From dynamic and cardiovascular to slow and flowing, take your pick of our range of yoga classes to suit all tastes and levels. Give it a go, you know you want to!
New to yoga? Come to one (or two, or three…) of our beginners classes until you feel comfortable and confident in the yoga studio environment. This class will demystify some of the key postures (and Sanskrit terms) while taking things at a slower, more manageable pace.
We will also be offering two part beginners workshops for a more in-depth introduction to yoga – please contact us for more details.
Dynamic Vinyasa Flow
This style of yoga is designed to challenge the body, while quietening the mind, using an intellectually sequenced series of postures that synchronize the breath with movement in continual flow, creating an internal heat within the body. A series of standing and seated poses will give you a full work-out, making savasana (relaxation) at the end of class all the sweeter. See who is teaching to learn more about specific vinyasa styles.
Gentle Hatha Flow
This class is designed to bring awareness into the mind and body by focusing on breath and alignment. One translation of the Sanskrit word Hatha means sun-moon, so through this practice you will learn to find balance – not just standing on one leg, but discovering that sense of equilibrium in the body and mind, the balance between effort and surrender in each posture. A great place to build foundations for your practice.
Dharma Yoga was developed by New York’s eminent yogi Sri Dharma Mittra. Strong yet graceful, this physically absorbing practice encourages the student to experience it as an active form of meditation which penetrates the body on all levels – physically, spiritually and mentally. Dharma yoga is challenging and dynamic, it includes balancing, twisting, stretching, back bending and inversions, as well as the all important final relaxation.
Some yoga experience recommended
Created by Ana Forrest, Forrest Yoga is an inspiring, and deeply healing yoga practice.
With emphasis on long held asanas, core work and strong breathing (time to master your kapalabhati!) – expect to work through carefully sequenced classes with unique poses (turbo dog, oil rigger and shoulder shrugs) building a balance between strength and softness and helping you to get stronger both physically and emotionally.
“I developed Forrest Yoga as I was working through my own healing. I took poses and modified or created new ones to address today’s lifestyle physical ailments… Through Forrest Yoga you get your physical health and strength and also a place in which to welcome your Spirit back home. And by this I do not mean a spiritual practice but rather being your authentic self.” Ana Forrest
A slow and flowing class integrated with specific ante-natal postures to help you stay grounded, light and energised during pregnancy. It should also help to relieve many common pregnancy ailments and prepare you for an active labour and birth. Breath and visualisation exercises will enhance your experience by creating physical, mental and emotional well-being, cultivating courage and wisdom. The class will leave you feeling relaxed, nurtured and empowered having made a new network of supportive friends. Suitable from 15 weeks of pregnancy to birth.
Jivamukti Yoga combines ethical and spiritual ideas with a strong, dynamic physical practice, that will allow you to integrate the teachings in class with life off the mat. The classes take on a monthly theme, with flowing, vinyasa-based sequences, traditional chanting, reflection upon the relevance of yoga scriptures to modern life and finishing with meditation or relaxation.
Energetic and invigorating, Rocket yoga will make you sweat! Linking movement with breath, this quick and dynamic vinyasa flow practice is open and challenging to all levels. You will be encouraged to play with inversions (headstands, handstands etc) and to explore modifications. Some yoga experience recommended.
This is a quiet, slow and meditative practice, with a focus on the hips, pelvis and lower spine, all supported by the earth using props and variations to allow the body to open up and the mind to still. By holding postures for an extended period, the connective tissue is stimulated and joints are nourished. Yin is open to all levels and is a great way to bring balance to your dynamic yoga practice. For some the challenge of letting go in a Yin class is harder than coming up into handstand. Some Yin sessions may conclude with a seated meditation to leave you feeling grounded and restored.
Yoga nidra is a guided meditation that brings you into a state of conscious sleep. It unwinds the nervous system and induces complete physical and mental relaxation with inner awareness. Yoga nidra is usually practised lying down at the end of class.
*Friday night Rocket 6.30-8pm always concludes with this type of meditation, but other teachers may also practice it.
In this fun, dynamic practice you can expect to move 360 degrees around your mat as we softly flow through strong poses and inversions to the rhythm of the breath. The class begins and closes with yin postures. The sequences are designed to target specific areas of the body, which relate to their corresponding chakra and the elements of the Mayan calendar. A wonderfully complete vinyasa practice, this class is a treat and challenge for the body and mind.
Named after and developed by B.K.S. Iyengar (1918-2014), this type of Hatha yoga pays close attention to anatomical details and the alignment of each posture – it is the practice of precision.
The teacher will guide you through a series of asanas with clear demonstrations, detailed instructions and hands-on adjustments in a safe and methodical way.
Standing postures form the foundation of each class to help improve stamina and focus, and to learn the fundamentals of how to align and adjust the body. Props, such as blocks and belts, are used to enable a longer hold and better understanding of each pose. Over time, other postures are added, including forward and back bends, twists, inversions and restorative poses.
Come prepared to learn, and progress week by week, as you open and strengthen your body and mind. Iyengar yoga is accessible to all.
Yin-Yang is a fusion of Indian and Daoist yoga designed to stimulate the flow of energy through the body. This class balances a flowing and dynamic practice (Yang) that builds in intensity and heat, with long holds and meditative seated/lying postures (Yin), until we come to rest in stillness. You will be encouraged to move with awareness on feeling rather than aesthetic goals, as we learn to study our own body, guiding ourselves through intuition rather than performing.
Teachers vary week to week so please check Facebook and Twitter @yogarisepeckham for updates. These classes are often taught by newly qualified teachers or those not on our current schedule, so we always ask for your feedback – please do get involved 🙂
Our community classes are donation based with all proceeds going to a monthly charity. Please donate when booking or choose the free booking option and give what you can on the day.
Destress and unwind at the end of the day. Restorative yoga is a passive practice, where you will be supported by props to help hold poses for up to five minutes or more. By aligning the physical and mental body and practicing stillness or gentle movement the nervous system is calmed allowing you to completely let go. Suitable for all levels.
Ashtanga derives from the teachings of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, linking breath and movement in a continuous flow. The class is based on the Primary Series – a dynamic sequence of postures practiced with focused breathing techniques, designed specifically to align the body and strengthen the nervous system, while cultivating a feeling of inner peace and leading to a natural state of meditation. Classes will be taught to music.
You will be guided through a breath-inspired yoga practice that invites you to tune in to the subtle energy flowing within. Using the breath as the guiding force you will be encouraged to explore the energetic flow inside your body – listening, feeling and moving with the freedom to go where your body is telling you at that moment in time. It’s all about moving mindfully, following your breath and connecting to your internal teacher. Suitable for all levels.
In each class students work towards moving through a creative sequence with optimised strength and grace. Practice builds from the ground up exploring somatic themes and motifs which grow, repeat and allow for personal expression. You can expect to move off your mat, challenge your spatial awareness with 360 flows and work with familiarity until the body moves itself from the inside out. Creative Flow is soulful practice which encourages grace and presence in your yoga and wider life.