Monthly Archives: June 2016

Eye bags and covers

How do I use eye bags?

yogawest_eyebags+covers_5842_260There’s a basket full of eye bags and spare covers at Yogawest.

Some people like to cover their eyes during Savasana and other quiet poses. An eye bag (or a bandage if you know how to use them) can help to quieten the eyes and therefore quieten a busy mind.

Lay them gently and evenly across the closed eyes.

We have some specially made loose covers which are for you if you have a cold. If you use a loose cover, please take it off afterwards and give it to reception so it can be washed. That way we know the loose covers in the basket are all clean!

This article is the first in our new series of ‘And What Are Those For?’. If there’s a prop you’d like to find out more about, ask us!


pranayamaimageDates for Pranayama in 2016

Jul 8
Aug 5 (during the summer holidays)
Sept 2
Oct 7
Nov 4
Dec 2

Read more about Pranayama here


Quieter Classes



Prefer less people?

Some of our classes are very popular, and get quite busy. Which makes for a great atmosphere in class: our studios are big enough to still have plenty of room and many Yogawest regulars enjoy larger classes.


However, there are some classes on the timetable that are smaller which suit some students better, especially if you’d like more personal attention.

If you’d like to find a quieter class, here are some ideas: Read more



Summer Timetable 2016

yogawest_2015_flowersontable_529_LRThe Summer Holiday Timetable for 2016 is here – we are open everyday over the summer but with a reduced timetable so do check the timetable before you come to class during July 23rd to end August.

This year for the first time the experienced class on Fridays at 10am is running throughout the summer.

The full timetable resumes on September 2nd.

International Day of Yoga June 21st

international-yoga-day-logo-210x236Celebrate the 2nd International Day of Yoga and the Summer Solstice all on the same day!

June 21st is of course the summer solstice, the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. In India, the first full moon after the Summer Solstice is known as Guru Purnima where the Guru or teacher is honored. According to yoga legend, the first transmission of yoga by Shiva (the first Guru) is said to have begun on this day.

The United Nations General Assembly declared June 21st as the International Day of Yoga. The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at the United Nations: “Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature.”

International Day of Yoga is celebrated all over the world.