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Chair Yoga

A 16 week course of free to access Chair Yoga classes starts in August. These free classes can be accessed by those with one of more long term health condition or mobility challenges.

This class helps improve range of motion, strength, balance and digestion. It also teaches relaxation techniques to support pain relief. The classes are fun and informative and include breathing exercises and guided relaxing meditation.

Funded by Active Lancashire and made possible by our community of yoga studio members who by attending classes at Mandala help to fund our work.

Improve balance, strength, joint mobility and digestion.

Is this class suitable for beginners?

Yes, the postures are very clearly explained and are beginner-friendly. You don't need to have experienced yoga before.

Do I need to be flexible or fit?

No, this is a very gentle class focused on helping you to feel relaxed and calm and then move in a way that feels positive in your body to gradually improve mobility, balance and strength as well as digestion and respiratory health.

What should I wear and bring?

Wear something you are comfortable stretching in, for example leggings, joggers or shorts and a t-shirt or vest top. We will be bare footed for the movement part of the class and can wear socks for the relaxation - so no need for trainers.

If you have a yoga mat please bring it, but if you do not have one please let us know and we will quarantine one for your use.

Is this class free to access?

Yes, this class is funded by the National Lottery Communities Fund and Active Lancashire.

Where is this class and is there parking?

We are at Mandala. 18 Derby Street, Preston, PR1 1DT. There is free parking for Blue Badge holders on the roads outside the venue. We around the corner from Preston bust station and from B&M Bargains, customers of B&M Bargains can use their car park.

How do I book this class?

Through our timetable https://www.themandalapreston.com/timetable/

What do I do when I arrive for class?

Take your shoes off and leave them in the storage spaces and head to the small room opposite the shoe storage and take a seat. The teacher will come and say hi and have a chat with you, make you feel welcome and let you know what to do.

about the Teacher

Emma Lowther-Wright: Studio Director

Hi, I'm Emma 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. Often referred to as 'Preston's yoga teacher' I am honoured to teach yoga to 150-200 people every week!

I am dedicated to and immersed in the Ashtanga practice and continue to travel to study with senior 500hr international teachers including Eddie Stern, Scott Johnson, Lucy Crawford-Scott and Greg Nardi.

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 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.

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.
RYT 350hrs, BAST PLdip, Groove Facilitator, POUND, Barre Concept, Aerial Yoga

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