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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!

Foundation Courses in January

 

YOGAWEST_023_lrFoundation Courses in January 2019

A 4 or 5-week foundation course for complete beginners or people wanting to revisit the basics. The course is designed to introduce you to the fundamental poses and principles of yoga practice.

Tuesdays 6-7pm

Next Course Dates Jan 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb 5 (5 weeks)

Wednesday 8-9PM

Next Course Dates Jan 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb 6 (5 weeks).

Saturday 2.30-3.45PM

Next Course Dates Jan 26, Feb 2, 9, 16 (4 weeks x 75 mins)

Read more here

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!

Full Timetable from 1st September

The Autumn timetable at Yogawest

The updated full timetable begins on Saturday 1st September and is published here

NB Some termtime and courses start later: check termtime classes dates and course dates

There are some additions and updates this Autumn, with highlights as follows:

Lydia’s Wednesday evening classes

Lydia has extended her Intermediate class on Wednesday evening to 2-hours, which means that her General class starts at the new time of 5pm, and the Intermediate class runs from 6.45–8.45pm.

And a heads up for fans of Lydia: we will be announcing some Junior Intermediate workshop days shortly!

NEW beginner courses

These courses are for those who like to come to the same class every week; you will be guided through a series of classes over several weeks focusing on the introductory syllabus poses. Suitable for new or long term beginner level students, including those who have completed a foundation course and those who are returning to yoga after a break. More info here

1:1 classes

Yogawest offers one-to-one classes for people who want a little more attention, perhaps because of a particular injury, or those who are unable to attend group classes. Classes are by arrangement, and are usually an hour long. More info here

Improvers class: prepare for Intermediate classes

This class, on Thursday evenings is taught by Annemarie. For those who have been going to beginner or general classes and want to build confidence and levels of understanding and maturity in asanas before attending intermediate classes.
It’s a safe place to ask, try and experiment. More info here

Friday evening Beginner Class, NEW time 4.30pm

Joanna’s Friday beginner class is now scheduled at 4.30pm on Friday: a great choice for those coming after a school day, and particularly suitable for parents and teenagers to attend together.

Early Morning class now drop-in!

The early morning class runs during termtimes, plus some reduced timetable periods and is a one hour general level class (suitable for all), taught by Jess Wallwork in term times and by others during holidays.

Designed to help you start your working day well, this class is now running year-round and is a drop-in class so you can use your Yogacard. More info and dates listed here

Quieter Classes Available

Autumn is a busy time at Yogawest and some classes can get quite full: this makes for a great atmosphere – seasoned yoga practitioners usually enjoy busy classes. However, some people prefer quieter classes and we regularly update our list of current quiet classes here

Friday beginners 5.45pm OFFER

Bring a friend for free to this Friday evening class

Joanna teaches the Friday beginner’s class at 5.45–7pm.

Numbers are small at the moment, so you will have great attention from Joanna who is a popular teacher!

Drop-in possible, but do check the online timetable in case of changes to this class.

NB no class on 29 June due to an event at Yogawest: come to the restorative class instead at 6pm, or Joanna’s Saturday morning beginner’s class at 9.30.

Bring a friend for FREE offer

You can bring a newcomer to Yogawest for free to this class. This applies to all Friday 5.45 classes up until July.

How to book

No need to book: just drop-in! We recommend you arrive 10 mins before the start time to settle in, and if it’s your first visit, come early to register with us.

Note: this is a termtime class, check dates on the online timetable. When there is an event running at Yogawest, this class may not run, again, check the online timetable.

 

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

Weather Impact on Classes (March 2nd & 3rd)

The heating is on 24/7 and classes are running!

This page last updated at 5.30pm on March 2nd 2018

STOP PRESS: all weekend classes running as per online timetable.

Yogawest is currently fully open, with all classes running as per the online timetable, which is where we will post any updates: check the comments box next to your class for latest info, or call us to check on 0117 924 3330.

The heating is on permanently and so far the studios are coping well with the cold snap, but you may want to wear an extra layer and a pair of grippy socks in class!

And because Denmark Place is unlikely to be gritted, please be careful on your way in.

Teacher Training this weekend

The training weekend (March 2–4) is going ahead. Some participants have already travelled from afar, and many others are local (snow boots on!), so we are not cancelling it at this stage.

However, we would advise you to make your own decision as to whether it is sensible and safe to travel to us, and completely understand if you cannot make it.

We will email all trainees as soon as (and if) the situation changes.

 

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.