York Yoga Studio Classes

  • Hatha Yoga: this is a general term for the most popular style of yoga in the West. We offer Hatha Yoga for Beginners ideal for those new to yoga or who prefer to focus on the foundations, and All Levels Hatha for those comfortable in a group of mixed ability. Classes start with a seated meditation and warming movements before working in yogasana (postures). Classes end with a restorative savasana.

  • Hatha Basics: This well rounded class includes seated, standing and lying postures with breathing practices and meditation. It is a relaxed and friendly class that is great for those who are recent beginners, or haven't practised yoga for a while and want to come back to it, or more experienced folk who want to move at a more mindful pace.

  • Dynamic Hatha with Meditation: In this fusion style class we start with sun salutations and then move through dynamic variations and flowing sequences before a short savasana, followed by an extended seated meditation. The energy created in the asana practice leads to a lovely, alert yet relaxed meditative state. Not recommended for beginners to yoga.

  • Iyengar Yoga: The Iyengar system of teaching is methodical and progressive, emphasising detailed attention to alignment and extension. The teaching is carefully attentive to individual needs and when necessary, it uses supports such as belts and blocks that allow students to progress in their practice of postures safely at their own pace, mentally and physically. The 9:30 Monday morning All Levels Iyengar yoga class focuses on foundational poses and is ideal for those improving their practice and is suitable for both new and experienced yogis. On Friday mornings at 9am Christine Rumley offers an All Levels Iyengar yoga class for those with some experience with this style of yoga. To book this 90 minute class, please contact Christine directly at christine@yogaeastyorkshire.vpweb.co.uk.

  • Vinyasa Flow: Flow Yoga creates sequences of yoga poses that synchronise breath with movement to promote physical engagement and mental stimulation. This class develops strength and flexibility, and will leave you feeling deeply invigorated yet relaxed. Moderate to strenuous physical activity, not recommended for beginners to yoga.

  • Kundalini Yoga: Known as the Yoga of Awareness, Kundalini yoga offers a dynamic and spiritual practice based on the teachings of Yogi Bhajan. For more information about this class please contact Nam Prakash directly at namprakashkaur@yahoo.co.uk.

  • Pregnancy Yoga: Perfect for mums to be after 12 weeks, enjoy yoga practices, breathing and information to take you right through your pregnancy. To book this class, please contact Susan Bradley directly at yogaformodernlife@outlook.com.

  • Pilates: Pilates is great for strengthening the core and improving balance and concentration. We offer a drop in all levels Pilates class Wednesdays at 9:30am, shown on the timetable in shaded box. For Pilates classes shown on the timetable in unshaded boxes, please contact the teachers directly using the details given on the Teacher Contact Details page.

  • Feldenkrais: This mindful method is also called Awareness through Movement and is a gentle practice to increase mobility and comfort, leading to improved functioning both physically and mentally. To book or for more information, please contact Julie at juliewrigley@outlook.com.

  • Dru Yoga: This very accessible style of yoga can be practised by people of all fitness and ability levels. It is a graceful form of yoga, based on soft flowing movements, directed breathing and visualisation. It works on body, mind and spirit, building a heightened feeling of positivity and empowerment, releasing tension physically, mentally and emotionally. Dru Yoga helps develop strength and flexibility and, with its emphasis on spinal health and vitality, is known to be beneficial for those with back problems. A typical class will include a fun warm-up, an energy-block release sequence, postures, breath work and a nourishing relaxation/meditation, together creating an enhanced sense of wellbeing. To book or for more information, please contact Lorraine Richards directly at lorraine61richards@gmail.com.

  • Meditation: All mind body practices include an element of Meditation, but we offer guided meditation group sessions at various times during the year. Please see the timetable page to confirm if Meditation classes are running this term.


Levels

  • If you are completely new to Yoga or prefer to practice in a group all at the same level, we recommend that you join a the Hatha Yoga for Beginners course.

  • If you have previously done yoga or are comfortable practising in a group of mixed ability we recommend any class described as 'All Levels' or ‘Basic’.

  • We offer stronger practices for the more experienced student: Vinyasa Flow, Dynamic Hatha with Meditation, and the Friday morning Iyengar yoga class.