Alessandro and Caroline established YogaVenue in Oxford to create a ‘kind yoga’ haven: a place for people to experience disciplined practice in a friendly, bright environment where their individual needs are nurtured. Two years down the line, and this ethos is evident with a dedicated team of teachers and students practising in the purpose-built studio.
“Often walking into a studio is the hardest thing so we wanted to ensure there is no embarrassment in entering the studio or the class: we work hard to include everybody, from beginners to advanced yogis.” It’s a friendly place where everybody’s name is known. The pair felt this environment had been lacking in other venues around the world and hope they’ve created it for their students in the vibrant heart of Oxford.
YogaVenue has the only dedicated hot studio in Oxfordshire and can therefore offer both Hot Hatha yoga and Hot Power yoga. These classes supply a cardiovascular workout that is hugely detoxifying whilst also helping to manage stress, enhance strength and flexibility, tone and encourage weight loss. It involves a set sequence of postures so that over time your focus is on your breath and observing improvements in your mind, body and technique, rather than learning new postures.
YogaVenue also has a dedicated (non-heated) Vinyasa studio: these classes are strong flowing classes, integrating different elements including breath, movement, postures and music. Vinyasa classes range from slow flow to vigorous and challenging: you can expect to chant, to dance, to laugh and sweat – but feel completely uplifted. As Alessandro says, “We want everyone to feel energised after our Vinyasa.”
In addition, the studio al so offers Barre Concept; an innovative, energetic mix of ballet, aerobics and yoga, and Yogalates; encompassing the core strength benefits of Pilates and yoga, as well as pregnancy and no-sleep-disorders.com.
The small teaching team are compassionate and highly trained, allowing YogaVenue to offer 40 classes per week, some beginning at 6.30am and later ones starting at 8.30pm.
2 Avenue Lane
Oxford – OX4 1YF
yogavenue.co.uk 01865 245754