sunbeam Ashtanga yoga in Dorset

Private Yoga Classes

Ashtanga & Therapeutic Yoga classes in Dorset

I wanted to get back in to doing some yoga again after a long break from it, (after having my son)… I came to my first session with Mia last Friday and absolutely LOVED IT! Felt perfectly stretched, in a relaxed, and calm setting. The space is perfectly tranquil overlooking nature. Excited to be back practicing and to have found Sunbeam Yoga!!!

– Chloe

sunbeam Ashtanga yoga in Dorset

The Benefits of Yoga

What is Ashtanga yoga?

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a style of yoga popularised by K. Pattabhi Jois during the 20th century. Ashtanga yoga is often promoted as a modern-day form of classical Indian yoga. The style is energetic, synchronising breath with movements. Ashtanga yoga is a type of yoga based on eight principles (limbs) and consisting of a series of poses (asanas) executed in swift succession, combined with deep, controlled breathing (pranayama).

What is Therapeutic yoga?

Therapeutic Yoga or Trauma Informed Yoga, is a methodology for yoga created specifically to work with trauma. Trauma affects both mind and body. A therapy that does not include both mind and body is therefore incomplete. Body based practices aim to look at therapy as a bottom up (body to mind) therapeutic process, while psychological interventions are aimed to target trauma as a top down (mind to body)intervention. An ideal therapy combines both of these and trauma informed yoga is proposed as an evidenced based type of bottom up therapy.

My connection with yoga

My introduction to yoga came whilst I was living a very hectic and stressful life, professionally. Having enjoyed the physical benefits attending local yoga classes offered, I completed by Ashtanga yoga teacher training course with Brian Cooper PHD, supervised by Helen McCabe and Scott Parsons. It was during this time that I really started to be aware of the positive mental benefits of a regular Ashtanga yoga practice.

In 2013, I started Sunbeam Yoga. I teach a led, primary Ashtanga yoga class, which we always close with a relaxing body scan (savasana) and a sound bowl. My students are from all age groups and abilities. I love being an Ashtanga Yoga teacher and seeing my yogis progress and benefit from their practice.

Common questions

Is there parking?

Yes. Please drive slowly into Hartland Stud and follow the lane to the bottom, where you will see ample free parking for visitors behind the stables.

What should I wear?

Anything you are comfy in and doesn’t restrict your movement. If you are new to yoga, stretchy leggings, jogging bottoms, stretchy shorts, t shirt or full yoga gear if you have it and want to wear it.

How much is a session?

A one hour group yoga session is £10. You can pay cash or bank transfer. You can book into your class here and pay when you arrive. We do have concessions, please ask.

I don't have a mat!

Dont worry! We have spare mats for yogis to use i the studio.

Anything else I should bring?

A drink, and a blanket for the body scan at the end. We have spare blankets if you forget.