Gary’s style of teaching is based on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras: a traditional approach with a focus on asanas (postures), Gary teaches yoga postures with attention to the anatomical detail based BKS Iyengar’s approach plus the sequencing of postures based on the flow of Ashtanga Vinyasa, he also teaches traditional 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: ALL yoga classes are LIVE online – classes in venues are postponed, but hopefully some will return in September.
Please note: LIVE online yoga classes will continue regardless of which classes restart in venues. Watch this page for news.

LIVE ONLINE YOGA CLASSES

Summer timetable: ALL my classes running online until further notice (with one-week break w/b August 10th)
Classes online via Zoom – see details and below: contact me if interested in joining to get Zoom link 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.
I teach you and help you during the class, like a class pre-lockdown.

Current weekly timetable

MONDAY
5.30pm – 6.30pm
7pm – 8.15pm

TUESDAY
12pm – 1pm (not runing for now, back soon)
5.45pm – 7pm

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

Feedback:

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

“I have enjoyed the last two classes you have taken. 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.

“I practiced yoga with Gary about 8 years ago in Bristol. Then I moved to the countryside, had more children, life got much busier and it was impossible to make a class. I have continued to practice yoga by myself at home but have always missed my lessons with Gary. The silver lining to covid 19 is that I can now get to Gary’s yoga classes again, via Zoom. I have been pleasantly surprised how easy it is to join a zoom class and how relaxing it is. It’s suited to those with some yoga experience but you do not need to be an expert as Gary can see you and can tell you how to correct your posture. I highly recommend!” – Dr KD, April 2020

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

PRICE PLANS:
In this new virtual world, instead of waiting for me to come to your hall or office once a week, you can join me any day and time, and you can attend more than one class per week.
I am offering a drop-in pay as you go price, or blocks, of two or four classes (price plans A and B). If you pay for a block, you can then choose which classes to attend – booking with me helps me know who to expect, and helps you have structure and commitment in these strange times. As mentioned above, if unable to pre-plan, that is also fine, join a class when you can. My virtual door is open.

Payment is appreciated in advance but if plans do not work, join class and pay after (same day please, as this helps my admin tasks).
Pay as you go: £9 per class
Plan A – 2 classes for £15; 4 classes for £30… Pay for a block and then decide which class to attend, booked or turn up at the time.

If you wish to join one of the classes above, please email me, or if on my mailing list see your inbox for latest links to the classes: please pay prior to class if possible. When you book I will email back the link for Zoom and this is how you can join the class. Depending on the device used, you might need to download the Zoom app (eg moble phones and tablets), but with a PC and laptop it is different – clicking to allow Zoom to run when starting a class is what I do). 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.


Classes in Bristol & North Somerset – classes cancelled due to Coronavirus government orders – see online yoga above:

  • Drop-in public classes: Monday (Stoke Bishop), Tuesday (Blagdon-Yeo Valley HQ), Wednesday (Winford) and Friday (Long Ashton/Westbury-on-Trym). All levels of experience welcome. Yoga mats provided. See details below
  • Yoga at work for staff: Close at hand at work, perfect! See classes below, or contact me if you want a class at your work. See page for details, right
  • Private yoga tuition: one-to-one or small groups: see link right

Class timetable


MONDAY – Southmead Hospital – staff
5.15pm to 6.15pm (90 mins)
CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: NOW ONLINE TEACHING, SEE ABOVE
Staff only – if you work at Southmead Hospital North Bristol Trust (NBT) this is for you
Cost: The classes are run in 10-week blocks = £55 for 10 classes (£5.50 per class).
Blocks: Current block of 10 classes from March 9th to May 18th (no class Easter Monday 13)
Want to join the yoga classes? If you wish to join the classes contact me via email or phone, and I will add you to the waiting list for next block.
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


MONDAY – Stoke Bishop – general public/drop-in
7pm to 8.30pm (90 mins)
CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: NOW ONLINE TEACHING, SEE ABOVE
Drop-in: £10 (no booking – join the class any week)
Term payments: Pay for a block, length varies due to school term, cost is £8 per class. Payable by BACS in advance (email me for bank details) or at first class of block (cash/cheque)
Timetable: TBC
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
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TUESDAY – Yeo Valley Blagdon – general public/drop-in
9.30am to 10.30am (60mins)
CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: NOW ONLINE TEACHING, SEE ABOVE
Drop-in: £9
Termly payment: Pay for a block, length varies due to school term, cost is £7 per class. Payable by BACS in advance (email me for bank details) or at first class of block (cash/cheque)
Timetable: TBC
Venue: Yeofit Studio, Yeo Valley HQ Canteen, Rhodyate, Blagdon, Bristol BS40 7YE – parking one site, plus bonus of great restaurant above studio (coffee after class?)
Google maps link: Yeofit at YeoValley location
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WEDNESDAY – Winford – general public/drop-in
9.45am to 11am (75 mins)
CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: NOW ONLINE TEACHING, SEE ABOVE
Drop-in: £9 (no booking – join the class any week)
Termly payment: Pay for a block, length varies due to school term, cost is £7 per class. Payable by BACS in advance (email me for bank details) or at first class of block (cash/cheque)
Timetable: TBC
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
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WEDNESDAY – DAC Beachcroft LLP – staff
5.30pm-6.30pm (60 mins)
CANCELLED 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 UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: NOW ONLINE TEACHING, SEE ABOVE
David Lloyd (South Bristol) Health Club Ashton Rd, Bristol BS3 2HB. Tel: 0117 953 1010


THURSDAY – DAC Beachcroft LLP – staff
5.30pm-6.30pm (60 mins)
CANCELLED 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


FRIDAY – Long Ashton – general public/drop-in
10am to 11.15am (75 mins)
CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: NOW ONLINE TEACHING, SEE ABOVE
Drop-in: £9 (no booking – join the class any week)
Termly payment: Pay for a block, length varies due to school term, cost is £7 per class. Payable by BACS in advance (email me for bank details) or at first class of block (cash/cheque)
Timetable: TBC
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
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FRIDAY – Westbury-on-Trym – general public/drop-in
12.15pm to 1.15pm (60mins)
CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: NOW ONLINE TEACHING, SEE ABOVE
Drop-in: £9 (no booking – join the class any week)
Termly payment: Pay for a block, length varies due to school term, cost is £7 per class. Payable by BACS in advance (email me for bank details) or at first class of block (cash/cheque)
Timetable: TBC
Venue: Scout Hall, Northcote, Great Brockeridge, Westbury on Trym, Bristol BS9 3TY; parking available on site. Google map link: Scout Hall location
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Prices: offers and block booking

BLOCK BOOKING:
See above for details.
Note: Payment can be made at the class (cash or cheque) or by bank transfer contact Gary 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:

  • Equipment (mats, blocks and belts) provided.
  • Most of the classes are run as drop-ins, where booking is not needed.
  • 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