Friendly weekly yoga classes in Upminster for all ages and abilities.

Newcomers welcome

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced yogi you will find a warm reception. The aim of the yoga classes is to create a haven of calm in your busy week after which you will feel both energised and relaxed. The sessions provide a total mind and body workout. Yoga increases flexibility, enhances wellbeing and life balance, and aids relaxation.

The classes are fun and friendly with a wide age range and mixed abilities. After warming up we go through a range of postures with different levels and options, so everyone can work with what they find comfortable, or challenging for those who want to take it further. A breathing practice and some yoga philosophy is usually included, to differentiate from a keep fit class, without getting too deep or serious. Classes always close with a relaxation, which for many students is their favourite part.

For more information contact Janet Tibble

(qualified British Wheel of Yoga teacher)


 Mobile: 07920 237 666

Session info

Tuesday evenings at  

7.30-8.45pm in the music room at Coopers’ Company & Coborn School, St Mary’s Lane, Upminster, RM14 3HS
Cost £8 per session


Thursday morning at 

10-11.15am at Thames Chase Forest Centre, Pike Lane, Upminster, RM14 3NS
Cost £8 per session

Janet Tibble, BWY Dip

I was first introduced to yoga as a child as my dad did yoga in the 50s and 60s and I would sit with him and mirror the poses.

Over the years I have enjoyed a whole variety of exercises classes and it was about twenty years ago that I came back to yoga. For me it was a poignant reawakening knowing how pleased my father would have been to think that I now share the great passion he had for yoga.

Once I returned to yoga I wanted to learn more and signed up the year-long foundation course, which led me to teacher training. The three-year course is delivered by the British Wheel of Yoga, which is the official governing body for yoga in the UK.

I have been teaching now for sixteen years. Since retiring from my job as a journalist I have been able to dedicate more time to yoga teaching and study.   

Things you need to know

I would like to dispel the myth that you have to be flexible to do yoga. If you are not flexible then it’s quite simple, you need yoga more than someone who is.

Yoga is non competitiveness, you practice to your own abilities and limits – always safely and without pain, but it is also good to stretch and challenge the body.

The yoga we know today was developed as part of the tantric civilisation in India more than five thousand years ago. Meaning unity or oneness, yoga is a means of balancing and harmonising the body, mind and emotions.

The classes are broadly based Hatha yoga and last an hour and a quarter. We start each class with a some breathing exercises to relax and energise the body as well as clearing the mind. Then after a short warming-up session – muscles work better warm and it reduces the chance of injuries – we will go into the asanas or postures. We will do a variety of forward bends, back bends, side bends, balances and twists.

The classes close with a soothing relaxation.

People often practice yoga to maintain and increase flexibility. As time goes on, you will also enjoy and appreciate the benefits of the relaxation, which increases our sense of wellbeing and boosts the immune system.

Here are some pointers you may find useful:

  • wear loose clothing and bring a warm jumper for relaxation
  • bring a non-slip yoga mat
  • yoga is done in bare feet
  • props like belts or ties, blocks and a blanket may be helpful
  • do not eat a heavy meal before coming to the class.

Mobile: 07920 237 666

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