We are pleased and relieved to announce that classes will be back in the studio as of next Saturday and we will be ceasing our live stream classes from this Tuesday evening. We cannot wait to move and breathe with all of you in person but there are going to be some significant changes that must be followed in order to keep all of you and our team safe. Our mission is for you to leave feeling more alive and at ease than when you came in. We feel confident that we are creating a safe environment for your wellbeing needs and we can’t wait for you to join us. Class numbers are limited and pre-booking is required, so if you were a previous Autopay member with us just get in touch and we will re-activate your membership! See you on the mat Yogis!
We’re bracing ourselves for big changes once the lockdown ends. We love everything about teaching Yoga, but a lot of what we love about it can make group classes feel risky amid the threat of Coronavirus – hands-on adjustments from teachers, big long exhales through the mouth, catching up in the changing rooms with our Yoga buddies, busy classes bursting with energy. Does that mean the end of in-person Yoga classes? Absolutely not, but the studio will probably look and feel a bit different once we reopen our doors.
The struggle to continue our labor of love, to hold our community up and move past break-even with our ongoing desire to create a beautiful, welcoming and heart-centred space is more difficult now than ever. Emotionally, it’s a struggle to marry our love of Yoga with the financial challenges of running a studio in post-lockdown Bournemouth.
Practising Corpse Pose has proven to be highly significant during lockdown; philosophically we are embracing every day dying a little death around a known future, attempting to take back some control by letting go of the parts of our past that weren’t working for us, and preparing to be reborn on a new track with a heightened acceptance of that not-knowingness. As business owners we have had to blindly explore how to bring the benefits of Yoga to our members through social distancing, expanding our offering to an online platform for the duration of the lockdown and doing all that we can to stay afloat during the turbulence (not knowing when we will be allowed to reopen) so we are endlessly grateful to all those members who have so patiently and generously stuck with us.
In what ways can we work together as a community so that each and every one of us can contribute to regaining our in-studio practice whilst maintaining our top priority? I.e. to make everyone feel welcome and safe.
Nothing’s set in stone yet, but amongst other things we’ve been discussing:
- Minimizing Particulate Exposure – Our teachers will not be using hands-on adjustments during the initial reopening phase. We will also be sacrificing Oms and intense mouth-exhalations, focusing instead on nasal breathing to limit particulate exposure.
- Implementing Additional Cleaning – Our highest priority is to maintain a clean environment using a variety of proven disinfectant procedures that meet the requirements of EN1276 – there will be constant and thorough general cleaning throughout every day. We will be implementing an open-window policy between classes to ensure air in the studio is recirculated and cleaned.
- Smaller Class Sizes – Expect to see lots of empty space – please book and pay for your class ahead of turning up at the studio via our website or the MindBody App. Depending on demand we will be utilizing Studio 2 to have two classes running during peak times.
- Supporting Social Distancing / Government Guidelines – We will measure and mark distance to be maintained between Yoga mats in the studio. In addition, we ask you to consider the space you use in the reception area, changing rooms and corridor when there are other people around.
- Prop-Free Practice – We will be terminating the use of shared Yoga blocks, blankets, bolsters and mats for the foreseeable future. Mat loaning (thoroughly sanitised former studio mats) may be available for those who cannot currently afford the new Manduka mats we will have for sale. Yin classes will focus on adapting each pose to support the body rather than using props.
Starting Saturday July 25th – See you on the mat Yogis!
How we’re fairing up during the crisis.
There’s currently no accurate reporting of the spreading of coronavirus and we are still a long way off from finding a cure or a vaccination. Despite the government’s efforts to ease the lockdown, without this crucial information we have to be super careful not to put our teachers and students at risk of contributing to the continuing spread of the virus!
We were so thrilled back in February 2018 when we finally opened our newly-refurbished space on the second floor of Hanover House with two contemporary Yoga studios, large changing rooms with showers and huge windows overlooking the trees of Horseshoe Common – right in the heart of Bournemouth! Our mission was to create Bournemouth’s friendliest Yoga community and to inspire members through the practice of Yoga, meditation and self-discovery.
The evening we had to close I literally heard the announcement on the radio on my way in to practise a class. It was incredibly difficult news to adjust to and we truly hope the business can bounce back again anew – but not until it is safe to do so! Despite Yoga studios being a health and wellness service, they are considered non-essential. They come under the same lockdown category as gyms, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Like everyone else, when we do finally get to re-open the space we will have to sanitize after every class and class-sizes will be limited as students are kept 2 metres apart. Probably the most difficult part is we will have to avoid congregating in reception for a pre- or post-Yoga catch-up!
We will continue contributing to the physical and mental wellbeing of the community in the best ways we can throughout this compromising period of lockdown easing. This may include continuing with our online classes in combination with introducing some small group outdoor classes and socially-distanced studio classes with the windows open. The good news for us is that people are going to need Yoga more than ever. For anyone who hasn’t been doing our online classes during the lockdown, have a glance at our online timetable and get in touch with us if you’d like to sign up to our £10/week unlimited online membership!
Yoga shapes your life and helps you to be your best everyday both for yourself and for those around you. Especially during the lockdown it’s been marvellous to observe the flexibility, versatility and responsibility taken by the community to stay united – you “keep calm and do Yoga” wherever you are! So we promise to continue working harder than ever to make sure we can continue sharing the magic of Yoga. Our priority is to stay safe – we’ll get there together!
When it comes to Yoga, everyone has their own prefered style and place to practise. Whether you’d rather just have a bit of a stretch in a Yin class, or you dedicate an hour each day for a heated Flow, or you simply prefer to focus on the more internal practice of meditation or Restorative Yoga, right now we all share the same setback in getting to class: social-distancing.
Lockdown. It’s what we’ve been fearing for some time now, and yet it seems to have hit us out of the blue. The government’s calls for social distancing have required all gyms, fitness centres and Yoga studios to shut down, leaving even the most committed of Yogis without a place to practise. It’s certainly frustrating being told you can no longer participate in doing something that you love, or having to self-isolate because you or members of your family are showing symptoms of Covid-19. The sad reality is that this virus spreads aggressively from person-to-person and right now any contact with another human can put you at risk, regardless of your state of health or how strong your immune system is.
At One for All we strongly believe that to get through these dark times – and no one knows quite how long it will go on for just yet – it is even more important to look after your wellbeing and to stay strong both physically and mentally. A daily Yoga workout is truly in a league of its own when it comes to strength and balance exercises. It’s also really important to use movement and activity as a way of breaking up your routine. When you throw meditation, Yin, and Restorative into the mix, your sleep will improve and you will feel much calmer as you become accustomed to activating the parasympathetic part of your nervous system, getting out of fight-or-flight mode. Since the aim is to minimise stress, it might be worth trying one of these more passive classes out even if it’s never really been your thing, especially if the lockdown is making you feel agitated, anxious or annoyed.
It’s worth remembering, especially at times like this, that Yoga is not going to fix all of your problems! But it’s a great way to get a sense of grounding, peacefulness, and focus at a time when you’re stuck indoors and everything feels out of control. So we’ve come up with a schedule that we hope delivers the basics to get you through this period of isolation. We have a 30 min non-guided meditation each morning at 6am to get you started for the day, seven Flow classes throughout the week, two Yins, one Restorative, a weekly Nidra and a guided evening meditation once a week for those of you who don’t do mornings. If you don’t have a Yoga mat at home, feel free to practise on a towel or a blanket when you’re close to the ground and you can stand straight on the floor or carpet when it comes to the more dynamic standing practices and vinyasas. If you’re feeling the pinch during this period of uncertainty, we have a new Online Membership option of just £10/week Unlimited classes so drop us an email if you’d like to sign up.
It’s important to practise self-care when you’re social-distancing – and in these circumstances doing whatever you can to keep a sense of normality can be regarded as self-care! Take the time to look after yourself and set some good habits for when life returns to normal. If you do get unwell or are unable to do more physical Yoga for any other reason, you may want to just focus on establishing a regular meditation practice. If or when you’re up to it you can begin to incorporate some Yin and Restorative Yoga into your week to just get enough basic physical activity that will help to release pain and improve movement in inflamed or tired muscles, joints and tissues. This can essentially aid the recovery process by increasing blood flow into a fatigued and stressed body and a little movement will also aid in detoxification.
Practising a Flow class each day will be a strategic addition to the short walk or outdoor exercise that is currently permitted in these challenging times. Each class will include breathing, stretching and postures that articulate the spine and create space in the body – giving you the skills to improve breath control and develop mental focus. If you are able to focus on the instructions being given and rely less on looking at the screen to see what the teacher is doing you will find it much easier to experience the practice through your body and your attention will be much sharper. Some of the simplest looking postures are actually the most difficult to perform correctly so listening to the instructions being given and feeling how that translates into your body can give your practice a real boost, enabling you to gradually progress to more challenging postures.
It’s understandable to think a proficient yogi is someone with a strong core and flexible spine, performing powerful arm balances and doing contortionist moves. If you Google ‘extreme Yoga’ you will find images of people with their legs over their shoulders and tying themselves in knots!
But the direction when deepening your practice is on going inward, not outward! So One for All Hot Yoga has decided to introduce some Restorative Yoga sessions with Jesse on Monday afternoons throughout February.
Restorative Yoga poses help to calm and reset the entire body and mind as a preparation for ultimate relaxation in an extended and fully supported Savasana.
If you haven’t heard of Restorative Yoga, imagine a class of just two or three poses such as a gentle twist, a seated forward fold or a gentle backbend followed by an extended Savasana, all supported by an arrangement of props designed to allow you to completely rest and relax.
Restorative Yoga gives you an opportunity to be passive, not active in your practice, so prepare yourself for deep relaxation. The use of props is a necessity in this type of practice in order to create a sense of safety and protection for the physical body to completely relax. You will also be invited to cocoon yourself in a blanket for extra warmth and cosiness.
Originating in the U.S., this creative adaptation of B.K.S. Iyengar’s style of Yoga was developed by Judith Lasater and has proven health benefits including significantly reducing blood pressure, most likely thanks to its ability to calm the parasympathetic nervous system.
The main difference between Restorative Yoga and Yin is that Restorative poses are held for much longer and they are not designed to give any particular sensation as they are in Yin. Whereas in Yin it is the practitioner who pretty much decides how to use the props based on the sensations they do or do not feel, in Restorative Yoga the teacher is trained to look at the student and suggest an arrangement of props or positioning that will help to make the poses more restorative. For this reason it is particularly beneficial for practitioners who need extra guidance due to injuries, stress or illness and for whom other styles of Yoga might not be suitable.
Why else might you want to do a Restorative practice? Restorative Yoga has a uniquely meditative quality that other posture-based Yoga systems do not. At One for All we do not have any meditation-only classes on the timetable as we know from experience that without chairs most people find sitting still for up to an hour excruciatingly painful around their sit-bones, knees and lower back. So rather than asking people to sit through discomfort, we are inviting those who are interested to experience what Jesse likes to call “horizontal meditation”.
Restorative Yoga assists in the integration of the five koshas, or ‘layers of life’, including the environmental, physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual. So when used as a vessel for journeying inward, it can guide you towards awakening to your own divine nature.
Restorative Yoga isn’t fashioned for wannabe acrobats, nor is it ‘lazy’ Yoga, it’s for anyone seeking deep relaxation, a calming of the nervous system and a restoration of the body and mind!
‘In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision’ – The Dalai Lama
When it comes to setting goals it is important to create clear, vivid, exciting, emotional visions of your goals as if they were already a reality. And also gratitude: to remember how good it feels, basking in the warm glow of accomplishment and success. Great leaders in history were great leaders because they had a positive vision and were able to communicate that effectively. Even the most challenging endeavours can be simplified by visualizing a positive journey towards a practical conclusion.
Since opening eighteen months ago, One for All Hot Yoga has been a hub of activity, seeing a passion for Yoga stirred in Bournemouth town centre, intriguing both those new and familiar to our signature style of Vinyasa Flow. However, the most rewarding thing for us has been the positivity shared by each of the 1000 people who have passed through our doors. Every single one of you who’ve practised at our studio on Old Christchurch Road has brought us hope and moved our vision into a reality, and we appreciate the community that has grown from our launch in February 2018 and the direction you have helped the studio to go in. A fresh start helps plant the seeds to freely pursue joy and to live life in a way that makes you happy, and we see OfA Bournemouth as a place to help you with this. Our hope is to continue to progress and accommodate your needs by improving our performance and caring for your physical health and mental wellbeing, therefore allowing you to thrive in your Yoga practice and in your day-to-day life.
Derived from the Sanskrit word yuj meaning ‘to join’, the meaning of the word yoga is ‘union’ and OfA Bournemouth’s goal is to facilitate that sense of wholeness. As our community continues to grow, our vision is to provide the teaching of Yoga in a caring and encouraging manner supported by:
- Engaging your interest in Yoga philosophy
- Advancing your practice of physical Yoga postures and breathing techniques
- Adapting our Flow and Yin sequences to suit our beginner Yogis
- 23+ classes a week
- A beautiful studio with an ethos of sustainablity
Discover Yoga for yourself with our Introductory Offer of 30 Days for £30; it is an excellent way to make a positive change in your life once and for all. Don’t hesitate to pop in to any class on the OfA timetable or simply purchase online and it will be activated from the day you check in for your first practice. Whether it’s your first Yoga class or you’re aiming to get back into it or even if you’re a seasoned practitioner, One for All Hot Yoga aims to provide something for everyone, so please keep us informed about any ways that we can help you.
We look forward to seeing you – we positively do! – at the studio.
I remember the night of February 25th, 2018 very well, the night before we opened the doors to One For All Hot Yoga. We knew opening a Yoga studio was a bit of a gamble – will Bournemouth appreciate what we hope bring to their Yoga scene? Will anyone show up to the first class? Will people like it enough to come back? Will they even find us amongst the take-aways and late-night venues that are our neighbours?
Unsurprisingly my stomach was in a knot all day as I waited for 5:30pm to arrive when the first of my two classes was to begin. I remember them so well, it was so delightful to teach in a room full of eager fresh faces and as Jesse and I went home that evening it was apparent that this was the beginning of something special. It was a wonderful feeling and we are as grateful now as we were back then for every single new and returning student that walks through our door.
I cannot believe how quickly the year has flown by. We feel truly blessed to see our growing community of awesome students and friends. Our intention has always been to be Bournemouth’s friendliest Yoga studio and when we decided to embark on this new phase of our lives a year ago we had no idea that we were going to meet such OMazing people. What happened over the course of the first year at One For All Hot Yoga was that we got to witness so many individual journeys, budding friendships, laughter and humility, it has just been perfect!
1 year, 1200 classes, 750 yogi’s through the door, the birth of our baby and so many happy memories have been created this year. A number of you have really grown in your practice and we want you to know how proud we are of you, and how we’re infinitely grateful to our wonderful teachers and for the incredible community that has evolved as a result of everyone’s dedication and commitment. Our promise is to hold the space for you to feel safe and welcome and – ultimately – to enjoy your Yoga and the benefits of a consistent practice.
They say that the word yoga i s derived from the Sanskrit word yuj, w hich means “union” and our aim is to provide that connection. We hope to nurture your spiritual, physical and mental wellbeing so you always leave us feeling better connected to yourself and united with your environment.
Please join us on our anniversary to celebrate our first year in business with a weekend of FREE class at the studio. YES – FREE FOR ALL HOT YOGA!
So bring a friend or reluctant family member to celebrate our first birthday – 23rd and 24th February. We have some extra classes on offer that weekend including Flow, Progression Sessions, Yin and Meditation classes. There’ll be some free aloe taster drinks to cool you down after class, as well as a prize draw for our members, and discounts on class packs and memberships, so get ready to get sweaty!
We hope you are able to join us in celebrating One For All Hot Yoga’s 1st anniversary! See you on the mat.
Hey I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who made it along to class this week. It’s been quite a seven days what with one thing and another but easily the highlight for both of us has just been meeting you all. A quick reminder that doors close one minute before class starts, we’re not always both around so letting people in once class has started is not possible.
It the spirit of a practice in which we try to make gradual small improvements over time, we have these adjustments on the list for the studio in the coming week:
- Better signed changing rooms – No more guessing where on earth you’re meant to be getting changed!
- An answering machine – Meditating to the sound of a ringing phone, less relaxing than it sounds.
- A small draught – Located and filled (less exciting perhaps, but still, pretty thrilling).
Finally a thank you to everyone that left us a review, these things make a huge difference to a new studio and we’re grateful.
The photo is Lucy practicing Queen Bee, there’s still a couple of spaces left in the Yin class this evening if you fancy a wind down before the week begins.