Ignite Your Inner Fire: Tapas off the Yoga Mat

Yoga is so much more than a physical practice and in our current 6-week yoga block, we are exploring the Niyama, Tapas— ancient yogic wisdom around self-discipline, courage and transformation.

It’s more than physical effort; Tapas shapes our mental resilience and emotional fortitude beyond the mat. Picture breaking free from routine, avoiding stagnation. As the saying goes, “if we always do, what we’ve always done, we’ll always get what we’ve always got.” Transformation is just outside your comfort zone. Without Tapas, we risk repeating cycles. True change lies outside comfort zones; growth emerges from challenges!

Tapas is not about self-inflicted pain; it’s about self-discipline, guiding us to strive for our best selves without harming ourselves or others. We practice ahimsa, non-violence, both internally and externally, respecting our bodies, minds, and the world around us.

In week 3 of our classes this week in Houlton and Eastlands in Rugby, we looked at Tapas in everyday life, finding strength in discomfort. Tapas brings a renewed passion for growth into our daily lives. We become mindful, committed, and resilient, transforming into agents of positive change! Let us embrace challenges, cultivate inner strength, and radiate compassion towards ourselves and all beings.


Give the Gift of Yoga & Artisan-Bread Making

Gift the Experience of Serenity and Creativity! 🌟

Embrace the spirit of giving with a unique experience! 🎄✨ Email Christmas gift cards for the ‘Yoga, Dough & Delights Day’ on 9th March are now available.

What’s in Store?
Immerse yourself in a rejuvenating day at Houlton School, Rugby, where tranquility meets creativity. Join me and Paul from Rugby Real Bread for a memorable day filled with:

  • Two yoga sessions to nourish the body and calm the mind.
  • Two hands-on artisan bread-making classes, guided by Paul from Rugby Real Bread.
  • Snacks and refreshment included.

All of this for £59!

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to gift someone (or yourself!) an unforgettable day of serenity and skill.

🔗 Secure Your Spot Today!
Hurry, limited spaces available! Reserve your spot now!


What is Dynamic Yoga Flow?

Dynamic Flow is ideal for those with some yoga experience, blending ancient yogic wisdom with modern-day relevance to create a dynamic and uplifting experience.

In this class, you’ll be introduced to a wider range of balancing postures, backbends, deeper twists, and arm balances and binds (with or without a strap). You’ll also encounter more complex transitions between postures. This will help you build strength, flexibility, and balance, while also challenging your boundaries and exploring your limits.

Dynamic Flow isn’t just about pushing yourself to the max. It’s about finding a balance between challenge and ease. Each 6-week block centers around a theme where elements of yogic wisdom are often weaved into the class. The flow for each block varies, ranging from a slower flow with an emphasis on strength or flexibility to an uplifting flow with one breath per movement. No matter the pace, you’ll close each class feeling relaxed, empowered and inspired.


  • Increased energy: boosts your energy levels and reduces fatigue. The combination of challenging poses and deep breathing helps to oxygenate the blood and improve circulation.
  • Reduced stress: helps to reduce stress and anxiety. The physical exertion and focus on breath help to calm the mind and body.
  • Improved sleep: can help you to sleep better at night. The deep stretches and relaxation techniques help to relax the muscles and promote restful sleep.
  • Increased focus: Helps to improve focus and concentration. The challenge of the poses and the focus on breath help to train the mind to be more present and focused.

Top Tips

  • Don’t be afraid to modify poses or use bricks, blocks or straps.
  • Listen to your body. Your body is your best teacher.
  • Focus on your breath and let it guide you through the practice.
  • Enjoy the challenge and come with an open mind!


Dynamic Flow Classes take place at Houlton School on Tuesdays 6pm-7pm (Limited spaces) and at St Peter and St John’s Church on Fridays 9.15am-10.15am (Full).

Click on image for mini reel of Dynamic Flow.

Ready to embrace the challenges and rewards of ‘Dynamic Flow’? Reserve your place and experience the transformation that yoga can bring on and off the yoga mat. Book now.


Top questions about my yoga classes in Rugby…

Am I Ready for a Yoga Class?

Starting yoga can be a daunting experience. Many people have preconceived notions about what yoga entails, believing they need to be flexible, strong, or knowledgeable about poses before they begin. You don’t need any of those things. My classes are open to everyone, and you can come as you are. There’s no need to compare yourself to others; focus on your practice and what you can achieve in the present moment.

Is Yoga Only for Women?

Not at all! My yoga classes are open to all, regardless of gender identity. I strive to create an inclusive and welcoming space that values and respects individuals, embracing their unique experiences. Yoga is a practice for everyone, and I’m committed to making it accessible to all.

I’m New to Yoga, Which Class Should I Choose?

For beginners, I recommend starting with my ‘Flow & Chill’ class. This session is specifically designed for newcomers and takes place on Tuesdays at Houlton School from 7:15 pm to 8:15 pm. ‘Flow & Chill’ offers a balanced blend of flowing movements and relaxation techniques, allowing you to ease into the practice while finding moments of calm and tranquility.

What Style of Yoga Will I Be Learning?

In my classes, we practise Vinyasa Flow, a dynamic style of yoga where poses are thoughtfully strung together to form a fluid sequence of movement. I bring a contemporary and modern-day vibe to my classes, combining the essence of ancient yogic wisdom with present-day relevance. You’ll hear some of the postures in the ancient yogic language of Sanskrit, and we incorporate thoughtfully chosen quotations to enrich your practice.

What Should I Wear?

Opt for comfortable, stretchy clothing that’s not too loose. Layers are a good idea, and remember that yoga is practised with bare feet. You can start with socks if it’s cold but should remove them when the session begins. Special grip yoga socks are an option if you prefer not to go barefoot.

What Do I Need to Bring?

For all classes, bring your yoga mat and a water bottle. Depending on the class, consider two yoga bricks and a block, a blanket, an eye pillow, or a bolster for added comfort and support.

What if I can’t Do All the Poses? No Worries!

Yoga is non-competitive, and it’s entirely normal not to do every pose in a class. I provide plenty of options, and you can rest at any point. Your comfort and well-being are my top priorities. Join me on the mat, exactly as you are, and embrace the transformative power of yoga in an inclusive and welcoming environment!

Got another question? Head over to my Frequently Asked Questions page. Ready to book? No worries, book your space now!


Doors Now Open for Yoga in Rugby for November

Ready to dive into tranquility and immerse yourself in a flowing sequence of yoga postures, designed to help you build strength, flexibility, and balance?

Bookings are now open for yoga classes in Rugby starting in w/c 13th November!

Dynamic Flow: Tuesdays 6-7pm & Fridays 9.15-10.15am

These intermediate level, heat-building classes are thoughtfully curated to encompass meditation, breathwork, yoga postures, and relaxation techniques. Embrace the opportunity to explore your limits and challenge your practice as you build strength, flexibility, and balance. Leave each session feeling not only relaxed but also empowered and inspired!

Flow + Chill: Tuesdays 7.15-8.15pm

Ideal for beginners and those seeking to unwind, Flow + Chill is the perfect way to melt away the day’s tension. Immerse yourself in gentle movements and deep stretches that prepare you for a peaceful night ahead. It’s the ideal wind-down from life’s busyness.

Testimonials: Hear what some of my students say about their experience in my classes:

Vanessa: “I’ve been going to Gemma’s classes for nearly a year and I love them. The yoga is great, and I’m getting so much stronger! But it’s more than yoga, Gemma cares and makes you feel so welcome … each week I give myself this hour to reground and look after myself. It’s great!”

Angela: “I’ve been going to Gemma’s classes for nearly a year and they are fantastic. She puts great thought and care into her lessons. I always come away feeling energised, calmer and ready for the rest of the week! I would recommend her classes whether you’ve done lots of yoga or are just starting out. Gemma will make you feel welcome and guide you through, whatever your level.”

Carmen: “If I could give Gemma a 10* review, then I would. Gemma doesn’t just teach yoga, she offers us a beautiful, soulful experience, a sense of peacefulness, mental, and physical wellbeing. She’s a beautiful soul who demonstrates care for each and every one of her class attendees with such a warm welcome. Her yoga teaching is exceptional, and I always feel that I’ve entered into my happy place.”

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): Curious about whether you are ready for yoga, what to expect or what to bring to classes? Check out my FAQ section here.

Booking Information: Spaces are limited. Don’t miss this opportunity to secure your spot.



Unveiling ‘Yoga, Dough, and Delights’ in Collaboration with Rugby Real Bread

Exciting news is on the wellness and culinary scene! I’ve teamed up with the Rugby Real Bread Company to offer an unforgettable day of “Yoga, Dough, and Delights” on Saturday 9th March in Houlton, Rugby.

This day is all about nurturing your body and soul. Immerse yourself in mindfulness and movement through carefully curated yoga classes. Experience the ‘Feel-Good Flow’ and ‘Unwind and Restore’ sessions, designed to help you find your inner balance and leave you feeling rejuvenated.

But that’s not all! Explore the world of bread-making with Paul from Rugby Real Bread. Learn the art of mixing, shaping, and baking two delectable breads: a savory Feta & Spinach Loaf and irresistible chocolate twists. Gain new skills and create mouthwatering masterpieces to take home with pride.

What’s Included?

Two x 60-minute Yoga Sessions:

– Feel-Good Yoga Flow: A dynamic session (not too fast, not too slow) to energise your body and mind.

– Unwind and Restore: A soothing practice to relax and rejuvenate.

Two x hands-on 60 minute Artisan Bread-Making Classes with the Rugby Real Bread Company:

– Feta & Spinach Loaf: Learn to create a savory masterpiece with all ingredients and equipment provided (vegans welcome).

– Chocolate Twists: Delve into the world of sweet indulgence as you craft delightful chocolate twists, complete with all necessary supplies.


Tea, Coffee, Infused water

Assorted focaccia and fruit

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to feed your body and soul. Full details!


Dates now released for Deep Stretch Yin Classes in 2024!

I’m delighted to announce dates for my January, February and March Monthly ‘Deep Stretch Yin’ classes have now been released for 2024!

Experience the Serenity of Deep Stretch Yin

Life can get hectic, but Deep Stretch Yin classes offer a serene escape.

What’s Deep Stretch Yin?

Yin yoga gently enhances flexibility and mobility through deep stretches. Plus, I’ve added Neal’s Yard organic essential oils for an extra touch of tranquillity.

Benefits in a Nutshell

  • Improved Flexibility: Slow, sustained stretches enhance your body’s flexibility.
  • Boosted Circulation: Deep stretches improve blood flow for muscle recovery and relaxation.
  • Stress Relief: Find peace and mental clarity through my meditative practice.


Join me at The Barn in Houlton for a blissful experience.

All Are Welcome

Whether you’re a complete beginner novice or experienced, you are welcome here.

Book Your Spot

All yin classes for 2023 are fully booked. Don’t miss out on this chance to prioritise self-care in 2024. Secure your spot in my Monthly Deep Stretch Yin classes today.

Read Up About My Most Recent Yin Class

Curious about what to expect? Why not read up about my most recent Yin class ? Get a taste of the serenity that awaits you.


Deep Stretch Yin Yoga in Rugby: Autumn Equinox

Every month, I lead a Deep Stretch Yin class at the Barn, in Houlton. Yin yoga focuses on increasing flexibility and mobility through gentle, sustained stretching of the body’s deep connective tissues. We move through a series of floor-based postures designed to release tension and open up tight areas of the body. These classes are suitable for all levels, including complete beginners.

Curious to know more? Thought I’d share a little bit about last night’s class to give you a bit of an insight…..

It was that time of year again – the autumn equinox, a moment of balance when day and night stand in perfect harmony. And what better place to embrace this season of transition than at The Barn in Houlton?

A Balanced Beginning

We began our practice by acknowledging the theme of balance, a central concept of the equinox. Day and night, light and dark – it was a beautiful metaphor for our Deep Stretch Yin yoga journey.

The Beauty of Letting Go

Outside, the falling leaves served as a reminder of nature’s graceful release. In the practice, I encouraged students to do the same – to let go, just as the trees were shedding their leaves in preparation for winter. With each breath, tension and stress were released, creating space for inner peace. The room was filled with the soothing aroma of Neal’s Yard diffused essential oils, enhancing our sensory experience.

Finding Equilibrium

The Deep Stretch Yin yoga class flowed through a series of low-to-the-ground postures, inviting students to explore the delicate balance between effort and surrender. Just as the equinox embodies equilibrium, I aimed to cultivate it in even the most challenging long holds. It was a reminder of both physical and mental balance.

Reflecting on Renewal

During moments of stillness, students were invited to reflect on what they were ready to release from their lives. The equinox served as a backdrop for profound self-discovery and renewal. It was a reminder that just as nature transforms, so too can we.

Gratitude and Beyond

As the class closed, a sense of gratitude filled the room. Gratitude not only for the practice but also for the opportunity to connect with the beauty of the autumn equinox. I invited everyone to carry this newfound balance and inner peace with them beyond the studio, allowing the wisdom of the equinox to guide their lives during this season of change.

Monthly Yin Yoga is full for the rest of the year. New dates for 2024 coming soon! Join my priority list to get early notice of yoga classes and events.


Discovering the Tranquility of Yin Yoga

In the modern whirlwind of life, where every day can feel like a race against time, discovering pockets of tranquility becomes an invaluable pursuit.

This is where Yin Yoga enters the scene, offering a serene haven amidst the chaos. This article explores the essence of Yin Yoga—what defines it, the myriad ways it benefits the body, and what you’ll need to embark on this transformative journey.

Understanding Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga, a gentle and introspective yoga form, directs its focus to the body’s connective tissues—ligaments, tendons, and fascia—along with the joints. Unlike its dynamic counterpart, Yang Yoga, which engages muscles and movement, Yin Yoga emphasises prolonged passive postures. Typically practised on the floor, these poses allow gravity to gently guide practitioners into deeper stretches.

The core of Yin Yoga involves holding poses for extended durations, often ranging from 3 to 5 minutes, or even longer. This sustained stillness fosters relaxation and facilitates the gradual release of tension within the body. Yin Yoga isn’t about chasing flexibility or pushing physical boundaries; instead, it’s a practice rooted in surrender and embracing the present moment—a practice that nurtures mindfulness.

Benefits for the Body

  1. Improved Flexibility and Range of Motion: The extended holds gently elongate the body’s connective tissues over time, leading to increased flexibility and enhanced joint mobility.
  2. Stress Relief and Relaxation: Yin Yoga stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, prompting the body’s relaxation response. This helps mitigate stress and anxiety, ushering in a state of calm and tranquility.
  3. Enhanced Energy Flow: Yin Yoga engages the body’s meridians—energy pathways. This practice encourages balanced energy flow and contributes to overall well-being.
  4. Joint Health: Prolonged poses support joint health by nourishing the tissues surrounding the joints, warding off stiffness, and promoting joint longevity.
  5. Mindfulness and Meditation: Rooted in meditation, Yin Yoga cultivates introspection and mindfulness, guiding practitioners to explore their inner landscape and fostering a sense of self-awareness and serenity.

The Perfect Complement to Other Movements and Vinyasa Yoga

Yin Yoga isn’t only a stand-alone practice—it harmonises beautifully with other movement modalities. Whether you’re a fitness enthusiast, or dedicated yogi, Yin Yoga offers a complementary dimension to your routines. It’s a gentle, therapeutic counterbalance to high-impact activities, helping prevent injuries, enhancing recovery, and encouraging a profound mind-body connection.

For those engaged in Flow or Vinyasa Yoga, Yin Yoga provides a valuable contrast. While Vinyasa focuses on building heat, strength, and stamina, Yin Yoga offers an opportunity to deeply stretch and release tension in the body’s often-overlooked areas. This synergy creates a holistic approach to wellness that embraces both dynamism and stillness.

What You Need for a Yin Yoga Class

  1. Comfortable Clothing: Opt for comfortable, loose-fitting attire that allows unrestricted movement and stretching.
  2. Yoga Mat and Props: A non-slip yoga mat forms the foundation of your practice. Consider bringing props—like bolsters, blankets, and bricks —to enhance comfort and support during poses.
  3. Open Mindset: Yin Yoga underscores the importance of mental engagement. Approach your practice with an open heart and a willingness to embrace stillness.
  4. Patience: The essence of Yin Yoga lies in patience and surrender. Honor your body’s pace and avoid the temptation to rush or force stretches.
  5. Breath Awareness: Focus on your breath during poses. Deep, rhythmic breaths facilitate the release of tension and anchor you in the present moment.

Deep Stretch Yin classes take place monthly at the Barn in Houlton. No previous yoga experience needed! Next yin classes take place on Friday 22 September (full), Saturday 14 October (3 spaces) and Saturday 25 November (4 spaces).


Weekly Yoga Classes in Rugby Full – Join my Waiting List!

All weekly yoga classes are fully booked until November. I truly appreciate your dedication to your practice and the positivity you bring to each session.

If you missed out on a spot this time, don’t worry! Doors will re-open for bookings around mid to end of October.

To ensure you’re among the first to know when registration opens and to secure your spot before classes fill up, consider joining my mailing list. As a member, you’ll receive priority updates and notifications.

Oh, and after the positive feedback from the recent Yoga + Wellness Day, I’ve got a secret special event in the works which I’m super excited about.

Stay tuned for more details, and get ready to join me on the mat for another yoga experience. Until then, take care and keep those positive vibes alive!