Adult Yoga Classes

Our yoga classes in Chelmsford strengthen our connection to Self through mindful movement, breathing and relaxation. Taught in weekly groups or private sessions, these classes are suitable for all.

Children & Family Yoga Classes

Little Yoga Studio specialises in teaching yoga and mindfulness to children in schools, parent and child groups and workshops. Each class features creative storytelling, breathing exercises, mindful games and relaxation.

On Demand Yoga Library

Yoga and mindfulness practices to enjoy in your own time and space. Choose from 30-minute practices, Vinyasa Flow, Yin, Yoga Nidra, meditation and more. Yours to keep & practice whenever you choose.

Children’s & Adults Yoga
Chelmsford & Across Essex

Little Yoga Studio offers yoga classes in Chelmsford, Essex to children and adults. Our aim is to share the wonderful benefits of yoga – deepening our connection to ourselves and others – with all ages and levels of experience.

Our children’s yoga classes, for ages 3-11, explore their natural flexibility. Helping them nurture a positive image of themselves and others; inspiring their imaginations through poses told in the form of creative adventures.

Using the Yoga Bananas Technique, there are over 170 techniques for children to explore, all of which increase their physical and mental strength, stamina and poise. Each encourage an emphasis on the breath, channel their physical energy and support their wellbeing.

For adults, we teach dynamic and uplifting yoga classes in Chelmsford. Restoring and strengthening unity between the body and mind through mindful movement, breathing and deep relaxation.

Suitable for all levels of experience, our Vinyasa Flow style classes are perfect for those new to yoga as well as those looking to deepen their experience.

Based in Chelmsford, Little Yoga Studio teaches yoga classes in weekly groups, private classes, yoga studios, outdoors and in schools. We also run day retreats for a deeper immersion into yoga and beyond.

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What. A. Day ♥️

To everyone who joined me today for the Awakening Summer retreat - a huge thank you.

For your energy, friendship and decision to practice together. What a beautiful day in community we had.

I truly believe that retreats can offer such a transformative experience. That rare opportunity to really drop IN; nourish yourself, meet like-minded souls and discover more within your practice.

I’m so grateful to be able to share these, so thank you. But they quite frankly wouldnt be as special without the magic of all of you ✨

* A huge thanks to @reflex_and_flow for her gorgeous workshop and to @thistleandrose_naturalskincare for the divine goodie bag gifts!

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Having my own home yoga practice has been a sanctuary over the years, but practicing on your own, without a teacher guiding you, can feel like a challenge.

Mainly because we think what we do at home, needs to be like what we experience in an hour long class.

It took me a long time to cultivate a home practice that felt like a good fit for me. One where I felt inspired to move and breathe on my own, without wondering where I ‘should’ be taking it, or what it ‘should’ look like.

Perhaps the biggest revelation was realising that it didn’t need to ‘look’ like anything. I just had to show up.

Here are three things that have helped me cultivate my home yoga practice:

1. Drop the expectations
Practices don’t need to last a certain length of time, nor do you need to be crafting a perfect sequencing arc. Let go of any expectations and remind yourself it’s just you, checking in with yourself in that moment. Move at your own pace, try a round of sun salutations, or you might even practice a couple of poses you have recently explored in class.

2. Set yourself up for success
It can be easy to avoid your practice and let’s face it, there can be a million excuses. ‘There isn’t enough time,’ ‘Im not wearing stretchy yoga leggings,’ or my old favourite, ‘it’s hard when the children are awake,’ and while all these things could be true, there will always be a reason not to do the thing. Remember: Yoga is about meeting ourselves where we are. Wherever you have space to practice, leave your mat and whatever props you need in a corner. Not only will you see it each time you walk past, reminding you to practice, but you soon discover that a few minutes of practice regularly doesn’t require anything but you as you are.

3. Prioritise YOU and let go of perfection
Let’s face it, there are so many things demanding our attention all at once. It can feel easier when we are at home to get through the to do list than take 15 minutes or whatever it is for ourselves. But as we all know, there will never not be something to do. Those things can wait, and our practice can really serve us, mind, body and soul. It’s OK to choose yourself. It really is.

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In those minutes, I let go of everything else and just be.

For those minutes are mine; they are precious, but not infinite.

I love them even more because I know they won’t last forever. They are all I have and with them, I give my presence.

And it’s enough.

-Some thoughts for when I tell myself ‘I’m too busy,’ ‘I don’t have time.’

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I have read these words a million times, yet even as I glance at them scrawled on a post-it beside me while I type, they land again and again. Hitting deeply each time.

Just what exactly are we striving for?

My latest newsletter lands this week and it’s a conversation about a culture that constantly demands more of us. The role of surrender, compassion, and how our yoga practice brings us home to ourselves.

From what we are exploring in classes of late, to my upcoming June retreat, it’s a little read that goes well with a cup of tea for a few minutes this half term. It lands with regular subscribers this week, so if you would like to receive it, please drop me a DM with your email address.

Much love ✌🏻

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Just a PSA announcement that yoga doesn’t have to be practiced by a waterfall, or in really nice leggings.

All hail pyjama yoga. It’s a winner every time.

Happy Sunday all. Here is your reminder to just roll out your mat. It’s all good.

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When we begin to scratch the surface of what is beneath these poses, we invariably come across not just shapes, but the practice of Ahimsa.

In classes this week, our subtle focus was on the practice of Ahimsa - often translated in short as non-violence. How can we practice being more compassionate to ourselves and others both physically; mentally, on and off the mat?

One of the five Yamas - the moral and ethical guidelines that yoga teaches us to live by - Ahimsa is a reminder of many things; crucially, that our external world is very often a reflection of our internal world.

In our practice, we considered the words of our inner voice, the role of the ego; our relationship to our missteps.

Whenever I consider ahimsa in my own practice, it’s an opportunity to redefine my relationship with my inner critic. I’m reminded of the importance of pausing and listening to the messages of my body (slow down Nicola, slow down). To the attitude in which I tackle mistakes and learnings.

Crucially, with ahimsa by my side, I’m reminded that I’m practicing acceptance. Not perfection.

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This week in a reel ✨

The pleasure of weekly yoga classes; a special yoga practice for a gorgeous retreat; the reality of home practices 🐶 and pausing for an epic view.

Yoga is a very intentional practice; from the way we move and breathe, to the way we choose to conduct ourselves in the world. As the years have gone on, I’ve come to really believe in and value practices of reflection. How they help us cultivate a greater sense of gratitude, compassion and understanding.

I’ve been journaling for a while now, more consistently than in previous attempts over the years, and it’s highlighted many blind spots. Most of all, how many years I’ve spent looking outside of myself for validation.

Next month I’m teaching a retreat over the Summer Solstice - Awakening Summer. As we come together to honour the turning of the wheel of the year, I will share some reflective practices that I have found really helpful. There’s a great deal of love to be found in reflecting, as this beautiful quote reveals: ‘Life is a reflection of what we allow ourselves to see. ‘

So when we don’t take time to really look, reflect and ponder - what beauty are we missing, skimming over?

More details on the Awakening Summer retreat via the link in the bio. Until then, let’s keep noticing and seeing ALL that’s there.

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In an ode to the yogis who have joined me on the mat, thank you.

For showing up as yourselves; for smiling through the wobbles (remember those neural pathways!), for turning up when you didn’t feel like it but knowing no one ever regrets a yoga class(!), and most of all for creating a supportive community that uplifts each other.

Having taught a class today where I noticed so much support, encouragement and laughter amongst you - I left feeling all the feels!

This #mentalhealthawareness week, I wanted to share that yoga is so much more than a few shapes on a mat. There is a depth here that is transformative. And when we practice together, we remind ourselves that we are not alone in that.

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Honouring the shift in the seasons by coming together to practice and go within always feels like a powerful way to align with our intentions and where we are on our journey.

Which is why I’m so looking forward to offering up a day retreat next month ~ Awakening Summer ~ on Saturday, June 15 at Retreat Farm, near Chelmsford, Essex.

We’ll begin with a flowing practice designed to recharge and energise the body as we prepare to move into the second half of the year.

Sensing into the joy and possibility summer brings, we will be focusing on ways to expand and brighten our passions and focus for the time ahead.

There will be the opportunity to journal, and take time to be intentional as we pause to take stock and reflect.

With the opportunity for meditative walks in the beautiful surroundings, we will also explore a softer Yin practice in the afternoon.

Your retreat includes:
* A warming, meditative Vinyasa Flow practice;
* Welcome circle and breath practices;
* A softer, Yin practice;
* Teas and homemade treats;
* Meditation & Journaling (hopefully outside, weather permitting!)

This class is suitable for beginners to experienced yogis. Anyone looking for a day to reconnect, nourish themselves and support themselves through the transition into summer - this is for you.

Props and mats can be provided; all you need to bring is yourself and lunch for the day.

Cost is £60 per person on the early bird pricing, which runs until May 17.

Would love to see you there! Full details & how to book via the link in the bio.

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My answer to the question: ‘do you practice yoga every day?’

‘Yes! But not in the way you might think.’

For a very long time, I thought I had to practice every single day. And by practice, I mean an hour of more, of movement on my mat.

Seeing as those days were pre-children and largely ruled by my ego (!), I probably did. And at the time, I loved it.

Nowadays, my yoga practice looks very different. As a mother, I’ve learnt how much beauty there is in those little windows of time. When my children were tiny, it was breath practices while they slept in my arms. The 10-20 minute practices of moving and breathing while they napped (in the case of my first child, hardly ever 😉)Yoga Nidra whenever I could.

And now, yoga has become so much more than what happens on my mat. Sure, I love, love, love moving my body and feel grateful to be able to. But I also love that my practice exists in the few minutes at the beginning and end of each day when I take time to align with my intentions. To watch the content of my mind. To let stuff go.

Yoga shows up in my interactions; my understanding and awareness of my self, my compassion to others. How I choose to live my life.

The purpose of this post isn’t to tell you all I’ve gained, and continue to learn, from yoga. In fact, it’s a reminder that yoga often shows up in your life in the smallest, most mysterious of ways. And it’s all practice.

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Heading out on a run this weekend? 🏃🏻

Here are some of my favourite post run yoga poses to bring a bit of ease back into my body.

With lots of modifications available for each and every unique body, moving through these poses with a strong emphasis on your breath can be a great way to stretch out after a run.

1. Low lunge - Anjaneyasana - rocking back to half splits - Ardha Hanumanasana - to stretch the hips and hamstrings.

2. World’s greatest stretch for the hips and shoulders.

3. Downward facing dog - Adho mukha Svanasana - walking out through the legs for 5 breaths.

4. Pigeon pose - Eka Pada Rajakapotasana - great over a bolster if you have one, or with a block under your lifted sit bone. You can stay up on the fingertips for a few breaths before exploring slowly coming forward.

5. Side lunges - Skandasana - with a nice shoulder opener.

6. Wide legged forward fold with hands clasped to stretch the back of the legs and shoulders.

7. Windscreen wipers with the knees is so good!

8. Seated wide legged forward fold, Upavista Konasana. Having a bolster to rest on in between the legs is lovely.

9. Bound Angle pose - Badda Konasana - great for an inner thigh stretch and to open the hips.

As always, practicing with an awareness of YOUR unique body.

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Yoga, for as long as I can remember, has been the pause in amongst it ALL.

In amongst the non-stop job when I worked in London, the constant doing and rushing around; the worrying and fear of what would happen when I dropped a ball.

Back in the early days of my practice it was like a welcome pause - a much-needed sigh - that got me off the merry go round and into my body.

Rather than being something that happened outside of myself, it was more a window into what was already there, underneath all the ‘stuff’ I’d layered on top of it.

Many years later, yoga continues to highlight the need to soften and let go.

I’m on a much needed break this week, which has definitely highlighted a need to pause. While I’m able to notice it much sooner these days, it’s still there - an underlying trait to keep pushing on and tip the balance out of my favour.

Slowing down, whether it’s in Savasana at the end of a class, on holiday, or taking a few slow, conscious breaths while you wait for the kettle to boil, is often all it takes to notice you have been living on autopilot.

And it’s these little cracks of presence, that scratch the surface and draw us back to what’s here right now.

Everything ♥️

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Hi, I’m Nicola 👋🏻

I haven’t shared my own journey into yoga for a while. Sometimes I think it helps to reflect on where you’ve been, to know where you’re at, and possibly where you’re going, you know?

I have been teaching for 10 years, but I can honestly say I never set out to. Imposter syndrome and a feeling that I had nothing to share held me back.

It wasn’t until my yoga practice became my bedrock through the good and the difficult times, that I peeled back those layers.

My hope in my classes is to create spaces where you feel welcome and at ease. To feel comfortable to go at your own pace and encouraged to meet yourself where you are - whatever stage of life you’re in.

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Tuning into the energy of the seasons has led to many discoveries in my own life; about my energies, moods, and ways to live in connection with the world around me.

The Spring Equinox always feels as though the new year is finally upon us. The promise of lighter times ahead is the signal we need to reemerge, reawaken and move forward with intention.

In classes this week, we are honouring the shifting energies of the Spring Equinox - a time of equal day and night. Moving with intention out of the dark and into the light. What does that mean for us and, crucially, how does it feel?

Over the next few days you might take some time to consider the seeds sown over the darker months of the year. What dreams do you want to bring out into the light?

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Behind these little squares, one of the things I’m busily beavering away on are the retreats that I’m offering this year.

The Art of Letting Go retreat is almost full (see previous posts for details) and I’m poised to launch a new day retreat for later this summer.

All the work of dreaming these offerings, pulling them together; chatting excitedly to students who are signing up and making enquiries, got me thinking of all the beauty there is on offer on a yoga retreat - and how much of it, you might not be expecting.

As what hooks us into a retreat can be one of many things: a beautiful location, the teacher facilitating, the offerings, the promise of a sacred pause, the timings etc. Yet there are so many other things that happen on a retreat that make it a transformative experience.

Reflecting on past retreats Ive immersed myself in, I’ve realised that for me, it has been less in the big detail and more in the quiet moments.

From the community that’s gathered together, the friends I’ve made; to the private moments of humanness we have shared in conversations, practices and around campfires. The setting down of the labels and roles we inhabit outside of this little retreat bubble; and the shifts we have felt as a result.

It’s the magic of the little moments.

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A prayer for peace, love, safety and freedom on this International Women’s Day and always.

#ceasefirenow

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