Welcome to Prana Yoga
Prana Yoga offers a friendly, safe and welcoming yoga practice. Our aim is to provide high quality yoga classes designed to make you feel good; physically, mentally and emotionally. Our classes are varied in their focus, intention, pace and guidance to provide you with different experiences of ‘yoga’.
Yoga is a lot more than a type of exercise and it’s roots lie in ancient wisdom that was passed down from generation to generation as a method for achieving greater harmony between body, mind and soul. The benefits of a regular yoga and meditation practice will be felt throughout your life, not just whilst you’re on your mat. Our yoga isn’t about being able to put your foot behind your head, it’s about clearing your head and allowing your true self to shine through. At the same time, Yoga is anamazing physical practice for the whole body, inside and out.
Yoga is known for creating flexibility, but equally, it builds strength and stability, improves posture, creates balance in the body and leads to better coordination, focus and concentration. Besides the physical and physiological benefits, Yoga is proven to improve mental and emotional health. We use the body and breath as the ‘remote control’ for the mind, slowing down our thoughts and making them less demanding of our attention. Having better control over our thoughts leads to calmness and a greater ability to be with our emotions.
Yoga can give you whatever you need, sometimes we don’t know what that is until it happens. We want you to take what you need from Prana Yoga.
Benefits of Prana Yoga
We look forward to welcoming you to your yoga mat.
Hey, I discovered yoga late in life, I was a runner with runner’s knee issues and I thought that yoga might help. I went to a hot yoga class and actually felt like I might die of heat exhaustion or drown in my own sweat. I only went back because I’d bought a 3 week intro offer. But, something unexpected happened. I walked out of my second or third yoga class with a spacious feeling in my head, as if I’d taken a brain holiday. It was a ‘peace of mind’ that I’d never experienced before. This new feeling was addictive, but in a good way. I started to go three times a week, my running improved, I got stronger and I felt great.
I decided to complete my yoga teacher training to deepen my understanding of what was happening to me, and this changed my life. The listed reading opened up a whole new perspective for me on what it means to be human; and the questions of who am I, what am I, and why I am here. I didn’t really intend to teach. I’ve never enjoyed speaking in front of people but how can I not share the practice that has been so beneficial to my life.
Following my foundation yoga training in Vinyasa flow, I also studied Yin Yoga, Yoga for Sports, Restorative yoga, Yoga Nidra, and TeenYoga. I also have qualifications in personal fitness, circuit training, strength and conditioning, gait analysis, sports massage and acupuncture.
I came to yoga for the physical benefits and received unexpected mental and emotional benefits, and I’m aware that not everyone wants answers to the mysteries of the universe. So, my teaching is based around all those aspects of yoga that improve our understanding of what our bodies, minds and emotions need to ‘feel good’. Humans don’t come with a training manual, and sometimes, we struggle to feel relaxed, happy and content. If only they taught yoga and meditation in schools from age 5, the world would be a much happier place.
See you on the mat.
We offer a friendly, safe and welcoming yoga practice. All of our classes are suitable for all levels of yoga and all levels of fitness.
Each of our yoga classes start with poses designed to warm up muscles and key joints, and then take you through a Vinyasa style yoga practice to get the energy flowing. Vinyasa is where we move from one pose to another in a sequence that builds strength and stability, balance and coordination, better posture and flexibility. Our classes finish with a warm down and deep relaxation. Our Vinyasa style is slow, so that there is time in each pose, to allow the body to settle, to open, and to fully feel the pose. We move mindfully, with control and grace, to honour our bodies alignment. Our sequences are coordinated with music, and our movements are coordinated with the breath to encourage an immersive experience that benefits mind, body and soul.
Monday – Feel Good Flow
Start the week with a yoga practice designed to make you feel good physically, emotionally and psychologically. We start our practice with gentle warmup poses preparing the body and mind for a Vinyasa style sequence of standing poses where we move from one pose to another, focussing on coordination, posture, balance and stability. Each sequence is set to music and our movement is coordinated with the breath, and the postures are practiced with ‘relaxed effort’. This is followed by floor postures that improve your mobility and the range of motion at key joints, twists for a healthy spine and digestion, core and back strengthening, heart openers for feeling more open and connected, shoulder openers to improve posture and release muscle ‘tension’, hip openers to release emotional tension and forward folds to calm the nervous system. And finally, Savasana, complete relaxation.
Tuesday – Power Yoga
Yoga is the original ‘functional fitness’ exercise, and our Power Yoga class is aimedat making the body more efficient by improving:
- strength across key muscles groups,
- imbalances within the body
- stability at the pelvis, shoulders, true core, and the feet, coordination
- overall balance
- range of motion at key joints
- focus and concentration
- relaxed breathing
- active recovery
Whether you’re a sports person looking to cross-train, a runner who sits at a desk all day and would like to minimise the risk of injury, or you want to improve your health and fitness generally, this class offers experienced and knowledgeable support.
Wednesday – Yogasana
Whether you’re new to yoga or you want to deepen your yogic knowledge, Yogasana gives you a greater understanding of the correct alignment in each pose. We will discuss which muscles are strengthened, or stretched, and the tips and tricks for getting into poses more easily, including how to prepare the body for ‘peak poses’. This class covers the physiological, emotional and psychological benefits of poses, breathing practices and meditation. The class is still a complete practice, but is slower paced to break poses down into more detail. You will also learn the Sanskrit names of the poses and a little yogic philosophy along the way.
Thursday – Prana Flow
Prana is the Sanskrit word for ‘life-force’ or ‘vital energy’ and it is the energy that flows throughout our Universe, and through ourselves where it is strongly linked to the breath. This yoga practice focuses on how we can use our breath, yoga postures, focus and visualisation to connect to our own energy. Emotions have been described as ‘Energy in Motion’ and are meant to ‘move’ through us; but when we fail to ‘be with’ our emotions, when they are not felt fully, they can stay in the body, getting ‘stuck’ and causing us problems. Our practice will focus on connecting to our energy; for example, feeling safe and protected in Child’s pose, strong, stable and confident in Warrior poses, joyful in Happy Baby pose, grounded and still in Mountain pose. We will visualise the energy at each of the 7 chakras, and breathe into them as we move through a sequence of postures accompanied by sound and music.
Friday – Relax & Restore
Friday evening is dedicated to releasing the working week; relaxing the body and mind, and restoring our equilibrium ready to enjoy the weekend. This candlelit yoga practice is slow and gentle, coordinating movement with breath in a series of mainly floor postures designed to let go. We focus on the neck and shoulders, hips, back and mind. Letting go of muscular tension, repeating thoughts, worries and desk-work induced imbalances, we focus on the breath to still the mind finding peace and contentment. Our yoga practice finishes with Yoga Nidra, a guided relaxation and meditation.