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 - Wednesday's at 10am 

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.

Integral Yoga - Tuesday's at 7.00pm 

Integral Yoga, as taught by the founder, Sri Swami Satchidananda, combines various methods of Yoga including Hatha Yoga, or the physical postures, breathing practices and relaxation techniques, selfless service, meditation, prayer, and calls on the wisdom and insight found in the ancient holy scriptures such as the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Integral Yoga is also based on interfaith values. Swami Satchidananda taught that all faiths share essential universal principles and he encouraged Integral Yogis to respect and honour the unity in diversity. This is summarised by his belief, “Truth is one, paths are many.

Kundalini Yoga - Monday's at 6.10pm and 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 - Monday's 9.30am and 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

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.

Kate Braithwaite

Kate Braithwaite

From a young age Kate’s calling has been to connect with people deeply and offer them compassion, empathy and counsel. She has been practising yoga for 10 years and comes from a family of three generations of yoga practitioners and teachers. As with many, she started yoga to get fit. However, what she gained was so much richer than that.

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