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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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.

#littleyogastudio #reflections #yogapractice #yogajourney #glimmers #reflectivepractice #essexyoga #yogareels
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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.

#littleyogastudio #chelmsfordyoga #essexyoga #yogaformentalhealth #yogareels #yogajourney #yogateachersofig #yogastudent #yogateachersuk
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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.

#yoga #yogaretreat #essexyoga #chelmsfordyoga #yogaretreats #ukyogis #ukyogateacher #ukyogaretreats #whatsonchelmsford #whatsonessex #yogastudent #yogateacher
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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.

#yogastudent #yogateacher #yogareels #yogathoughts #yogajourney #essexyoga #yogaessex #chelmsfordyoga
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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.

#yogapractice #yogareels #yogaforrunners #yogateachersuk #essexyoga #yogajourney #londonmarathon #marathontraining
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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 ♥️

#littleyogastudio #mindfulmoments #mindfulness #mindfulnesspractice #yogapractice #letgo #ishvarapranidhana #surrendering #yogajourney #essexyoga #presence #movingmeditation
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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.

#littleyogastudio #onlineyoga #onlineyogaclasses #zoomyoga #chelmsfordyoga #essexyoga #colchesteryoga #yogajourney #yogastory #mindfulness #meditation #vinyasaflow
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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?

#littleyogastudio #spring #springequinox #yogaclasses #yogalove #seasonalliving #intentionalliving #chelmsford #chelmsfordyoga #yogaessex #springday #spring2024
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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.

#littleyogastudio #yogateacher #yogastudent #yogalove #yogaretreats #yogaretreat #yogaretreatuk #essexyoga #chelmsfordyoga #colchesteryoga
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A prayer for peace, love, safety and freedom on this International Women’s Day and always.

#ceasefirenow

#littleyogastudio #metta #mettameditation #lovingkindness #essexyoga #chelmsfordyoga
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Cueing in yoga is something a teacher works on, arguably, for the entirety of their teaching lifetime. Honing and developing new ways to verbalise, demonstrate and encourage a deeper line of self enquiry for students to allow their own practice to unfold. Like everything, it takes practice.

Here are 3 cues that I personally choose not to use in my classes and why:

1. Square your hips - This implies that every person’s body, anatomically, can rotate in the same way. I avoid this cue for many reasons, but in short because I feel it misses the important factor that our bodies are all different shapes and sizes. There will be many reasons that our hips can’t turn precisely ‘square to the top of the mat,’ or what trying to do it will create elsewhere in the body.

2. Imagine you are between two panes of glass - a favourite that comes up when in Trikonasana (triangle pose). Can’t say I have ever imagined or found myself squished between two panes of glass (thankfully), so not sure why this has any resonance here.

3. And the advanced version of the pose is… This feels insensitive and not at all inclusive - why is one variation of a pose not equal to another? Let’s celebrate that each variation has merit and something to learn within. This statement could create feelings of inadequacy, which is not the tone we are looking to create.

(Oh and let’s not pretend I haven’t said some humdingers in my time… I’ve just blocked them out 😳 )

Are there any yoga cues that don’t resonate with you? ⬇️

#littleyogastudio #yogareel #yogareels #yogapractice #yogastudent #yogateacher #yogalove #yogajourney #yogaclasses #essexyoga #chelmsfordyoga #colchesteryoga #zoomyoga #vinyasaflow
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If there is one thing I want to continually share about yoga, as a forever student of this practice, it’s this:

It is so much more than movements on a mat, but rather a way of truly seeing.

In hard moments and happy moments, I’m forever reminded of what this practice offers me. How it continues to foster greater self acceptance and deeper self enquiry.

Here are 5 things my #yogapractice continues to help me understand. Man, I wish I’d known this sooner 😉

Happy Friday all.

#littleyogastudio #yogajourney #yogateacher #yogastudent #yogalove #yogaessex #chelmsfordyoga #yogaretreats
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A SNEAK PEEK of our retreat space for September 2024!

I couldn’t be more excited about the upcoming The Art of Letting Go Retreat this September 20-22, in beautiful Suffolk.

From the views that surround the gorgeous yoga studio, to the comfy rooms and modern facilities to rest deeply in; to the many spaces to relax, chat and unwind in between sessions. And that’s without the stunning surrounding landscape where you can go for walks, or find a spot to watch the sunset from.

I’m starting to think we need more than a weekend…!

If you would like to find out more about this retreat, then comment RETREAT below and I ll email you with full details and ways to pay.

The first few spaces have gone and I’m so excited to see a wonderful community coming together already!

#littleyogastudio #ukretreats #yogaretreat #ukyogaretreats #ukyogaretreat #yogaretreat2024 #ukyoga #yogastudent #yogateacher #essexyoga #chelmsfordyoga #colchesteryoga
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Shoutout to every yogi who has practiced with me this week ✨

I always have a moment in each class, online, in person, 1:1 or otherwise, where I feel so grateful for each of your energy, your time and for the opportunity to share and explore a practice with you.

You each bring something unique and I’m so grateful for this little community we are building.

We have been exploring transitions and finding steadiness and ease, Sthira Sukha, in our practices this week. Here is to continuing to strike that important balance in all areas of our lives; readdressing the balance when we need to and always, always, taking time to pause and listen.

Happy Friday all ✨

#littleyogastudio #chelmsfordyoga #onlineyoga #vinyasaflow #flowyoga #practiceyoga #practiceyogaonline #yogateacher #yogastudent #yogalove #zoomyoga #essexyoga #colchesteryoga #whatsonchelmsford #whatsoncolchester #beginnersyoga
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A snapshot of life lately… ✨

New classes in new spaces, yoga & sound journeys, planning a weekend retreat (eeek!) and all the in between.

I had a thought while I was journaling the other day about the value of reflection. It’s so easy to breeze through all that we move through in our lives without pausing for a breath.

Yet if we never pause, we miss the opportunity to acknowledge the challenges we have overcome; to appreciate the successful moves we have made; the things we have learnt and the unexpected joys or fears we have uncovered.

In truth, if I don’t make space for a pause, I often feel I miss things. Stuff that matters.

Just thought I would leave this here as a reminder to stop every once in a while. To see the fullness of all that life offers, and maybe even congratulate yourself on finally finishing that tax return.

#littleyogastudio #lifelately #yogajourney #journalling #journallingprompts #mindfulness #mindfulnesspractice #yogateacher #yogastudent #essexyoga #chelmsfordyoga #colchesteryoga #essexsmallbusiness
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