Please note that we will be partially closed for our annual Winter break from Wednesday 24th January to Wednesday 28th February 2018, with a significantly reduced weekly schedule of classes during this time. As February is the quietest time of year for us here at the Space, with many regular practitioners also away it also gives us an opportunity to undertake any maintenance here and for Helen and our team to have time studying with their own teachers. Helen will also be visiting her daughters in Australia and New Zealand. There will be no weekday scheduled classes during this time but most of the assisted self practice classes on Saturday mornings from 8 – 10, will still be running, with the lovely Justine teaching.
Please check the class schedule and book in if possible before coming along.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and look forward to opening the doors again on Wednesday 28th February, resourced and ready to share another exciting year of yoga with you all. We will of course extend any current class passes to allow for the break in our schedule.
Thank you! Helen and the team at the Space
Assisted self-practice classes
£45 for a block of 5 classes (valid for 2 months from 1st class)
£85 for a block of 10 classes (valid for 6 months from 1st class)
Hatha Yoga Classes
£35 for a block of 5 classes (valid for 2 months from 1st class)
Pregnancy Yoga Classes
£35 for a block of 5 classes (valid for 2 months from 1st class)
£40 1-2-1 classes for 1 hour (by arrangement)
£50 for a 75 minute 1-2-1 session (by arrangement)
Private group classes by arrangement. Please contact us for prices.
Ashtanga Assisted Self Practice Class
These classes are the traditional method by which Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is taught in Mysore india. They are taught in smaller groups, working closely with the teacher so that each student develops at their own rate, under the guidance of the teacher, who will use a combination of verbal and hands-on adjustments. By teaching in this traditional way each student is practising at the right level for them not a ‘generalised’ class level, so it is like having one to one tuition within a class environment. This style is all about developing a personal yoga practice that works for you – which you continue with at home. Because of the way they are structured these classes are suitable for all levels of practitioner and also the best way for beginners to really learn the method. Complete beginners would ideally benefit from attending a Beginners’ course first. You do not need to know the whole sequence to come to self practice classes. The postures (known as Asanas) of the sequence will be taught, one by one, as you progress at your own pace. There is no hurry.
Ashtanga Counted / led Primary classes
*Note: These classes are not suitable for Beginners*
In these weekly classes students are counted (together) through the correct breaths into and out of each of the postures of the primary series. Focus is on the breath and energy flow of the practice, rather than time to look at technique. It is an intermediate level class and so not suitable for beginners. Ideally practitioners should be familiar with at least half of the Primary series and can stop at the point when then the class reaches the place to which they are used to practicing.
Hatha Yoga Classes
These weekly classes are open to all levels of experience and are also a good follow- on technique class for those who have already completed a Foundation course. Students are guided through breath awareness techniques and then a led practice, typically with sun-salutions, standing postures and then seated postures up to the level that is appropriate for the class, with time to look at the teaching points and techniques for new postures (asanas) each week. The class will finish with a short relaxation. Appropriate modifications will be given for individual practitioners so that everyone can practice at a level that is safe and appropriate for them. These classes are also designed to work well in conjunction with attending the assisted self practice classes, which are ultimately the best way to cultivate a personal daily practice.
Pregnancy Yoga is a wonderfully nurturing, safe and gentle practice that helps connect the mind, body and spirit and most importantly connects a woman with her baby, helping to prepare her physically and mentally for her journey through pregnancy and the birth of her baby.
The classes provide a warm and supportive environment for pregnant women to guide them safely through every stage of pregnancy and as they prepare for labour and birth so that they can draw upon their own inherent strength and softness and ability to nurture both themselves and their baby during this time and beyond into young motherhood.
Specific postures help to strengthen and tone the body in a safe and non-impacting manner to help with the changes that the progression of pregnancy brings. In particular, strengthening the legs in preparation for labour and promoting overall stability. It brings an awareness of the body and posture to help avoid tension and strain.
Pregnancy yoga is adapted to the various stages of pregnancy and the exercises can be really effective in alleviating a multitude of pregnancy ailments such as heartburn, tiredness and backache. It improves flexibility (although care must be taken with this because of the additional Relaxin in the body) and promotes good circulation throughout the body. The breathing and relaxation elements to Pregnancy Yoga also encourage breath and body awareness in a woman which help to prepare for the birth, reducing anxiety and stress and teaching her to adapt to new situations. In preparation for the birth, pregnancy yoga also explores some of the different positions for labour and ways of moving (such as moving the hips etc), along with the breathing techniques so that a woman feels resourced as she journeys through her labour.
Meditation & Mindfulness
When we learn how to get out of our own way – to allow an insight into our own true nature – we understand that happiness is not something to be found outside of ourselves. True happiness – contentment, is not a fleeting emotion dependent on other or object, it is in fact our default setting; this along with the feeling of peace, compassion and an unshakable strength. We just can’t always see it. As humans we are all afflicted with powerful emotions such as desire, anger, jealousy and aversion. These emotions and the thoughts that accompany them, act as a veil that obscures our view into our very essence. Once we learn the methods to see past these emotions – we have access to the experience of our true selves – Mindfulness and Meditation techniques guide us gently through our journey into our selves. Mindfulness, although it has it’s roots in Buddhism has become a very secular practise. Backed up empirically by neuroscience, mindfulness has the power to change the habits of a lifetime – to re-programme a seemingly solid mind. Neuronal Plasticity is the brain’s ability to ‘re wire’. The brain is in fact malleable . Over time, with the discipline of both mindfulness and meditation, we can mitigate the effects of the emotions that have the power ‘to take us over’, and both cultivate and experience the emotions that bring us a greater sense of well being.
Terms and Conditions for Class Bookings, including our Cancellation Policy:
By Paying for and booking a space for a class, you confirm that you have read and agree to the following terms and conditions:
Spaces booked for a particular class are not transferable and are for the person or persons named at the time of the booking. They cannot be transferred to a third party without prior confirmation by us.
It is your responsibility to attend the sessions paid for. Please note that our cancellation window is 24 hours for classes. All late cancellations are automatically charged. If you are unwell or cannot make a particular class that you have booked onto for any reason, kindly let us know as soon as possible so that we can give the space to someone else. Thank you for understanding.
Blocks of classes and monthly passes are valid for the time limits stated and cannot be extended without prior confirmation by us. Where reasonably possible, however, we will always try and extend any passes purchased if you have not been able to attend for reasons beyond your control, such as illness, as long as you let us know as soon as possible.
The Space and the teachers here do not accept responsibility for lost, stolen or damaged goods whilst on our premises. Please look after your own belongings and place them in the storage area provided by the entrance to the studio.
Please inform the teacher before any class of any injuries, operations, if you are pregnant or have any medical conditions so that they can give appropriate modifications. If you have any injuries or medical conditions, we would also recommend checking with a doctor or medical professional for their advise before attending any yoga classes.
Please ensure that the classes which you book are suitable and check with the Class description for any particular class before booking. If you are uncertain as to which class to try, please contact us for advice as to which classes are most suitable.
Thank you for accepting these terms and conditions which enable us to run our classes as smoothly and efficiently as possible.
Terms and Conditions for Workshop Bookings, Including Cancellation Policy:
By Paying for and booking a space on a workshop, you confirm that you have read and agree to the following terms and conditions:
Spaces booked for a particular workshop are not transferable and are for the person or persons named at the time of the booking.
They cannot be transferred to a third party without prior confirmation by the workshop organiser.
Cancellations made up to 21 days prior to the start of the workshop will receive a refund minus a £15 handling fee. We cannot guarantee refunds for cancellations made less than 21 days prior to the start of the workshop and up to 10 days before unless we are able to fill the space, in which case you will receive a refund minus a £15 handling fee.
No refunds will be given for cancellations made within 10 days of the start of the workshop.
We will send you a confirmation email once we have received your payment for the booking. Please bring this with you on the day.as proof of booking.
Please inform the teacher before any workshop of any injuries, operations, if you are pregnant or have any medical conditions so that they can give appropriate modifications. If you have any injuries or medical conditions, we would also recommend checking with a doctor or medical professional for their advise before attending any yoga classes or workshops.
Please ensure that the workshop which you book is suitable and check the workshop description before booking. If you are uncertain, please contact us for advice before booking.
Thank you for accepting these terms and conditions which enable us to run our events and workshops as smoothly and efficiently as possible.