“The goal of yoga is to encourage us to be a little better than we were before. We become better by making an effort and by practicing patience. We must actively seize every opportunity that helps us to progress.”- T.K.V Desikachar

Tuesdays, 12noon-1pm, University of Bristol, Hatha Yoga (staff class): Weekly lunchtime practice on Brandon Hill, when weather permits, designed to help people who spent most of their days at a desk or in meetings, to shift their focus and reset their mind and body. Focusing on drawing the attention inwards, minimising the impact of peripheral distractions, reducing the effects of stress and tension, and cultivating a calmer, more composed way of being,both on the mat and when returning to the world of work.

  • £5 drop-in for staff members.

  • Bring your own mat.

  • Contact me to reserve your spot.

Wednesdays, 1.10pm-1.55pm, Breathe Bristol, Hatha Flow: Press pause on your day and immerse yourself in an energising practice designed to help you realign your body, while refreshing your mind. Suitable for all levels, with modifications to suit all bodies, expect to move through a creative sequence of postures, with some longer holds to build strength and flexibility. Woven together with breath work to encourage greater focus and meditation to instil calm and composure, you will leave feeling rejuvenated and ready to move into the rest of your day. All accompanied by uplifting music.

  • Available for £8 (£7 concessions) via the Breathe website, or as part of a 5-class pass for £30.

  • Cash drop-ins welcome (just get in touch to reserve your spot beforehand).

  • Also bookable via Move GB.

Fridays, 4pm-5pm, Slow Flow / Community Yoga, Pure Yoga: Combining the fundamentals of Hatha yoga with the steady progression of Vinyasa flow, this class will help you release tension from mind and body, while deepening your understanding of physical postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama) and yoga philosophy. Students are encouraged to move with care, curiosity and self-awareness through sequences designed to uplift and relax. Clear, accessible instruction and modifications are offered throughout, making this class suitable for beginners as well as more experienced students who would enjoy a gentle style of moving meditation.

  • Available to MoveGB members as a regular credit.

  • Also offered at a reduced rate (contribution-based, minimum £3) for people who would like to practice but can’t afford a regular class.

  • Sign up via the Pure Yoga website.

  • Or just drop by the studio and pay on the day.

  • Pay as you feel (minimum contribution £3 gratefully received).

Fridays, 5.30pm-6.30pm, Yin-Yang Yoga, Pure Yoga: The perfect way to end the week and flow into the weekend. Combining deep relaxation with fluid movement, Yin-Yang Yoga strikes a balance between stillness and motion, effort and ease. Beginning with a slower-paced Yin-style practice, you can expect to rest in longer holds that will help your mind and body decompress. Transitioning into a more dynamic Yang style sequence, you’ll be guided through a vinyasa flow (“wise progression”) to cultivate energy and vitality. Woven together with pranayama (breath work) and meditation, this class will leave you feeling restored and ready for the weekend. This class is open to all levels. Modifications and adjustments are offered to help everybody find their individual place of comfort and challenge.

  • Available at £11 via the Pure Yoga website, or as part of an 8-class block booking for £75.

  • Also bookable via Move GB.

Sundays, 11.30am-12.30pm, Pure Yoga, Hatha Flow: A well-rounded Hatha practice that steadily builds momentum and guides your attention inwards, allowing you to move with intention and confidence. Expect to flow through a series of asanas (postures) that will shift your energy with the aid of uplifting music. The class will gently draw to a close by guiding you to a place of physical and mental stillness, concluding with pranayama (breath work) and meditation. Accessible to beginners as well as those with more experience.

  • Available at £11 via the Pure Yoga website, or as part of an 8-class block booking for £75.

  • Also bookable via Move GB.

Yoga in the workplace: The physical and mental benefits of practicing yoga can be especially beneficial if you work a desk-based job or spend much of your day in an environment that taxes your body and your mind, whether that’s owing to sitting, standing or moving in a repetitive or sedentary way for long periods, or the general mental strain that comes with the demands and expectations of working life. If this is something you, your colleagues and/or your workplace could benefit from, drop me a line and we can discuss ways of introducing a regular or drop-in class into your space.