YOGA CLASSES

The Float Spa, Hove has a relaxation studio which is the perfect sanctuary for practicing yoga and is fast becoming a popular addition to floatation & complementary therapies available at the central Hove location, all classes and therapies are aimed at improving your life and relaxation.

It has oodles of natural light yet is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of central Hove and everyday life allowing you to enjoy a deep feeling of peace as you conduct your practice led by one of our highly experienced teachers.

The full list of yoga classes is available on our Studio Timetable.

Yoga Classes in Hove 

This includes an eclectic mix of classes based in Hove includes:

Ashtanga Yoga

The Ashtanga (“eight limbs”) Yoga philosophy is a spiritual practice that helps you to develop connection, awareness, and balance inside and out. The Ashtanga yoga asana (yoga postures) series is a unique system of hatha yoga developed over time and brought to the west by K. Pattabhi Jois. 

Dynamic Hatha Flow Yoga  

This class is designed to work up a sweat, move with the breath to detoxify the body and centre the mind. We move through dynamic sequences to condition the core, and pause to deepen into the poses to let go of deeply held tension, and bring the heart rate back to normal.

Hatha Yoga

A peaceful journey into gradually opening up the joints along with the mind. This is not a vigorous or fast moving class; rather a peaceful but intense journey into gradually opening up the joints, along with the mind. Gentle Hatha Yoga classes are also available at The Float Spa.

Kundalini Yoga

The “Yoga of Awareness” provides a completely holistic practice which guides you to awaken the creative potential that exists within.

Children’s Yoga

This is the perfect yoga class for children aged 3 and over.

Teen Yoga

Teen Yoga Class students will explore many yoga poses which build strength and flexibility but will go beyond the physical practice of yoga to cover to the basics of yogic mindfulness.

Vinyasa Flow Yoga 

A series of poses that will move you through the power of inhaling and exhaling. Vinyasa movements are smoothly flowing and almost dance-like, which explains why it is sometimes referred to as Vinyasa Flow or just Flow. A gentle & strong variation of Vinyasa Flow classes are also available at The Float Spa.

Yin Yoga 

Yin Yoga is a quiet, mindful practice of floor based postures approached in a way that allows us to target our connective tissues (fascia and ligaments) as opposed to our muscles.

Yin Yang Yoga

Beautifully balances the more masculine, solar, active, strong aspects of life and ourselves, with the more feminine, lunar, passive, gentle aspects.

 Are you a Newcomer to Yoga?

If you have never tried Yoga before, it is a good idea to attend one of our beginners classes. These classes give you the basics you need to get started with your yoga practice.

Yoga FAQ’s

What do I wear?

A Yoga class at The Float Spa may not be the gentle activity many think it may be (some Gentle Classes are). It can be very aerobic and you can get hot. If the class has dynamic, ashtanga, or  flow in its name, you may sweat.  We’d recommend sports-style clothing – leggings, shorts, tracksuit bottoms, vests, fitted t-shirts. Please try to avoid jeans and clothing without any stretch. Leggings or fitted shorts are really helpful for the teacher to be able to see that your body has the correct alignment.

We don’t wear socks in a yoga class as they could be slippy and we want to take care of you.

The Float Spa provides all equipment including blankets as during the cool down time, you may get a tad chilly, so bringing a jumper may be preferred.

Do I need to bring a yoga mat?

At The Float Spa we provide all yoga equipment including yoga mats for you to use in our classes. We keep the mats clean but you might want to bring a towel to put on top of the mat.

Equipment includes mats, bolsters, blocks, bricks, pillows, straps and blankets – do not worry if you do not know what equipment you will need for the classes, our expert yoga instructors are on hand to advise and make recommendations for you.

During a class, you may be handed a prop which your teacher will show you how to use, to help with certain postures.

How do I know which class is right for me?

This is most often a personal choice and the most common question we are asked at The Float Spa. Sometimes it will take trying out several yoga classes to see if they work for you. That’s a major benefit of having such a wide variety of classes 7 days per week.

If you are a beginner, it may be best to start at a beginners class or a class that says it is suitable for beginners. We also run a regular 6 week beginners course which may be of interest. Our front of house team are always around to help and advise, most of them can be seen joining in the yoga classes themselves so very happy to offer any recommendations based on your requirements.

What if I have an illness or disability?

If you have an illness please consult the front of house team prior to starting any yoga class at The Float Spa. We would recommend a class which is the most suitable for you, maybe a restorative, yin or one-to-one yoga. Doctors refer many clients to us. Common ailments can be helped by yoga particularly back problems, insomnia, sports injuries and post surgery rehabilitation,

Physical disabilities actually have the power to be our greatest teacher! They create a deeper awareness of the body and its mechanisms. Please tell the teacher about anything that may affect your practice so that they can offer you alternative postures or give you props to help you.

Am I Too Old?

Never!!!

You are never too old to do yoga!

Beginner’s classes or a gentle yoga class are completely inclusive but you may also like to try a yoga classes specifically for the more senior members of our community.

Will I be touched?

Many yoga teachers will use touch to bring your attention to a specific part of your body and employ gentle adjustment techniques. If you don’t want to be touched, don’t be shy. We completely understand, so just let your teacher know in advance – we want to ensure you are comfortable.

I am not flexible – can I do yoga?

Yes! You are a perfect candidate for yoga. Many people think that they need to be flexible to begin yoga, but that’s a little bit like thinking that you need to be able to play tennis in order to take tennis lessons. Come as you are and you will find that yoga practice will help you become more flexible.

This newfound agility will be balanced by strength, coordination, and enhanced cardiovascular health, as well as a sense of physical confidence and overall well-being.

How many times per week should I practice?

Yoga is amazing—even if you only practice for one hour a week, you will experience the benefits of the yoga. If you can do more than that, you will certainly experience more benefits. At The Float Spa we’d suggest starting with two or three times a week, for an hour or an hour and a half each time.

If you can only do 20 minutes per session, that’s fine too. Don’t let time constraints or unrealistic goals be an obstacle—do what you can and don’t worry about it. You will likely find that after a while your desire to practice expands naturally and you will find yourself doing more and more.

We have a range of pricing options available to suit everyone’s needs and also budgets.

What is yoga?

The word yoga, from the Sanskrit word yuj means to yoke or bind and is often interpreted as “union” or a method of discipline. A male who practices yoga is called a yogi, a female practitioner, a yogini.

The Indian sage Patanjali is believed to have collated the practice of yoga into the Yoga Sutra an estimated 2,000 years ago. The Sutra is a collection of 195 statements that serves as a philosophical guidebook for most of the yoga that is practiced today. It also outlines eight limbs of yoga: the yamas (restraints), niyamas (observances), asana (postures), pranayama (breathing), pratyahara (withdrawal of senses), dharana (concentration), dhyani (meditation), and samadhi (absorption). As we explore these eight limbs, we begin by refining our behavior in the outer world, and then we focus inwardly until we reach samadhi (liberation, enlightenment).

Can I eat before a class?

Try to avoid a heavy meal for at least two hours before a class. In yoga practice we twist from side to side, turn upside down, and bend forward and backward. If you have not fully digested your last meal, it will make itself known to you in ways that are not comfortable.

A light snack is ok but it does depend on the class – ashtanga, dynamic or vinyasa flow classes use a lot of energy so you do not want your energy resources used up by digesting food. You can bring a bottle of water in to the class which should be drunk a sip at a time, if needed. Do drink plenty of water after a class.

If you are a person with a fast-acting digestive system and are afraid you might get hungry or feel weak during yoga class, experiment with a light snack such as yogurt, a few nuts, or juice about 30 minutes to an hour before class.

What does Om mean?

Om is a mantra, or vibration, that is traditionally chanted at the beginning and end of yoga classes (not all of them). It is said to be the sound of the universe. What does that mean?

Somehow the ancient yogis knew what scientists today are telling us—that the entire universe is moving. Nothing is ever solid or still. Everything that exists pulsates, creating a rhythmic vibration that the ancient yogis acknowledged with the sound of Om. We may not always be aware of this sound in our daily lives, but we can hear it in the rustling of the autumn leaves, the waves on the shore, the inside of a seashell.

Chanting Om especially at the beginning of end of a class allows us to recognize our experience as a reflection of how the whole universe moves—the setting sun, the rising moon, the ebb and flow of the tides, the beating of our hearts. As we chant Om, it takes us for a ride on this universal movement, through our breath, our awareness, and our physical energy, and we begin to sense a bigger connection that is both uplifting and soothing.

Will I understand the teacher?

Some teachers choose to use some Sanskrit terms in their classes (a common one you may hear is Savasana – pronounced Sha –var – san-nah – which means “corpse pose”, a literal translation meaning to lie on your back.  This pose is used at the end of the class. This is a time to really assimilate the benefits of the yoga class and at the same time give the body the rest it needs for healing processes to take place).

Not all yoga teachers use the Sanskrit names for postures and even if they do they will always explain the pose as well.