We believe in sharing the practice of yoga in a way that supports everyone, from complete beginners to more experienced practitioners. Most of the classes which we run are suitable for all levels of experience but we recommend that you read the class description for any particular class to check that it is suitable or get in touch if you would like to talk through class options. The class descriptions can be found at the bottom of this page and also. Please let us know if you are a complete beginner or get it touch if you would like to know more or discuss which classes would work best for you.
You can see our online class schedule below, along with class prices and how to book. We keep class sizes small in order to work with our little space and to make sure that we can really support each person that comes along to class. We may also make occasional changes to the regular schedule to accommodate workshops and guest teacher events. We therefore kindly ask that you book a space online (or email us if this is your first visit) before coming along to class. Please also make sure that you are aware of our Terms and conditions for class bookings, including cancellation policies, which can be found at the bottom of this ‘Classes’ page.
We have created a dedicated yoga practice space here which is light, warm and clean and which is very much a place where practitioners can leave their daily life at the door for a while, roll out their mat, breathe, practice and connect with themselves. The energy of the space is created not just by us but by everyone who comes to share the practice here and we are very grateful to our wonderful, and growing, yoga community. If this is your first visit, please see our New Student Information Page for FAQs more information about classes and practicing here at our little yoga space.
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you
Helen and the team at the Space x
PRIVATE 1-2-1 AND GROUP SESSIONS
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.
Our Guided self practice classes are evolving …
Starting from January 2020, we are evolving the way in which we offer the guided self practice classes. You can see more information on the guided self practice classes page. Over the last five years and more of teaching the self practice classes here, we have seen the value of being able to work with people over a number of consecutive days, such as on our 5 day immersions and retreat weeks. These classes allow anyone who is newer to practice to have plenty of individual support and guidance, whilst giving those with more experience the opportunity to enjoy the freedom of practicing at their own pace.
The Saturday morning sessions will remain on the weekly schedule, but with a new longer session, running from 8am – 11am, to allow you more flexibility over the time that you come to practice.
We will no longer have weekly guided classes on the schedule, but instead will over dedicated self practice weeks, when we will have practice sessions each morning, from 6.45am – 9.15am.
You will be able to buy a pass for the whole week, just a few days or single drop-in sessions.
We will slowly be phasing out the current 10 class passes, but don’t worry as you’ll still have time to use any current ones. The 5 class passes will remain, and can be used either for any of the guided self practice classes weeks or Saturday mornings.
We will be offering more of the 5 day Immersions with Helen throughout the year. These will be limited to just a small group and will continue to be a perfect opportunity to explore asana, breath work and meditation practices in more depth.
Thank you for your continued support x
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)
£55 – 75 minute class for up to 2 people
£65 – 90 minute class for up to 2 people
For group classes 3+ people please contact us for prices
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.