classes & courses

The practices of Yoga are like a toolbox of skills. When we practise these skills regularly, we learn about ourselves and get better at looking after ourselves, by developing a healthier body, that moves well, and a more focused, quieter mind. But the practices are not limited to physical and mental health - they also help us to explore the deepest aspects of ourselves, and perhaps, ultimately, to start to connect with who we really are. When we begin to discover and integrate all the levels of our being - spiritual, mental, emotional and physical - we can live life more fully, open to the best of ourselves, and the world around us, and so help make the world a better place for us all. If you want to go deeply into the practices of yoga, to work with yourself intelligently, attentively and compassionately, and to find ways of taking yoga off the mat and into daily life, these classes are for you!

Meditation Course - monthly sessions in Stroud

Hatha Yoga and Meditation class, Bristol - weekly

Hatha Yoga and Meditation in Stroud - 3 weekly classes

Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs - a 12 session programme in Stroud - next course will start on 18 April 2018 - book now!

NEW - monthly workshops for on-going back health - Friday morning in Stroud

Yoga Days and Workshops - next day will be in the autumn 2018.  Let me know if you have a request for a future topic/theme, or would like me to add you to my mailing list.

Yoga for Women : Weekly yoga class for Women - Moving with Change;
plus Pregnancy/Postnatal Yoga for individuals and couples,

Saturday morning yoga sessions for mums - next date is 5 May

Birth preparation sessions for couples

Yoga and Walking Holiday in Spain - let me know if you are interested in future holidays

Weekly classes run in blocks, roughly corresponding to school terms, with a short break at Christmas and Easter, and during the month of August. You can come and try a class before committing to a block. Please 
contact me if you would like to do this.

Classes continue until Thursday 29 March, and will start again after the Easter break Monday 16 April.  Half term is the week beginning 28 May, and there are no classes that week.  Classes will then continue until 26 July.

Meditation Course - monthly sessions in Stroud

This is a monthly meditation class held in Stroud on Friday evenings to learn, practise and deepen your experience of some meditation techniques from the Yoga tradition. Each session is structured around a particular theme (eg the breath). There is also some movement, and time to make notes, share experience and ask questions. I provide guidance and support for practising between sessions, so that you can build on your practice and incorporate it into daily life. The class is suitable for anyone interested in developing themselves. Meditation practices increase awareness, which means we are more alive to the present moment, and more connected to ourselves and the world around us. They also help to improve concentration and memory, clarity and focus, and our overall mental and emotional balance. 

Venue: Frankie's Yoga Studio, Slad Road, Stroud GL5 1RE
Dates: Friday 8 Sept, 13 Oct, 10 Nov, 8 Dec. And then in 2018: 12 Jan, 9 Feb, 16 Mar, 20 Apr, 18 May, 15 Jun, 13 July
Time: 7.00 - 8.30pm
Cost: £50 for 5 sessions, booked and paid for in advance; £100 for whole course (11 sessions); 12 per session. Preference given to those who can commit to a minimum of 5 sessions.

Contact me for further information or to book a place - places available

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Hatha Yoga and Meditation class in Bristol

There is an on-going weekly Yoga class at the Friends Meeting House in Redland, Bristol, on Mondays, from 6.15-7.45pm. Suitable for students with 2+ years of yoga practice.
Contact me if you would like to try the class out.

Time: Mondays, 6.15-7.45pm
Venue: Redland Friends Meeting House,
126 Hampton Road, Redland, Bristol, BS6 6JE 
Cost: £100 for a block of 10, which you can spread out over 12 weeks; £12 for a trial class.

location map for Friends Meeting House


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Hatha Yoga and Meditation in Stroud - 3 weekly classes

There are three weekly Hatha Yoga classes in Stroud: one on Monday morning (9.30-11am), and two on Wednesday evening (6-7.30pm & 8-9.30pm). They take place in my beautiful yoga studio on Slad Road. 

The Monday class has been running since September 2012, and is particularly suitable for students who have not done much yoga before, or who are looking for a fresh approach.
The Wednesday classes - the earlier class has run since September 2015, and is suitable for students with a year or more of experience.
The later class has been running since September 2010, and is an intermediate/advanced class, suitable for students who have done at least 2 years of regular yoga practice.

Do get in touch if you would like to try a class out.  Places do periodically come up in all classes, so let me know if you are interested and I can contact you when there is a space.
At the moment I have some space in the Wednesday evening classes in Stroud. 

Times: Mondays, 9.30-11am; Wednesdays, 6-7.30pm & 8-9.30pm
Venue: Frankie's Yoga Studio, Lane End House
142c Slad Road, Stroud GL5 1RE
Cost: £90 per block of 10 sessions, which you can spread over 12 weeks so there are 2 flexible weeks; £10 for a trial session.


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Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs - a 12 session programme

The Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs course is a specialised, therapeutic 12-week programme, specifically designed to help you develop and maintain a healthy lower back. Results for this evidence-based course found that it is one of the most effective options available, compared to other mainstream and complementary treatments. During the 12 classes, you learn the skills to improve your back health through a progressive series of simple movements, including pain-relieving poses, and relaxation practices.  The course is suitable for complete beginners as well as experienced practitioners, and is fully supported with resources for you to use at home.
"I very much enjoyed your gentle and clear way of teaching and feel I benefitted a lot from doing the course." (Anne)

Time: Wednesday mornings 9.30-10.45am
Venue: Frankie's Yoga Studio, Lane End House
142c Slad Road, Stroud GL5 1RE
Cost: £175 for the full 12-session course, including course materials (book, CD, hand-outs).

Contact me if you'd like more information or would like to join the next course : 18 April-11 July2018

Watch this short video clip explaining the main causes of back pain and its management.

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New - monthly workshops for on-going back health

If you have done the 12-week course and would like some on-going support for home practice, or if you would simply like to do something extra for your back, these are 90-minute workshops which focus on easy practices to help reduce pain and to maintain or improve your back health. They will also help you move more easily in daily life. I will be using some practices learned during my classical hatha yoga training, including yoga nidra (deep relaxation), along with what I have learnt from the specialist training "Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs".  These are informal, friendly sessions, and my aim is always to respond to those present in the room with what I teach.

You can sign up for all 3 workshops, or just 1 or 2.  Places will be limited to 8.

Dates: 11 May , 8 June; 6 July
Day & Time: Friday mornings, 10-11.30am
Venue: Frankie's Yoga Studio, Slad Road, Stroud
Cost: £15 for one; £24 for 2; £36 for all 3 - including material to support home practice (hand-outs and/or audio files)

PLEASE NOTE - these workshops are not the 12 week programme for Healthy Lower Backs - which is on a Wednesday morning.

Yoga Days and Workshops

"Thank you so much for Saturday, it was a beautiful day and I left your yoga studio in a really good place having had such a deeply, peaceful experience." Susie

These are an opportunity to explore an area of yoga in more depth, and so to deepen your practice. The days are practical and experiential, using a balance of asana, pranayama, mudra, mantra, yoga nidra and some meditative practice. There is also time for discussion and making notes if this is helpful.  I aim to be approachable and inclusive and for these days to be inspiring and fun.

NEXT DAY: will be in the Autumn 2018

Date: tbc
Time: 9.30am-4 pm
Venue: Frankie's Yoga Studio, Slad Road, Stroud
Cost: £50
Bring: Vegetarian lunch to share

Contact me to book a place, or for more information.

Previous topics have included: Working with the Chakras, Yoga and the Elements, Discovering the Koshas, Are you Sitting Comfortably, Coming to our Senses, The Heart Space, Yoga for the Darkest Nights, Spring Cleanse, Springing into Spring, Letting go into Autumn, Working with the Mantra OM, Developing a Personal Practice,Yoga & Mindfulness, My Friend the Breath.

I am open to requests for future subjects/themes you would like to focus on.  Contact me here to make a suggestion.

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Yoga Classes for Women 

Friendly and supportive yoga for women classes, run from my yoga studio, on Slad Road (see map below).
No need to bring any equipment.

Yoga for women only - Moving with Change - a weekly Women's Yoga Class
A specialist yoga class for women who want to use a yoga practice to work with and support the wisdom of our changing life cycles - around fertility and menstruation, the changes around childbirth if we are mothers, and the major transition of the menopause - and to help move through the other changes life brings or we would like to bring about.
Time; Thursdays, 10.30am-12.30pm 
Venue: Frankie's Yoga Studio, Lane End House, 142c Slad Road, GL5 1RE
Cost: £15 for a trial session; £72 for 6 classes with one flexible session (these are 2-hour sessions)

For many years I taught weekly group classes for Pregnancy Yoga and Postnatal (Mum/Baby) Yoga Classes. I no longer run weekly group sessions, instead I offer individual, and couple sessions, and dedicated Birth Preparation sessions.
 can be arranged at a time to suit you
Venue: Frankie's Yoga Studio, Lane End House, 142c Slad Road, Stroud GL5 1RE
Cost:  normally £40/45 for a 60/75 minute 1:1 session, less for a series of classes booked and paid for together.
This includes a recording of what we do so you can practise at home.  
For a Birth Preparation session for you and a partner, the cost is £70 for a 2.5 hour session, or £50 if part of a group session, including hand-outs and recordings to take home.




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Saturday mornings of yoga for mums, 10am-1pm

"Thanks for another magical yoga session on Saturday.  I came away feeling nourished and rejuvenated." Kath

Dates and time: Saturday 5 May, 10am-1pm
Venue: Frankie's Yoga Studio, Lane End House, 142c Slad Road, Stroud GL5 1RE 
Cost: £25 per session
I also offer recordings from these sessions, at a small additional cost, for inspiration and guidance with home practice.

These occasional Saturday half day sessions are an opportunity for you to nourish yourself deeply, so that you can return to the work of mothering with renewed energy. All mums are most welcome - whether you have a baby, toddler, teen, or grown-up child. Sessions are also suitable for mums in the immediate postnatal period (from about 4 months to 2 years after the birth of a baby). The morning includes practices to develop strength, stamina and energy, with sequences which you can safely do at home, healing and energising breathing practices, and a deep relaxation. There is time to catch up with each other over a cup of tea.

Places are limited to a maximum of 12 women, and need to be booked in advance. 
Contact me for more information or to book a space.

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Birth preparation sessions for couples to enjoy together

Usually a half day at the weekend, or in the evening, these sessions focus on using yoga practices to prepare for labour and birth. They are an opportunity for women and their birthing partners to rehearse the journey of birth in a relaxed and informal environment.
The sessions run according to demand, and can be run for an individual couple or small group.

: £50 per couple; £70 for individual couple session
contact me if you'd like to book a date or for more information.


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Yoga and Walking Holiday in Spain, 21-27 May 2017

A week of yoga, meditation and guided walks in the hills of Andalusia, above Seville. Held at the very special

There will be two daily yoga classes, and meditation and yoga nidra sessions each day, taught with the very lovely Rebecca Allen. We trained together, are good friends, and love to work together!

All meals included. The food is delicious, organic, and much of it is grown on the farm. Nick will lead guided walks through the rolling hills, flower meadows and sweet chestnut groves.

An idyllic retreat from the speed and pressures of modern living.

Contact me for more details or to express your interest. 

“I just wanted to let you both know how much Karen and I enjoyed the holiday and your fab yoga sessions. For me, it was a little slice of heaven – I’ve never been so chilled out.” K & K 2017

“You really can’t put a price on being able to turn up and be given a timetable. We could truly relax and just turn up at the allocated times – not something we get to do very often (ever!). Lovely fellow yogis, fantastic teachers, amazing horses in beautiful countryside and fabulous food, very lucky with the weather – there just wasn’t a thing we’d change.” M & S, 2017

 "I took part in the Finca El Moro yoga week with Rebecca, Frankie and Shona. I am a relative beginner to Yoga but found the teaching supportive and very informative I never felt uncomfortable or excluded by my lack of knowledge and ability. The holiday had attracted me because as well as the yoga it is set in the most fantastic national park where we had wonderful guided walks to small unspoilt villages for lunch or a drink. The wild flowers were amazing and our guide was very informative always pointing out things of interest.
I also have to mention the food. The standard of the catering was extraordinary. We were treated to wonderful local dishes all made with wonderful seasonal local ingredients - washed down with a really delicious local wine. I am not sure I have ever stayed anywhere with such consistently good food."

Hilary, London 2016 holiday

Watch a short video introducing Finca el Moro here 

And some more general information here

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