The Old Fire Station has become quite a yoga hub these days. We host a range of classes of different yoga styles throughout the week.
There’s Ashtanga, Hatha, Hatha flow, Vinyasa & Iyengar yoga to choose from.
If you would like to know anything more about the classes including availability and cost, please contact the teachers directly, below.
Which Yoga for you?
What is yoga?
Most people think of yoga as a form of exercise. Yoga is both physical exercise (asanas, or the postures) and breath work (pranayama) designed to help students align the spine — as well as the muscles, bones and skin so that energy (prana) can flow through the body. Yoga teachers from all traditions aim to help their students get to know their bodies and find a balance between flexibility and strength, and to calm their minds. You will find that different teachers from the various styles have their own way of working, with a slightly different approach, or focus. Modifications are given to make classes accessible for all.*
All forms of yoga come from Hatha yoga. Hatha is sometimes translated as ha meaning “sun” — and the hot, active and male qualities within us all — and tha meaning “moon” and the feminine, cooler qualities. Yoga helps students to find balance in mind and body by uniting those two sides. You also learn to balance effort and the ability to surrender in each pose. Yoga brings your attention to the breath, and this union of breath, mind and body gives a sense of harmony, ease and wellbeing
So how do you choose? On a basic level, some styles of yoga are more dynamic than others. Dynamic yoga simply means using the breath to initiate movement and work into postures. Ashtanga and Hatha flow are dynamic, heating and energetic practices featuring some flowing sequences of postures called vinyasas —synchronising movement and breath. The heat helps you to get rid of toxins in the body, while relaxing your mind. Iyengar and Yin styles work with the breath to hold postures for longer and to release into each pose. Although slower paced, holding postures for a while can still be challenging as a way to relax the mind.
What to do
* All teachers will give modifications to make classes accessible to all levels, however please remember to tell your teacher if you have any health issues, injuries or conditions, including pregnancy, so that they can give you options and keep you safe! If you want to find out more about yoga classes at the Old Fire Station, contact the individual teachers or just drop in to a class.
It is best not to eat for two hours before a class if possible, and to wear loose, comfortable clothing or yoga gear.
Hatha Flow with Jayne
Hatha flow is a fluid style of yoga that links movement with breath, with attention to healthy alignment.
There is a different focus each week, with modifications and challenges to encourage all levels. Hatha flow at the OFS offers affordable and friendly yoga to everyone in the community.
Jayne is accredited by both the British Wheel of Yoga and Yoga Alliance.
Iyengar Yoga with Lousie
Iyengar yoga focuses on structural alignment in detail and focussed breathing. Props (belts, blocks, blankets etc.) are sometimes used to this end. Iyengar yoga helps you to work deeply and intensively but safely at a level that is appropriate for each individual.
Louise Leonard and Fran Nixon are both Iyengar Yoga Association certified teachers.
Ashtanga Yoga with Madelaine
“Madelaine’s sensitive, intuitive adjustments and modifications allow students to enjoy Ashtanga’s dynamic sequence while working towards the more challenging postures. Her experience as a qualified Structural Yoga Therapist helps the individual address postural issues and over time feel the transformational effects physically, mentally and emotionally.” Katherine Bohanna
Women's Hatha Yoga with Kirsty
Wednesday Women's Hatha yoga. Slow flow, moving gently from posture to posture, focusing on breathing throughout, relaxation and yoga nidra to finish.
Focus Yoga with James
Through practising Ashtanga Yoga, we synchronise the breath with a progressive series of postures, a process producing intense internal heat and a purifying sweat that detoxes muscles and organs.
The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body and a calm and focused mind.
Vinyasa Flow with Sarah
Develop strength and improve your mobility through a flowing vinyasa style of yoga. In this type of yoga the breath is used to develop a connection between body and mind with the benefit of also encouraging deep relaxation.
Sarah’s community yoga class ensures yoga is for everyone - no matter your age, fitness or mobility level. Come along to experience the benefits moving with awareness can bring to the mind and body.
Open to all, £5
Vinyasa flow yoga class with Zinzi
Tuesdays at 9.30am-10.30am
£8 or £20 for 4 classes
I have been practising yoga for 6 years now, I trained originally as a contemporary dancer, which is where I was introduced to yoga.
Im a 200h qualified yoga teacher with full insurance.
My classes are upbeat and they can be fast paced I specialise in Vinyasa Flow, I also like to make sure my students wind down properly so there is a good balance between getting a sweat on and stretching and cooling down the body, but also the mind. I often end my classes with a head massage to make sure everyone leaves feeling great! I like to think my classes have a sense of mindfulness as yoga is not just about the asanas but how we live everyday life.
Body, mind and spirit are inseparable: If the body is asleep the soul is asleep.