athayoga.org.uk

where Yoga is serious fun

now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy - Guillaume Apollinaire

The Teacher


I teach small group yoga classes, workshops and individual yoga lessons in the Exeter Area. I am a qualified yoga teacher having trained specifically as Viniyoga teacher.

The Teacher
Jane Harris
I teach yoga in Exeter - both small group evening yoga classes, yoga workshops and individual yoga lessons.  

I am a qualified yoga teacher, having trained specifically within the approach known as Viniyoga, and also more generally.  See more about Qualifications

What is Yoga?
Yoga is the intelligent (viniyoga) combination and application of posture (asana), breath (pranayama), and meditative techniques (dharana and dhyana).  Yoga can improve sleep, digestion, strength and flexibility.  A regular yoga practice can also allow us to experience the stillness that is present within each of us, that which can be described as a 'sense of uncomplicated wholeness' - Peter Hersnack.

Through the practice of Yoga it is possible to learn how to relieve suffering and improve healing for a wide range of common ailments and disorders.  More about the benefits of Yoga


My Philosophy


What does athayoga mean? A single word 'atha' is often defined as meaning 'now'. However, it is too simple an explanation for a word that also conveys a sense of the auspicous, of joy, a sense of completion and of coming home.

My Philosophy
What is Viniyoga?
This approach to Yoga is inspired by the teachings of TKV Desikachar, and is sometimes called 'Viniyoga.'
Viniyoga is the special application of a body of techniques, tailored to suit the individual.  There are not many Viniyoga styled yoga classes in Exeter, or Viniyoga yoga therapists in Exeter, but for contacts to other teachers in the SW and the UK please see my links page.

What does 'athayoga' mean?
The sanskrit word 'atha' pronounced as 'utter' with a soft 'r',  is the first word of the Patanjali's Yoga Sutra.  A single word - it is often defined as meaning 'now.'  However, this is too simple an explanation for a word that also conveys a sense of the auspicious, of joy, a sense of completion and of coming home.

The word 'atha' powerfully informs my understanding, personal practice and teaching of Yoga.   I encourage my students to explore their physical boundaries but the main emphasis of my teaching is the ability to be in the present moment.  For the greater part of our lives we allow the mind to 'time travel,' constantly moving backward into memory and forward into the future.  In class we explore how it feels, and what it means, to be a little more present in our daily lives.  

Viniyoga is characterised by it's emphasis on both  individual teaching, and on it's small group class sizes, and so numbers are limited to a maximum of 12  enrolled students.








Classes/1-2-1/Work Shops


The athayoga timetable for small group classes and workshops in Exeter, and details about individual (121) lessons or yoga therapy.

Yoga Classes in Exeter

Small group evening classes with a maximum of 12 students

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Individual Yoga Lessons (1-2-1) in Exeter

Individual lessons for one, or sometimes two people, by arrangement.

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Sunday Morning Yoga Workshops in Exeter

Short half-day workshops, Sylvania Hall, 10am - 1pm

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The Benefits of Yoga


Through the practice of yoga it is possible to learn how to relieve suffering and improve healing for a wide range of common ailments and disorders. Yoga can help you learn how to cope with excessive stress and anxiety, improve breath and sleep, reduce back and joint pain...

Why Practice Yoga?

Through the practice of yoga it is possible to learn how to relieve suffering and improve healing for a wide range of common ailments and disorders. Yoga can help you to learn how to:

  • Cope with excessive stress and anxiety
  • How to relax, and the value of being more present
  • Improve breathing
  • Improve sleep
  • Reduce back and joint pain by increasing strength and the tone of supporting muscles, while gently mobilizing the joint
  • Use your core muscles
  • Help with menstrual problems and the menopause
  • Care for a range of chronic disorders including asthma, arthritis, hypertension, circulatory and digestive problems
  • Support other sporting activities
See Class Timetable     Individual Lessons
The Benefits of Yoga

Blog/Articles


This is the blog page for athayoga, where you can find articles of interest like Amy Cuddy's TED talk about how your posture not only affects your endocrine system but how you are in turn perceived by others. Evidence based Yoga?

Welcome to the new site for athayoga - yoga classes in Exeter

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We all know that posture and mood and outlook are related - this easy to watch talk is fascinating - 21 min's.

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F.A.Q


FAQ's - What do I need to bring to my first yoga class, do I need a yoga mat? How fit do I need to be to join your yoga classes? What should I wear to a yoga class? How much do your yoga classes cost?

  • Please bring a yoga mat if you have one, or you can borrow one of my spares which I lend out on a first-come-first-served basis
  • You should wear loose comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely. Do also bring a warmer layer for the end of the class - socks and a jumper
  • A small bottle of water
  • Please bring a completed 'Confidential Information Request Form'
Fees for NEW Students 
For the first half-term new students may drop-in (pay-as-you-go) at the preferential rate offered to enrolled students

Fees for Enrolled Students - (usually paid a half-term in advance)
60 Minute classes  are £7 each
90 Minute classes are £7.50 each

Pay-as-you-go (Drop-In) Fees
60 Minute classes  are £10 each
90 Minute classes are £10.50 each
You do not need to be either very fit or agile to enjoy Viniyoga.

My 90 minute classes are usually suitable for anyone in reasonably good health, are you:
Able to walk, and to climb up and down stairs unaided?
Able to get up and down from the floor unaided?
Able to breathe without discomfort or distress.

If your answer to all of these questions is yes then you are probably fit enough to enjoy a general 90 minute class.

If you are not able to answer yes to all of these questions then you may prefer to start in the 60 minute class on a Monday evening, or with an individual lesson.  

If you are at all unsure about whether yoga is suitable for you then please do contact me first.  An email is the best way to make initial contact with me.

Individual Lessons (1-2-1)


The distinctive feature of this tradition is it's emphasis on individual teaching. This means that the student and I work together to design a practice that meets their particular needs given their age, health, lifestyle and belief system.

Individual Yoga Teaching in Exeter & Yoga Therapy in Exeter
One of the distinctive feature of this tradition is the emphasis on individual teaching.  This means that the student and I work together to design a practice that meets their particular needs, given their age, health, lifestyle and belief system.

Individual lessons need not be for a therapeutic reason, it maybe that you wish to explore, to deepen, your relationship with yoga - with yourself

Through the practice of yoga it is possible to learn how to relieve suffering and improve healing for a wide range of common ailments and disorders.  Yoga can help you to learn how to:
  • Cope with excessive stress and anxiety
  • Become a little more present in daily life
  • Come to a point of balance with yourself
  • Improve breathing
  • Improve sleep
  • Reduce back and joint pain by increasing strength and the tone of supporting muscles, while gently mobilizing the joint
  • Use your core muscles
  • Help with menstrual problems and the menopause
  • Care for a range of chronic disorders including asthma, arthritis, hypertension, circulatory and digestive problems
  • Support other sporting activities
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Individual Lessons (1-2-1)

Term Dates


Exeter yoga term dates for 2018

TERM DATES FOR YOGA IN EXETER 2018

Spring Term
Monday 8th January - Thursday 29th March
NO CLASSES:
Half-term 12th - 16th February
Two half-terms of 5 & 6 weeks

Summer Term
Wednesday 16th April - Friday 27th July
NO CLASSES:
Half-term 28th May - 1st June
Monday's 7th & 28th May
Two half-terms of 6 & 8 weeks

Autumn Term
Monday 3rd September - Friday 14th December
NO CLASSES:
Half-term 22nd - 26th October
Two half-terms each of 7 weeks


Term Dates

Venues


I teach weekly evening classes in three venues around Exeter: Monday's at Sylvania Hall, Wednesday's at Whipton Community Hall, and Thursday's at Trefoil Lodge Girl Guiding Centre in Buddle Lane.

Sylvania Community Hall - Monday

Mincing Lake Country Park, just off Stoke Hill nr junction with Collins Rd

EX4 7DR www.sylvaniahall.co.uk

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Whipton Community Hall - Wednesday

Pinhoe Rd, Exeter EX4 8AD

EX4 8AD www.whiptonhall.com

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Trefoil Lodge - Thursday

Girl Guiding Centre, Buddle Lane, Exeter

EX4 1JP www.girlguidingexeter.com

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Contact


This is the contact page for Jane Harris, yoga teacher in Exeter. The best way to make initial contact with me is either by email or text. Please leave me a message and I will return your call asap.

  • Exeter, Devon, United Kingdom

Downloads


Download my complete 2018 programme listing classes, workshops, term dates and contact details.

Confidential Information Form - Group Class Students

Contact details & health information - please complete and bring this form with you to your first class.

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athayoga Programme 2018

Full Programme of the years classes & events, including venues and fee structure.

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Qualifications


I spent six years training as a Viniyoga teacher with Paul Harvey as both a group class yoga teacher and individual/therapy teacher. I also have a diploma from the British Wheel of Yoga.

Qualifications
General Yoga Qualifications
BWY (British Wheel of Yoga) Diploma

Viniyoga Qualifications
I was most fortunate to be able to spend six years training with Paul Harvey as both a group class, and individual/therapy teacher:

cYs/vYb (Centre for Yoga Studies/Viniyoga Britain) Group Teaching & Yoga Therapy Diploma
cYs Further Studies Post Graduate Training

Education
Certificate in Education

Links


Here are links to other Viniyoga organisations and teachers in the SW and the UK generally. You will also find a link to a trusted outlet for yoga mats and blocks.

Links


Teachers & Trainings
aYs - The Association for Yoga Studies  - An Association of teachers in the Viniyoga tradition

cYs - The Centre for Yoga Studies - Paul Harvey - Yoga Training Courses

Sadhana Mala - Ranju Roy and Dave Charlton - Yoga Training Courses, Retreats & Workshops mainly in the UK

Yoga Mala - Ranju and Lindy Roy - based in Taunton

Venues:
Sylvania Community Hall

Whipton Community Hall

Trefoil Lodge

Other:
Yoga Finder

Ruth White Yoga Shop​​​ - for yoga mats & blocks

localyogaclasses.co.uk