Hatha yoga combines static postures and movement with a focus on alignment and the breath to release tension and build strength and flexibility in the body. Hatha is translated as ‘ha’ meaning sun and ‘tha’ meaning moon, referring to the balance of masculine and feminine, and the uniting of opposites. This applies to the physical practice where a balance of strength and flexibility and of effort and surrender are developed in each posture. Bringing awareness to the breath allows the mind to settle and the body to release. With that there comes a greater connection with the present moment.
Why Hatha Yoga?
Hatha Yoga is one of the most accessible styles of yoga for beginners due to its steady pace, but it never stops challenging you as there are always further stages for development. It's the perfect next step if you've completed our Yoga for Beginners course or if you are newer to yoga. If you'd like a very gentle practice, we also offer a Gentle Hatha Yoga class too.
Why Hatha Flow Yoga?
Our Hatha Flow classes combine static postures with steady but dynamic flowing movement. The classes are more intense than our Hatha classes and there is a greater emphasis on building core strength.
Hatha and Hatha Flow Yoga benefits both the body and the mind and you can read about the benefits on our yoga page.
Anybody can practice
It doesn’t matter how old you are, how big or small your body is or whether you’re male or female. There’s a yoga mat waiting with your name on it. You don’t need to be flexible, fit or strong to start. That comes as a consequence of practicing yoga; it’s not a prerequisite. In everyday life, there’s a tendency to compare your body and its capabilities with that of others, but yoga isn’t about the ego. We encourage you to remain focused on your own practice and to let go of any self-judgement or frustration. Just accept where you are in that moment. Your strength, flexibility and balance will grow week by week, at your own pace, without you even realising it.
What to expect
Our Hatha Yoga classes are suitable for beginners and those who are newer to yoga, however you can expect to be challenged. The classes include a combination of static postures and gentle movement. If you would prefer a very gentle practice then we would recommend our Gentle Hatha Yoga classes which include gentle movement and have a greater emphasis on relaxation.
Our Hatha Flow classes are more dynamic and intense than our Hatha classes, with a combination of static postures and steady flowing movement. There is also greater emphasis on building core strength.
The pace of all of our classes is steady and we encourage mindful movement. We believe that it’s more important to give yourself time to find the right position and feel what is happening in your body, rather than moving super-fast and losing the connection and alignment. A steady, mindful practice can be challenging because holding postures requires muscle strength and mental focus.
We teach with a strong focus on alignment and precision through giving clear alignment queues and will adjust you to ensure that you are safely in the correct position, if you’d like us to. The class environment is open, non-competitive and supportive; we are highly aware of each individual’s physical and mental needs and remain attentive to this throughout, no matter whether you’re working with injury, pain, illness or stress.
Felicity qualified as a Yoga Alliance 200-hour certified teacher in 2014. In 2018, she completed the triyoga 300-hour Advanced Teacher Training Programme and so she's now qualified as a Yoga Alliance 500-hour certified teacher. With this, together with her Pregnancy, Postnatal, Restorative and Children's Yoga teaching qualifications, she has completed over 650 hours of teacher training. She's currently studying with Jason Crandell to complete an additional 300 hours of training which she'll graduate in March 2020.
Zara qualified as a Yoga Alliance 200-hour certified teacher in September 2019. She trained at Bristol City Yoga, the same school that Felicity trained with, and was mentored by Felicity throughout her training.
See you on the mat!
We provide all the mats and props for my classes but you are also welcome to bring your own. It’s best to wear comfortable clothing and you don’t need footwear as yoga is done with bare feet. You might like to bring a bottle of water and it’s also nice to bring a blanket or something warm to pop on for the savasana (relaxation) at the end, so you’re nice and snug.
A Hatha, Gentle Hatha or Hatha Flow Yoga class is £7 when booked as a block of classes, or £8.50 to drop in.