Happy Sunday everyone. I hope you’ve had a good week and you’re not feeling too frazzled.
If you are, I have the perfect solution for you.
I’m going to give you my top 3 yoga studios in and around Tunbridge Wells in Kent, England.
Having just returned from Thailand, where (especially in Koh Phangan) I was spoilt for choice with yoga studios, I wanted to give you a little taste of yoga heaven at home.
As I live near to Tunbridge Wells, I have obviously covered this area, however if you’re considering taking a yoga class, what better place to start than checking out the studios close to you.
Over the years I have tried and tested yoga studios all over the world and each one has been unique in its own way.
and I think that’s nice, to be honest.
So…with Tunbridge Wells seemingly heaving with new studios lately I have picked my top 3 for you and ones I will definitely be returning to!
If you’re not based in Tunbridge Wells, why not book yourself a weekend break? There are so many great things to do in Tunbridge Wells (including Jazz on the pantiles), lovely places to stay and of course fabulous yoga studios to help you unwind.
Penshurst, Kent, TN11 8DU
Best For – Unwinding (a little piece of heaven on earth…trust me)
The moment I arrived at Kingdom, I felt relaxed. It’s absolutely stunning! I feel excited just writing about it today…all I can say is…they have nailed it.
Kingdom is a clubhouse in the woods, a natural space to unplug and unwind.
And that I did…I felt like I was on holiday. Looking out over the spectacular views from the beautiful studio, I couldn’t have felt more content. This idyllic space, only 35 miles south of London , really does take yoga studio to the next level.
That’s not all. Lauren our yoga teacher was excellent from start to finish. I felt welcome and supported throughout the class. She also gave different combinations based on ability, which ensured everyone could keep up with the class. I took my mum along with me and we both felt challenged, yet revitalised after.
Plus they have everything you need on site (at no extra fee). Mat, Bolster, blocks, straps. Just bring yourself.
On site they also have Basil, which serves up tasty bites and coffees for after the class. You really could spend a whole day here. Walking, yoga, cycling, workshops and a delicious lunch at Basil of fresh salads, quiche and frittata!
A huge thumbs up from me! I can’t wait to go back.
It just goes to show you don’t have to go further a field to practice yoga and get all those fabulous body and mind benefits!
Goods Station Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Best for – Hot Yoga
I thoroughly enjoyed getting hot and sweaty at Present Health Yoga.
The studio is heated to a whopping 38c! One of the reasons I love doing hot yoga, is simply that I like to pretend I’m on holiday, even if I’m in a class back home…
Let’s talk about why practising yoga in the heat has its benefits…
By practising in the heat it allows you to stretch muscles, improve your balance and de-stress (exactly what I was looking for!).
Perfect for the body and mind after a stressful week at work.
Here’s some of the key benefits listed by Present Health:
- Muscles are warmer and therefore make them more malleable, meaning there is less risk of injury
- As you will be taking in more water, it allows you to flush out toxins, essentially cleansing and purifying the body.
They run classes throughout the week, including Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Yoga Core and Yoga Restore (warm). You can check out there timetable here.
I went for the Vinyasa Flow class on a Saturday and it definitely set me up for the rest of the weekend. The class is dynamic and more of a cardiovascular workout. As you may be aware I’m preparing for the British 10k in July and wanted to faster paced class to work not only on strengthening but my fitness level. These are definitely more suited to people of the intermediate level, however they do offer plenty of classes for a newbie.
One of the reasons I loved this class was due to the fact I have an old injury to my right leg. By working out in a heated environment it allows me to really get into the poses and start to return my leg to its full range of movement.
(If you have an injury make sure you speak to your injury specialist before attending the class and advise the teacher at Present Health at the beginning of the class.)
BUT most of all, I love the atmosphere of Present Health. They really have tapped into the modern feel of yoga and its a friendly and welcoming place for everyone.
When mentioning that I was training for the British 10k, they recommended the Park Run in Dunorlan Park. I have since attended this and absolutely loved it as well! It’s always nice to get added value.
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FREESTYLE YOGA PROJECT
42 High Street, Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Best For – Energising
Freestyle Yoga, based on the High Street in Tunbridge Wells is a breath of fresh air. It’s a modern space that offers a mixture of classes for all abilities.
Mark offers classes that focus on movement, making the classes much more than simply your bog standard yoga class. As well as helping relieve stiffness and increasing flexibility, throughout the class you will learn about how the movement is benefiting your body.
I did the Mellow Yellow class on a Sunday morning, which was lush!
Although I thought that it might have been a little bit too mellow for my liking, I couldn’t have been more wrong!
Time flew by so quickly, I was enjoying it so much…Mark had me captivated from start to finish. An hour and a half just didn’t seem long enough.
Why I loved it…
Not only did I feel like I increased my flexibility, I felt invigorated and ready for the week ahead.
I would say Freestyle Yoga is ideal for attending on an ongoing basis. Include even one class a week to your usual work out routine and you will definitely reap the benefits.
So there you have it, my favourite yoga studios in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.