are welcome as Harriet can adjust most of the poses to suit all abilities.

Harriet is also interested in teaching Athletes. She has cycled the Alps and run two marathons which has helped her understand the importance of combining yoga with Athletic pursuits and the challenges athletes can face in a yoga class.

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Camilla Aldridge New

Millie is a fully qualified teacher, accredited with the internationally renowned Yoga Alliance. With a wealth of experience practicing yoga, and having studied deeply the foundations of yoga and its philosophy in India with the Ashiyana Yoga School, she now shares a thorough and authentic Hatha-Vinyasa practice.

Millie’s classes are gentle, and nurturing; suitable for all abilities and bodies. Whilst mainly centred upon a more restorative style of yoga, each week will vary, focusing on a different theme or point of exploration.

With a highly spiritual and mindful approach, all classes are guaranteed to leave you feeling grounded, balanced, and relaxed.

Hatha is the yoga of force, or energy, and merges the different practices of yoga; Pranayama (breathing exercises), Meditation, Cleansing Techniques, and Asana (posture). Alongside this, Millie’s musical and dance backgrounds have influenced a style of practice that is fluid, rhythmic, and thus may be viewed as a kind of moving meditation. Her classes encourage a connection with the body on a deeply intimate level, creating a gateway to intuitive and peaceful living.

Yoga session times

 Monday AM  10:30 Gentle Yoga with Christine
  PM  6:00 Fusion Yoga with Christine
 Tuesday AM  9:30 Yoga with Gemma
 Wednesday PM  6:20 Yoga with Lauren
 Thursday AM  9:30 Yoga with Lauren
  PM  7:15 Yoga with Gemma
Friday AM  9:30 Yoga with Gemma
  AM  11:30 Yoga with Harriet
(every other Friday - book online) PM  7:30 (1.5hr) Candelit Restorative Yoga with Christine
 Sunday New PM  5:30 Yoga with Camilla
(starting on 18th March)

Yoga session fees

Yoga classes – course of 6
Classes are small with a maximum of 6
  £72
Candlelit Restorative Yoga. Special on a Friday.
Book early with on-line booking available.
  £20
We offer one-to-one Yoga in our studio at times to suit you.
  £50