Discovering the Seren Yoga studio has been a revelation! I came to the studio a relative novice, seeking a workout that would help me lose a few pounds and tone up. What I have discovered far surpasses these initial superficial intentions - the teachers at Seren Yoga are supportive, kind and genuinely caring, and have opened my mind to what my body can and has the potential to achieve, in a way that makes me feel as though I am respecting and caring for my mind and body. The fundamentals of the yoga practice I've established at the studio go beyond my time spent there, for with their guidance, I am learning to appreciate the importance of breathing technique and breath control and how this affects the mind and body, and applying this in life generally has helped me in situations of nerves and pressure in my working life as a professional performing musician. Without a doubt, yoga is to be a lifelong commitment for me and I have the Seren Yoga Studio and their wonderful teachers to thank for showing me that yoga is not just an exercise regime, but has so much more to offer its practitioners (I've also learnt that exercise does not always have to involve punishing yourself and it can be as much a necessity for the mind as for the body!). I'm delighted and excited to have found such a studio.
Most of our classes are 75 minutes long. The beginner sessions are generally 60 minutes long.
We begin each class by bringing our attention to our breath and re connecting to this – something we tend to forget about in our daily lives.
This is followed by a warm up to help stretch and wake up the body before beginning the main practice.
The postures can vary from class to class as there is no set practice.
We aim to build strength and increase flexibility physically, but also find softness and stability within both the body and mind. Unifying our breath with movement to discover a moving meditation through our practice.
The class ends with Savasana, a moment to consolidate and release the body while lying down.
The classes take place in a heated room, some teachers have the studio hotter than others during their classes, so hopefully everyone can find a happy medium with the heat. We are not religious about the heat at all, we want you to feel comfortable and to benefit from the practice, this is our main aim.
Yoga helps us to become more flexible, allowing the body to release and soften, particularly as the room we practice in is heated via infrared heaters, which allows the body to yield and open more readily.
Practicing in a heated room also increases your stamina and ability to focus and helps you remain centred.
Yoga will increases lubrication of the joints, ligaments and tendons, helping them to lengthen.
There are so many great benefits to practicing yoga, not only does it lengthen and tone the body but it also helps to send oxygen to all our glands and organs, stimulating and massaging them which helps to keep your body healthy and balanced. A regular practice can also keep you grounded and calm and will teach you to handle stress better.
Other benefits include the following:
Improving and building strength in the body. (You’ll discover muscles you never knew you had).
It will help improve your balance, something we all need to nurture as we grow old.
Wear something reasonably cool and loose, leggins, shorts, light tracksuit bottoms and a vest or t shirt.
Bring with you some water and a towel.
Chill out Yoga is a less dynamic practice than the other classes at the studio.
A class may focus on a certain area of the body, or give a more rounded all over practice.
This doesn’t not mean that the class is easy, it challenges in a different way. Poses are held for longer.
Plenty of attention is given to the breath, which helps ground us and steady the mind. We also use the breath to open the body.
Sunday night slow flow and Yin. A perfect way to wind down the weekend with some gentle flowing sequences to move energy and release tension woven together with some longer held Yin style poses to restore and nourish. This is your time to re calibrate and nurture yourself in preparation for a soothing nights sleep. All levels welcome
We adhere to a 24 hour cancellation Policy. If we are given shorter notice than this, we will try to fill your space with another student but if this is not possible, no refund will be given or swapping of booking to another day.
We appreciate tragedy’s sadly happen and will obviously try and accommodate these.
Seren Yoga was one of three yoga studios I found within my first week of arriving from Australia. I begin practising at all three studio's in an attempt to have some normality while I adjusted to my change of life. Within four weeks of arriving I found myself constantly drawn and only attending Seren Yoga for all my classes.
The energy and teachers at Seren is always so welcoming and such a peaceful place to practice - no matter your frame of mind. I love that every teacher offers something different and I always walk out feeling peaceful and very tranquil. Seren has been my solace since arriving. While the teachers encourage you to always grow and strive to excel, they are always happy for you simply to be and do your best, and for that I am proud to refer to Seren as my yoga studio.
Seren Yoga is my 'go to' place. My 'go to' place to rest, stretch, breathe, think, contemplate, reflect, not reflect at all, sweat, smile, feel exhilarated, feel decisive, feel laid back, think of others, think of the past, the present and the future. It's the warm shelter that I duck under when the days are inclement. It's the mountain upon which I sit and stare, contemplating the magic of it all.
Each teacher brings their own recipe for loveliness and there are classes for everyone. The varied timings are useful and lend themselves to being the backbone of a solid, regular practice. Mats and props are provided. It's peaceful and quiet and the parking is abundant.
The Seren regulars, in my opinion, are like minded souls. Happy, calm, busy folk with a heady love of yoga. Some are short, some tall. Some are stiff, some are bendy. Some can stand on their heads. Some don't like to try. Many come religiously. Many come infrequently. But we are all there, on our mats, breathing. All the same.