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Pregnancy Yoga at Yogawest

yogawest-banner5Pregnancy Yoga

Yoga is a beneficial and enjoyable activity to do when pregnant. It prepares your body and mind for birth, keeps you moving and is a lovely way to meet other Mums-to-be in the area. Midwives and Doulas recognise the benefits of regular yoga when pregnant and we are always delighted when they come to class themselves.

 From January the Course will be at the New Time of 12.30–1.30

Next Course Jan 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb 5, 12 (6 weeks)
Cost £60

Read more Here

Out of termtime you may be able to attend regular classes at Yogawest, but this is at the discretion of the class teacher, and if you are not already practicing yoga will be after 13 weeks and assumes there are no medical complications:

Coming to Regular Classes When Pregnant

Students can usually continue attending their usual class(es) once they become pregnant, but it’s important that the teacher is aware (email us so we can let the teacher know you are coming, or arrive 15 mins before class). You may prefer to wait until 13 weeks when you can join the pregnancy class which is suitable for existing practitioners and complete beginners. During weeks 10-13 of the pregnancy you can’t come to regular classes but, if you are an existing Iyengar practitioner, you may be able to come to the restorative class on a Friday evening with advance permission (email us to check, confirming you have no complications). NB: we do not accept new pregnant students to regular classes until after 13 weeks, and then it is with permission of the class teacher.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Beginners 9.45: course 11/11 – 16/12


Pregnancy and Postnatal classes

mother & babyPregnancy and Postnatal classes will return in September with new times:

Tuesday 13.45 – 14.45 pregnancy course read more here

Tuesday 15.00 – 16.00 Postnatal Course read more here

Saturday 12.45 – 16.00 Pregnancy Course read more here

Courses starting in Oct/Nov 2016

New Course Dates w/c Oct 31st

Courses at Yogawest after half term: book your place now

All our termtime courses re-start after half term: we usually need a minimum of 6 places booked to secure a course, so appreciate your early booking, and of course it’s very helpful to tell your friends too!

Pregnancy, 12.30pm, starts Oct 31
Postnatal, 13.45pm, starts Oct 31
Gentle, 2pm, starts Oct 31
Teenagers, 4.30pm, starts Oct 31
Young Adults, 5.30pm, starts Oct 31

Baby Massage, 10.30am, starts Nov 8
Children’s yoga, 4pm and 4.45pm, starts Nov 1
Foundation, 6pm, starts Nov 8

Parent/teenager, 16.45

Teenagers, 4.30pm, starts Nov 3
Foundation, 8pm, starts Nov 3

Book your place via the weblinks above

Email us, or Call 0117 924 3330 or visit us at Yogawest, Denmark Place, Bishopston, Bristol, BS7 8NW.

New Pregnancy Class

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Monday Lunchtimes 12.30–1.30

This new daytime class starts on May 16 and is taught by Dory Walker. Dory has taught yoga for many years, has a quiet and gentle manner and also practiced yoga throughout her pregnancy.

Dory says: “Besides preparing you physically for birth, antenatal yoga can provide a wonderful support mentally and emotionally for the transition into parenthood whether it is your first or fourth child. Taking time for yourself lays the foundation for giving your baby the best start to life.  Classes incorporate breath work, asanas, relaxation techniques and chanting.

Find out more here

Postnatal Mini-course

SONY DSCThis course is for those returning to yoga from 5 weeks up to about a year after giving birth.

Dates Monday July 13, 20
Time 2.30–3.30

Read more here

Baby Massage Taster Session


Baby Massage taster session

Taster Session Thursday May 21, 12-15 to 1.15pm
£3 refunded if the course is booked.

Please call to reserve a place – bring a pillow for your baby on the day.
Find out more here


Post Natal and Baby massage classes

We’ve been asked to add some classes suitable for new parents and in response we are launching 3 new courses in the Autumn that you may be interested in:

Post Natal Yoga Class

YOGAWEST_023_lrWe are launching a post-natal yoga class in the Autumn especially for those returning to yoga 8 weeks to a year after giving birth (12 weeks after Caesarian section).

The class will take place on a Wednesday afternoon, probably from 3pm till 4.15pm. We’d welcome your comments on the timing of the class and what would work for you.

Check back here for details of course coming soon!

Baby Massage

yogawest_babymassage_hjThis course starts on September 8th and is taught by Jocasta Crofts. Read full details.


Baby Development

yogawest_babymassage_25This course starts on September 11th and is taught by Jocasta Crofts. Read full details.

Open Day September 14th


You are warmly invited to our Open Day on Saturday, September 14th. As part of the first annual Bristol Yoga Trail, we are opening our doors to celebrate the yoga community in Bristol. Like last year, we are bringing teachers and students together, giving you an opportunity to chat to others and to bring your friends to explore our yoga space. There will be tea and homemade cakes too so do bring some visitors with you! This year the event lasts for the whole day, and in the evening we’d love you to join us for a film screening and social.

More info here.

Bristol Yoga Trail September 14th 2013

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Bristol Yoga Trail September 14th 2013

We’re excited to announce the first year of the brand new Bristol Yoga Trail. It is an opportunity to try yoga at 6 locations in Bristol, explore the yoga space in all of them and to meet the teachers. There will be tea and refreshments served at each stop so bring your friends!
Check the timetable and map for info on events happening in each place. Collect one stamp from each venue on a leaflet you can pick up at any of the participating locations to get a FREE regular yoga class at the centre of your choice.

In the evening, join us for a film screening and refreshments at Yogawest in Bishopston, when representatives from all the venues come together in one place for a sociable evening.

Visit all 6 locations, collect 6 stamps and get a free yoga class!


Who we are

We are the yoga community in Bristol and for the first time ever we are coming together to celebrate with a pan-Bristol Yoga Open Day. We would like you to get to know us and the different yoga styles we offer.

Open Day Schedule:

BYT timetable

Yogawest – Denmark Place, Bishopston, BS7 8NW. 11:30 and 2pm, open class for all abilities plus short tasters throughout the afternoon. We specialise in Iyengar Yoga which is known for correcting postural alignment and is a good style for beginners

Bristol YogaSpace – 10 Park Row, City Centre, BS1 5UH. 12:00 – 4.30 join us for taster classes for all abilities. We offer supportive yoga classes where the practices are adapted for each individual. Ideal for beginners, improving health issues or for those wanting to deepen their practice and knowledge of yoga.

Yogasara – 10-12 Picton Street, Montpelier, BS6 5QA. Taster classes are open to all abilities. Yogasara is a community interest company bringing Yoga back to it’s roots in community. With highly skilled teachers, a friendly studio and a broad range of classes you’ll find what you need at Yogasara. Discover vibrant and powerful wellbeing.

Bristol City Yoga – 16 Backfields Lane, BS2 8QW. 9:30 – 2:30pm regular classes, 3-5pm taster classes. All will be suitable for beginners. We offer a beautiful, purpose built Yoga Studio in the heart of the city. Our classes are friendly and down to earth in a range of traditions and levels.

Yogafurie – 7 Dongola Ave, Bishopston, BS7 9HG. Hot Vinyasa Yoga classes for all abilities, with a special focus on anatomical safety. Yogafurie offers affordable Hot Yoga to everyone! Bring a towel to put over your mat and some water. More details on

Wilder Studios – 27-29 Wilder Street BS2 8QA. If you’re interested in giving yoga a try then our studio is for you. We have a wide range of different styles, taught by a selection of enthusiastic and helpful teachers. Our website has all the info you need and you can contact each of our teachers personally.

Follow us for regular updates about the Trail


Twitter: #BristolYogaTrail