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Yoga Bliss

Sunday May 19th| 2pm-5pm | £35  | Book Here

Deep rest for body and mind – a complete antidote to stress. Come and treat yourself to a blissful afternoon of restoratives and mindfulness. You’ll use bolsters, blankets and other props to support yourself in restful postures, opening the body gently, slowly and safely. Nurturing breathing, mindfulness and calming music will help you slow down and nourish your soul. You’ll emerge from the practice with a deep sense of stillness and physical spaciousness.

With Sophie Carr and Chloe McKay.
Suitable for everyone!


Energising Vinyasa Flow

Sunday 28th April – 19 May | 6pm-7.15pm | £34 for 4 weeks |  FULL
Sunday 2nd June – 14 July| 6pm-7.15pm | £59.50 for 7 weeks | BOOK NOW

An ideal class for improvers moving on from beginners classes, this class is taught to music and will work through breath awareness, limbering the body and working towards a dynamic asana sequence which you can explore at your own level in a nurturing and playful environment. The class will finish with a short meditation leaving you rejuvenated, peaceful and inspired.

With Zoe Speekenbrink.

June Early Morning Intensive

June 3rd-7th  7.15am – 8.15am,  £40 BOOK NOW

Warmer days are coming and this 5 Day Intensive is a great way to enjoy the lighter mornings with some delicious early morning yoga.
Starting at 7.15am each morning you’ll be guided through a one-hour dynamic flow helping to awaken your body, focus your mind and open your heart. All welcome, although not recommended for complete beginners.

With Chloe McKay.


Beginners Courses

Mondays Beginners Level 1: 29th April – 20th May,  7.45-9.00pm,  £34  *FULL*
Mondays Beginners Level 1: 3rd June – 15th July,  7.45-9.00pm,  £59.50, BOOK NOW
Thursdays Beginners Level 1: 2nd May – 23rd May, 6.00-7.15pm,  £34  BOOK NOW
Thursdays Beginners Level 1: 6th June – 18th July, 6.00-7.15pm,  £59.50 BOOK NOW

We might  try yoga for many reasons: to cure a bad back, to manage our stress, to heal a broken heart, to inspire our running, or simply because we’ve heard it’s good for us. Yoga can fulfil all these promises and more, because its fundamental premise is that we all possess the potential for a happy, harmonious and healthy life. Yoga is an intelligent, multi-dimensional body-based practice which improves our strength and flexibility, our digestion and circulation, and our endocrine and immune systems. It has a direct impact on our breathing and nervous system, stimulating the relaxation response, and its focus on mindful attention to our inner landscape of thoughts and emotions leads to psychological wellbeing.

Our beginners courses will get you started  in a flow style of yoga. You’ll gain confidence in basic postures, sun salutations, breath work, deep relaxation and mindfulness. Suitable for all, regardless of age, fitness and flexibility. Come and try!

If you are new to yoga we recommend a beginners course, or come and try one of our regular ‘All Levels’ classes.


Beginners Level 2 Course

Wednesdays Beginners Level 2:  1st May – 22nd May £34  BOOK NOW
Wednesdays Beginners Level 2:  5th June- 17th July £59.50 BOOK NOW

This course is for those of you who have done our beginners course and want to explore postures, breathwork and mindfulness a little deeper, or for anyone who’s done yoga in the past, feels a bit rusty and wants to get back into it. The course is a great stepping stone into out Level 2 classes. Expect more alignment instructions, slightly more ‘strong’ stuff, perhaps some Yin Yoga and a wonderful restorative relaxation.


Family Yoga!

Wednesdays 1st May – 22nd May £40 (1 adult & 1 child )/ £48 (1 adult & 2 children)  for 4 weeks  BOOK NOW

Get connected! Family Yoga is the perfect way to unite and create bonds and memories with your
tribe…it’s also huge amounts of fun! Family Yoga is a fabulous combination of traditional yoga
practices, movement, storytelling and imagination. This is a great opportunity to learn calming
breathing techniques for kids, relaxation exercises involving the whole family and yoga sequences
that you can take home to play with. Each week we’ll have a special theme. All ages are welcome,
but places are limited on this exciting 4 week after school course.

Any age adult can bring any age child to enjoy a fun interactive yoga session together. Maximum 2 children per adult per booking. This is due to space restrictions in the studio.

When booking, please book using the name of the adult, and apply discount code 1CHILD for 1 adult & 1 child (if relevant).

With Vikki O’Brien


A Day of Mindfulness with Sophie Carr

Sunday 28th July  10.00am – 4.00pm | £50  (one work-exchange place available, please email) | BOOK NOW

What exactly is mindfulness? And why is it so popular? What’s the evidence for its usefulness? How do you actually ‘do’ it? How can we lead more mindful and meaningful lives? Is it really possible to be less exhausted, less reactive, more resilient? Can mindfulness make us more calm and relaxed? In this day-long workshop we will answer all these questions and more. We’ll unpack the ‘foundations’ of mindfulness – breath awareness, embodied presence, mindfulness of emotions and mindfulness of thoughts. We’ll explore mindful communication, and look at techniques we can use in our daily lives, such as the 3-minute breathing space, mindful walking, and even mindful queueing! There will be meditation, relaxation and informal discussion. The workshop will be a fun, down-to-earth, thorough instruction in the basics of mindfulness, and is suitable for everyone regardless of age, experience or lifestyle. Sophie Carr is senior teacher and co-owner of the Stables. She is qualified and registered with the Mindfulness Training Institute.

For more details please email


Relax & Find Calm Within

Wednesday 5th June – 10th July 7.30-9pm for 6 weeks  BOOK HERE

Relax and Find Calm Within – a 6 week course with Sophie Carr

Yin yoga, restorative yoga and mindfulness.

Suitable for all.

Are you tired, stressed, burnt out, in need of recharge? Is your mind busy, are you running to catch up all the time?

Come and unwind deeply held tensions in the body, and foster a pervading sense of calm and spaciousness using these quieter styles of yoga. Each week we will explore aspects of mindfulness while lying in restful postures. We will also develop our capacity for mindful communication, experiment with mindful walking and learn other techniques to use in everyday situations or times of stress. There will be relaxed discussions and opportunities to support one another in our practice.

  • train your attention and focus with mindfulness of the breath
  • be present and embodied through mindfulness of the body
  • learn the 3-minute breathing space
  • develop a loving, grateful heart with compassion practice
  • explore emotions and develop more emotional intelligence
  • be aware of thought-patterns and diminish self-judgment
  • learn how to quieten the ‘inner critic’
  • reduce our tendency to be over-reactive
  • explore techniques to use in times of stress and anxiety

To truly benefit from this course, you will need to commit to about 20 minutes daily home practice.

**After booking, please email – we would like you to complete a simple questionnaire, and will send you more details about the course**

Please note, there are no refunds given if you withdraw from the course once it has started.

Sophie Carr is co-owner of the Stables and is a yoga and mindfulness teacher with many years experience. She is a qualified and registered member of the Mindfulness Training Institute.

“Sophie is a gifted teacher. Her classes are always fun and engaging, her teaching technique clear and practical. I highly recommend this course!”

“Sophie is so open and warm, she is brilliant at making people feel at ease. Her explanations are clear and personal. I have benefited from the course in many areas of my life and really enjoyed it.”

“Thank you, Sophie. A game-changing experience! I have learnt so much about how I experience emotions and the present moment.”

“I found the course interesting, informative, and very inspiring. Sophie was an excellent teacher. I looked forward to each session with enthusiasm, it was a lovely space to work in and a special group to work with. I benefited and continue to do so, on many different levels.”

“Sophie’s class was warm, genuine and nurturing – much better than other more corporate offerings.”

Breath of Bliss, Yoga Nidra and Sound Bath

Friday 26th April 7.00-8.30pm £15   BOOK HERE
Emma Leaf is our Yoga Nidra teacher. She leads our regular Friday evening candlelit sessions to nourish your whole body, mind and heart.

Emma will play healing sounds during these sessions with crystal singing bowls, shamanic healing instruments, chimes and a beautiful transformative gong!

Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep) is a wonderful deep relaxation which complements the efforts you make in your regular asana practice. It reduces daily stress by turning attention inward for your own healing awareness and cultivating a deep meditative state to help you find quietude and stillness.

We will start with light seated stretches to prepare the body, followed by ancient mantra to sense into our intention. We then lie down in Savasana (corpse pose) with soft blankets, bolsters and as many pillows as you wish to deeply rest your body while you are guided through a journey of great inner discovery.

Yoga nidra has many benefits:

Immediate physical benefits, such as reduced stress and better sleep

It can lower blood pressure, release muscle tension, slow your heart rate and regulate your breathing.

It can bring an incredible calmness, quietness and clarity.

It has the potential to heal psychological and emotional wounds.

It rejuvenates, recharges, and restores your sense of wellbeing.

All mats, blankets and props are provided and you are most welcome to bring your own.

Advance booking essential.


Birth Prep

Sunday 23rd June 2019 9.30am – 4pm  BOOK HERE
Sunday 15th September 2019 9.30am – 4pm  BOOK HERE
Sunday 8th December 2019 9.30am – 4pm  BOOK HERE
 £65 per couple

The class is suitable for couples who want to birth their babies naturally, whether in hospital, at a midwife-led birth centre, or at home.
With Sophie Carr, yoga teacher and doula.


Further information:

Birth Prep

‘It was absolutely essential, miles better than the NCT and hospital preparation classes – fantastic, thank you.’

Stay in control of your birth. Birthing women know what is right for them. They instinctively know who they want with them, where they want to birth, and how. If this is respected, birth is empowering and pleasurable. But the power of birth is often unconsciously surrendered to others which can lead to complicated birth experiences. We learn how to stay in control, while letting our body do its job of birthing.

The characteristics of a natural birth. Hormones play an essential role in childbirth, stimulating the uterus to contract and natural painkillers to be released. In order for the efficient and sustained production of these hormones, a woman needs space to move, darkness and privacy. To birth naturally, she needs to be undisturbed, instinctive, and feel safe and protected. Given the right conditions only one in ten births will be
complicated. We discuss ways of achieving the environment essential for a normal birth in hospital, at a midwife-led birth unit, and at home. We concentrate on the need to trust the process of birth (whether short or very long) and avoid unnecessary interventions.
Active birth. We discuss the benefits of an upright, active birth. We look at positions for the 1st , 2nd and 3rd stages of labour, how to support the birthing mother, and note how our own conditioning can inhibit our trust in our bodies. Women’s bodies are designed to give birth, but fear is a major inhibitor of the birthing hormones—so how can we integrate that knowledge so we are not afraid?
Mindfulness, breathing and relaxation. Yoga breathing is the essential tool for childbirth. We look at how useful it is for dealing with the pain of contractions, and how mindfulness reduces feelings of anxiety and fear. We learn how the birth partner can help the mother stay steady and strong during even the lengthiest labour.
Getting the best from the NHS. We have many choices in birth, many more than we think. We discuss your birth preferences and how to have the birth you want while being supported by the NHS. We also discuss other care providers, and the role of doulas.
‘My partner felt for the first time that he had an important role to play and felt very positive after the day. An excellent and informative class – it left us both enthusiastic and inspired.’
‘Empowering! Sophie and Alison have a gift for getting the partners involved. The best preparation, both physically and psychologically, we have had.’

“The class was really engaging and Howard appreciated the ‘man time’ chat and how involved he felt in the session. We both got a lot out of it and it was very helpful indeed.”

Home Birth Support Group

Meeting on the first Sunday every month  10.30am – 12.30pm

For Couples, Doulas, Midwives – payment by donation (£3-£5) to cover costs, more information here