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 10am
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.

 


RESTORATIVE YOGA

Fridays at 7.30pm

Restorative Yoga is a gentle, slow, still style of yoga that involves long, passive holds in a series of four to six restful poses. Students are often supported by props such as straps, bolsters, blankets, blocks and eye pillows to enhance or deepen their experience and achieve a state of total relaxation and release. At the end of the class, your body will feel open and refreshed. Students of all levels will benefit from a rejuvenating restorative yoga class. It is one of the best ways to counteract a fast paced and maybe stressful life off the mat. Restorative yoga helps balance the mind and body, relieve tension and anxiety, improve the immune system, stretch deep fascia, increase flexibility and pave the way for meditation.

 


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.

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.

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.

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.

Bryony Harris

Bryony Harris

I am Bryony and I have been practicing yoga and Pilates for 15 years. By practicing daily it allows me to feel more light, spacious and free. I am a registered 500 hour Yoga teacher and have a YMCA Level 3 Diploma in teaching Pilates. The benefits of yoga and Pilates are amazing. Both disciplines increase your strength both physically and mentally, improve your posture and balance thus reducing the risk of injury and allow you to connect to your highest self: the best version of you. I teach Vinyasa Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Pilates classes weekly at the clinic.
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