About Yoga

Yoga has its origins in the ancient history of India, as a philosophy and way of living. It has now grown into a worldwide community, gaining in popularity in the West during the last century. Its diverse aspects and approaches mean that there is a form of yoga to suit anyone, whatever their age, experience or ability.

Yoga comes from the Sanskrit word 'yuj', which means 'to join or to unite'. Its holistic approach includes postures (called 'asana') and stretches, breathing practices (called 'pranayama') and relaxation, which affect both body and mind to promote health and well being.

With regular practice, your body can become more toned, resulting in increased comfort in movement, flexibility, balance and core support. You can improve your breathing to help relieve tension, feel calmer and more relaxed.

About Nicki

Since my first yoga class in 1997, I found that yoga has become a wonderful and fulfilling part of my life. I began teaching in 2003, after being encouraged to study further by my own teachers. I gained a diploma to teach through the British Wheel of Yoga. Since then, my focus has been on teaching yoga for pregnancy and childbirth, gaining a BWY pregnancy module in 2006. I followed this with a birthlight diploma to teach baby yoga in 2007. I have also supported my BWY ante-natal training with a Childbirth Preparation certificate from birthlight.

Throughout the years, my own practice has been influenced by several experienced teachers in diverse schools of yoga, such as hatha, Iyengar & Ashtanga, lending me a wide perspective of yoga and its benefits. My most recent explorations have been in Scaravelli-influenced yoga, working both with teachers who practiced with Vanda Scaravelli herself, and their students who teach others. I have also been interested in therapeutical yoga, working with programmes such as " Yoga for Healthy Backs ".

General classes

Yoga classes for complete beginners are available, as well as those who have already practised yoga previously. Depending on your experience, either the beginners or intermediate classes are taught in the Hatha yoga style, concentrating primarily on a variety of physical asana, as well as introducing (and developing, for intermediate students) awareness of pranayama (breathing practices), meditation and relaxation practices. Each week provides a new focus for the students to explore these combined practices, encouraging the student to deepen their interest in yoga. This enables the student to develop their own practice safely away from the class. As each student is an individual, all practice is encouraged to explore and expand on their own abilities at their own pace, and nothing is compulsory.

If you are interested in attending and wish to discuss the classes, fell free to contact me before attending. Otherwise, you can attend any class to try it out. You have options to pay per class, or for a six-week term (at a reduced fee).

Class times:

Beginners : Wednesday 6.30pm to 7.30pm
Intermediates : Wednesday 7.45pm to 9.15pm


Beginners : 5.00 per class, or 25.00 for six weeks
Intermediates : 6.00 per class, or 30.00 for six weeks

General advice on yoga classes

General points to remember for any yoga class are: -

Wear layers of comfortable clothing to facilitate movement and stretching. You may wish to add or remove layers for the slower (relaxation and breath awareness) and more active phases (asana) of the class. Ideally, you should practise without socks, but non-slip soles on socks are essential if not.

You may wish to use a variety of supports during the class. In all classes, mats are made available for those without, though you may wish to bring a non-slip yoga/pilates mat along to work on. If you are unsure, please ask at your first class for recommended products. Supports in the form of foam blocks & padded bolsters are also provided, though again you may wish to bring a small cushion of your own.

It is not ideal to practice yoga after a meal. Try to allow at least two hours after food before commencing a class.

All yoga is non-competitive - work only as far as you can, and aim to develop your practice over time. As with all exercise, and especially during pregnancy & the immediate post-partum period, if you have any medical concerns, please speak to your own medical practitioner before commencing the classes.

YogaDawn.co.uk - For more information, contact Nicki - email:nickiwillis@yahoo.co.uk or tel:01527 591535