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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.

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Download the reduced Christmas timetable 2018 here

First Aid Course 20th January 2019

first aid signFirst Aid Course on Sunday 20th January 2019 at Yogawest

 

Taught by First Aid Facts, this day is designed to equip you with the knowledge and certification you need to administer first aid in an exercise/yoga class setting. Aimed at yoga teachers, this is also suitable for anyone teaching mat-based classes, or anyone who’d like to get a first aid certificate.

The qualification is Emergency First Aid at Work Basic HSE requirement and your certificate is valid for 3 years.

Read more here

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!

New Yoga Year, Clean Equipment!

Many thanks to the whole Yogawest reception team for the amazing washing and cleaning exercise over the summer. Nicola, Andy, Jon and Meg have been busily deep cleaning the studios and changing rooms, washing the mats and blankets (they take a LOT of re-folding!), cleaning the belts and blocks and generally preparing the building for Autumn classes.

We say goodbye and thank you to Meg who is off to see the world: good luck in your travels!

Reduced Timetable Summer 2018

Monday 23rd July – Friday 31st August

While some teachers take a well-earned break over the school holiday period, Yogawest is running a reduced timetable with classes running throughout. As always, do check the online timetable in case of any last minute adjustments.

Download the reduced summer timetable here or pick up your copy at Yogawest.

The full timetable resumes on Saturday 1st September.

Who is Teaching the Class?

Many classes are being taught by the usual teacher for that time slot. Some classes are being covered by Yogawest teachers or other fully qualified Iyengar teachers familiar to (and approved by!) Yogawest students.

Many of you have asked for details of who is teaching: you can view or download the summer teaching schedule which lists who is due to teach which class (last minute changes may not be shown).

Having a different teacher is a great opportunity to experience new instructions and learn something else about your yoga. Yogawest is confident that all students will be well cared for by all of the Iyengar teachers who teach here. As always, please tell the teacher at the beginning of class of anything they should be aware of.

Full timetable resumes 1st September

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

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

 

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.

 

Practice Leaflets for Charity

Practice Sequences

Sam_charityleaflets2_734Sam Xenofou is offering a set of beautifully produced practice sequences for sale at Yogawest. These have been printed in conjunction with her Iyengar-teacher colleague from Athens Katerina Pylava. Donations are being collected for Doctors Without Borders, an organisation working with refugees in her home country of Greece.

The sequences presented in the leaflets are based on the Iyengar system and they are structured in such a way that each asana prepares the body for the next one, with each sequence being beneficial for the nervous system.

The leaflets are on display at Yogawest with a donation box nearby. Sam requests a minimum donation of £5.00 per leaflet.

Money collected from the practice leaflets will support refugees who arrive in Greece having fled their countries in the Middle East and Africa. The contribution to the Doctors Without Borders organisation will help towards this worthy cause.

Sam and Katerina feel very passionate about the cause and are very grateful for your support.

If you don’t live in Bristol and would like to order a set of the sequences (4 in total) for £25, email us to find out how to order.

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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.