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
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.
|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|
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.
Ashtanga Yoga Classes
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.
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.
Ashtanga Yoga Beginners Course
Ashtanga Yoga Beginners Course
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.
What if I've never done yoga before?
What do I bring?
What do I wear?
How do I pay?
How long before class should I arrive?
What do I do when I've arrived?
Pop your shoes in the crates by the door and walk into the class, pop your class fee into the box/bowl. Either say "hi I'm new" to the person who looks like the teacher if you feel like it, or if you sit or stand on a mat the teacher will spot you as new and come and have a chat. All that said, we're pretty good at spotting whose new and making sure you're not lost!
Which class should I choose?
The timetable indicates whether a class is gentle, energetic or inbetween. The class descriptions give more detail.
If you want a slow class, holding postures for 5-10 minutes, with soft music - go for yin. If you want something energetic and challenging seeped in tradition go for Ashtanga, something in the middle - go for any of the other classes.
What if I want to get flexible?
What if I want to build strength and fitness?
What if I want to feel calm?
If you've completed those courses, don't fancy them, or you just want a drop-in class the right one depends on what works for you. If you think that it would help to be still and quiet with small movements, holding postures for several minutes - go for Yin. If you think that it would help to be moving and focusing on matching your breathing and movements - go for Ashtanga. If you think something inbetween would work - go for Hatha.
What if I'm shy?
What if I'm not flexible, strong, fit and can't balance?
What if I'm very flexible, strong, fit and great at balancing?
What happens in a yoga class?
Are your teachers qualified?
All of our teachers are trained by registered yoga tecaher teaching bodies - either Yoga Alliance or British Wheel of Yoga and many also hold additional yoga teaching qualifications.
For example, Emma (Ashtanga) was trained to teach by world-renowned Ashtanga teacher John Scott and deepens her learning with Scott Johnson as well as studying trauma, neuroscience and the body-mind connection. Alison (Yin) was trained in yin by internationally-respected Yin teacher Sarah Powers. Danielle (Pregnancy, children and post-natal) has extensive qualifications in teaching pregnancy and postnatal yoga and health.