Ashtanga yoga & our approach

Ashtanga yoga is a series of physical asana (postures) linked with conscious breath. This is the means/tool we use to cultivate strength, focus, discipline and to build resilience, allowing the mind to settle. Our approach is to make the Ashtanga method applicable for every student, not impose the method on the student. We teach Open style classes (see below) that take into account your age and personal conditioning, customising the program to suit your needs. This way you develop a yoga practice that suits your current needs and also matures over time. 

Open classes

Open style classes are open to all students at all levels. In an Open style class, instead of following the routine as expressed by the teacher, you practise at your own pace doing the sequence of postures given to you by the teacher.  The teacher provides guidance and adjustments as necessary.  This means each individual student is practising at a suitable level.  We can cater to your needs regardless of your age or weight, your flexibility or lack of, or whether you’re on crutches or in a moonboot.  Ashtanga yoga philosophy encourages us to let go of comparisons and judgements, and practise as individuals in the moment.

How about beginners?

Beginners can start in any class. The best way to learn is to jump right in and start very slowly, feeling your way through the new movements. Beginners learn one posture at a time as the teacher guides them through a short series of moves relevant for them and the level they are starting at. In the Open style classes, all the students in the class will be going through their personal routines at their own pace. This may seem strange to begin with but over time you learn that it is only about you and your personal practice, what someone else is up to is irrelevant. Contact Paul for further information or to let him know you're ready to start. 

Led Classes

Teen yoga class (usually recommended for those 11yrs+) Excellent for developing core strength, flexibility and concentration. We focus on body awareness and breathing leading to more confidence and centredness. (8 to 10 classes per term - Terms 1 -4)

Led fundamentals Class The perfect way to begin or deepen your yoga practice. Sarah will lead you through a guided practice, bringing awareness to the basic asana and teach you how to adapt the practice to best suit your needs. This class is suitable for ALL yoga students.


Led Ashtanga Class An insight into the Ashtanga style. Sarah will guide the group through the breath / movement synchronisation and with modifications to suit your body.  Suitable for students that are physically able and ready for a medium level practice.


Lunch Hour yoga class Reconnect to your body and mind and take a break to recharge your batteries towards the end of the week.  Anna-Lena  will lead you through a guided practice, taking you through exercises and postures to help build inner strength and breath awareness. This class will help you slow down, reconnect and leave feeling rested and rejuvenated. The class is suitable for ALL yoga students.

Pregnancy yoga

Pregnancy yoga is a gentle and effective way to strengthen your body and spirit, helping you to bring greater awareness to the changes within, while preparing you for birth.  

In this series of classes, Anna focuses on building strength, breath and pelvic floor awareness as well as postures that help open hips and shoulders to relieve stress and tension.

These classes run as four week block courses, on a Monday.

One on Ones

Rehab and mobility: If you are recovering from injury or surgery, or preparing for surgery, Paul can work one on one with you to personalise a rehabilitation programme to meet your needs (1 hr)

Ashtanga: For any beginner, or a very experienced practitioner, working one on one with Paul will help you to better understand the asanas, practice and making the most of your time on the mat (1 hr)

One on One and Private Group classes: Anna offers one on one  yoga sessions as well as small group classes. Anna has over the years taught small groups and will accomodate the specific need of the client/group to create a tailored yoga practice to suit. For all inquiries contact Anna.


With more than 20 years of experience, Paul tailors each workshop to the group booked in on that day. Focus is on mobility, strength, the Ashtanga practice; breathing and making the most out of your practice. Each workshop is different however, and students are able to take away something new with from each workshop. Workshops are generally offered once a month and are usually a maximum of 2 hours on a Sunday morning.

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