What is Yoga Therapy?

Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. The main components of yoga are posture work (a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility) breathing, relaxation, working with sound, reflection and/or meditation. The practice originated in India about 5,000 years ago, and has been widely adapted in other countries in a variety of ways. Yoga has been described as a safe and effective way to increase physical activity, especially strength, flexibility and balance. There is much evidence to say that regular yoga practice is beneficial for people with high blood pressure, heart disease, aches and pains, depression, anxiety and stress.

 

All classes are £8 per class and we offer several types of yoga on different days. These include:

HATHA YOGA

Wednesdays at 9.30am
Wednesdays at 10.30am
Thursdays at 1.30pm

Hatha Yoga classes provide a gentler, relaxing practice using postures and breath work to achieve an overall calming effect. Some of the aims of the practice include developing a feeling of well-being and improving body awareness. Hatha yoga technically refers to the physical postures used in yoga so all of the yoga approaches mentioned here fall under the umbrella of Hatha yoga.

 


DRU YOGA

Tuesdays at 7.00pm

Dru Yoga, has its roots in Hatha Yoga and incorporates yoga postures, flowing sequences, visualisations and affirmations, working with breathing to calm and still the mind and reinforce a positive mind-set. It is very accessible to all and gradually improves strength, flexibility and core stability. Classes are adapted to ensure that all students are able to participate and benefit.

 


KUNDALINI YOGA

Mondays at 6.10pm
Mondays at 7.30pm

Kundalini Yoga (as taught by Yogi Bhajan) is for everyone who would like to strengthen their connection with their authentic self. It is an ancient science that works quickly and effectively to bring our whole being to a more balanced state. Through sets of physical postures, movements, breathing exercises, meditation and chanting, you will increase your vitality and stamina, strengthen your immune, glandular and nervous system. Kundalini yoga will help to purify, stimulate and strengthen your whole self, unlocking your inner creative energy.

 


VINYASA YOGA

Mondays at 9.30am
Mondays at 10.30am

Inspired from the original Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga it is a modern and increasingly popular flowing, dynamic and faster paced form of Hatha yoga, The vinyasas or sequences will vary regularly and it gives you a physical workout and develops strength, focus and some teachers also use breath work to intensify practice.

Natasha Kembrey

Natasha Kembrey

I've practiced yoga for many years (after finding myself drawn to it after suffering from back problems). Very quickly after my first class I became hooked and noticed the many benefits, both physically and mentally. I finally decided to fly to India to do my yoga teacher training, during my time there I could fully immerse myself into the spirituality of the practice.

Karen Foxwell

Karen Foxwell

Having practised various types of yoga for many years when Karen discovered Kundalini Yoga she recognised it as the one for her. Karen trained as a Kundalini Yoga instructor with i-SKY and was teaching in West London until moving to the West Country in 2014.

Travis Roth - Yoga

Travis Roth

I have studied with many teachers across the country and have been teaching since 2012. I have a British Wheel of Yoga Diploma in teaching yoga (Level 4 on the National Framework), taught by Andrea Newman (now part of the SWYA). I came to yoga in January of 2009 mid-way through my bachelor's degree with an inquisitive attitude and a stiff back.

Mischa Roque

Mischa Roque

Mischa first fell for yoga in 2001 while at university completing a degree in French Literature and Dance. She loved how yoga, unlike the world of dance, cultivates an ethos of looking after yourself and those around you. Since completing teacher training with Bristol City Yoga in 2010, Mischa has continued to study with teachers from wide-ranging backgrounds and experience. She loves sharing the exploration of this profound practice with her students.

Helen Otley

Helen Otley

I came to Yoga quite late in life, thinking that I needed to do something to keep myself flexible as I grew older. I attended my first Dru Yoga class and found not only a physical practice, but a complete wellbeing system. From the very first, I tried to practice most days as I felt so good, mentally and physically. When the opportunity presented itself to train as a Dru Yoga teacher I was thrilled to be able to learn to pass on this beautiful, gentle form of Yoga.

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