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Louise Byford (Hatha Yoga), Ursula Dunne (Yoga) Debbie Calleja-Atkins (Yoga)

YOGA is a Sanskrit word the literal  meaning of which is “Yoke” and the generally accepted idea is that it joins the “body, mind & spirit” into harmony and helps those who practice it find inner peace.

Many people, nowadays, find themselves leading increasingly busy lives, and need something to help them through what can be stressful times.  Thousands have chosen Yoga to provide the balance – “The practice of yoga helps to co-ordinate the breath, mind and body to encourage balance, both internally and externally and promote feelings of relaxation and ease.”

Anyone can practise Yoga – older or younger, male or female; no special equipment is essential – a cushion, warm blanket and bottle of water are all you need.

At Nine Springs we offer the following types of Yoga

Gentle Yoga - Ursula Dunne

Yoga for Pregnancy - Ursula Dunne
Hatha Yoga - Louise Byford

Restorative Yoga - Louise Byford

Yoga for Mindfulness & Relaxation - Debbie Calleja-Atkins


The classes provide those attending the chance to stretch, strengthen the body, to become aware of the breath & learn breathing techniques, and finally to enjoy a short relaxation of the body & mind. You learn to be more aware of the body and the breath so that you can work to your level. The advantages of yoga start to appear as soon as you practice and over time the benefits become greater. It is personally progressive & there is no need to compare yourself with others. The atmosphere is relaxed, students are mutually supportive and it is the one place where you can be guaranteed a space of time just for yourself, where there is no rush, no hurry and no need to do more than gentle effort. We always end with breathing exercises and a relaxation session.

What will happen in a class

Yoga with Ursula:  At the beginning you will lie down & settle the body & mind. This will be followed by gentle warm up movements, stretching the body and taking it through its full range of movements. Classical asanas or postures are taught but alternatives are always given so that everything can be accessible. There is a strong focus on safety, in particular, care is taken of knees, lower back and lumbar regions. The teacher may demonstrate new asanas, do them alongside the students or go round to adjust or to help.


During the last half hour students are taught breathing exercises (about 10 minutes) and how to use the breath to help relax the body. This is followed by a relaxation session which may include guided visualisation, music or an introduction to meditation.

Hatha Yoga with Louise: Hatha yoga is the physical practice of yoga including relaxation breathwork, postures and meditation.
Louise initially trained in the Sivananda style of hatha yoga and has gained experience in Iyengar and Ashtanga. After teaching for 11 years she has developed her own style but still with the essence of Sivananda.

During a typical class there is a focus on floor work routines to release tension. Attention is paid to the quality of breathing throughout the class. Other sequences will include ‘the sun salutation’ and inverted postures such as ‘shoulder stand’. Standing postures include ‘the warrior’ and ‘triangle’ and usually at least one of the balance postures such as ‘tree pose’.
The class is taken at ones own pace depending on physical ability with the option to ‘rest out’ at any time. Classes are mixed level and very friendly.

Yoga for Mindfulness & Relaxation with Debbie:

Reconnect your mind, body and soul with a calming and relaxing yoga lesson with Debbie.  This class allows you to go deeper into yoga, relaxation and meditation through moving, breathing, relaxing, opening up and looking within.  Access your inner self through guided meditations and visualisations; stretch, tone, align and balance your body through a practice of series of asanas with modification and adjustments to accommodate our different bodies.  Allow for the vital, much- needed and deserved self-care to happen.

This class is suitable for all levels.  Every body is catered for!

What can the class help

A whole range of problems may be helped from the benefits of yoga

  • improved strength
  • flexibility
  • body awareness
  • posture
  • circulation
  • digestion
  • relaxation
  • respiration
  • concentration

Who would benefit from this type of exercise


Anyone and everyone provided they have some mobility and are happy about lying and sitting on the floor. All students are required to fill in a questionnaire explaining any serious health issues so that the teacher is aware of them and can teach accordingly. If there are other medical concerns at any time these can be discussed in private with the teacher.  

Yoga Classes throughout the week

Monday- 9:30-11:00                  Gentle Yoga - Ursula Dunne

Monday- 11:30-13:00                Yoga for Mindfulness & Relaxation - Debbie Calleja-Atkins

Monday- 15:00-16:30                Gentle Yoga - Ursula Dunne

Monday- 18:00-19:15                 Yoga for Pregnancy - Ursula Dunne

Monday- 19:30-21:00                 Hatha Yoga - Louise Byford 

Tuesday- 18:00-19:15                 Hatha Yoga - Louise Byford                    

Tuesday- 19:30- 21:00                Hatha Yoga - Louise Byford

Wednesday- 19:30-20:45            Restorative Yoga - Louise Byford

Thursday- 18.00-19:30                Hatha Yoga - Louise Byford                                 

Thursday- 19:45-21:00                 Hatha Yoga - Louise Byford

Friday- 19:00-20:30                      Yoga for Mindfulness & Relaxation - Debbie Calleja-Atkins

Teachers - contact information

Louise Byford       07958 780245

Ursula Dunne       07507 837744  

Debbie Calleja-Atkins 07929 512442

Personal recommendation/s from previous client/s

From Ursula's clients:

"Such a wonderful way to start the week. Each bit of my body moves & stretches - Great!" Lyn

"Great class, great way to start any week." Helen

"Relaxing and enjoyable, thank you." Maureen

"A friendly and mutually supportive class which I look forward to every week." Helen

"Ursula's class makes me feel full of harmony and part of the natural order. We go through a surprising number of different movements in each class, some will be familiar and some will be new variations. The relaxation and meditation at the end is even more wonderful than the active part of the class." L.M

"A very good, and relaxing class(done at our own leisure, no pressure to do anything too difficult for us) Ursula is a very thoughtful and informative teacher and I enjoy the mediations we sometimes do at the end of classes." Jenny

From Louise’s Clients:

“Yoga with Louise has genuinely made and enormous impact on my physical and emotional well being before, during and after my pregnancy.”

“I look forward to my weekly yoga session with Louise knowing I will come away feeling energized, relaxed and revitalized for the rest of the week.”

“Thank you, Louise, for such comprehensive and supportive yoga classes that work me at exactly the right level physically to ensure steady progression and improvement to my strength and posture.” ND

“The benefits of my weekly yoga last long after the class has finished. Louise is a positive and patient teacher.”  Helen

“Yoga transformed my life, enabling me to do more things in my life, despite a back problem that prevented me before.” Marion Coleman

“Yoga has helped ease stress and allows me to relax.”  CT

“Yoga is the best relaxation after a stressful day.”  LH

“My strength and flexibility have increased greatly since joining the yoga class.”  MB

From Debbie’s Clients:

“Debbie is a really open and friendly person, who has real people skills and the ability to sense a need. Wonderful session and felt totally safe. Thanks Debbie much appreciated”. J.R.

“Debbie has helped me manage my PD in a very holistic way.  I look forward to her sessions and really enjoy the whole experience!” S. R.