Hatha Yoga Monday Mornings


Teacher: Kate Irving

Course Dates: 12-week course from 7th January through to 25th March 2019 (no class on 18th February).

Day and Time: Monday 9.30am to 10.40am

Suitability: Suitable for all

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About the Class

With a focus on joint health and functional movement this class is ideal if you’re beginning or returning to yoga after a stage in life – having kids, retiring, recovering from illness/injury, moving on from a ‘bad back’ or similar, experiencing some joint stiffness or discomfort. New joiners and drop ins welcome at any time (£10 per class if not paying for the term). Any questions about suitability please ring Kate 07816 791239

About the Teacher

Kate Irving

Teaching yoga is inseparable from my work as a massage therapist. How someone can become more comfortable in their body, with easier movement, gaining balanced strength, resilience and adaptability that are useful to them in daily life.

In the early 2000’s I was regularly attending classes to help my body cope with the physical challenges of my work. My teacher Pete Gill introduced me to Andy Thomas, an osteopath and yoga teacher who trained therapists in his Full Movement Method, a one to one treatment using yoga postures alongside hands on mobilisation and massage techniques. Shortly after qualifying in Full Movement Method and Yoga Teacher training I found Mukunda Stiles techniques and methods through his student Helen Barker with whom I follow an on going programme of development. Each of these approaches emphasises the importance of observing each individuals movement patterns – what’s moving well, which joints move less well, which parts of the body are helping with the desired movement and which need encouragement?

It’s great to see people progress with their yoga but what really pleases me is when someone tells me they’ve been able to get back to doing an activity they enjoy like long walks or gardening, without suffering afterwards. Or practical mobility we might not notice we’re losing – being able to put your socks on without sitting down (it was a 35 year old told me this!), go upstairs without using the handrail, carry and play with children or grandchildren – the rejuvenating potential of yoga! And it’s not just for those in a certain stage of life – this is the yoga that healed my body and keeps me strong and resilient enough to be a full time massage therapist for 17 years so far!

Most people’s aches, pains and discomforts are caused by an accumulation of movement habits and held tensions that are ‘below the radar’, mistakenly believing them an inevitable part of life. In my classes I aim to provide a framework for these unhelpful patterns and habits to be revealed and let go. Your body can then re find it’s natural strength, balanced mobility and ease.


“I’ve been coming for years but still learn something new in every lesson. Absolutely everyone would feel the benefit from these classes.”

“I have been coming to yoga with Kate now for around 3 years and find the classes really enjoyable. I have found the Monday class the best for me as I have had problems with my neck and shoulders and I find after class I feel much more flexible and relaxed. Kate is especially good if you have any niggling injuries as she works round what you can do” – Stephanie.


Yoga classes are held in the Buddhist Centre’s Great Hall. The hall has underfloor heating so it’s suitable for yoga classes all year round.

We provide yoga mats, blocks and belts (you’re welcome to bring you’re own if you wish).

Please wear comfortable clothes.