Yoga is a practice for the mind, body and soul. Originating in India thousands of years ago, Yoga is today viewed by many as the perfect antidote for the modern western lifestyle, and is popular with people of all ages and at all levels of fitness. In fact, the NHS recommends yoga as a strengthening exercise and the Prince of Wales encourages the practice. All yoga derives from Hatha Yoga, which is a blend of postures, movement, breathing practices and focused relaxation/meditation. At Anahata we specialise in Yoga which potentially could help or support you in a variety of ways:
Benefits to our physical self:
- Strengthens and tones all muscles
- Improves flexibility
- Strengthens and lubricates the joints
- Increases bone density
- Strengthens the heart
- Improves breathing and increases lung capacity
- Balances hormones and improves functions of the endocrine system
- Balances the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems
- Aids better quality and more restful sleep
- Improves digestion
Benefits for our mind/mood/emotional self:
- Reduces stress
- Improves cognitive function, boosts memory and sharpens concentration
- Increases dopamine to lift the mood
- Hatha yoga and meditation practice gives a clearer perspective to be able to better cope with life’s challenges
- Psychosomatic – through releasing tension in the body, stress and tension in the mind can release
As well as regular Yoga classes, we offer various workshops specialising in different elements of yoga. These include Rest & Renew Yoga, 4 week courses for beginners, Yoga Nidra workshops, Summer Yoga Challenge and Yoga for Anxiety and Stress. Browse our upcoming events here.
Want to get to know our fantastic teachers? The Anahata community is home to a variety of experienced teachers and therapists.
Styles of Yoga at Anahata Yoga Centre
Hatha Yoga is a traditional style of Yoga. In this class we focus on asana (postures), pranayama (breath control), and relaxation. You will learn the basic rules of alignment, as well as how to use breath to support your health and well-being, and how to completely relax to rejuvenate and nourish your nervous system.
Many sessions will end with a seated or lying down meditation.
Anyone is welcome, regardless of experience. The only requirement is to be able to get up and down from the floor unaided. Find our upcoming Hatha Yoga classes by visiting our timetable and filtering to ‘Hatha Yoga’ under the ‘All Classes’ dropdown.
Mindful Flow Yoga
Mindful Flow is a combination of breathing, movement and meditation. Moving through sequences from one posture to another with awareness and focus. Building strength, improving flexibility, giving our minds the opportunity to focus and our nervous system to balance.
During the session we will set an intention for our wellbeing, use mantra and adopt mindfulness techniques through dynamic and energising sequences.
Anyone is welcome, however we would advise if you have any health conditions to chat with the teacher who will be able to offer adaptations for certain postures. To see our upcoming Mindful Flow classes, visit our timetable and filter to ‘Mindful Flow’ under the ‘All Classes’ dropdown.
This class is suitable for anyone who wishes to relax deeply. During the Restorative Yoga sessions, the majority of postures will be held using supports such as bolsters, blocks, straps, blankets and pillows.
In restorative practise we turn our focus inwards whilst inviting the body to let go of the held patterns that we may have created through stress and poor postural habits.
We use meditative intention and attention on the breath to allow the body to safely let go and open to new ways of being at peace. This class suits everyone but is especially helpful to those who are suffering chronic ill health, or in need of some restorative emotional support.
Anyone is welcome as long as you can get up and down from the floor unaided.To view upcoming Restorative Yoga classes, visit our timetable and filter to ‘Restorative Yoga’ under the ‘All Classes’ dropdown.
Yin Yoga is a gentle and inward focused practice to calm the mind and body with longer holds of passive and relaxing poses that reach deeply into the joints and connective tissue. Through the practice of long held postures you are guided and invited to slow down and create space for stillness while nourishing joints, ligaments, tendons and fascia.
In a busy world of activity we remember how to stop, how to be here and how to let go.
Anyone is welcome as long as you can get up and down from the floor unaided. View our upcoming Yin Yoga classes by visiting our timetable and filtering to ‘Yin Yoga’ under the ‘All Classes’ dropdown.
Yoga For Stressful Times
This gentle class is perfect for those needing some support due to illness, stress, anxiety or depression. Its accessible, inclusive and easy to follow. Each session includes simple postures, sequences, breath work and led relaxations. Leaving you feeling supported, grounded and connected. Yoga for Stressful Times is taught by Daniel Groom, an experienced Yoga Therapist.
Anyone is welcome as long as you can get up and down from the floor unaided. To view and book upcoming Yoga for Stressful Times classes, visit our timetable and filter to ‘Yoga for Stressful Times’ on the ‘All Classes’ dropdown.
Pregnancy Yoga and Parent & Child Yoga
We offer Parent & Child Yoga – the perfect way to combine exercise and childcare! Our experienced teachers will take you through gentle yoga exercises while your little ones play! The class is suitable for babies 0-9 months old.
Please note that we do not currently have any pregancy yoga classes scheduled.
During pregnancy, yoga can play a key role in enhancing the experience of this precious time and empowering the mother-to-be to have the most conscious birth experience.
Yoga can help women enjoy their pregnancy with minimal discomfort, cultivate breath awareness and strengthen the body in preparation for labour.
Yoga also offers you the opportunity to connect with your baby, and coming to classes is a great way to feel part of a community of expectant parents.
Strong Vinyasa Flow
Vinyasa means ‘placing with awareness’ In these dynamic and playful classes, open to all, you will synchronise breath and movement as you flow through the postures and their transitions.
A strong, sweaty practice with uplifting music leaving you invigorated and energised. View and book our upcoming Strong Vinyasa Flow classes by visiting our timetable. Simply filter to ‘Strong Vinyasa Flow’ in the ‘All Classes’ dropdown.
View Our Upcoming Yoga Courses
Please note that our regularly scheduled yoga classes can be viewed on our timetable.
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