At the Yoga Garden we currently offer a mixture of online and live classes in the yurt, in a wide variety of styles, ranging from vinyasa flow & hatha yoga to more meditative and restorative classes. We cater for all levels from complete beginners practising for the very first time, through to experienced yogis.
All classes take place in our beautiful hand crafted Mongolian style Yurt. The organic breathing structure creates a light and airy space, which is both warm in Winter, thanks to the wood burning stove and felted wool lining, and cool in the summer. The Yurt has a smooth wooden floor and is fully equipped with top of the range ethically sourced organic yoga mats, blocks, bolsters and blankets. At this time as we emerge from the Corona crisis we ask you to bring your own equipment or if you need to use ours please use the cleaning equipment we have available. For restorative classes, please bring a towel and blanket to use on our bolsters.
Level 1 = Complete beginners, New to yoga (open to all)
Level 2 = Beginners - intermediate (reasonable level of health and fitness required)
Level 3 = Intermediate - Advanced (for those with a regular practice who know how to modify postures when needed).
ENERGISING HATHA FLOW
Wake up your week with this flowing and energising practice. You'll be guided through vitalising, uplifting asana and breath work to cleanse, restore and bring focus to the beginning of your week. There will be flowing sections combined with juicy long holding postures, to heat and stretch the body, the class will be rounded off with a grounding, restful Savasana. .
Monday 9am - 10.15am
Dynamic and fluid practices to heat the body and build strength & flexibility combined with restorative postures to relax muscles, tissues and nervous system. Students are compassionately guided in encouraging a release of deeply held tension, leading to deeper meditative absorption,
Monday 6pm - 7.15pm -this class is not suitable for beginners.
Teacher: Samantha or Kelly
YIN FLOW YOGA
Fall back in love with your body as you alternate weekly between gentle hatha flow and restoring yin yoga (every class will include meditation and breath work) - Chessy believes this is the winning combination to combat muscle tightness, fatigue, stress, post operative and injury trauma and to bring the body and mind back to perfect balance. The class is suitable for ALL levels, especially beginners, people with chronic illness or burnout or anyone needing to reconnect and rediscover the magic of our incredible bodies.
Tuesday 9.45am - 11am with Chessy
MEDITATION, BREATHWORK &GENTLE YOGA
Exploring different types of pranayama (breathwork) to help settle our minds and bodies into stillness. This class will explore the relationship between controlling our breath and bringing the body to stillness. In the middle section we will move to our asana practice, using a combination of different varieties: gentle flow, Yin and restorative - to deepen the connection with the body, and then we will revisit the same breathwork, observing the changes in our mind/body connection before we drop into Savasana and then finally return to a seated meditation to complete the circle of our practice.
For all abilities.
Wednesdays 1pm - 2pm with Ali
We have various classes for those coming to yoga for the first time, recovering from injury or looking to revisit their practice after a break. In these classes the teacher will create accessible asana (postures), simple pranayama (breathwork) and meditation to build a rounded introduction to yoga.
The focus will be on understanding the correct alignment in the postures and taking the time to adapt them to everyone present in the class. Props such as bolsters, blocks and blankets may be used to support the body for your safety and comfort.
Wednesday 6pm - with Ana Marcela
Thursday 11.30am - with Rebecca
FLUID FORM YOGA
A somatic approach to yoga, which means to get to know our body from the body. Class will start with a movement enquiry of different body tissues and developmental patterns through movement, which will then be applied to yoga poses and sequences. When we work with movement awareness, it becomes more about refinement and the ability to undo more than to do.
Fundamentally this layered rather than linear approach to yoga is suitable for all with a curious mind.
Wednesday 7.30pm - with Ana Marcela
Hatha Yoga as a physical practice has been evolving for hundreds of years. The emphasis is on developing a healthy body to support the practice of meditation. Through the breathing techniques of yoga (pranayama) we will develop an awareness of the changing states of the mind and meditation. We will explore both ancient and modern asanas, moving through a simple flow of postures, which at times will be challenging. There may also be some time spent exploring the older classic texts on Hatha Yoga so we can understand the development of yoga over the years.
Those that have been coming regularly to the classes will know that the ultimate practice here at the yurt is a clearing and cleansing of the body and mind, punctuating your week with a peaceful meditation. This class is available to beginners who are ready to dive in and regular practicing yogis.
Thursday 9:45am - 11.00am
Qigong is an ancient Chinese wellness practice. Qi means energy and gong means to cultivate. Thus, Qigong is the cultivation of life energy. When we are stressed, experience ill health or trauma our life energy can become unbalanced and stagnant. Qigong practices aim to restore the flow of healthy qi so we can feel greater wellbeing and harmony with the natural world. The practices work with qualities of meditative awareness, build strength and flexibility and most importantly are playful and fun.
The following will also be covered:
Foundational breathing techniques
Practices to warm up and strengthen the joints
Meridian line self-massage
Standing meditation practice
Seasonal set practice
The intention is that by the end of the course you will be confident practicing the forms to support your health and wellbeing in-between training sessions, if you so wish!
For information on this class, to book or to contact Kate about the class, please visit her website: www.heart-mind.co.uk
Fridays 10.30am - Kate Harding - new course starts 14th Jan 2022
RESTORATIVE YIN YOGA
Both restorative and Yin yoga use props such as bolsters, blocks and blankets to support the body for your safety and comfort as you are guided into longer held positions that encourage both a mental and physical release in a nurturning environment.
Practising this way results in ease of breath and movement, joint mobility, improved balance, and a deeper awareness of the body. Each class will include simple meditation and mindfulness techniques to reduce stress and improve overall health.
First Friday of every month - 90 mins 5-6.30pm
RISE & SHINE YOGA
Start your morning off with a fully rounded yoga practice to kick start your weekend! A flowing and energising class suitable for all levels and all ages including complete beginners.
Saturday 8:30am - 9.30am
Sunday 8.30am - 9.30am (only April - October)
WHAT TO EXPECT
We provide top of the range beautiful organic and natural yoga mats, cork blocks, cotton belts, blankets and supportive bolsters.
Following government guidelines we currently advise you to bring your own mat if you have one or towel to cover the mat. This is especially important when attending more dynamic classes. Please bring your own blanket for savasana and drinking water in a glass or copper bottle (no plastics!).
Wear something comfortable that allows you to move freely and with ease. We want you to feel the connection of your bare feet on the earth, so you can leave your shoes at the door.