Unfurl your sails….
‘We reap what we sow. We are the makers of our own fate. The wind is blowing; those vessels whose sails are unfurled catch it, and go forward on their way, but those which have their sails furled do not catch the wind. Is that the fault of the wind? ………We make our own destiny.’
– Swami Vivekananda
Our goal is to serve you and to help you develop a practice that is appropriate and safe for you.
Our studio is small so we therefore encourage you to participate in classes that are consistent with your experience and training. By doing this we will keep our class sizes intimate and will be able to continue offering you a high standard of supervision.
“The world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong”. -Swami Vivekananda
We offer classes to suit all needs, whether you prefer strong, focused classes or more relaxing, gentle classes. All fitness levels are welcome, and our highly skilled teachers will adapt any posture to your level.
Our teachers are all dedicated practitioners, often having spent several decades practising yoga. They love what they do and are very approachable with any queries or concerns you may have.
The livingroom encourages each teacher to share directly from their own journey and each class is influenced by the teacher’s natural flair and inclinations.
While our classes are loosely divided between hatha or vinyasa, we suggest you go to the teachers section to read about each teacher and decide which class may be best for you. Your preference for teachers may change as your progress on your own yoga journey. This is a natural part of your evolution.
Each class is based on the same approach:
- taking you in and out of postures correctly and safely
- using the breath for its many purposes such as clearing the mind and helping with day to day life, or dealing with pain;
- balancing body, mind and spirit to enhance all that you do in life.
In this time of constant change, we need a stabilizer, a place of refuge to train the mind to be a tool that cuts through the distractions and suffering. With meditation, you will be taken on a journey through many skilful ways of working with your mind and emotions, dealing with pain and refocus into positive states of mind.
The vision of the class is to equip people with the ability to work with the many situations that can arise in one’s life.
A spiritual focus is the main flavour of the evening. One will come away relaxed, clear and energised.
Please see timetable for sessions.
with Jane Taylor (BSc)
Pilates is a comprehensive set of dynamic exercises that strengthen and stretch the body. Pilates works the full body to enable balanced muscle development and increase wellbeing.
A strong body ensures that the head, neck and body are well supported, and back and knee pain are minimised. Pilates assists general toning, recovery programmes and development training for sportsmen and women. The exercises are readily adapted to suit different body types and needs. Pilates is suitable for men and women of all ages.
Open classes are available both daytime and evenings (please see timetable for sessions). All our Pilates classes are small to ensure quality teaching. The exercises are done barefoot and on mats. Just turn up in comfortable clothes, mats are provided and feel welcome, no need to book. These classes are one hour in length and open to all levels.
The beginner classes focus on developing awareness of core muscles, alignment and stretching and provide time to grasp new exercises; intermediate classes provide experienced clients with a more challenging precision workout at a higher pace and level.
with Remy Quinter
Prana is the Sanskrit word for “life force” or vital principle, and Yama is the Sanskrit word for “control.”
Pranayama, or yogic breath work, is the practice of mentally and physically tapping into the subtle life force currents through the breath.
The all-pervading life-force that yogis call prana is universally acknowledged in esoteric practices across the globe. Yoga scholar Georg Feuerstein writes: “The Chinese call it chi, the Polynesians mana, the Amerindians orenda, and the ancient Germans od. It is an all-pervasive ‘organic’ energy.”
Traditionally, pranayama is considered to be ideally practiced just before or at dawn. Therefore this class begins before all others, to take advantage of the morning energies.
The class begins with a set of “pavanamuktasana,” or warm-up exercises, to ensure that the spine is made supple in all 6 directions of movement, and that the hips are opened to be able to sit comfortably. It progresses through “uddiyana bandha,” or the upward abdominal lift, fast pranayamas, Tibetan tummo, slow pranayamas, and finally, seated meditation.
Seated positions are not kept continuously for longer than 20 minutes at a time, with releasing movements put in between.
Students who practice pranayama regularly report to feel much more calm, clear and intuitive in their daily lives. For students who feel that they have arrived at a certain level of their asana practice, and wish to develop themselves more, pranayama is the intuitive next step in the yogic journey.
Please see timetable for sessions.