Coronavirus Update:
The “new normal” – 4 yoga classes back in venues plus 7 live online yoga classes – join at time listed for the class – see timetable below

VENUE classes:
Book the term block: classes are back, term already started – you can pay for rest of term in a block (if space).
Single payment/pay as you go pay for a single class, booking required, short notice possible if space (payment required online – no cash).
Venue classes in Stoke Bishop (Bristol BS9); Long Ashton (BS41 9DR), and YeoValley HQ (Blagdon BS40 7YE), see below.

Gary Osborn-Clarke has been teaching yoga since 2002 and practising yoga since 1995 – for more details, go to https://www.yogabristol.co.uk/teacher/
Gary’s classes focus on yoga asanas (postures/exercises), his style is based on BKS Iyengar’s methods mixed with the influence of the flow of Ashtanga Vinyasa. It is a traditional approach, based on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras: asanas (postures), dhyana (meditation) and pranayamas (breathing exercises).


Online live yoga classes


JOIN my classes on Zoom any week: to book a place and payment online, contact me via email: gary@yogabristol.co.uk.

TIMETABLE ONLINE CLASSES

MONDAY
12pm – 1pm

TUESDAY
6.30pm – 7.45pm

WEDNESDAY
10am – 11.15am
12pm – 1pm
5.30pm – 6.45pm

THURSDAY
12pm – 1pm
6.30pm – 7.45pm

Want to know more? See Testimonials page, go to https://www.yogabristol.co.uk/testimonials/
Doubts, reluctant to try yoga online? SCREEN FATIGUE? Tired of looking at a screen?
Try my yoga online classes: they focus on you and your yoga practice, not the screens.
See feedback about online classes below, and on Testimonials page.

PRICE PLANS:
Flexible: Pay for your classes, and join when you can, no booking of class needed, plus 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:

“Gary’s classes have kept me sane during lockdown and I’m now a convert to online yoga. He manages to fit in so much content, as well as a proper relaxation session at the end. Because it’s a live session, Gary can advise on postures just like an in-person class and I love not having to drive home afterwards.” Nic G, May 2021

“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.” This student is blind, testimony that you can do online classes without looking at the screen (all the time), just listening. 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/


Yoga classes in venues


WHAT TO DO: Email, text or call me to book your place – if I have place, you can pay for block (rest of term depending on number of weeks left) or pay one class at a time. I will give you bank details for payment.

Yeo Fit (Yeo Valley HQ) Blagdon
MONDAY 10am to 11.15am
Block term: June 7th to July 19th = total 7 weeks, £59.50 (each class £8.50).
Single payment: £10, Subject to space and advance payment only (this might be possible same day)
Venue: Yeofit Studio, Yeo Valley HQ Canteen, Rhodyate, Blagdon, Bristol BS40 7YE – parking one site
Google maps link: Yeofit at YeoValley location
Picture of studio, yoga with a view:


Stoke Bishop
MONDAY 7pm to 8.30pm – Stoke Bishop Primary School
Block term: June 7th to July 19th = total 7 weeks, £70 (each class £10)
Single payment: £12, Subject to space and advance payment only (this might be possible same day)
Venue: Stoke Bishop Primary School, Main Hall, Cedar Park, Bristol BS9 1BW (car parking available in playground).
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:


Long Ashton
FRIDAY 10am to 11.15am
(75 mins)
Term payment: June 11th to July 16th = total 6 weeks, £51 (each class £8.50).
Single payment: £10.50, Subject to space and advance payment only (this might be possible same day)
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 with Covid-secure class – social distancing :


Westbury-on-Trym/Stoke Bishop
FRIDAY 12.15pm to 1.15pm
Term payment: June 11th to July 16th = total 6 weeks, £48 (each class £8).
Single payment: £10, Subject to space and advance payment only (this might be possible same day)
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 with Covid-secure class – social distancing:


All classes will follow the Covid-19 rules (rules as they stand, unless government announces changes), includes: 2m distance between yoga 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). ALL classes must be booked, drop-ins are not allowed (no cash payments allowed).
Full details on request

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.

SPECIAL DEAL: To encourage you to book a block (term), you can catch up any missed class in the venue via my online classes so you do not miss out (note: to be used within same term/block period of the missed class). Otherwise, general policy with block (term) bookings, missed classes are not refundable or carried over into following term.
Should we be forced to lockdown due to local outbreak or national, unused weeks can be transferred to online class, held until a return to venue or refunded – depends too 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:

Classes in venue
MONDAY – Southmead Hospital – staff
No classes at present: waiting to see when I can return
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 See my class at Yeo Valley HQ, Blagdon, or Long Ashton.
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 – 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