Join Yoga Mind and Body Club to discover real yoga for the real you!

Experience yoga’s refreshing fusion of stimulating exercise, calming breathing and self-affirming meditation, thereby developing both your physical and mental wellbeing within one discipline.

Yoga Classes For You

Join our accessible yoga classes in Camberley and Hook: daytime or evening. You’ll enjoy vibrant exercise, develop your breathing and practise meditation. Even better, do all this inside each 90-minute session. A bonus if you’re already juggling too many balls in your life.

The Club’s Personality

Our yoga club truly is for every body and mind. Founder and teacher: Johnston Lowry is a somewhat large, rather irreverent but good-humoured, thankfully retired police officer. Be prepared for yoga that may go a bit off-piste but always real yoga with plenty of character.

Member’s Testimonials

We’re unshackled from the conventions of yoga: that’s what makes us unique, progressive and fun to be with. To help you decide if we’re right for you there are few better ways of doing so than reading what real members, who’ve survived our yoga sessions, say about us.

Our Motto

HEALTHY BODY: HEALTHY MIND: HAPPY YOU

Who we are and what we do: all on one page!

Our balanced curriculum provides you with an understanding of how your body and mind interact with yoga, which will serve you well for the rest of your life.

First of all: What is Yoga?

Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. The main components of yoga are postures (a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility) and breathing.

The practice originated in India about 5,000 years ago and has been adapted in other countries in a variety of ways. Yoga is now commonplace in leisure centres, health clubs, schools, hospitals and surgeries.

Frequently Asked Questions

Answered by the National Health Service from their Live Well website.

What are the health benefits of yoga?

Dozens of scientific trials of varying quality have been published on yoga. While there’s scope for more rigorous studies on its health benefits, most studies suggest yoga is a safe and effective way to increase physical activity, especially strength, flexibility and balance.

There’s some evidence that regular yoga practice is beneficial for people with high blood pressure, heart disease, aches and pains – including lower back pain – depression and stress.

Does yoga count towards my recommended 150 minutes of activity per week?

Attendance at Yoga Mind and Body Club’s yoga sessions will count towards your 150 minutes of activity, as per government guidelines. Moreover, yoga is a strengthening exercise. Two sessions a week will help you meet the guidelines on muscle-strengthening activities.

Can yoga help prevent falls?

Yes. Yoga improves balance by strengthening your lower body – particularly your ankles and knees – thereby reducing your chances of falling. However, falls may sometimes be caused by a health condition, in which case it’s a good idea to see your GP or visit a falls clinic at a local hospital.

Can yoga help with arthritis?

Yoga is popular with people with arthritis for its gentle way of promoting flexibility and strength. Some research suggests yoga can reduce pain and mobility problems in people with knee osteoarthritis. However, some yoga moves are not suitable for people with the condition.

Find a teacher who understands arthritis and can adapt movements for individual needs, especially if you have replacement joints, and always check with a doctor or physiotherapist to find out if there are any movements to avoid.

Am I too old for yoga?

Definitely not. People often start yoga in their 70s, and many say they wish they had started sooner. There are yoga classes for every age group. Yoga is a form of exercise that can be enjoyed at any time, from childhood to your advanced years.

Do I have to be fit to do yoga?

No. You can join a class suitable for your fitness level. For example, to join a mixed-ability yoga class, you need to be able to get up and down from the floor.

Do I need to be flexible to do yoga?

Not necessarily. Yoga will improve your flexibility and help you go beyond your normal range of movement, which may make performing your daily activities easier.

Can I injure myself doing yoga?

Yoga-related injuries are uncommon. Some injuries can be caused by repetitive strain or overstretching. But yoga is the same as any other exercise discipline – it’s perfectly safe if taught properly by people who understand it and have experience. It’s advisable to learn from a qualified yoga teacher and choose a class appropriate to your level.

What style of yoga should I do?

There are many different styles of yoga, such as Ashtanga, Iyengar and Sivananda. Some styles are more vigorous than others, while some may have a different area of emphasis, for instance, posture or breathing.

Many yoga teachers, such as Johnston Lowry at Yoga Mind and Body Club develop their own practice by studying more than one style.

Yoga Mind and Body Club

…in a nutshell

We’re a small, local and welcoming yoga club promoting excellence in yoga, providing you with a vital part of your wellness and wellbeing lifestyle.

Our sessions take place at quality locations in Camberley, Surrey and Hook, Hampshire.

To ensure you’re not squeezed-in, and that we can teach you properly, we restrict class-size to a maximum of 14 or 18: depending on the size of the studio.

Your age, gender, belief or non-belief are not a barrier. Yoga has something for everyone, whether you’re a super-fit athlete or complete novice.

While it’s true that our yoga is hard, it’s not beyond you if you put in the hours. Do that, and the Benefits will repay – plus more – your practice.

We teach classical hatha yoga using Iyengar and other authentic methods from India: incorporating today’s knowledge of the human body and mind.

Our syllabus favours the Iyengar method because it teaches you the fundamentals of good practice in the pure form of original yoga.

The result is a stimulating blend of ancient and modern. Proper yoga taught correctly — but even more important than that, it’s helping to make you a healthier and happier person.

About Hatha Yoga

Most people identify yoga with the style of exercise, breathing and relaxation called Hatha Yoga. It’s the foundation-stone of all yoga. We teach you how to practise this beautiful discipline in a step-by-step way.

To understand Hatha Yoga you only need to consider the meaning of the two words, which we have explained here:

  • Hatha: we view hatha as “complementary opposites”.  Opposing forces which generate and distribute energy. For example, mind-body, sun-moon, male-female, yin-yang, agonist-antagonist.
  • Yoga: we view yoga as “integrating and strengthening”. For example, to bind, connect, unify, immerse, merge, engage, combine.

In effect, Hatha Yoga makes the whole more significant than the sum of its parts. The opposing but complementary forces generate the energy which enables the strengthening and balancing of your body and mind. Hatha Yoga is the prelude to meditation which completes the cycle of wellness and wellbeing which regular yoga practise facilitates.

About Iyengar Yoga

Iyengar Yoga is named after B.K.S. Iyengar. To learn more watch this interview with Iyengar. His method focuses on precision and attention to detail.

It is underpinned by the principle that yoga is to be found within you during each posture. Correct alignment allows you to balance your body and breath, linking these with your emotional connections. With practice, your mind and body are assimilated into the liberating state of yoga.

We do teach other established traditions of yoga. For example, Sivananda, Ashtanga and Deshikashir. Each of these practices is essentially Hatha Yoga. The differences are ones of emphasis and approach, not the postures.

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LEARN YOGA helps you to develop your personal yoga practice at home.  The material is delivered to you in the form of Monthly Newsletters, Club Bulletins, blog posts, worksheets, illustrations, video and audio recordings made available to you by signing up for our Mailing List.

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