Holistic Therapies

Yoga - What to Consider & Bring

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You will need:

A non- competitive attitude! Yoga is an exercise in self exploration not neighbour comparison. The rewards you get from class are personal.

A yoga mat - If you are 6ft, or over, look into investing in a longer mat, trust me, you are worth it! Biodegradable if possible. Healthy planet, healthy human.

Comfy clothes - There are alot of keep fit/yoga clothes on the market. Go for breathable natural fibres. Loose fiting but not too baggy. You want to be able to stretch without feeling restricted. For this reason choose longer tops. If you stretch your fingers up to the ceiling you'll want your tummy to  remain covered. Layers are perfect, freedom to adjust with seasonal & personal temperature variations.

A blanket - for the final relaxation. Obviously this one is optional. Most people's body temperature drops quite dramatically during deep relaxation. You can really only let go completely, if you are warm enough.

Water - Though it's not advisable to guzzle during class, you may feel to sip, especially before final relaxation. Try to ensure you arrive already well hydrated, and continue this self care after class.

Food - Please don't eat a large meal before practising yoga! It's too tough on the body. Best not to eat 2 hours before, though 1 piece of fruit, to boost energy levels, up to an hour before, should be digested in time.

Blocks/Straps - If you are used to practising with props, please bring what you need. In my classes I use variations to accomodate everyone. However, if you are already used to using them, feel free to continue.

Please let me know - If you have ANY health issues that could be affected. High B.P, Epilepsy, Diabetes, Breaks, Sprains, etc. I am a qualified/insured teacher. I cannot feel what is going on inside your body! By participating in a yoga class with me, you are accepting all responsibility for your own personal wellfare.

Please call me with any queries or concerns.
  • I started my yoga journey with Angie in 2020 initially this was virtual (beginner’s class) and then in person at the glorious Charlton Park.  Having relocated to Ireland a few months ago, I have continued my Monday night restorative yoga via zoom.  I am a working mum with four young children so Monday nights have become my sanctuary, a time for calm, reflection, stretch, breath, strength and re energising.  I wish every night was Monday night!

    I have also been fortunate enough to have 1:1 with Angie via zoom, which has proved priceless in managing my stress and energy levels at work.

    Angie is a wonderfully calm, warm, intuitive, professional and knowledgeable therapist.  I feel extremely lucky to have found her.  

  • I really enjoyed having a yoga consultation with Angela. It was wonderful to learn simple techniques to help me improve posture and alignment within my body, which helps to alleviate tension.    Angela is a very intuitive, insightful yoga teacher, who I would highly recommend. 

  • I joined Angela’s yoga classes in the autumn '20 and Angela made the transition to Zoom easy for us all. I enjoy the classes which explore posture, balance, breathing and relaxation.  I definitely feel the benefits

  • Thank you for being you. You have helped me in ways you will never know. 

  • Dear Angela I just wanted to thank you for arranging the Yoga classes via Zoom. Super effort! I really felt the benefit and enjoyed seeing and hearing everybody, incl. your gorgeous cat. I first thought it might feel a bit odd doing it this way, but felt soon transported into your studio - I miss not having someone to switch the light off and on though! The other thing I enjoyed very much too was “hearing" your visualisations at the end, that was really lovely.
  • ...the perfect class. If I were an alien and had landed from outer space to there, I would have been pretty darn chuffed...Some people are just born to do things and a yoga class with Angela Oakes makes you feel like everything is well with the world. It's so peaceful at The HolistiCentre...

  • ...The whole body is exercised, every joint, every muscle. There are brief periods of relaxation to allow the body to benefit from the posture & prepare for the next.
    The atmosphere is quiet & calm, a mood partly generated by a short opening chant in Sanskrit.
    There is a longer period of relaxation at the end & I leave with a straight back, head held high & a composure with which to face the day.

  • In taking a yoga class led by Angie I had the amazing sensation of relaxing while exercising! She's a powerful and experienced teacher, able to lead students through poses with just the right amount of challenge; I never got to that "stressed" place I sometimes experience with other teachers, yet I felt I was getting a good workout. I also enjoyed the spiritual energies she brings to the class, which fed me on a number of levels beyond just the physical. I left the class feeling both energized and peaceful, almost as though I'd had a massage! I highly recommend yoga with Angie.

  • I'm completely hooked. Early mornings are generally grim, but now I can get up and stretch! It's awesome! After each class there's a huge sense of relaxation yet with new energy for the next day. No regrets!

  • The class has a friendly atmosphere and Angela cheerfully provides for a wide age range and the varying levels of ability.