From London: follow the M2 to Dover then to Canterbury until junction 7. Follow signs to Canterbury and Harbledown on the A28 (formerly A2050). Carry on the dual carriage way until you reach a roundabout with the Victoria Hotel on the left. Go round the roundabout and then back up the dual carriageway for about 100 yards. Take the first left turn, signposted Harbledown and we are the first house on the left.
From Canterbury: Follow signs to the A2 to London and Faversham. At the London Road roundabout - go up the dual carriageway for about 100 yards and take the first left turning to Harbledown. We are the first house on the left.
The Yoga studio lies to the far side of the house. Parking is in the drive or on the road outside.
What sort of yoga do you do?
I have studied yoga since 1975. My first teachers were Iyengar trained and this tends to be quite strong yoga. When I trained as a yoga teacher I was taught a more gentle type of yoga, called viniyoga and was based on using the breath and adapting the poses to suit the individual's needs. Latterly I have also been influenced by Vanda Scaravelli, an Italian lady who teaches a way of practicing yoga based on the natural principles of gravity and the breath, a gentle way to achieve and maintain health and flexibility.
I have a back problem, will yoga be suitable for me?
As with any injury or physical problem it is always advisable to consult your doctor before starting yoga. Tell your yoga teacher what the problem is and she will advise you as to safe ways to perform the poses.
I am not very flexible, does this matter?
No not at all. Yoga isn't just about trying to twist your legs round your neck! It is very easy to adapt all the poses so even the least flexible body still obtains benefit from it.
Can yoga help me to lose weight?
Yes it can, you will start to feel calmer and happier about your body and this will help you to feel more in control of your eating and keeping to a healthy diet.
What do I need to bring with me?
Many students have their own yoga mats, blocks and ties but I have some that you can use.
It is also advisable to bring a rug or blanket to act as padding in some of the poses and to keep you warm during the relaxation.
What should I wear?
Loose comfortable and stretchy clothes are best. It is often advisable to wear layers of clothes so you have something warm to wear at the end when we relax.
Where is the yoga studio?
The yoga studio is on the outskirts of Canterbury in Harbledown on Summer Hill. It is easily accessible from St Pancras on the high speed train which takes 58 minutes to reach Canterbury West.
I would like to be a yoga teacher. How can I do this?
That's great! You need to have practised yoga for at least 2 years and we recommend that you do the BWY Foundation course which will give you a great deal of background information about yoga practices and philosophy, this course is a 60 hour course run over 10 sessions. I can give you information about future teacher training courses which last for approximately three years.
Testimonial - D.B (PhD student)
"I tend to be picky about my yoga teachers and classes: opting for a non-competitive, friendly class atmosphere and teachers who include a spiritual or meditation practice and are more concerned with health and well-being than with fitness and exercise. I am delighted to have found these elements in Cora's classes, with the added bonus of it being multi-generational and full of different types of bodies and interesting people! The length and size of the classes are ideal too. Very happy to have found this beautiful little studio."
Testimonial - M.S (retired counsellor)
"Cora has made yoga an enabling and empowering experience that develops physical skills in a variety of different ways but also enhances the psychological and the spiritual. The classes are linked and gradually build an inner strength in all three of these areas. There is a real balance of clear instructions; thoughtful suggestions of alternative ways of tackling each movement if anyone has any physical limitations and a deeply positive and caring encouragement. Each class includes a series of warm up exercises; a short reading including words of wisdom from a variety of teachers relevant to the subject of the class and a series of yoga moves that build a cohesive and comprehensive development of whole body strength and flexibility. There is an excellent balance of both support and challenge working on many different levels. The classes end with a breathing exercise and a most welcome relaxation, which brings a sense of well being that can last for hours afterwards."