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Free Yoga Class for beginners 19 January

Introduction to Iyengar Yoga for Newcomers

SATURDAY JANUARY 19TH 2.30–3.30

Are you interested in finding out more about yoga?

We invite you to come to this free 60 minute class at Yogawest, as part of the National Iyengar Yoga Day.

Joanna Lambe will guide you through this introductory class. You will learn a few foundation yoga poses, and get a sense of what to expect in a yoga class. Joanna will explain along the way how yoga can benefit you, and there will be a chance to ask questions at the end.

All equipment provided, wear clothing that you can move in, leggings and T-shirt ideal; yoga is a bare foot activity! 

Time 2.30–3.30pm

Level Suitable for all newcomers

Cost Free

Book your place Call us on 0117 924 3330 or email to book your place. Extra places may be available on the day; pre-booking will secure your place!

Christmas Timetable 2018

Classes running over the Festive Season

17 December–2 January

Cxmastreepose-150x150lasses are running every day throughout the holiday period at Yogawest, except on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.

Download the Christmas 2018 timetable here

The updated Yogawest timetable resumes on Thursday 3rd January 2019, printed copies will be available to download from the timetable webpage from mid December.
NOTE Check course and termtime start dates online as they may differ: 
Termtime class dates are listed here
Course start dates are listed here

Which classes are running?

Many of our usual classes are still running over the festive period, but as teachers are fewer on the ground, some classes are not on.

Which classes are suitable?

To make things simpler, and to include everyone in our plans, many classes are billed as general level – this means that ALL are welcome, whatever your experience or ability (the teacher will adapt the class accordingly). Beginners are encouraged to general classes: just let the teacher know you are new and they will look after you.

Lizzie’s popular 2-hour class on Thursday morning is open to all levels of students and although it’s usually a ladies class, men are welcome and encouraged during the reduced timetable period. It is taught at intermediate level, but beginners are very welcome to come and see what an intermediate class involves – Lizzie will welcome you!

Who is teaching?

Some of our usual teachers are taking a well-earned break over Christmas, and recharging their batteries for the New Year. All classes are being taught by fully trained Yogawest Iyengar teachers.

Timetable for your fridge

Download the reduced Christmas timetable 2018 here

Course Start Dates

Courses running at Yogawest Autumn 2018

The following specialist classes run as courses and as numbers are limited, must be pre-booked to secure your place. Click on the links below to read more and to book your place, or call us on 0117 924 3330.

Drop-in may be possible for some courses once they are confirmed as running (check with us), but please note that Yogacards are not valid for courses, and a drop-in fee is charged.

Monday
Beginners 11.15; course 12/11– 10/12
Gentle 2pm; course 5/11 – 17/12
Teenagers 4.15pm; course 5/11 – 10/12
Young Adults 5.10pm; course 5/11 – 10/12

Tuesday
Gentle 11.15am; course 6/11 – 18/12
Pregnancy 1.45pm; course 6/11 – 18/12
Baby Massage 1.45pm; Next course in Jan 2019
Children’s yoga  4.15pm; course 6/11 – 11/12
Children’s yoga  5pm; course 6/11 – 11/12
Foundation 6pm; 5-week course starts 6/11

Wednesday
Foundation 8pm; 5-week course starts 14/11

Thursday
Teenagers 4.15pm; course 8/11 – 13/12
Teenagers 5.10pm; course 8/11 – 13/12

Saturday
Foundation 2.30pm; 5-week course starts 24/11

Sunday
Beginners 9.45: course 11/11 – 16/12

 

Open Day 13th October 2018

Free Classes, Tea & Cakes and Meet the Teachers

As part of the Bristol Yoga Trail 2018, Yogawest are opening our doors and offering free classes all day long. We invite you to come along, take a tour of our beautiful building, chat to some teachers and try a taster class or two.

Come at least 10 minutes before the start time so you can register with us and secure your place. Some classes may be busy, and some may fill up before the start time, so do arrive in good time!

Donations to OTR

Although all Open Day classes are free, we are collecting donations for OTR – Off The Record, a marvellous Bristol Charity offering mental health support to young people.
Read more about OTR here.

Timetable of free classes at Yogawest

9.30–10.45 Beginners class
11–12.30 General class
12.45–1.45 Family (all ages welcome)
2–3 Newcomers: a class for complete newbies
3–3.45 Teenager taster class for ages 11-18
4–5.15 Beginners class
4.30–5.45 Restorative class: restful poses focusing on good breathing

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We look forward to seeing you then!

Easter weekend classes at Yogawest

Classes March 30th–April 2nd

While the schools are on holiday, the termtime classes and courses at Yogawest take a break, but other classes run as usual.

Over the Easter weekend, March 30th–April 2nd, there is a slightly reduced timetable, however there are classes on every day.

See the list of Easter weekend classes below and as usual check your favourite class details on the online timetable.

Classes running

Friday March 30th, Good Friday
9.30–11           General             Joanna
10–12              Experienced      Edgar
12.15–13.45    General             Edgar
18.00–19.30    Restorative        Lizzie

Saturday March 31st
9.15–10.45      Intermediate     Lizzie
9.30–10.45      Beginners         Joanna
11–12.30         General             Zoe R

Sunday April 1st
10–11.30         General             Lydia
11.45–13.15    Intermediate     Lydia
18.00–19.30    General             Zöe R

Monday April 2nd
10–11.30         General             Melroy
18.00–19.30    Intermediate     Annemarie
19.45–21.15    General             George

Introduction to Yoga FREE CLASS Jan 13th 2018

Free Newcomers Class

Saturday 13th January 2.30pm

Are you interested in finding out more about yoga? We invite you to come to this free 60 minute class at Yogawest, as part of the National Iyengar Yoga Day.

Luhia Shakti will guide you through this introductory class. You will learn a few foundation yoga poses, and get a sense of what to expect in a yoga class. Luhia will explain along the way how yoga can benefit you, and there will be a chance to ask questions at the end.

All equipment provided, wear clothing that you can move in, leggings and T-shirt ideal; yoga is a bare foot activity.

Time 2.30–3.30pm

Level Suitable for all newcomers

Cost Free

How to Book You don’t need to book this class: just drop-in. Please arrive at least 10/15 mins early to register with us and secure your place. If you’d prefer, you can book your place by emailing reception, but you do still need to arrive 15 mins before to confirm.

Should the class be full, you will be offered a free place to the 4pm beginners class with Luhia instead.

 

 

Open Day October 14th

Free Classes, Tea & Cakes and Meet the Teachers

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As part of the Bristol Yoga Trail 2017, Yogawest are opening our doors and offering free classes all day long. We invite you to come along, take a tour of our beautiful building, chat to some teachers and try a taster class or two.

Come at least 10 minutes before the start time so you can register with us and secure your place. Some classes may be busy, and some may fill up before the start time, so do arrive in good time!

Donations to OTR

OTRlogoAlthough all Open Day classes are free, we are collecting donations for OTR – Off The Record, a marvellous Bristol Charity offering mental health support to young people.
Read more about OTR here.

 

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Timetable of Free classes
at Yogawest

9.30–10.45 Beginners
11–12.30 General
12.45–1.30 Family (all ages welcome)
2–2.45 Introduction to Yoga: talk and demo
3–4 Newcomers: a class for complete newbies
4–5.15 Restorative class: restful poses focusing on good breathing
5.30–6 Pranayama: an introduction to yogic breathing

 

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We look forward to seeing you then!

Welcome to the new Yogawest Teachers

In September 2017 Yogawest is adding several new classes and teachers to the timetable.

LydiaHolmes_7077_170wrWe are delighted to have persuaded the marvellous Lydia Holmes to teach 2 classes for us on a Wednesday night: a General at 5.30pm and an Intermediate class at 7.15pm. They will start at 90 minutes each, and we hope that the Intermediate class will change to 2-hour class before too long. Perhaps some of you will do both the classes! Many of you know Lydia as she has regularly covered classes at Yogawest, and she also assists Sheila Haswell on the teacher training course.

Naomi_ParsvakonasanaHRWe have asked all our newly qualified Iyengar teachers to take on classes: we hope you will come and try them and find out what marvellous new talent there is in the building. Both Naomi and Joanna have been teaching classes over the summer and we are getting great feedback – well done to both of you! It can be quite daunting when you start teaching, but those trained at Yogawest by Sheila Haswell are well prepared for taking on classes with confidence and a solid knowledge.

Our new teachers

Lucy Payne (Monday 12.30 General)
George Healy (Monday 8pm Beginners)
Naomi Maggs (Wednesday 5pm Beginners)
Harriet St Leger (Wednesday 6.30pm Beginners)
Andrew Lux (Friday 8am Beginners)
Joanna Lambe (Saturday 9.30am Beginners)
Luhia Shakti (Saturday 4pm Beginners)

Snapshot of other changes

Frances is taking over the Monday evening Intermediate class (now 6–7.30pm);
Zoë Hope is taking on a Monday evening General class at 6.15pm, and her dynamic class now starts at 8pm;
Jess’ early morning class moves to Tuesday at 7am, followed by a 9am Beginners class, and an additional Gentle class at 11.15;
Katy is taking over the Tuesday 9.30 General class;
Zoë Hope is taking over the Wednesday 10am General class;
Luke’s Thursday 6.15pm Beginners class now ends 15 minutes earlier at 7.30 and Lizzie’s Thursday evening General class starts 15 minutes earlier at 6.45pm;
Annemarie is launching a new Thursday evening Intermediate class at 7.45pm;
Zoë Reason is starting a new Friday afternoon occasional Self Practice session, followed by a weekly Friday 5pm Beginners class;
Lizzie is taking over teaching the Friday 6pm Restorative class;
Jess is teaching a new pregnancy course on Saturdays at 12.45;
Zoë Reason is taking over the Sunday 6pm General class.

 

Meet Harry

Meet Harry!

SONY DSCHarry is a newcomer to Yogawest and started attending the Gentle class on a Monday Afternoon. He is the perfect example of how Iyengar yoga is suitable for all ages and abilities and there’s no such thing as too old: at 96, Harry is still agile and remarkably fit. Many thanks to Jess and Melroy for making him so welcome in class.