Online Class Schedule
Whether you are a complete beginner or seasoned practitioner we are here to support your practice.
We hope that you are all keeping safe and well. You are all so important to us and we wanted to find a way to continue to connect as a community, at this difficult time. To this end, we have put together a weekly schedule of classes for you to join ‘virtually’ from our home to yours.
These classes will be live streamed via ZOOM®. Please see the notes on how to access the class via the Zoom App and online class protocol at the bottom of this page.
PRICES AND EXISTING CLASS PASSES:
All existing class passes have been frozen and will be re-activated as and when we are able to open our doors again. So all class credits and passes will still be valid and ready to use when we restart the regular weekly classes at the Space.
In the meantime, we are aware that, like ourselves, many people will be affected financially by the current covid 19 situation and so we are offering all the live streamed classes at a discounted rate.
In addition, if you are a frontline worker, working in the NHS at this time, or in any supportive role for the community, all classes are free of charge for you. Please contact us by email if you’d like to book.
Likewise, if you are experiencing financial hardship at this time and can’t afford the discounted rate but would like to join a class, we would love to you have you with us as our guest. Please get in touch by email and we can book you in.
ONLINE PRIVATE 1-2-1 CLASSES AND SMALL GROUP SESSIONS (VIA ZOOM®)
can be booked, by appointment, on most days, subject to availability.
We can also arrange private group workshops or retreats.
Please contact us by email for more information or to arrange a 1 to 1 session or bespoke yoga event.
We will be offering more of the 5 day Immersions with Helen throughout the year. These will be limited to just 6 spaces and are an opportunity to explore your own asana practice and pranayama in more depth.
Thank you for your continued support x
How to use Zoom® to join the live streamed classes
You can download the Zoom.us App onto your laptop, smart phone or device. for free. We recommend doing this in advance and not right before the class starts, so that you are familiar with how it all works.
Make sure you have enough space at home for your yoga mat and get ready to do the class.
Once you have booked onto a specific class, you will be sent a link by email 30 minutes before the start of the class. Click on this link to access the class (it should open up in the Zoom App).
Remember to turn your video ON and your sound OFF before you enter the online class and keep your sound MUTED throughout, unless asked to speak by the teacher.
Other participants will be able to see you and your video so be mindful of this. Please position your mat lengthways to the camera on your phone /device or computer and, if possible, ideally far enough away from the screen so that we can see your whole body length when you are practicing, both standing and seated. This will help the teacher to offer any verbal guidance to you during the class if they can see you as you practice.
For more information about using Zoom® here’s a quick video showing you exactly what you need to do to join a Zoom class. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s70US8-JhPc
Guided self-practice classes
£50 for a 5 Class Pass valid for 2 months
£40 for a weekly 5 Class Pass valid for 7 days
£25 for a weekly 3 Class Pass valid for 7 days
£12.50 single class
Hatha Yoga Classes
£40 for 5 Class Pass valid for 2 months
£9.50 for a single class
Pregnancy Yoga Classes
£45 for a Block of 5 Classes
£10 for a Single Class
£45 for a 1 hour Private Class (by arrangement)
Private Classes – in person or online
£60 – 75 minute class for up to 2 people
£75 – 90 minute class for up to 2 people
For group classes 3+ people please contact us for prices
Online 1-2-1 classes also available. Please contact us for details
Ashtanga guided self practice classes
These classes are the traditional method by which Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is taught in Mysore India and are taught in smaller groups. Each person is guided through the practice by the teacher, who will work with each practitioner individually within the group environment, so that everyone can practice at a level that works for them, and for as short or long a practice as they want on any day. Teachers will guide you with appropriate modifications or work with specific elements of the practice as needed, using the traditional sequence of asanas (postures) as the framework for practice and introducing new postures as and when these are appropriate for each individual person.
Our teachers are here to hold the space for you so that you can explore and enjoy this meditative practice at your own pace, creating an environment which is calm and supportive and allows space for practitioners to focus on their own breath and movement. We are here to support your practice and always work with respect for each individual. This traditional way of teaching / learning is a two way process, at the heart of which is the relationship and trust between teacher and student. We encourage practitioners to develop awareness of how their bodies feel in each of the postures and never to push into feelings of discomfort or pain. With regular practice, yoga is about cultivating steadiness in the body and breath with each movement. We encourage practitioners to communicate with us so that we can share appropriate variations or use of props to assist. We teach by using a combination of verbal instruction, demonstration and, with the consent of the practitioner, hands-on assists too where appropriate in order to help you with your practice. Hands on assists can be very helpful in providing additional support in a new posture or helping a practitioner to find more foundation. We always check in with practitioners before offering any hands on assists, to make sure that they are happy to be assisted in this way and fully respect that you may prefer not to receive any hands on assistance. 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 Primary class
*Note: These classes are not suitable for Beginners*
In these classes practitioners are counted (together) through the vinyasas into and out of each of the postures (asanas) 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. You only have to practice as far as you are familiar with, and comfortable with, practicing and we recommend that you stop at any point that want.
Hatha Yoga Classes
These classes are open to all levels of experience and are also a good follow-on technique class for those who have already completed a Beginners’ course. Typically, each class with start with simple somatic movements and a guided breath awareness practice. followed by a guided movement practice. This will include 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. Variations will be always be taught for each posture or movement practice 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 guided 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.
Somatic movement works by educating the practitioner to understand the brain to body’s reaction to stress and injury. It enables us to assess how our body is currently moving and which movements we can and cannot do. Through learning specific, slow and gentle movements, the brain can re-learn how to gain voluntary control of these movements.
A Brief History of Somatic movement education
The discipline of Clinical Somatic Education (also known as Hanna Somatic Education) was developed by the philosopher Thomas Hanna (1928 – 1990). He devoted years of research to exploring the links between physical and psychological well-being to the capacity that we all have to alter both behavioural and bodily health through awareness and control of the way in which our bodies move. He founded the Novato Institute of Somatic Research in 1975, specifically to study the impacts of “movement awareness”. He drew together the teachings of the Alexander Technique and Feldenkrais, and in so doing identified the phenomenon of “sensory motor amnesia”. Once identified, he developed the method of somatic education, which enables an individual to replace sensory motor amnesia with sensory motor awareness. It is that awareness that lies at the heart of somatics, and which offers the potential of a permanent solution to pain removal.
Starting in late 2019. More information coming soon …
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.
"A beautiful morning self practice class. Practising to the sound of early morning birds and a cracking log fire in the sleepy Purbeck hills is as good as it gets."
Class Terms and Conditions and Cancellation Policy
Terms and Conditions for Class Bookings, including our Cancellation Policy
By Paying for a class or class pass 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 12 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 non refundable and non tranferable and are valid for the time limits stated. They 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. Class passes can be shared between two people. Please contact us to arrange this.
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.