We encourage you to explore a range of teachers and styles to find those which really work for you.
Read more about the styles of yoga we offer below or browse our online class schedule and click on any teacher’s name to find out more.
For advice on which classes might be best for you, please contact our reception team.
A powerful and dynamic style of yoga developed by Sri K Pattabhi Jois, in which set series of postures (Primary and/or Secondary Series) are linked dynamically to the breath in a flow of movement increasing strength and flexibility. When the set sequence of postures becomes familiar, the mind relaxes and the practice can become deep and meditative, yet still dynamic.
Flow and Restore Yoga
A class that is perfect for everyone and all abilities. The practice combines breath awareness, intelligent slow flowing movement, longer held restorative postures and relaxation. This mindful practice is multi layered and moves you beyond the obvious musculature and into your connective tissue/fascia while having a profound affect on your nervous system. The overall focus is releasing deep held tension and stress patterns of the mind-body, reducing cortisol levels (stress hormone) focusing and stilling the mind and deeply resting your whole being. Open to all levels.
Hot Flow classes are more advanced than the Hot 60 classes, with a more dynamic flow of postures. The class is faster paced than the Hot 60 foundation sequence although it includes many of the same foundation poses. The class includes sun salutations with an emphasis on connecting the breath with movement (vinyasa) during the standing sequence. Teachers encouraged to bring out their own style in hot flow classes, including inspirations from some of our great schools of yoga such as Ashtanga, Jivamukti, Baptiste, Claire Missingham and Shiva Rea.
This class is the merging of our Flow and Hot Yoga Styles, with varying sequences that gives you the chance to try new postures. In Fusion classes we encourage our teachers to express their preferred style of yoga set within the hot yoga environment. Hot fusion classes offer a balanced yoga practise to produce a state of inner calm and balance. Classes are often done to music. Fusion classes tend to be more advanced than the Hot Yoga 60 (Level 1) classes.
Hot Yoga 60 (Level 1)
Our own signature Hot Yoga series that encompasses postures to work all of your body, as well as your mind. Beginning with exploration of pranayama (breath work), there are 40 postures practiced in a room heated to thirty eight degrees to allow your muscles to warm and stretch. The standing postures are a cardiovascular work out where you will sweat a lot, eliminating toxins and flush fresh oxygenated blood round your system to cleanse and rejuvenate your body and mind. The floor section works on strengthening the upper body, spine and abdominal muscles, and ends with deep surrender and relaxation. This class is suitable for all, including beginners allowing you to correctly find your yoga practise, experienced practitioners will enjoy exploring deepening basic postures and modifying to advance.
In Jivamukti Yoga the spiritual teachings of yoga are typically linked with the more physical practise (asana). Jivamukti Yoga was founded by Sharon Gannon and David Life in 1984 in New York. It is a yoga method that is based on a strong Vinyasa practice (connecting yoga asanas through fluid transitions, guided by the breath), and it integrates teachings from five other yogic disciplines: Swadhyaya (Study of the Self/Philosophy), Ahimsa (the Practice of Non-Violence), Bhakti (Devotion), Nada Yoga (Yoga of Sound) and Meditation. The purpose of this methodology is to learn how to improve one’s quality and joy of life, and to bring greater harmony into our relationships.
Jivamukti classes include a challenging and constantly changing physical practice with inspiring music, and include meditation, chanting and spiritual teachings. This class is not recommended for those who are new to yoga.
Jivamukti Spiritual Warrior
Jivamukti Spiritual Warrior classes are designed for busy people who only have an hour to practice. The class is fast paced and invigorating and is certainly a “get-in-shape” class. The structure is a fixed set sequence instructed in a vinyasa style. It is a fully balanced class which includes asana warm-up, chanting, setting of intention, sun salutes, standing poses, backbends, forward bends, twists, inversions, meditation and relaxation.
Jivamukti Yoga was founded by Sharon Gannon and David Life in 1984 in New York. It is a yoga method that is based on a strong Vinyasa practice (connecting yoga asanas through fluid transitions, driven by the breath), and it integrates teachings from five other yogic disciplines: Swadhyaya (Study of the Self/Philosophy), Ahimsa (the Practice of Non-Violence), Bhakti (Devotion), Nada Yoga (Yoga of Sound) and Meditation. The purpose of this methodology is to learn how to improve one’s quality and joy of life, and to bring greater harmony into our relationships.
Kundalini Yoga - Yoga For Real Life
Yoga for Real Life classes focus on everyday issues and how the breathing exercises, postures, mantras and meditation from Kundalini yoga can help you to achieve happiness, health, lasting relationships, prosperity and to feel better about yourself. The class is based on the Kundalini tradition and includes a dynamic blend of postures, pranayam (breathing), mantra and meditation, which will teach you the art of relaxation, self healing and mental elevation. The class will also include music and mantra.
A one hour flowing class designed to reinvigorate you for the afternoon and evening. Whilst the class will vary each week it will be a fully balanced class including warm-ups, asana and some time for relaxation.
A Mandala is a picture of a geometric pattern within a circle, representing the universe. Mandalas have been used for many years as a focusing tool for meditation across different traditions, both religious and secular. In Mandala Flow yoga we move in circles and spirals around the mat, stimulating both sides of the brain and accessing parts of the body and mind that we may not perhaps access when we move in a purely linear way.
Each class focuses on an element, a chakra or a particular group of muscles, using rhythmic pulsations and repetition to encourage the body to open and go a little bit further with each rotation. The class will start and finish with Yin Yoga (static poses held for longer periods), in order to bring the mind into a meditative state and balance the yang flow of the Mandala. The class is designed to help you relax, renew and restore at the end of the week, preparing you for the week ahead.
The archetypal image of the yogi is often that of a person sitting in deep meditation. One of the oldest and deepest aspects of yoga, meditation can be thought of as a way of gradually refining our mental focus, intended to generate both greater mental calm and greater clarity. It is a time to sit quietly and to move our awareness inwards, away from the bombardment of external stimulation which characterises most of our lives. You may encounter meditation practice in many Life Centre yoga classes, but classes specifically described as with Meditation will generally include a minimum of 10 minutes seated meditation. This may be in silence, or it may be guided by the teacher. Either way, no prior experience of meditation is needed in order to attend these classes.
Pilates is an exercise system designed to stretch, strengthen and balance the entire body. It improves your posture and increases stability and flexibility. It works the deeper musculature in a
focused manner, to strengthen core postural muscles and develop correct body alignment.
Specialist Pilates class to prepare for birth and recovery afterwards. This class improves muscle tone, giving better support to your abdomen, and helps create or maintain flexibility in your spine and joints, easing aches and pains. Pilates is also a great way to relax! Classes can be attended after 12th week of pregnancy.
A balanced gentle flow class with breathing exercises and visualisation. This specialist yoga class is to assist your body in cultivating strength, flexibility and breath awareness, adapting to the many changes that pregnancy brings about, to focus on your baby, and to prepare you mentally, physically and emotionally for labour birth and afterwards. Suitable from 12 weeks and/or first scan, until the end of pregnancy.
Attending pregnancy yoga classes is also a great opportunity to socialise with other pregnant women, share tips and support each other in this most precious time of your life
To ‘rest’, to ‘relax’ and to ‘restore’ is essential to everyone, especially in the none stop and stressful lifestyle of today’s world. To ‘rest’ deeply is to experience absolute relaxation, where there is effortless in stillness, quietness and peace.
Restorative yoga is active relaxation, using props to support the physical body in position of ease, to facilitate positive relaxation response, for energetic, emotional and mental equanimity. During deep relaxation, all the organ systems of the body are benefited. A few of the measurable results of relaxation are the reduction of blood pressure and the improvement of immune function, as well as improvement in digestion, fertility, elimination and the reduction of muscle tension and general fatigue.
Vinyasa Flow Yoga
The Sanskrit word vinyasa means placing with awareness. Our vinyasa flow classes are built around varied and creative sequences of postures linked by the thread of the breath in a flowing style, sometimes interspersed with longer holds. Breath focus is integrated throughout the class, helping to centre and quieten the mind, and classes may include pranayama and seated meditation.
Vinyasa flow classes tend to be more physically demanding than those described as Yoga as, in places, they flow more quickly and more energetically. They may be set to music to promote the connection with our inherent rhythm.
Warm Flow & Restore
Practiced in a warm studio (around 28 degrees), this is a class that is perfect for everyone and all abilities. The practice combines breath awareness, intelligent slow flowing movement, longer held restorative postures and relaxation. This mindful practice is multi layered and moves you beyond the obvious musculature and into your connective tissue/fascia while having a profound affect on your nervous system. The overall focus is releasing deep held tension and stress patterns of the mind-body, reducing cortisol levels (stress hormone) focusing and stilling the mind and deeply resting your whole being. Open to all levels.
Yin Yang Yoga
This class is split into two halves. Starting with the yang, the dynamic flow, to get the body moving and create internal heat. We will then move into the yin part which is the quieter more subtle practice. Yin Yoga is a practice where postures are held for 3 minutes or more. This length of time is used to open into the thicker layers of connective tissues around the joints that a moving, dynamic practice may not as effectively access. During this time of stillness, the physical, energetic, emotional and mental states of being are refined and aligned through heightened inner awareness. When this inner awareness is allowed to grow in stillness, knowledge is gained in maintaining a quiet and concious state at all times. Yogas-citta-vrtti-nirodhah “Yoga is the restriction of the fluctuations of consciousness.
Yin Yoga is a perfect complement to a dynamic Yang style practice and an extremely subtle and profound practice on its own, as through holding postures for sustained periods of time, we examine limits and explore potentials.
Classes described as yoga do not fall neatly into any of our other class styles. Often this is because the teacher has studied a variety of styles within the yoga tradition so that his/her classes reflect a more eclectic, personal approach. While generally based around posture practice, these classes often also delve more deeply into the subtle inner practices of yoga, including breath work and meditation, exploring how the range of yoga practices can help quieten the busy mind and encourage greater peace and happiness. Please read the teachers biography for more insight into their personal style.
Yoga & Sound
The class will start with a gentle yoga sequence and then bathe you in the harmonising sound of traditional tibetan singing bowls, temple cymbals and chimes. Yoga and Sound classes will take you through an integrated journey of movement, breath and sound to help clear out tension and invite energy, freshness and rejuvenation into your whole being. Singing bowls have been used in ancient cultures for thousands of years. The harmony of sounds will enhance your relaxation experience and will take your meditation practice to the next level.
Yoga and Mindfulness
Move, Enrich, Awaken – Yoga and Mindfulness
Prepare yourself for the day ahead and enjoy a pre work haven to focus, stretch and move. Ease out stresses and strains both on the inside and out.
Yoga Backcare Basics
The Yoga for Back Care drop in class is designed to relieve pain, help prevent back problems from worsening and enable you to build strength and confidence.Whether you have a diagnosed condition or are amongst the large number of adults who experience generalised back pain with no obvious cause, Yoga can help.
Back pain can have a huge impact on your ability to participate fully in the activities you enjoy. You may have stopped doing many things because of a fear of making it worse. Many people find it affects their work, family life and their ability to exercise or be active. Long term back problems can also affect your mood and stress levels.
Attending a regular yoga class is an effective way to prevent back pain. However, once back pain has begun, you might find certain movements trigger your pain and it may be difficult to know how to manage this. You may find yourself becoming less active as a result.
This specialised class can help you understand what you can do for your own body and will teach you how to modify the movements in a healthy, enjoyable way. The session includes therapeutic stretches and strengthening postures to ease different types of back pain, flowing movements designed to relieve stress (which often accompanies or triggers back pain), and breathing exercises which calm the mind.
If your symptoms / pain have come on suddenly or very recently, please contact the teacher to check the class will be suitable for you.
Yoga For Sport
Yoga can help runners and other sports people with both strength and flexibility in crucial areas, improve performance and reduce the risk of injury. The class will focus on exercises to create better alignment, stretch muscles properly, develop critical strength and utilise the breath for increased efficiency in running or any sport.
There are so many commonalities between sport and yoga: movement, and particularly embodied movement, brings us to the present moment, and connects us to our inner joy, and sense of being whole, allowing us to enjoy and excel, in our chosen sport. .
Yoga Nidra for Relaxation
Yoga nidra translates as yogic sleep. However, rather than actually sleeping, in yoga nidra you will lie down and be guided by the teacher into a state of profound physical and mental relaxation, somewhere between wakefulness and sleep. As well as allowing our bodies and minds some much needed rest, this also allows the sub-conscious mind to be at its most receptive, so that the practice can help to sow seeds of positive intention as well as help let go of negative habits. Yoga nidra has also been shown to help relieve stress, tension and anxiety, and has become a valuable therapeutic tool in many contexts.
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Meet the Teachers
Donna’s spiritual journey began after experiencing a solar eclipse in India in 1995.
Shortly after that, she took a silent Vipassana retreat followed by a number of others, which changed her as a person and prepared her for when she found yoga, via an Ashtanga Vinyasa class which she happened across on her way to the beach in Goa in 1998.
Yin Yoga Workshop
With Danny Solomon, Fiona Finsbury
A transformative afternoon, exploring the powerful practice of Yin Yoga.
An Introduction to the Ashtanga Primary Series
With Donna Southwell
This workshop is aimed at complete beginners to ashtanga yoga as well as those who would like to look at the basics in more depth.
Backbend the Dharma Way
With Sue Hodgkinson
This workshop in the Style of Dharma yoga will help you to go deeper into your back bends.