Ashtanga is the most energetic and challenging form of yoga, it's also very traditional with a lineage tradition. Emma is trained by a lineage teacher.
Ashtanga yoga combines flexibility, strength, balance and cardiovascular fitness as well as a cultivation of focus, curiosity, deep awareness and control of the nervous system.
It suits those who are happy to work at their physical yoga practice and to sweat and progress.
You'll learn the Ashtanga yoga sequence so that it becomes a joyful moving meditation and you'll notice your progression.
If you want to delve deeper there’s plenty to learn in this practice including the Sanskrit names, the Ashtanga count, mantras, philosophy and pranayama (breathing) and meditation practices, which you can pick up along the way, through the video library or through specific workshop sessions delivered at the Shala. Or you can pop along when you can and join in the peaceful yet joyful yoga sequence.
Our Ashtanga yoga students are a lovely, welcoming community.
We have 1 or 2 drop-in spaces per Ashtanga yoga class or you can guarantee a mat-space with our month membership options here
Hi. I'm Emma Lowther-Wright and I am very fortunate to have been trained to teach Ashtanga Yoga by world-renowned John Scott. John is one of the key teachers who brought Ashtanga yoga from India to Europe, he drew the well known Ashtanga sequence stick figures and with Lino Miles he recorded the count. John taught Madonna and Sting and teaches with an absolute joy of and curiosity about movement.
I am dedicatd to and immersed in the Ashtanga practice and continue to travel to study with senior 500hr international teachers including Eddie Stern, Scott Johnson and Greg Nardi. Ashtanga yoga rid me of severe IBS and regular sinus infections and is my daily practice, bringing me inner and outer strength, calm, focus and gratitude.
I teach with an emphasis on clear communication, empowerment, joy and compassion. I am especially interested in the neuroscience of yoga, how yoga can release physically held mental and emotional tension and how yoga can help us to live with greater joy, confidence and ease.
As well as studio classes I work within the community to bring yoga and mindful movement to all who can benefit including teaching in workplaces and education settings and to members of our community with physical and mental health challenges including those with deafness, who use a wheelchair and have cognitive challenges.
I am a lover of mindful rhythmic movement as a life-enhancing practice and am also trained in additional mindful movement practices including ballet fitness, Barre, Pound, BodyGroove dance and sound therapy meditation.
My classes are heart-lifting, empowering, flowing dances to the rhythm of the breath. I share movement and meditation practices with kindness, encouragement and joy - I hope to welcome you to a class soon.
Ashtanga Yoga Beginners Class
May 18th - June 15th
Tuesdays: 7:30 - 8:30pm
5 classes £42
Places limited to 10 so that you benefit from personalised tuition
Rise-up, spread those wings and be your power.
Ashtanga Yoga is an energetic practice of strength and grace.
It builds muscular strength, flexibility and balance through its postures.
It improves cardiovascular health through its flowing transitions.
It calms the mind by working on the nervous system.
It builds confidence and self-esteem as you start to find the postures easier (eventually!)
It’s a challenge - but it’s worth it.
Counted Ashtanga Yoga
A counted class is what most of us are familiar with, I talk you through and demonstrate the yoga asana and every student is working at the same pace.
We have 3 durations of counted class each week (60, 75 and 90minutes). The 3 class durations are progressively more challenging with the 90minute class being the full Primary series. If you're a beginner join either the beginners course, the 60minute or 75minute class.
Mysore Ashtanga Yoga
A Mysore class is a silent, peaceful highly personalised class in which the teacher works with each student in detail where needed. You can arrive and leave whenever you like during the Mysore class as everyone will be working at their own pace.
The Mysore yoga class gives you more time to explore postures you want to work on with me and to move through the sequence at your own pace. I will come along and assist where I think you might need help and you can indicate to me that you want assistance by sitting or standing still, there's no rush to get into or out of postures, I teach you additional postures in the sequence when you are ready and teach deepening of postures when you are ready. We can even create a specific yoga sequence for you with individual adaptations for your body.
It's a powerfully moving experience and a wonderful way to deepen your practice.
We also hold workshops throughout the year to explore the 8 limbs of the practice and to build our friendships.
|Monday||7:30 - 9:30pm||
See guidance below
£30 per month 1 class per week
|Tuesday||7:30 - 8:30pm||Ashtanga Beginners Cours||N/A||£42 5 week course|
|Wednesday||6:00 - 7:15pm||
|£9||£30 per month 1 class per week|
|Thursday||6:00 - 7:00pm||
|£8||£30 per month 1 class per week|
|Friday||6:00 - 7:30pm||
Counted Full Primary
|£9||£30 per month 1 class per week|
Mysore - in a Mysore Ashtanga class you work at your own pace with individualised guidance from me. To attend this class you will need to be familiar with the Surya Namaskaras (sun salutations) and standing sequence, you don't need to know them from memory as I can prompt you. I will then teach you additional postures as you progress.
I recommend that you attend one of the counted classes to become familar with the Surya Namaskaras and standing sequence before attending the class, unless you already have an Ashtanga practice.