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.
Astanga beginners (options)
If you prefer to start with a step by step approach, we offer six week beginners astanga courses to deepen your understanding of the astanga practice.
Tuesday evenings 10 September -15 October
The course price is £120 for 10 classes, 6 beginners course classes and 4 'other' classes from the timetable (including yin and hatha). Once the course starts, you will need to book into the additional classes - these need to be used within 12 weeks of the start date of the course.
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.
During the six weeks you will learn:
- The fundamentals of breath; breathing techniques (pranayama) and the impact of breath awareness for a yoga practice.
- Fundamental poses (asanas) of an astanga practice - applicable for any yoga practice.
- How to develop a deeper level of awareness and concentration
- Accessing postural ease through developing strength and flexibility.
- Relaxation techniques to quieten the mind.
Astanga is a traditional form of hatha yoga that offers a clear foundation of yoga principles and practice. As an astanga studio we choose to base our beginners course on this practice as it offers such a comprehensive foundation for any yoga practice.
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.
2. Beginners Introduction to Astanga ’Intensive’
Next date to be confirmed (Saturday afternoons)
This option offers you a three hour intensive workshop introduction to astanga. There are two options for booking: 1.Astanga yoga beginners intensive £100 (including 5 classes) The intensive then includes a course of five classes and you are welcome to book in and come to any of our classes to see what works for you. 2.or workshop only £40.
Please contact Kate for enquiries and more information 07415 985403 / firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Shortened primary practice
Tuesday 09.30 – 10.45 and Wednesdays 11.30 – 12.45 at The Yoga Hutch (please note: daytime classes are reduced for the summer and the full timetable will commence again on Sept 1)
Thursday evenings 7.30-8.45 at The Yoga Hutch in August and returning to St Mary's in September
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.
Book a class online
Please click here for my timetable and booking and contact Sarah 07703599609/ email@example.com if you have any questions.