Gary’s style of teaching is based on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras: a traditional approach with a focus on asanas (postures), with attention to the anatomical detail based BKS Iyengar’s style plus the sequencing of postures based on the flow of Ashtanga Vinyasa, he also teaches pranayamas (breathing exercises) and how to meditate (based on yoga traditions and Buddhist meditation practices).
Want to know more? See his Testimonials page, go to https://www.yogabristol.co.uk/testimonials/
Gary has been teaching since 2002 and practising yoga since 1995 – see his biographical information, go to https://www.yogabristol.co.uk/teacher/

Coronavirus Update:
Venue classes: Now booking for 3 venues from w/b September 14th, see below for details.
Online live classes: Weekly timetable, here to stay – my new normal! See timetable below

LIVE ONLINE YOGA CLASSES

Classes online via Zoom – see details and below: contact me if interested in joining to get Zoom link (includes passcode and meeting ID) and to arrange payment (via BACS online)
Interested but not sure about online classes? Read comments from current students, see below, or contact me via email gary@yogabristol.co.uk.

Current weekly ONLINE YOGA timetable
Keep an eye on timetable: new classes coming soon.
MONDAY
12.30pm – 1.30pm
5.30pm – 6.30pm
7pm – 8.15pm

TUESDAY
5.45pm – 7pm
7.15pm – 8.30pm

WEDNESDAY
10am – 11.15am
5.30pm – 6.30pm – DACB staff ONLY

THURSDAY
5pm – 6pm – DACB staff ONLY
6.30pm – 7.45pm

FRIDAY
10am – 11.15am
12pm – 1pm

PRICE PLANS:
Instead of waiting for me to come to your hall or office, you can join me any day and time, and you can attend more than one class per week.

Single class: £9 per class
Block of classes:
Plan A – 2 classes for £15; 4 classes for £30. Pay for a block and then decide which class to attend (no need to book class time).
PLan B – 4 classes for £20 – only for those with reduced income due to pandemic lockdown.

My virtual door is open.

Depending on the device used, you might need to download the Zoom app (eg moble phones and tablets), but with a PC and laptop clicking to allow Zoom to run when starting a class. Contact me for help; or for details about how it works see Zoom website see  https://zoom.us/
Email me gary@yogabristol.co.uk for details.

Please note disclaimer: I am not responsible for accidents in own home during a yoga class, eg furniture etc close to you during class.


Feedback for online classes:

“Being able to do your yoga classes online during lockdown was incredibly helpful and helped me maintain peace, calm and well-being – one of the highlights of lockdown! It’s inspired me to get back to regular practice. Thank you Gary.” Charlotte C, August 2020

“Thoroughly enjoyed the class. Regretting I hadn’t joined earlier.” JH, June, 2020

“I have enjoyed the classes. I find it helpful that you are instructing rather than showing/doing as I find it makes me concentrate far more on the posture itself and how it feels, rather than how it looks!” – Chloe H, June 2020

“Thanks again for the class tonight! It was so much better than any other class I’ve done online. Quite a few other online classes have been similar to doing a YouTube video, but with yours it felt like I was actually in the class! Your feedback throughout the class and describing the adjustments were really helpful and will really help me to improve my practice – something I haven’t had with the other classes.” – Kate B, April 2020.

Read more Testimonials at https://www.yogabristol.co.uk/testimonials/

Classes in venues


The new revised start date is w/b September 14th: 6-week term (following school term times, remember them?!).
THREE classes are timetabled to start:

Yeo Fit (Yeo Valley HQ) Blagdon
TUESDAY 9.30am to 10.30am (60mins)
– once set-up etc, you will still get hour tuition.
Term payment: 6-week block costs £48 (£8 per class).
Timetable: September 15th to October 20th (6 weeks).
Single payment: Subject to space and advance payment only, £10
Venue: Yeofit Studio, Yeo Valley HQ Canteen, Rhodyate, Blagdon, Bristol BS40 7YE – parking one site
Google maps link: Yeofit at YeoValley location
Picture of hall pre-lockdown and social distancing:


Long Ashton
FRIDAY 9.50am to 11.05am
(75 mins)
Term payment: 6-week block costs £51 (£8.50 per class).
Timetable: September 18th to October 23rd (6 weeks).
Single payment: Subject to space and advance only, £10.50
Venue: Long Ashton Community Centre, Keedwell Hill, Long Ashton, BS41 9DR – free car parking available; located just 4 miles from Bristol city centre.
Google map link: Long Ashton Community Centre location
Picture of hall – pre-lockdown and social distancing:


Westbury-on-Trym/Stoke Bishop
FRIDAY 12.15pm to 1.15pm
Term payment: 6-week block costs £48 (£8 per class).
Timetable: September 18th to October 23rd (6 weeks).
Single payment: Subject to space and advance payment only, £10
Venue: Scout Hall, Northcote, Great Brockeridge, Westbury on Trym, Bristol BS9 3TY; small car park on site and street parking.
Google map link: Scout Hall location
Picture of hall – pre-lockdown and social distancing:


All classes will follow the Covid-19 rules, such as 2m distance between mats, controlled entry and exit (masks worn entering and leaving, but not on yoga mat during class), you will need your own yoga mat. Track and trace (I will know who attends, email and phone etc). ALL classes must be booked, drop-in is not allowed.
Full details on request, I can send you the risk assessment for each venue and my own (which will be the same as the venues).

Limited space: Each venue has a limit under Covid-19 social distance rules. Which does mean I cannot have as many as I did before lockdown, with all factors taken into account, I have had to increase my prices from pre-lockdown.
If I do get enough signed up for a block I will offer SINGLE class places (payable in advance).
SPECIAL DEAL: To help you book a block (term), I will offer you a chance to catch up any missed class in the venue via my online classes so you do not miss out (note: to be used within a week of the missed class – as with all blocks missed classes are not refundable or carried over into following term). Should we be forced to lockdown due to local outbreak or national, I will address what to do with payments then! They will most likely be held over, depending on charges I get from venues. Sounds complicated! It is but we can do it! Anything I have missed do ask.
Please note: Payment plans for online classes (which will continue) will carry on as separate from venues payments.

Yoga mats: Covid rules mean you must bring your own yoga mat – I cannot provide my mats for use. Buying your own, I use www.yogamatters.co.uk
Not such a bad idea as then you have one at home to practice and join my online classes too (which will carry on as my new normal!)

Other classes in venues suspended for now:

Mondays 7pm Stoke Bishop Primary School – Due to the obstacles they have to deal with reopening the school, I will not be able to use the hall until Term 2 (November 2nd.) at the earliest. My enquiries into using the scout hall I teach in on Friday lunchtime has not worked out.
Venue: Stoke Bishop Primary School, Main Hall, Cedar Park, Bristol BS9 1BW.
Off-street parking available: entrance to right of main building, use lower gate and park in playground – hall entrance from playground not school’s front entrance. Google map link: Stoke Bishop school location
Picture of hall:


Classes in venue
MONDAY – Southmead Hospital – staff
No class at present: contact me for details.
5.15pm to 6.15pm (90 mins)
Staff only – if you work at Southmead Hospital North Bristol Trust (NBT) this is for you
Venue: Seminar room (most weeks no. 5) at Learning and Research building, Southmead Hospital (NHS North Bristol), Bristol BS10 5NB.
Contact me gary@yogabristol.co.uk


WEDNESDAY – Winford – general public/drop-in
9.45am to 11am (75 mins)
POSTPONED This class will not restart at present, see Tuesday YeoFit or Friday Long Ashton as alternatives.
Venue: Winford Village Hall, Felton Lane, Winford, Bristol BS40 8AD – car parking available in streets nearby (usually plenty of space)>
Google maps link: Winford Village Hall location
Picture of hall:

WEDNESDAY – DAC Beachcroft LLP – staff
5.30pm-6.30pm (60 mins)
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: NOW ONLINE TEACHING, SEE ABOVE
DAC Beachcroft staff only – staff classes run in 10-week blocks – contact Gary for details
Venue: Portwall Place, Portwall Ln, Bristol BS1 6NB


THURSDAY – David Lloyd Leiure Club South Bristol – members
10.30am to 12pm (90 mins)
CANCELLED David Lloyd Thursday 10.30am – The club is open, but NOT with my regular class, and no promise of a return in the future. This is disappointing as my class had a regular group of people. Join my online class or see venue classes restarting.
David Lloyd (South Bristol) Health Club Ashton Rd, Bristol BS3 2HB. Tel: 0117 953 1010


THURSDAY – DAC Beachcroft LLP – staff
5.15pm-6.15pm0pm (60 mins)
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: NOW ONLINE TEACHING, SEE ABOVE
DAC Beachcroft staff only – staff classes run in 10-week blocks – contact Gary for details
Venue: Portwall Place, Portwall Ln, Bristol BS1 6NB


Prices: offers and block booking

BLOCK BOOKING:
See above for details.
Block bookings are for consecutive classes, and is non-refundable due to non-attendance.


Feedback from some of Gary’s students:

“I would like to say thanks for introducing me to yoga, a subject I never took seriously until I attended your classes. Your in-depth knowledge of the topic meant that you were able explain the different postures, to a level of detail that allowed me to understand how they worked on the body and where the benefit lay. You are an excellent teacher, much thanks.” – Andy Connell, December 2018

“I’ve done yoga with a number of teachers over the years in Bristol and elsewhere, and Gary is up there with the best. Here’s why. Firstly, he uses a consistent routine which which means that after doing his class for a few years I know the poses so can concentrate on the important stuff such as breathing, noticing what changed from last time I did a particular pose, being in the moment. Having said that, Gary also makes sufficient changes week by week to keep things interesting.
Another key thing that Gary gets right (and is not easy) is to speak the right amount. So in terms of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, he doesn’t talk too much, or too little; he gets it just right.” – Jim R, August 2018

“The yoga classes focus on fundamental moves which I feel are safely within my comfort zone whilst still pushing me enough to progress my strength and flexibility. I really enjoy having a focus on both my physical and mental health. The weekly sessions keep me injury free so that I can keep up my other sports commitments, along with the added bonus of feeling refreshed at the end of a long Monday!” – Dr Kim Hannam. Musculoskeletal Research Unit, University of Bristol, Jan 2015

“The classes are a perfect mix of yoga and breathing exercises and have become one of the highlights of my week. Gary is the best yoga teacher I’ve had and I really like the format of his classes plus his useful teachings and insights on both yoga and meditation practice.” – Mel Randhawa, April 2014

“I have dabbled with Yoga for years but never really ‘got it’. Gary is the first teacher I have met who actually teaches rather than just stand at the front of the class doing the poses. From one of the first classes when he went over and over how to actually do Down Dog properly , then how to do sun salutation correctly. Never rushed never trying to do too much. Holding the pose or the twist or the stretch long enough for the pupil to feel the benefit. I think I might finally be getting it! — Lynn Nov 2012

More feedback on Testimonials page at https://www.yogabristol.co.uk/testimonials/

General information about yoga classes

      • All levels of experience welcome: Yoga classes are open to everyone, from beginner to experienced, as Gary offers options with the difficult exercises, so everyone can take part and those with more experience can also enjoy the classes.
      • Each class begins with a warm up (downward dog/upward dog, and sun salutations). Each week Gary focusses on themes (eg: standing, seated hip openers and forward bends, twists, backbends, and inversions). The class ends with meditation (and pranayamas) and relaxation (you get to lie down!). Gary combines detailed instructions with a flowing class of exercises.
      • Gary teaches a mindfulness-based yoga practice, with emphasis on developing our self-awareness, by establishing a connection between our body, breath and mind.
      • The basis of yoga is learning to breath efficiently and healthily – Gary places a lot of emphasis on our breath and how to cultivate it.
      • If you want to learn and also challenge yourself, yet feel relaxed and revitalised… come along to a class and see for yourself – you can join the general public classes any week an come as often as you like.

More information about classes:

      • Wear comfortable clothing suitable for exercise; bring something warm to wear or a blanket for relaxation at end of each class; and ideally, do not eat meals before session – allow 4 hours after large meal, and about 2 hours after light meal.
      • The best way to know if his way of teaching yoga is for you, is to come along and see for yourself (and you have any questions, contact Gary).

Yoga classes

“If we really follow one direction in yoga as far as we can go, then it will lead us along all paths of yoga.”
—TKV Desikachar