Yoga

Yogahome offers yoga classes in a variety of styles and with teachers of different backgrounds. If you are new or unsure about the distinction between styles, just read the definitions below and our guide to beginners. Feel free to ask us for advice anytime!



Ashtanga Yoga

Parsvottanasana square

A vigorous practice as you move from pose to pose at a sustained pace. Expect a sweaty workout that builds up strength, flexibility and stamina. The same sequence of poses, the Primary Series, is repeated in each class so you ultimately commit it to memory and can move on to self-practice. When fully integrated, the practice becomes like a moving meditation as you no longer need to remember the sequence.


Flow & Restore

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A two-in-one yoga class with the first half an energetic, dynamic practice, and the second half a calming series of relaxing poses, ending with a deep, long, guided relaxation. A full-rounded, well balanced class with the benefits of vinyasa flow and restorative yoga packed in a single session!






Iyengar Yoga

iyengar yoga class

A precise, technical and rigorous style focused on the structural alignment of the body by holding postures statically and using equipment such as blocks and belts to ensure correct and safe practice. A good style to explore each posture in depth, develop body awareness, build stability in the poses while releasing tension. Expect strict teachers with a passion for correct alignment.






Jivamukti Yoga

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Jivamukti yoga is a recent variation of vinyasa flow, developed in the US in the 1980's. It blends dynamic and often challenging sequences of postures with chanting, harmonium music, and philosophical or spiritual references. Expect a pacy, creative and physically demanding practice.


 


Pranayama & Meditation

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Following simple, preparatory stretches and breath techniques (pranayama), you will be guided through ways to sit, concentrate, and access a stillness of mind that, even if only achieved for a few moments, will bring you clarity and serenity. Accessible to everyone, this is a great to start meditation or to deepen your practice. Different teachers bring a range of techniques to the class.

 

Post Natal Yoga

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Supports new mothers in recovering and getting back into shape while bonding with their baby. No previous experience of yoga necessary. There is a crèche worker in the room to help. For newborn to crawling age babies' classes, tea and snacks are provided after class. The older babies' class lasts 45min and welcomes crawlers and toddlers. Yogahome is all on one level so if your baby is asleep you can bring your buggie all the way in.

 

Pregnancy Yoga

pregancy yoga class

Yoga is a fantastic way to get in touch with your body during pregnancy. It can help to ease the discomforts of pregnancy and prepare you physically and mentally for the birth of your baby.
Each class includes an optional 30min tea and chat lead by the teacher at the end, to share knowledge and experiences. If you wish to take part in any other yoga class whilst pregnant please contact us for advice.

 

Restorative Yoga

restorative-yoga

A relaxing practice using props to fully support the body in restful poses and where body and mind are progressively trained to let go. The body is gently, passively stretched and re-aligned, and the mind is allowed time to rest, leaving you feeling open, nurtured and refreshed.




Slow Flow Yoga

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A perfect compromise between dynamic and static or gentle styles: slow, mindful movement between and within the postures allows you to focus on alignment and breath, adapt, and make the practice as strong or as gentle as you need it to be. An inclusive class, it welcomes beginners as much as advanced practitioners, pregnant women and those recovering from injury.  



Vinyasa Flow Yoga

vinyasa yoga class

Vinyasa flow yoga is a dynamic practice rooted in the Ashtanga and other physical yoga traditions, with different teachers bringing different influences, so that you keep moving from one pose to the other but the sequences are creative, changing every time and often set to music. Classes will be more or less vigorous and challenging depending on the teacher so do try them all! 




 

 Yoga & Meditation

Sukhasana square

A full-rounded class taking you on the traditional journey of yoga: starting with postures and movements to limber the body, enabling you to then sit comfortably for the meditation practice. You will be guided through preparatory exercises to focus, and led through meditation to quieten the mind. Different teachers bring different styles and methods to the class so do try them all!



Yoga Nidra

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Also known as sleep with awareness, yoga nidra is an ancient practice intended to induce full-body relaxation and a deep meditative state. Following basic, gentle movements to limber and a few restorative poses, the teacher will use techniques such as guided imagery and body scanning to aid relaxation, allowing a generous length of time in Savasana (lying down on your back, with appropriate support) for practitioners to physically and mentally sink into their yoga nidra.


Yin yoga

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A quiet practice involving prolonged stretching. Postures are held for 3 minutes or more to open into the thicker layers of connective tissue around the joints. During this time, we develop attentiveness and refine our awareness of our physical, energetic, emotional and mental states. Yin yoga is a great complement to dynamic (yang) styles and a subtle and profound practice on its own.  It is recommended to anyone in need of deep stretching, but is therefore not recommended to those with hypermobility, spinal disc issues or joints issues.




Guide to levels


Level 1 : For beginners or anyone wanting to focus on key poses and principles, no experience necessary. Emphasis is on alignment, breathing and modifications. Level 1 classes are a great way to build up your practice from good foundations, or re-visit these foundations whenever you feel the need.

All Levels : Everyone welcome, no previous experience of yoga necessary but a minimum level of fitness and body awareness is recommended as these classes may be physically demanding. Differing abilities are catered for and everyone is encouraged to work within their capacity.

Level 2 : For students familiar with classical poses and their modifications, including some backbends and inversions, and with good body control. Expect challenging versions of poses being offered, or more subtle explorations of them, as well as more complex sequences or longer holds.


Yoga: A Beginner's Guide

 

What classes to start with?

Iyengar, Level 1
Get to know the classical poses in detail in this technical, traditional style where you hold poses and use props such as blocks and belts to ensure correct alignment and careful progression.
Slow Flow, for all levels
A cross between the careful precision of Iyengar and the dynamism of Vinyasa Flow, these classes involve movement but slow enough that you can pay attention to alignment, modify with props, nurture the breath and rest when you need to.
Yoga and Meditation, for all levels
A full-rounded class taking you on the traditional journey of yoga: from the physical practice of postures to the deepr and quieter practice of meditation. Learn fundamental techniques both for body and mind.

 

Want something vigorous, with more movement?

Ashtanga, Level 1
Traditional energetic style from which many modern dynamic styles have derived. Learn a set sequence of poses (the "Primary Series") based on the synchronisation of movement and breath (vinyasa). A workout but a systematic and well-designed one.
Vinyasa Flow, Level 1

A modern, creative style drawing from the dynamic Ashtanga tradition and integrating other influences depending on each teacher's background. Move dynamically through well-crafted and ever-changing sequences of poses, with music to inspire and stimulate.

 

What is always good to do, for everyone!

Restorative yoga and Yoga nidra
True and effective relaxation is an art! With these classes you will learn to unwind in restful postures supported by props for optimal comfort. With minimal effort and distraction in the body, the mind can become stiller and quieter, able to enter deeper layers of consciousness.
Pranayama & Meditation
Breathing and meditation are accessible to anyone, regardless of ability. Learning them through simple techniques will not only deepen your practice but simply have a wonderful impact on your overall well-being.

 

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