Zoë Reason began yoga in her twenties but it was on her first yoga holiday that she really got that it's a practice - and that regularity is important.
Since 2002 she's studied extensively with Rajiv & Swati Chanchani (who are the first generation of yoga teachers trained by BKS Iyengar) at their centre in the foothills of the Himalayas. Their approach to teaching is less technical and more poetic. Still rigorous, she has been immersed in their systematic way of incorporating attention to the breath. Zoë has also studied with the Iyengar family in Pune on a number of occasions.
She started teaching in 2004 - and has taught busy classes and built long term relationships with students in London and Lewes in East Sussex. Having been working at various studios around Bristol over the last couple of years, and taught weekly classes at Arnos Vale Cemetery she is delighted to have just moved to Knowle. She has a small and totally beautiful studio at home and looking forward to building a yoga community in BS4.
As a teacher she's practical and methodical, compassionate and structured. People often say at the end of her classes that they can't believe how hard they worked doing such simple movements. For her, yoga is the technology of transformation. Her classes are about how yoga helps people inhabit their bodies so that they feel alive, energised and calm. She's more interested in students noticing differences in how they are off the mat than in creating "yoga poses" - the yoga shapes we make are the method not the result of transformation.
Perhaps because going away "on holiday" to practice yoga was such a crucial part of her own experience, as a teacher, she's been particularly drawn to this way of working. She's been teaching yoga holidays abroad since 2006 and loves the intensity and intimacy of working together with a group in a beautiful place. She teaches every year on Paxos in Greece, and this year will take groups to Tuscany in Italy.
She's enormously grateful to have learnt from such amazing teachers and hopes she does them justice in passing on what has been so generously given to her.
6 Week Courses start:
Wednesday 11 September & Wednesday 30 October
A 6 week course to introduce you to some fundamentals in the practice of yoga: suitable for complete beginners and for anyone who hasn't worked with Zoë before.
11 September - 16 October & 30 October - 4 December 2019
£50 for the 6 week course - pay in your second week when you know its right for you (so your first week is free!)
Concessionary and Bursary places available - please ask!
Classes for ongoing students
Tuesday & Thursday Evenings:
Tuesday: 6.30 - 8.15pm
Thursday: 6.30 - 8.00pm
Level 2 class - suitable for those who have done a least a term already - Tuesdays will be a little more demanding. All classes of asanas are covered: standing poses, seated poses, twists, inversions, backbends and balances. We begin the intimate process of looking at the breath.
Dates: starts 3 September, runs through to 12 December with a break for half term (22/24 October).
Friday Evening Restorative class:
6.30 - 8.00pm
Dates: 13 September, 27 September, 4 October, 18 October, 1 November, 15 November, 29 November
A deeply breath centric class on selected Friday evenings. Suitable for anyone who has done a couple of terms in a Level 2 class.
Saturday morning Self Practice:
9.30am - 12.30pm
Dates: 7 September; 5 & 19 October; 16, 23 & 30 November; 14 December
Open to all. The studio is available for practice during the stated times. Come for whatever time suits you.
Level 2 students: £70 for each 7 week half term block
Come to as many classes as you can.
Beginners: £50 for each 6 week block. The first class is free to all new students. Pay for the course in your second week when you know its right for you.
If this feels unaffordable don’t be discouraged - free and concessionary places are available - just ask!
Sunday mornings: 10am at Eastern Yoga
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