Wednesday 18 September 2019

16 Gloucestershire yoga studios to channel your inner Zen

Whether you're looking to pick up the basics or perfect your poses, Gloucestershire is home to an array of yoga studios, with SoGlos selecting 16 places that will transform you into a yogi in no time.

Seasoned yogis, beginners and rusty returners are spoilt for choice as Gloucestershire boasts an ever-growing collection of yoga studios designed to help you rebalance your body and mind, whatever your age or ability.

From challenging hot yoga and chillout Sundays, to sunrise sessions and classes for mums-to-be, SoGlos has rounded up 16 Gloucestershire yoga studios that are perfect for channelling your inner Zen.

1. Cheltenham Pilates and Yoga Studios

With over 25 yoga classes a week, Cheltenham Pilates and Yoga Studios welcomes all levels, who can enjoy practising dynamic Vinyasa and Ashtanga, along with challenging power sessions, pregnancy and post-natal yoga.

Located at its Yoga Studio on Rodney Road, classes are led by highly qualified instructors, with its beginners’ sessions ideal for those who are new to the discipline.

2. One Grove

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Located near Cheltenham’s Waitrose, One Grove specialises in yoga, in addition to mat-based and Equipment Pilates, with the experienced teachers helping all ages to improve their flexibility, posture and strength.

The majority of yoga classes follow the Vinyasa flowing principles, which focus on harmonising the breath and movements. The 55-minute sessions are limited to 10 students, with a jam-packed schedule of classes to choose from.

3. Bamford Haybarn

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Boasting a tranquil setting in the heart of the Cotswolds, Bamford Haybarn at Daylesford in Kingham offers truly relaxing studios to practice yoga, whether you want to try it for the first time or are a veteran yogi.

Classes span restorative yoga that’s designed to aid recovery from injury, to traditional sessions aimed at achieving a peaceful, clear mind and healthy body. One-to-one classes are also available for those wanting private tuition.

4. The Isbourne

Offering a welcoming space that promotes health and wellbeing, The Isbourne in Cheltenham has a range of classes designed to help improve posture and agility.

Whether you want to learn the foundation of yoga poses, discover how to relax your body and mind, or team your session with meditation, you’re sure to find a class that’s suited to your level and requirements.

5. Quay Yoga Studio

A vibrant yoga and fitness space located in the heart of Gloucester, Quay Yoga Studio runs both traditional and alternative classes designed to help improve your health and wellbeing.

Choose from tough body sculpt sessions, flowing Vinyasa, or enjoy a spot of twilight relaxation, with private yoga tuition also available from the team of experienced instructors.

6. Studio 13

From yoga, mindfulness, and dynamic power classes, to energising Strala and candlelit Sunday Sanctuary sessions, Cheltenham’s Studio 13 has an impressive choice, whatever your experience or fitness level.

The studio also runs pregnancy yoga that’s suitable from 12 weeks, mother and baby classes, and dedicated sessions for cyclists and runners – offering the perfect complement to other sports.

7. Centered Yoga Studio

Housed in a renovated cowshed on the grounds of a Georgian manor house near Stroud, Centered Yoga Studio specialises in the Iyengar method, with classes led by fully qualified instructor, Ian Hibbs.

The studio offers a bright and heated space for practice, with classes, which last 90 minutes, suitable for both newcomers and more experienced students, and available on a drop-in basis or block-booked by term.

8. Stroud Yoga Space

Offering a variety of different styles under one roof, Stroud Yoga Space aims to cater for all needs, whether you’re looking for a dynamic chill class to ease you into the weekend, or want to work on your spine in a Dru Yoga session.

Classes are booked in blocks of several weeks, with some welcoming drop-ins, and all teachers highly qualified in their field of expertise. The studio also runs workshops, with themes including tips for practising yoga at home.

9. Rosieglos Yoga Space

Located just off Cheltenham’s Bath Road, Rosieglo Yoga Studio is run by Rosie Marsland and has a varied timetable of classes that combine Hatha and Vinyasa flow for all levels and ages, along with pregnancy yoga.

Classes are limited to a maximum of 12 per session to ensure you get the guidance you need, while Rosie also runs workshops designed to help you rebalance your body and mind.

10. Ella & Fleur Hot Yoga

Sisters Ella and Fleur brought the concept of hot yoga to Cheltenham in 2014, and since then the studio has built up a loyal following who enjoy sweating it out as they work through poses in a room that’s heated to over 45 degrees.

Practising in a heated room is designed to allow the body to stretch more deeply, while also promoting detoxification and offering a cardio vascular workout, with classes suitable for all levels.

11. The Hive Cheltenham

Set to open its doors in January 2019, The Hive Cheltenham is a brand-new yoga studio offering a range of classes, along with the chance to enjoy food at its on-site café.

There are also set to be a host of workshops and a range of community initiatives to get involved with.

12. Warrior & Wild

Nailsworth’s first dedicated yoga studio, Warrior & Wild, offers a relaxing space to practice a broad range of styles, spanning Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Hatha, and pregnancy sessions.

The hour-long classes are taught by experienced yoga instructors, who can help all levels progress and see results, whether your goal is to improve flexibility, tone up, rehabilitate after injury, or benefit from a calm mind.

13. Cotswold Iyengar Yoga Centre

For nearly 20 years, Cotswold Iyengar Yoga Centre has been teaching at its light and airy studio, located in a truly peaceful setting near Cirencester, with classes on a course-only basis due to their popularity.

The studio follows the Iyengar method, with particular focus on posture, correct body alignment, breath control and timing, with all equipment provided for the classes which are taught by experienced and fully-qualified instructors.

14. Pure Body Balance

Specialising in holistic wellness, Pure Body Balance is located in a peaceful setting on the Marsden Estate near Cirencester, with yoga classes taking place in a beautiful converted barn.

Catering for yogis of all abilities, the studio offers the chance to nourish your body and soul, with sessions including therapeutic, aerial flow that’s based on traditional Hatha, and a relaxing and truly restorative candlelit class.

15. Hot Yoga Stroud

Stroud’s first heated yoga studio welcomes all levels, with the concept of hot yoga designed to improve circulation, flush toxins and help you achieve a deeper stretch through warmed and softened muscles.

Challenge yourself with a Hot Sequence Class that’s based on the original Bikram poses, with the room heated to 40 degrees, enjoy a relaxing Warm Hatha session, or join the calming mid-week Women’s Warm Class.

16. Inner Temple

Inner Temple is a yoga studio based in Cirencester run by Karen Maxwell who specialises in Kundalini yoga, a blend of physical and spiritual that incorporates postures, breathing, mantras and relaxation.

The light-filled studio also welcomes different teachers who cover everything from Vinyasa flow and Hatha, to prenatal, mum and baby yoga, and teen sessions.

By Anna Marshall

© SoGlos
Wednesday 02 January 2019

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