“Pollyana and Alistair do amazing yoga classes suitable for all abilities, would highly recommend them. I wouldn’t have become a yoga teacher myself if it wasn’t for their inspiration. You go guys! ” – Charlotte Owen
We have now moved back to Scotland.
Mondays: 7pm – 8:15pm @ Complete Health Borders – £7.50 per session
Suitable for those of all levels
The practice of yoga is an art and science dedicated to creating union between body, mind and spirit. Its objective is to assist the practitioner in using the breath and body to foster an awareness of ourselves as individualised beings intimately connected to the unified whole of creation. In short, it is about making balance and creating equanimity so as to live in peace, good health and harmony with the greater whole. This art of right living was perfected and practiced in India thousands of years ago and the foundations of yoga philosophy were written down in The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, approximately 200 AD.
Generally the class will open with a breathing exercise then move into flow-based strengthening poses to warm the body, leading to one or more deeper, extended poses. Emphasis is placed on breathing throughout as a tool to keep us in the present moment.
Yoga at The Haining, Selkirk.
Tuesdays 7pm – 8:30pm @ The Haining – £7.50 per session
Wednesdays 9:30am – 10:30am @ The Haining – £7.50 per session
Suitable for those of all levels
In the Heart of Selkirk, hidden in the woods you will find The Haining House, the perfect setting for a yoga practice!
“The Haining is a country house and estate in Selkirk in the Scottish Borders. The present house dates from the 1790s, and was a property of the Pringle family. In 2009, the house and grounds were bequeathed to the people of Selkirkshire and the wider public, and a charitable trust is now working on developing the building as a centre for exhibitions and events, highlighting art, culture and history.”
Classes available upon appointment (set times TBC)
Suitable for those of all levels of pregnancy
Pregnancy yoga will prepare your body for labour and aid a faster recovery after birth. It will help develop stamina, strength & flexibility, and relieve tension of lower back, hips, chest, upper back, neck and shoulders. It calms the mind and soothes the emotions.
“Yoga can help women get through their pregnancy with minimal discomfort. It also helps the birth and post-delivery stages.
Independent midwife Manijeh Nedas says: ‘In my experience, I believe that yoga plays a very important role in pregnancy. Generally, pregnant mums who do yoga exercises appear healthier, both in mind and body. Their bodies are more flexible, which enables them to adapt to various positions when in labour and the ligaments are more elastic, which in turn can help to reduce labour pain.’
Posture is also improved by yoga and this can help ease back problems, which are common in pregnant women.
She adds: ‘Yoga helps to prepare for the birth – it encourages breath and body awareness, reduces worry and teaches women to adapt to new situations.’
And yoga continues to have benefits after pregnancy, too. Postnatal yoga, which can be started about six weeks after the birth, strengthens abdominal muscles and your pelvic floor. It also helps you to get back to your pre-pregnancy shape faster.”
Yoga Sprogs! Kids Yoga!
Classes coming soon
Suitable for all children aged 4 – 11 years
Specifically for children between the ages of 4-11, these classes use games, songs and storytelling to bring yoga to life. “Children derive enormous benefits from yoga. Physically, it enhances their flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness. In addition, their concentration and sense of calmness and relaxation
“Children derive enormous benefits from yoga. Physically, it enhances their flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness. In addition, their concentration and sense of calmness and relaxation improves. Doing yoga, children exercise, play, connect more deeply with the inner self, and develop an intimate relationship with the natural world that surrounds them. Yoga brings that marvelous inner light that all children have to the surface.”
“Numerous studies have explored the effectiveness of yoga in typically developing children. In one twelve-week study with 97 children, a positive impact was found on problematic responses to stress, including intrusive thoughts and emotional arousal. In another study, school children practicing yoga for just ten days improved spatial memory scores and their ability to concentrate. Yoga practice would also appear to positively influence emotional states, with the children in one study experiencing higher levels of wellbeing and self-esteem after a series of yoga sessions. There is also evidence to suggest that yoga can improve executive functions in children, possibly due to the mental techniques involved in yoga.”
1 hour: 35 / Block of 5 £160
1hr 30: £45 / Block of 5 £210 (with a choice of having the last 30/20 min a small reiki or massage session)
*Add a person to share yoga with you for an additional of £10
** Seasonal and private classes available (requires booking – please contact us for or check events for more information).