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.
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.
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.
Mandala classes begin with Yin postures and a gentle warm up, followed by a more dynamic, circular Vinyasa flow.
Each week we practice one of four different sequences based on the elements (Earth, Water, Fire and Air) – designed to open up specific parts of the body that need to be awake in order for you to access more advanced yoga postures.
In the class you will have the opportunity to work on arm balances and inversions, and we close with Yin and relaxation to bring balance to the body and mind.
Mandala flow will most suit intermediate practitioners and those looking to deepen their physical practice, but all levels are welcome as modifications are offered.
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.
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.
Yin yoga is based on the Taoist concept of Yin (feminine)and Yang (masculine), opposite and complementary principles in nature. Yin is the stable, unmoving, hidden aspect of things; yang is the changing, moving, revealing aspect. In the body, the relatively stiff connective tissues are yin, while the more mobile and pliable muscles and blood are yang. Connective tissue and the internal organs respond best to a slow, steady load so Yin poses are generally passive, floor-based and held for longer. It is in this space that the body and mind surrender their resistance and allow for the healthy flow of chi or prana – the life force. A Yin class is a great compliment to more Yang practices such as Hot Flow & Ashtanga.
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 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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Here Comes The Sun: Surya Namaskar in Detail
With Donna McCafferey
In this workshop we will explore the alignment of each pose within the Sun Salutations A & B, incorporating the relevance of Bandha (locks), Drishti (gazing point) and breathing. Breaking down the individual elements of this garland of poses will add a wealth of insight and refinement to your yoga practice and help ensure that you approach them mindfully to prevent injury. You do not need to have practiced Ashtanga before to attend. This workshop is suitable for all levels of practitioner from complete beginner to advanced.
Yoga for Stress Release Workshop
With Sue Diamond
In this nourishing workshop, Sue will help you to de-stress and reset through releasing negative emotions and guiding you into a deep state of relaxation.
Be Here Now! Meditation for the Modern World - 4 Week Course
With Mick Timpson
A unique 4-week course introducing the art & science of wholeness, resilience, creativity and wellbeing with Mick Timpson.
Week-by-week, Mick will gently guide you towards knowing how to stop and relax purposefully, guide your attention and manage your mind towards knowing a deeper conscious awareness.
Mandala Magic: Earth Element & Inversions
With Fiona Finsbury, Danny Solomon
This workshop will be a blend of relaxing Yin Yoga and challenging Mandala Flow, which uses a unique style of breath and movement designed to target and activate specific muscle groups in the body. We will focus on the element of Earth which has grounding and strengthening properties, and use this as a foundation to rise up into our inversions safely, calmly and without fear.
New Moon Kundalini and Yoga Nidra Afternoon
With Beth Morgan
Join Beth Morgan for this special New Moon Kundalini Yoga & Yoga Nidra afternoon to harness the potent energies of the New Moon.
Yoga Nidra & Mantra Circle
With Beth Morgan
Join Beth for a blissful blend of Yoga Nidra, Mantras and Pranayama, with herbal teas and plant-based treats served afterwards. All you need to bring is your beautiful self – the studio is well equipped with blankets, mats and bolsters… although you are welcome to bring items that might add to your comfort when we are nesting down… cosy cardigan, favourite blanket or shawl.You will be lying still for most of the session so it is super important to be warm!
Tension Release For Body & Mind
With Adelene Cheong
In this experiential workshop, we will explore active release practices. This includes a combination of conscious movement and still poses to alter the tension structure and texture of the tissues. The intention is to increase the flow of Prana or Qi (life force), which translate to greater freedom of movement, offering a sense of space and agility from inside out.