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** New class starting 11 January 2018! **

As respected yoga teacher T. Krishnamacharya said, “if you can breathe, you can practice yoga”. Yoga can improve the lives of people of all ages, with a range of physical, emotional and psychological benefits.

However, not everyone can get up and down off the floor easily, which can make traditional yoga classes difficult. Whether this is due to age, physical disabilities, injuries, excess weight or recent surgery - with the help of a chair, anyone can practice yoga. It is also a great form of yoga for beginners or anyone who wants to focus on a more gentle form of yoga. The chair replaces the yoga mat and becomes an extension of your body, allowing you to take full advantage of yoga’s amazing benefits.

Chair yoga is a gentle yoga practice using the chair for seated poses, and as a balance point for standing poses. Like a regular yoga class, Chair yoga increases flexibility, strength and body awareness. Just about any standard yoga pose can be modified for chair yoga, including backbends, twists, hip openers and forward folds.

A regular yoga practice can keep you healthy by:

  • Maintaining the mobility of your spine
  • Strengthening your core musculature to support your lower back and improve your stability
  • Bringing your joints through the full range of motion to develop functional flexibility, so you can perform daily tasks with minimal discomfort
  • Developing your ability to balance

Yoga can also improve cardiovascular health, reduce high blood pressure, reduce anxiety and depression and promote an overall sense of wellbeing.

This chair-based class makes yoga accessible to anyone who is interested in learning to move and breathe in a gentle, mindful way, honouring your body no matter the physical challenges you may have. The class will include simple movements, adapted asana, breath awareness, meditation and relaxation. 

Yoga will not just tone your body. Its loads of fun and makes you feel awesome on the inside as well as the outside! Get in touch now to find out more.


“Yoga does not change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees.” - B.K.S Iyengar

Thursday, noon to 1.15pm - Bookham Space, Dorking Road, Bookham, Surrey KT23 4PB

Classes are held at the South Bookham Space, on Dorking Road, Great Bookham, Surrey KT23 4PB. This lovely venue's name describes perfectly the feeling when you enter - space to breathe more easily, freedom to move. Easily accessible from the A246, simply follow the signs to Polesden Lacey and look out for the red brick building on the left, immediately after the children's play area in the recreation ground. Parking available.

Classes run during term time only, starting 11 January 2018. Contact me directly or check out my calendar to find out specific dates that classes are held.

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