Our yoga studio was born out of the desire to share the transformative teachings of yoga with others. Yoga has touched my life in so many ways. I came to it feeling anxious, with a bad back and scoliosis. Thanks to yoga, my back has improved enormously. In fact it has never been better and I have even grown taller! I don’t tend to worry about things that are out of my control any more and I’ve learned to trust life and go with the inevitable ups and downs, without clinging and controlling. I want others to benefit from yoga too and pass on what I have learned so far. My mission is to create a safe, nourishing space and a community, a sangha, for like minded people. Space to grow, heal, come together, be ourselves, share and support each other. I am delighted to introduce it to you.
Yoga Tree Studio is a private, modern, light and airy space, dedicated to the practice of yoga, meditation, health and well being.
Most people lead very busy lives, with little or no time for themselves. Yoga Tree Studio is a tranquil, peaceful oasis of calm. Surrounded by trees and a beautiful garden, you can hear the birds singing outside and even see them feeding from a bird table while balancing in your tree pose. Being closer to nature, in a clean, warm and safe environment is the perfect setting to nurture your body, calm the busy mind and soothe the soul. Coming for a yoga class here gives you a chance to spent some time away from the hustle and bustle of modern day life and reconnect with yourself. As one of my students put it, coming to class is like being on a mini retreat.
The studio accommodates up to 12 students, keeping classes small and friendly. It is kept warm by an underfloor heating, greatly appreciated in the colder months. We have the use of many yoga props, non slip, extra large studio mats, bolsters, blankets, eye bags, belts, blocks and yoga chairs. You don’t need to bring anything, unless you’d like to use your own yoga mat and a blanket for relaxation at the end. If coming straight from work, we have a separate room, where you can get change and leave your belongings and a small kitchen to share a cup of herbal tea with your fellow students after class.
The studio is located on the outskirts of Thanet in Kent, near the town of Birchington on Sea. Click here for directions. There is plenty of free parking on the drive, right outside the studio.
As it is on private land, please respect this and only turn up at class times and go straight to the studio! You won’t get in at any other time.
Why yoga tree?
“The qi (universal life force energy) of trees is very compatible with that of human being. Trees stand upright as we do. They drink water and require air and sunlight. They bloom in summer and retreat to quietness in winter. From the most ancient times trees have been symbols of spiritual growth. Their deep roots and high branches suggest an ability to connect earth and sky, the physical and the spiritual.”
From The Way of Qigong by Kenneth S. Cohen
We all have multiple seeds of potential within us. Like any seed, given the right conditions, it has the potential to sprout into a seedling, grow into a healthy tree, bear abundant flowers and reward us with delicious fruits.
With little nurture, we too can grow into a strong, independent, healthy, happy and balanced human being.
Through our yoga practice we learn to balance and ground into the Earth, grow strong, tall and flexible in many ways, able to absorb new experiences, teachings and prana (energy) and willing to let go of what no longer serves us.
In time and with practice and patience we are rewarded with the fruits of our practice. We become stronger, more centred and grounded, calmer and healthier. More capable to deal with the ups and downs of life. Just like a majestic tree with its network of roots, able to absorb and to release. Grounded into the Earth, yet, reaching up to the sky. Flexible enough to sway in the wind, without breaking. The tree stands tall, with it’s calming presence, no matter what.
“When you take care of a tree in its growth, in due time it blossoms into flowers and then gives its natural culmination which is the fruit. Likewise the practice of yoga has to culminate sooner or later in the spiritual fragrance of freedom and beatitude. As the essence of the tree is contained in the fruit, so too the essence of your practice is contained in its fruit of freedom, poise, peace and beatitude.”
B. K. S. Iyengar