Yard Yoga was founded in 2014 by Sarah Campbell-Lloyd and Daphne Harman-Clarke. Their vision was to provide yoga classes in a warm, beautiful and welcoming space. We believe our Yoga classes should be accessible for everyone and so we have created a place where you can deepen and explore your yoga practice, achieve a greater sense of wellbeing and some great health benefits from our infrared heating system.
Yard Yoga have state of the art Infrared heating panels in the ceiling of our studio to heat you during your practice. The warmth that we feel from the Sun is infrared and it is a natural and safe form of energy, standing in the studio with the heaters set to room temperature feels like standing in the sunshine! Infrared penetrates into the top couple of centimeters of your skin to heat your body directly, it does not heat the air surrounding you.
Because infrared penetrates into your body it warms and stimulates your connective tissues, ligaments, blood in your capillaries, fat in the layers of your skin, your immune system, your cardiovascular system and your lymphatic system. Infrared is much more effective than conventional heating at stimulating your body. Being warmed up so effectively helps to loosen your joints and allows you to go deeper into your yoga practice. It also helps the body to naturally eliminate toxins that you may be storing, these are sweated out during class. Infrared is so effective it can help the body to heal from injuries, strains and pain. In combination with yoga practice it can help to heal scar tissue and skin problems. Infrared can help promote the metabolism when combined with yoga, it also gives your skin a healthy glow and leaves you feeling deeply relaxed.
Our air exchange system circulates fresh air from outside throughout the studio and removes the stale air to make sure you feel comfortable throughout your practice.
Controlling the humidity in the studio is very important to get the most out of your hot yoga practice. It doesn't matter how many people are in there sweating, the studio will remain at the correct level to keep you at your peak during your practice.
Using infrared heating for our hot yoga classes minimises our impact on the environment compared to other forms of heating for hot yoga classes. Infrared Radiant panels are a very efficient way of heating your body so we don't have to have them on for as long as ordinary fan heaters or radiators which saves energy.
Our air circulation system captures the heat from the stale air going out of the studio and uses it to heat the fresh air coming into the studio. This saves energy twice because our heaters aren't constantly working to heat cold air, and we're not wasting energy by pumping warm air out of the building.
Find out about your teachers
Find out about your teachers
Sarah is particularly inspired by Vinyasa Yoga and its ability to create freedom and liberation in the body. Her teaching embodies the skill of delivering a lighter, more grounded and present awareness in the body and mind through using the creative art of Vinyasa Yoga the synchronisation of breath and movement.
Sarah is the co-owner and founder of Yard Yoga, a highly sought after Yoga studio in the South East of England, Forest Row. The studio not only offers Sarah’s blend of creative, dynamic Vinyasa Yoga but also a unique Hot Yoga known as Tapasya Yoga. This is a blend of Yoga postures which does not use the wrists and focuses primarily on building heat for deep muscle release and strength which results in greater coordination in the body.
Sarah is well known for inviting students to come and ‘try’ and for creating enthusiasm and motivation to enjoy yoga and all its amazing benefits.
Cathy is offering a healing, restorative yoga practice at Yard Yoga which combines a creative mix of slow flow yoga and deep restorative yoga.
Her background in strength training, motivational coaching, hypnotherapy, NLP and Reiki have given her a unique ability to create a freestyle approach to Yoga that empowers not only body strength and conditioning but deep stress relief and relaxation through the therapeutic use of long hold yoga postures and guided meditation.
Cathy is well known for asking students to breathe and relax and believes that with any practice when you have been there in the mind you will go there in the body.
She is not only a yoga teacher but also a private chef. She focuses on healthy and nutrient rich food and has incorporated her love of yoga into her cooking. Lotte’s main belief is the reason for living is to feed our bodies with the right nutrients, diet and fuel to allow us to walk, talk, swim, laugh and practice yoga. Digestion is extremely important within this process. By fuelling our body with the right components to aid our digestion we can enable ourselves to function to the best of our ability. Aiding digestion also comes from yoga, twists, expansions and bends can energising the cells within our body, kick starting our digestion, giving us energy and strength to practice.
Giving our bodies the correct starter kit to begin our yoga journey has been at the forefront of Lotte’s thinking, a continuous process and infinite journey.
Sarah Alice has recently returned to the U.K after living in New Zealand and Australia for the past ten years. Originally from Eastbourne Sarah’s journey as a yogini started as a teenager. Having trained as a gymnast from an early age, yoga became her way expressing energy and her need for physical movement after she ceased competing. It was in 2011 after the Christchurch earthquakes that Sarah turned to yoga to manage the adrenalin overload in her body. During this time when when everyone was suffering from post-traumatic stress and exhaustion from the constant aftershocks, she witnessed how the practice of asanas and meditation created balance of the body and mind. Fascinated by the transformation in her own body and others Sarah completed her yoga teacher training under the tutelage of Eoin Finn (Blissology). She went on to study with Nikki Ralston developing an in-depth knowledge of anatomy. Sarah teaches Vinyasa Flow and Yin. Her love for movement and the creating balance in the body inspires her sequences and her thirst for physiological knowledge allows her to teach in a way that takes you deep into understanding your body.
Aurora primarily teaches an alignment based Hatha class at Yard Yoga which focus on anatomical alignment in poses, as well as the integrity of the individual. She focuses her classes through the lens of Vichara (self-enquiry) by aligning mind, body and spirit with the panacha mahabhutas (Five Great Elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether) in accordance with the lunar cycle.
Aurora’s has gained her understanding through working with horses and teaching horse riding, personal training, teaching yoga and meditation since 2015 and training as a Priestess since 2016, which has aloud her to move deeper into an understanding of female embodied spiritual practices and wisdom.
She strives to cultivate a deepening of personal practice for her students by bringing conscious awareness into the present moment through an exploration of the physical body, ease of the breath, as well as sincerity of the mind. She believes the mat is a sacred space for personal exploration, a place where we can expand our understanding of our true nature and bring ourself into alignment the Greater Whole.
Fusing traditional vinyasa methodology with contemporary dynamic freestyle flow, this uplifting yoga practice integrates breath and movement, inner and outer alignment, strength and flexibility. These classes will appeal to new students or anyone who wants to refine their practice.
The flow classes are primarily taught by Sarah Campbell-Lloyd through out the week. To book go to our timetable.
This is a slow Yin Yoga class in the heated room. It is not too hot but enough to fully benefit from the infrared heating and relax your muscles to get deeper into your yoga practice. Poses are held for a long time. This combined with the infrared heating means that you will get the full therapeutic effect from deeply stretching the entire body, opening all the joints and gives space from within. A truly restorative and rejuvenating class.
Warm Yin is taught by Sarah Alice on Thursdays at 7.30pm and Sundays at 5.30pm.
Get ready to sweat in this hot yoga class that is both uplifting and flowing. Each class is set to deeply tone your limbs and tighten your core and is unique as it does not work on the wrists. The Hot Yoga sequence is a set series of Hatha postures developed by our principle teacher Sarah Campbell-Lloyd. The sequence is specifically designed to address all parts of the body in a safe manor and to get the most benefit from the infrared heat. The class offers great detoxing properties and increased flexibility.
We have Hot Yoga classes everyday so look on our timetable to find a class that suits you.
This gentle Hatha Yoga class is perfect for beginners, those recovering from illness and injury or looking for a more gentle class. The class is designed to combine both postures lying on the mat and standing to gently build up strength and flexibility. It is a great way to introduce yourself to yoga and build up to trying some of our other classes.
Georgia Keal teaches our Gentle Hatha Yoga on Monday mornings at 10.30.
This is a re-balancing yoga practice involving elements of a vinyasa flow sequence combined with restorative yoga postures designed to balance, calm and repair your body. The poses allow your entire body to stretch and deeply expand giving you a therapeutic release of long held tension and stress. Enhanced by guided meditation and deep breathing Rebalance Yoga is the perfect complement to our more dynamic yoga classes.
Cathy Gorrett teaches our Rebalance classes on Mondays at 7.00pm and Fridays at 9.30am.
This class focuses on both internal and external alignment encouraging students to develop a greater understanding of the physical anatomical alignment in postures which in turn allows for an exploration of our internal energetic alignment. This class is aimed at both the complete beginner wishing to start their yoga practice and the more advanced practitioner wishing to deepen their personal practice.
It is a combination of a flow sequencing with long hold poses which allows the body to be physically challenged as well as benefiting from opening our energetic channels to feel a deep internal meditative calm state of mind during your practice. These classes are more invigorating in the morning and more restorative in the evening.
Alignment classes are taught on Tuesday at 11.00am and Wednesdays at 5.30pm.
Integral Yoga uses classical hatha postures performed as a meditation, balancing physical effort and relaxation. In addition to an asana practice, the classes will also incorporate guided relaxation, pranayama (breathing practices), an exploration of sound vibration and silent meditation. Integral yoga classes may also dip into aspects of yogic philosophy and how we can integrate yoga's teachings in to our everyday lives on and off the mat.
Integral Yoga is taught by Nicci Parry on Sundays at 10.00am.
These classes will provide a retreat in what can be a very busy & tiring time for many women. Gaining energy through practice, a woman can channel this energy to create a positive feeling about the birth of her child. Giving your body a chance to deeply relax in order to create space on both a physical and emotional level is key. The postures will support the physical changes that happen during pregnancy and in preparation for birth. Emphasis will be placed on releasing tension through breath and creating space in the abdomen.
Pregnancy Yoga is taught by Isis du Jour on Saturdays at 12.30pm and Mondays at 7.30pm.
Light comfortable clothing is best to wear to a yoga class. If you are going to a hot class then it's going to be really hot! Wear as little as possible! Men often wear shorts with or without a t-shirt, women often wear shorts and a lightweight top. If you prefer trousers or you're not ready to get that beautiful yoga body out yet you are of course free to wear whatever makes you feel comfortable, but it will be hot!
Don't forget, when you leave the class it will feel very cold outside so please bring warm clothes to go home in. Also, don't forget to drink lots of fluid before and after class and top up your electrolytes (banana, coconut water or electrolyte solution work well).
If you have a yoga mat please bring it, otherwise you can hire one from us for £1 per mat per class. All the money for mat hire goes to charity.
Please bring a towel to put on top of your mat for hot yoga classes, when you sweat the mats can get slippy. You can also bring a bottle of water if you like, you can fill up you bottle at the studio. We sell yoga towels and bottles of water at the studio.
Don't worry! This is really normal, especially if you're a beginner. It's just your body releasing lots of built up toxins and getting used to doing yoga. You may also feel dizzy if you start breathing through your mouth during class instead of your nose. If you feel like it's all too much then sit or lie on your mat, breath calmly through your nose and join in again as soon as you can. Listen to your teacher, they will be looking out for you! If you have any questions or don't feel well you can always talk to the teacher before or after the class.
If you have only just started hot yoga you may feel quite tired or even a bit sick, this is normal and often happens as your body gets rid of lots of built up toxins. As you progress you'll find that you come away from class feeling invigorated and full of energy, enjoy it! Don't forget to drink lots of fluid before and after classes (particularly the hot classes) and top up your electrolytes. Bananas, coconut water or the concentrated electrolyte solution in our shop are good for this. Always listen to your body and if you don't feel well, let the teacher know.
Most of the time you can still practice and yoga will help you to get better faster! The general rule is only do what you can comfortably manage for your body on that day, if you have an injury don't push yourself too far. It is really important that you let your teacher know before the class starts so they can adapt any postures for you and they'll know why you might be sitting one out. If it's a minor injury, come 10 minutes early. If it's a new injury, or you're worried about anything to do with injuries, please contact us before you come to class. Contact details are here.
Don't worry, everybody is a beginner at some point! The good news is, our classes are great for beginners and you'll get better at it quickly! Please tell your teacher at the beginning of your class that this is your first time and they'll be extra nice to you.You don't have to be super-fit or super-flexible to start doing yoga. It's great for relaxation, fitness, general wellness, strength building and making you feel good and the benefits start from day one.
We have male and female changing rooms at the studio which both include showers. Please bring your own shampoo/bodywash and towels. We currently do not have towels available at the studio.
Congratulations! You may not want to do the hot classes, or some specific postures though. As your tummy gets bigger you may not be able to do some postures either! Talk to your teacher, they will give you advice and can show you some variations on postures that may be more suitable for you. We also offer specific pregnancy yoga classes at the studio.
We sell a range of products in our shop. Yoga towels with one grippy side, yoga mats, electrolytes, and much more. We also sell bottles of water, cold pressed juices, smoothies, raw/vegan food and tea and coffee in our Juice Bar.