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.

 

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  6:00 Yoga with Gemma
  PM  7:15 Yoga with Gemma
Friday AM  9:30 Yoga with Gemma
(last Friday of the month) PM  7:30 (1.5hr) Restorative Yoga with Gemma

Yoga session fees

Yoga classes – course of 6
Classes are small with a maximum of 6
  £72
Restorative Yoga. Special on the last Friday of the month.
  £20
We offer one-to-one Yoga in our studio at times to suit you.
  £50