Use our guide to help you select the correct level class for you.
TOTAL BEGINNERS COURSE
Discover yoga! In our 4 and 6 week programs, your teacher will guide you through the fundamentals of yoga. Build tone, strength, flexibility and a sense of calm. By the end of this course you will be ready to safely explore the different styles and classes offered at Yogaloft.
Ideal for those who have already attended our Total Beginners Course. This level is appropriate for those getting to grips with the key principles of yoga. Classes focus on the fundamental principles of postures and sequences. Experienced practitioners also benefit by focusing on the basics.
Mixed level classes suitable for those who regularly practice yoga. Classes will typically cover a wide range of postures including forward bends, back bends, twists, inversions and restorative poses. For Iyengar Open classes you should already have some experience of the Iyengar method at Beginner level.
These are challenging classes and typically include more advanced poses. Intermediate level classes are suitable for experienced practitioners only.
Don’t know the difference between Iyengar and Vinyasa? Read on for a description of the classes we offer.
Developed by Sri K Pattabhi Jois (1915 – 2009), Ashtanga yoga is an athletic and dynamic practice. Poses are practised in six set increasingly challenging series’ that incorporate standing poses, forward bends, backbends, twists and inversions, linked by the breath. Classes usuallly focus on the primary series and will detoxify yourbody and leave you feeling strong, calm and invigorated. Suitable for those who are physically fit and enjoy a demanding practice.
These energetic classes combine graceful movements with synchronised breathing, and focus on building strength, stamina and flexibility. Teachers select music to help you immerse yourself fully in your practice. Suitable for those who enjoy a challenging practice.
Originating in India in the 15th century, Hatha yoga combines asana (physical postures), pranayama (control of the breath) and meditation to create balance of body and mind. Teachers bring their own influences to their classes to help you gain physical health and experience mental well-being. Suitable for all.
Hatha / Scaravelli
Hatha Yoga develops greater flexibility, strength and vitality, enhancing clarity, focus and self awareness. Combined with the softness and grace of Scaravelli Yoga, this style is Scaravelli-inspired, and encourages the weight of your body to release towards the earth, lengthening and awakening your spine, enabling the earth’s energy to move throughout your body freely. Classes are gentle but work is deep. Suitable for all including those with injuries.
B.K.S. Iyengar’s method of practising and teaching hatha yoga developed from a profound understanding of the subtleties of yoga asana. Concentrating on building strong alignment, Iyengar yoga ensures a strong, safe and progressive exploration of the asana (physical poses). Props such as belts, bricks, wall ropes and blankets are used to help students perform the correct actions as they develop their practice. Classes tend to be slower paced, but physically demanding, with a focus on alignment and the transformational potential of the asanas. Suitable for all, but particular attention to attending the appropriate level is recommended.
Jivamukti yoga is a method of hatha yoga created by David Life and Sharon Gannon in 1984, which integrates the physical, philosophical and spiritual aspects of the practice. Classes typically include flowing asana (physical poses) sequences, breathing exercises, meditation, Sanskrit chanting, Yogic philosophical teachings and deep relaxation.
Kids yoga is great for confidence, balance, concentration, strength, flexibility, and of course fun!
Mummy & Baby yoga
The aim is to give you and your baby the space to explore movement and for you to start getting in touch again with yourselves physically and emotionally. The yoga practice focusses on realigning and strengthening your body and mind. A lot of what happens in each class will depend on your babies but whatever we cover, these classes will help you regain some peace and calm in your life.
All of our pregnancy classes are designed to help women prepare for birth, both mentally and physically. Practising yoga regularly during pregnancy will help a woman connect with her baby, accept her changing body, have more energy, and to feel calm and prepared for what lies ahead. All classes aim to support a healthy pregnancy, and focus on breathing and preparing the body for labour and post-partum recovery. We offer pregnancy yoga classes both for women who already have an established yoga practise, as well as for those who are new to yoga and wish to begin their yoga journey when pregnant. The class descriptions detail what is offered in each class to help you decide which is suitable for you.
The Pregnancy yoga class is a specialist class for mothers-to-be who already have an established yoga practice. These classes are specifically designed for women that already have a regular yoga practice and are looking for a more physically demanding class that is also informative, regarding helpful modifications for a safe practice during pregnancy. Benefits include improved digestion, healthy blood circulation, light and easy breathing and reduced tiredness and tension, and of course, practicing during pregnancy is also for the benefit of the unborn child. As such, the class focuses on maintaining strength and flexibility, as appropriate, during pregnancy as well as opening and expanding the mind, body and heart to create space to welcome this new being. This class is suitable for women who already have an established yoga practice. It is not suitable for women who do not already practise yoga. The class is open to those who have completed 16 weeks of pregnancy, as well as those mothers who have had their babies but are not yet ready to return to their pre-pregnancy yoga classes.
Classes are specifically structured to strengthen birthing muscles, reduce backache, and speed up post-birth recovery. Our pregnancy teachers are all mums themselves with extensive specialist training, and classes often include discussion of how your pregnancy is progressing, where the teacher will offer guidance, support and advice. Classes are fun and informative, offering guidance in preparation for the birthing process and they are also focused on building strength and confidence for both the pregnancy and labour. Breathing techniques and other techniques are used to inspire trust and confidence. This class is suitable for all levels and for women who have never practiced yoga before. This class is open to those who have completed 12 weeks of pregnancy.
Raja Yoga is a class that delves into the philosophy of `Yoga’ by expanding and considering its principles. We start with a short meditation to relax and focus the attention. Through discussion of the practice of asanas, onwards to pranayama and meditation, and to the final step of Samadhi, Faustomaria expands the meaning of the journey of Self Realization.
Restorative yoga uses asana (physical poses) to help you restore your energy. Classes focus on asanas that relax and support your body and you’ll be taught how to use your breath to de-stress. Suitable for all, as restorative yoga is an important part of a regular practice. Particularly recommended if you need to recharge your batteries!
Vinyasa means ‘connecting breath with movement’. This dynamic practise combines flowing movements with synchronised breathing. Poses flow together like a dance in sequences created by the teacher which vary from class to class. You are likely to work up a sweat and these classes will bring an experience of harmony, strength and freedom. Suitable for those who like a fun and aerobic yoga practice.
A class to deeply relax the body and mind, and support and lift the spirit. It’s especially beneficial if experiencing short or long-term stress, fatigue or the days when you feel you need grounding. Each class offers a combination of Yin (long held stretches adapted to suit the individual’s body) and restorative poses (supported postures – using bolsters, blankets, bricks – for deep rest). Guided meditation and calming Pranayama (yogic breathing exercises) to quieten the mind are encompassed in each session. This is the ideal class for when you feel you want to do yoga, but don’t have the energy for it! Or on the flip side feel overly restless, anxious or stressed and need calming down.
Yoga for EveryBody
Whether you’re 25 or 75, it is never too late to take up yoga. Specially adapted yoga exercises will awaken the body’s power of regeneration, enhance your physical well-being and leave you smiling from the inside out. Common problems such as inflexibility, poor circulation, arthritis, imbalance and poor posture will be addressed during this slower paced yoga practice. Suitable for everyone, including seniors and those less flexible.