All our classes are pay-as-you-go, and there is no need to book either
Prefer to speak to us before you come to class ? Thats fine. Just give us a call on 07422 330332
Yoga classes with Kim
A Chartered Physiotherapist with 19 years experience, and a yoga teacher since 2012. Kim started her career in the fitness industry as an exercise-to-music teacher over 20 years ago and she discovered Ashtanga yoga in 2005 and has been hooked ever since. She did her yoga teacher training RYT200 with Yogahaven, and initially taught in studios around Birmingham and Bromsgrove. Since then she has completed an additional 300-hour training course with Camyoga in Cambridge, leading to a RYT500 qualificiation and a BWY Level 4 diploma. Kim enjoys teaching all levels of ability and is qualified to teach everything from Vinyasa flow to gentle beginners classes.
Pilates classes with Kay
Kay's first career was as an A+E sister and she trained in orthopaedics. She already had a love of the fitness industry and worked for Fitness First for many years, and it was there that she had the opportunity to train as a Pilates teacher in London with the world-renowned Michael King at his Pilates Institute. She trained in basic matwork and reformer Pilates, and then went on to train in swiss ball and roller Pilates. Her passion is teaching, and Kay loves to pass this on in her classes. She can teach beginners and more advanced students in the same class because everything is taught in progressions, and students are encouraged to choose their own level of intensity.
Our Yoga and Pilates classes
We both think that Pilates and Yoga are for every Body, and we can accomodate all levels of ability in our classes because we teach everything in progressions. If you have a back or a joint issue, or are nervous to start, then dont worry as we take our time to learn about you individually before class. Now is the time to give Yoga and Pilates a try - we both did and it changed our lives forever.
We have a variety of classes that will suit both beginners and improvers
Our classes change week by week, so you will never find yourself getting bored. Kim's Yoga classes incorporate a mixture of Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Pranayama and Relaxation. Kay's Pilates classes include a mixture of exercises to work on core strength, flexibility, balance, and joint mobility.
Yoga and Pilates transform lives
We see Yoga and Pilates do amazing things for all sorts of folk every single day, from office workers to builders and healthcare workers ….. as well as the occasional footballer or swimmer. The body is incredibly adaptive and we see amazing changes even in people who haven’t moved their bodies for a long time. We are stronger than we think we are!
But really, Yoga and Pilates are about enjoying what our bodies can do, right here, right now. As we become stronger and more flexible both physically and mentally, this new found agility and poise begin to seep into regular life too. Amazing.
What if I am pregnant ?
We do not recommend our general classes if you are pregnant. This is because the abdominal muscles are lengthening and separating to make space for the growing baby, so both Yoga and Pilates need modifying significantly to make them safe in pregnancy.
Do I need my own mat ?
Yes – please bring your own yoga mat. The best mats are 4.5-6mm thick: anything thicker than this makes balancing very difficult. Avoid the very thick Pilates mats unless you only ever do Pilates because these are very thick and can be quite smooth in texture, which means that your feet can slip in some of the Yoga standing postures.
How do I pay for my class ?
Just come along to class with a mat and a smile ! There's no need to book in advance and you just pay cash on the day. Its as easy as that !
What if I have an injury ?
Please arrive in good time to talk to your teacher about any injures that you may have. All of the exercises and postures can be adapted to suit individual problem areas, but be patient while you learn some of the different alternatives. If an exercise or a posture does not feel good then please just sit it out and join back in when you feel ready, or take an alternative to the one that is being taught.
When should I eat ?
Yoga and Pilates are best done on an empty stomach, so please avoid eating anything heavy for 3-4 hours before your class. A light snack (like a banana or a muesli bar) is OK up to 2 hours before your class, but avoid anything heavier than this or you are likely to feel very nauseous.
Your first class ?
Please arrive in good time to complete our health questionnaire and bring it with you already completed.
What do I need to bring ?
Although we don’t usually encourage you to drink much water during your practice, you might like to bring a bottle of water just to wet your mouth if it becomes dry. Please make sure you are well hydrated before your class though
If you have your own props (blocks, belts etc) that you like to use then you are quite welcome to bring these along, but we do supply these for our Yoga classes.
What do I wear ?
Anything that allows you to move freely: jogging bottoms, leggings, t-shirts, sweatshirts, shorts. The choice is yours. Wear lots of layers though, so that you can take a layer off if you are getting warm and so that you can stay warm for the relaxation at the end.