Welcome, we are delighted that you are interested in starting a yoga practice and are here to support your journey.
There are various options open to you.
If you are looking for a ‘general’ yoga class to improve your flexibility and strength and quieten your busy mind with some meditation and breath work you may prefer to start with our hatha classes. Hatha is a steady and mindful practice, to strengthen and align the body whilst improving your suppleness and stability.
If you are looking for a more dynamic class but with the same benefits our astanga classes are open to all levels. Whether you are just starting your yoga journey or are a more experienced practitioner you are very welcome to come and practice with us. If you prefer to start with a step by step approach, we also offer six week beginners astanga courses to deepen your understanding of the astanga practice. However if you prefer to join a regular class and maybe the times work better for you, you are very welcome to come to any of the classes and will be supported completely as you develop and learn the astanga sequence.
Beginners Courses: We now have morning and evening courses and our current dates are Tuesday evenings 26 February – 9 April (fully booked) and then 30 April – 4 June. Thursday mornings 7 March – 11 April.
The course price is £80 and you then have four free classes to use in the four weeks after the course. The free classes are subject to space and include all our ‘shortened’ guided classes which are Tuesday and Thursday evening 7.30-8.45 at St Marys’s Community Hall and Tuesday morning 9.30-10.45 and Wednesday morning 11.30-12.45 at The Yoga Hutch..
Our six week courses offer you the opportunity to learn the foundations and critical aspects of the ancient practice of astanga yoga, a practice steeped in wisdom and backed up by modern science. The course is suitable for anyone new to yoga or looking to deepen their knowledge.
You will learn the importance of moving with the breath whilst developing strength, flexibility, focus and improving your sense of well-being.
With some discussion on the philosophy of yoga we will explore the fundamentals of a complete practice and be led through meditation and relaxation techniques.
This course covers the foundations of a yoga practice and works with each individual (with modifications where appropriate) to enable the freedom and confidence to attend any class.
We recommend that you practice a second class as you reach the end of your course, if you are able to practice twice a week it will help you apply everything you learn and realise the benefits of a consistent practice. We hope to help you create a new and healthy habit and will support this with four free classes to encourage establishing your practice with our complete support.
To book a space please go onto our booking and timetable page and find the first date of the course selecting ‘beginners course’ for your payment.
Please contact Kate for enquiries and more information 07415 985403
Shortened primary practice: Tuesday 09.30 – 10.45 and Wednesdays 11.30 – 12.45 at The Yoga Hutch and Tuesday and Thursday evenings 7.30-8.45 at St Mary’s Community Hall.
In this energising class we practice with the the rhythm and flow of Astanga using Ujahi breath and bandhas as our primary guide. By moving through the poses (asanas) and linking them with the vinyasa the body is warmed and prepared for the subsequent asana and an internal heat is generated.
Focus, strength and flexibility improve and a solid foundation is built within the dynamics of the class to prepare us for the full guided primary series practice and for a Mysore (self practice) class.
You are welcome to start your astanga practice with our shortened astanga class. The shortened astanga class is suitable for those who have the motivation to learn this wonderful method of healing, cleansing and toning the body, mind and senses.
If you have an established practice this class will offer you the benefits of a ‘short form’ primary series practice.
Sarah and/or Kate work diligently with each individual to understand their particular needs within the practice.
We finish the class with a deep relaxing savasana practice to balance and absorb energy and stillness.
“Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind.” Patanjali
Note. There are several ways to begin practicing astanga. Mysore, shortened astanga class or our beginners astanga courses. It is not imperative to start with a beginners course. We are a small studio and astanga is traditionally taught with various levels of experience sharing the same space. If you are a beginner and would like to attend another time please contact us and we can discuss your needs and fit you into any class with our full support.