Yoga Class Schedule - Bristol
Classes are inspired by our study of classical teachings of Hatha yoga in disciplines that include Iyengar, Sivananda, Satyananda, Krishnamacharya, Scaravelli and Dona Holleman's Centered Yoga system. Hatha yoga focuses on the physical (asana) and pranayama (breath work) aspects of yoga. Hatha yoga can be powerful, gentle, dynamic and restorative. It can be practiced in many forms including vinyasa, mala and holding postures for a longer period. We are inspired by a broad range of classical Hatha practices weaving their forms and expressions into the classes.
Classes includes Asana (postures), Pranayama (breathing exercises), and guided relaxation. Standing, inverted, forward bends, back-bends, sitting, balances and twistings are practiced with a different focus each week. Working with principles that include rooting, anatomical precision and alignment, 'not doing', hara (energy centre), intension, universal forces, peripheral vision and awareness, students are encouraged to uncover their own true posture.
(Classes can book up quickly so please book in advance to ensure a mat space - thank you.)
Classes are instructed by either Dory Walker or Rory Viggers
Classes are suitable for all levels (except for complete beginners - we recommend that you enrol on one of the beginners courses), from those that have practised a little yoga through to intermediate, experienced practitioners and yoga teachers - variations are given accordingly.
Suitable for anyone who has practised some yoga to those that practice regularly, intermediate and experienced practitioners, and yoga teachers. (Not suitable for complete beginners.)
Monday / 6pm - 7pm
Tuesday / 7am - 8am
Tuesday / 8pm - 9.30pm
Wednesday / 6pm - 7pm
Thursday / 6.30pm - 8pm
Sunday / 6pm - 7.30pm
Clifton Library, Princess Victoria Street, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 4BX
For complete beginners, those who have practiced a little, and for anyone that wishes to have a systematic introduction to the theory and practise of yoga postures, breathing exercises and guided relaxation.
Beginners Classes run in a course format.
Starts Thursday 22nd March 2018 / 8.15pm - 9.30pm
(7 Week Course)
Starts Wednesday 18th April 2018 / 8.45pm - 10pm
(6 Week Course)
Starts Wednesday 23rd May 2018 / 7.15pm - 8.30pm
(7 Week Course)
Clifton Library, Princess Victoria Street, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 4BX
Full Beginners Course info here.
Not suitable for complete beginners.
Yoga Foundation Series (8 Weeks)
Starts Thursday 17th May 2018 / 8.15pm - 9.30pm
Continuing on from practices explored in both our beginners courses and All Levels classes, we look at further principles and theory, expand on pranayama (breath work) techniques, explore variations of postures, and look at the foundations for more challenging postures (headstand, shoulder-stand, arm balances). A course designed to both continue further learning, get back into your practice and to systematically work through a full range of asana (forward bends, backbends, twists, standing, inversions, etc) with more explanation and structure than a regular 'drop in' class.
Clifton Library. Princess Victoria Street, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 4BX
Workshops / Events
Centering awareness in 'hara' - Balance, alignment and energy flow.
Sunday 18th March / 9.30am - 12.30pm
Clifton Library, 13 Princess Victoria Street, Bristol, BS8 4BX
The human body's natural position is standing upright (Tadasana). In Tadasana our physical centre of gravity is above the pubis and below the naval in the lower abdomen. It's our centre for control and motion. It's our centre for digestion and reproduction. In Japanese culture this area is known as 'hara', a container for 'chi' energy (prana shakti / kundalini), a subtle force that has great potential.
The breath, together with awareness is our conduit for Chi energy. Chi energy is cultivated in 'hara' and distributed around the body from this point. Subtler than muscular force, it can go beyond the capabilities of muscular effort. This energy has bulk. If this energy, through awareness, is moved into our center (hara), the body has lightness, grace, balance and control. Full details.
Bandhas - reservoirs of energy / whirlwinds of the subtle body.
Sunday 22nd April / 9.30am - 12.30pm
Clifton Library, 13 Princess Victoria Street, Bristol, BS84BX
The orthodox understanding of bandha in the Sanskrit language means to bind. They are described as places for vital (Chi) energy collection within the body. However, this energy needs to do more than simply 'binding'. It needs to be moved within the body to facilitate the movement of Chi.
With the understanding that energy can only be trapped or bound in a circular container, we can draw parallels to the arches found within the human body. These arches being the receptors for bandhas. We can also understand these reservoirs of energy to be similar in structure to whirlwinds or cyclones. As energy / wind gathers, the outer rim moves downwards shooting the energy upwards. With both these concepts in mind and using the rebound force that is generated from 'rooting', we can understand a more logical application of bandhas to our practice.
Looking at different arches within the body, we will explore both classical bandhas (Mula bandha, Uddiyana bandha and Jalandhara bandha) and non-orthodox ones to facilitate movement in different asana, breathing techniques and cultivation of a greater awareness of Chi. Full details
Monday / 8.15pm - 9.30pm
The next course date is TBC - full details here.
Clifton Library. Princess Victoria Street, Clifton, Bristol, BS8
Class Prices & Payment
Classes can be booked as 'drop in'.
Please use the online form to reserve/book a mat space.
Drop in prices:
60 minutes - £10 (£8 Cons / Students)
75/90 minutes - £12 (£9.50 Cons / Students)
If you plan to attend regularly then save money on a 10 Class Card (lasts three months).
10 Class Card Passes - Buy
10 x 90 minutes: £100 / 10 x 60 minutes: £80
Mixer Card Pass (5 x 60min / 5 x 90min): £90
Student / Concession Class Pass - Buy
10 x any class (60/90 mins): £70
Class payment methods:
Cash, debit card, online transfer, paypal, voucher, card pass
What to bring / wear?
Yoga mats are provided but feel free to bring your own.
Wear loose, comfortable clothes that you can easily move in.
Avoid a heavy meal 1.5 hours before the class.
We provide blocks, straps, blankets and eye cushions if you wish to use them.
If you would like further details about classes or would like to enquire about private classes, please get in touch.
"Rory is one of the best teachers in Bristol, by regularly attending his classes I have been able to achieve a moving meditative experience that has inspired me to continue to grow and develop my own practise. Rory is committed to continually develop and share a depth of knowledge that continues to inspire. Thank you"
"Following a move to Clifton I joined classes following a recommendation from a friend who regularly attended Yogakutir, which speaks volumes in itself and it certainly did not disappoint. I was looking for more than just a regular yoga practice and this has been expertly delivered and further enhanced after attending focused workshops with Rory & a retreat with Dory over the last year. The years of experience & knowledge both share during each practice provided the therapy I needed - as of course yoga is far more than postures on a mat. Yogakutir has actually changed my life and I very much look forward to continuing my journey in the coming years with their guidance & support - and they are both so lovely with it too"
"My Tuesday early morning yoga class with Rory is the highlight of my week. Its a fantastic way to start my day. I've learnt not just yoga practices but breathing techniques. Each week is different and I can't recommend the class enough."
“I am still feeling the positive effects from my break. Dory, by far, is the best teacher I have had in 18 years...”
"I love Rory's no-nonsense, gentle approach and I always leave feeling peaceful and energised at the same time."
"Rory's class on a Sunday evening is my anchor point for each week. The asanas are challenging and the relaxation is incredible. I look forward to the class immensely and feel the benefit all week - the best thing I do for me!"
"I enjoy Rory’s classes so much that if I had to move out of the area, I would find a way to get back to Clifton at least once a week."
"Rory's yoga classes are excellent. I really appreciate the variation in sequences from class to class, and Rory's attention to detail and ability to describe poses and movements. Rory, you are an inspiring yoga teacher!"
"I try to get to Rory's class every week. The practice is different each time, and I like the way he breaks things down to help with a physical understanding of the postures."