Classes

I teach group classes in various halls in Merrow and Burpham, as well as one-to-one sessions in my home (see ‘private tuition’ page). All classes are block booked in advance, rather than drop-in, so we will have had the chance chat before your first class, either on the phone or via email, so I can answer any questions you may have and hopefully alleviate any worries too. I know that it can be quite daunting as an adult learner to walk into a room full of people you have never met before, to try something that you may not have done before. I remember vividly walking into my first class when I was in my early twenties and feeling very much outside of my comfort zone…..

So when you arrive I will be expecting you, and I am sure that before long you will feel very much a part of the group.  You will find people of all ages and builds working together, some of whom will be brand new to yoga and others who have a more established practice. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly, you will be fine…..

How to find the right class for you

My classes are categorised to help you find the right level for you:

  • Beginners: for people who have never done yoga before, who have had a long break from practice and want to start from scratch, or are working around injuries. Pregnant women are also welcome in beginner level classes.
  • Mixed Ability: students of different abilities working together on accessible postures with basic alignment principles covered for each pose.
  • Improvers: some baseline knowledge of the postures required so that I can give more in depth alignment instructions
  • Experienced Practitioners: two years regular practice, and a more in depth understanding of yoga in its broader context.

I teach all of the classes myself, and only use the very best guest teachers if I have a family or health emergency. My belief is that you benefit enormously from having a teacher who observes your practice  week in week week out, who understands your challenges and areas of strength, so that together you create a bond based on trust and mutual respect.

Once you have contacted me, and we have discussed your aims for your practice and any health issues, I can advise which class may suit you best, and arrange a date for you to start. If I thought you needed one to one attention, either to help overcome a challenge such as an injury or illness, or to help combat severe depression or anxiety, I would recommend that you start with private tuition, or refer you to someone with the expertise to give you the best support.

Getting started

Ok there are three things you will need to do before that first class

  1. Fill out a confidential health history. This can either be emailed to you before your first class, or filled in on the day.
  2. Subscribe to this website. On the home page click on the ‘subscribe’ button and follow the instructions from there. This is free and will mean that all information posted on this site such as booking information, home practice ideas and articles of interest are sent straight to your inbox.
  3. You don’t have to commit to the block of classes until you have taken your first class, so you know if it is for you. If you decide to join the class you can pay for the block either by electronic bank transfer (BACS) or cheque made payable to M.Chand.
  4. I do not run any ‘drop-in’ classes, as all of my classes are fully booked, and the class sizes are capped depending on the size of the room. Classes sizes range from 10 in the smaller rooms, to a maximum of 20 in a very large hall.

What to wear and what to bring

Bring a yoga mat if you have one. Some mats used for other forms of exercise are not great for yoga as they slide around on the floor but I always carry a few spare mats. All other equipment is available for you to use in the class. Wear comfortable layers of clothing (tracksuit, leggings, fleece jacket, legwarmers, thick footless tights, shorts, whatever you’ve got, you don’t need ‘special’ yoga clothes) and do bring a blanket or bath towel, as well as an extra pair of socks, and an eye pillow if you have one, to enhance your time spent in final relaxation. Pregnant ladies should also bring a pillow or two. Temperatures vary from hall to hall, so I would advise that you layer up, and invest in a pair of grippy toe socks perhaps, so if you feel a little chilly you can keep yourself bundled up until we get warmed up. A bottle of water would be a good idea, as would being well-hydrated before you come to class. It is probably best not to have a heavy meal right before you practice but a snack would be fine, to keep you energy levels up.

Class Schedule

All classes have free parking.

I run my classes through the year, taking  short break in April, and December, and resting through August. Term dates are posted on this site on the ‘BLOG’ page. At present all classes are fully booked, but things change, babies are born, people move to new cities,and I run waiting lists for all classes.

St.Peter’s Catholic School

Address : Horseshoe Lane East, Guidlford GU1 2TN

Monday 6.15pm – 7.45pm mixed ability

Monday 8pm – 9.30pm improvers

We meet in the Drama Studio in the St.Edmund’s block in a lovely warm room with ambient lighting. When you arrive at the school go straight along the driveway, passing the sixth form block on your left, and through the red and white stripey security barrier. The St.Edmund’s block is right ahead of you. There is plenty of parking here or in the main car park. Come on in to the block and through the door on the right side of the lobby. You will find the Drama Studio at the end of this short corridor.

St.John’s Centre

Address : 222 Epsom Road, Merrow, GU4 7AA

Tuesday 9.45am – 11.15am   mixed ability class.

Tuesday 11.30am – 1pm       established practitioners only – minimum of 2 years practice required.
This class is held upstairs in the Seminar Room at the St.Johns Centre in Merrow, a lovely modern building with a large car park. The centre is next door to the St.Johns Church and just behind the Horse and Groom pub, and although the address is Epsom Road, it is actually a part of the OLD Epsom Road that feeds into Trodds Lane. Come on in through the foyer, up the stairs, and you will find the Seminar Room on the left.

Burpham Village Hall

Address: Burpham Lane, Guildford, GU4 7LP

Wednesday 6.15pm – 7.15 beginners

Wednesday 7.30pm – 9pm mixed ability

Burpham Lane is just off the A3100 London Road. The Aldi supermarket is your landmark as it is on the roundabout that leads to Burpham Lane, and you will find the hall just past Sutherland Memorial Park on the right side of the road. There is a car park at the rear of the hall. Come in through the door at the front of the building. The hall is through the door on your right.

Merrow Village Hall

Address: 177  Epsom Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 2QY.

Thursday 6.15pm – 7.15pm beginners

Thursday 7.30pm – 9pm established practitioners only – minimum of 2 years practice required

This is a lovely hall with plenty of parking in the car park out front, central heating and refurbished bathrooms, so plenty of places to get changed if you come to the early class straight from work. Merrow Village Hall is on the Epsom Road just as you come into Merrow, about ten minutes drive from central Guildford,  and well served by bus routes.

Merrow Methodist Church Hall

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Address : Bushy Hill Drive GU1 2SH

Friday 11.45am – 12.45pm  Gentle Therapeutic Yoga – all welcome, including pregnant and post-natal women.

This is a lovely spacious room, fully heated in winter, where you can enjoy the gentler aspects of yoga practice. This class is particularly suitable if you have any health concerns, are pregnant or post-natal, or are brand new to yoga. We explore gentle posture work, mindful breathing and relaxation. The hall is just off the Epsom Road in Merrow, on the corner of Bushy Hill Drive . If you turn into Sheeplands Avenue, you will see the hall on the right hand corner, attached to the church. Drive straight in to the car park, and come in through the bright blue doors.

Somewhere for your bicycle
If you come on a push bike, we will find a space to park it where it will be kept safe and dry.

So what actually happens in a yoga class?


My classes are accessible, fun, and varied. My intention is, that at the end of your yoga class you feel rinsed free of tension in the body and the mind, relaxed, aware and will have learnt something about yourself along the way.

Each month I work around a theme and introduce postures (called asanas) that  flow together in a logical way. We will bring movement into parts of the body that may not have moved for years, but with an intelligent balance between strengthening the weak areas, and stretching the tight areas which will be different in each person. I only approach inverted poses in intermediate classes and on a one-to-one basis, as I don’t feel they are necessary, safe or advisable in a busy class. I do not teach pranayama (breath control) in its classic context, we just work on freeing and being aware of our natural breath. There is a relaxation at the end of every class with a contemplation/meditation for you to lose yourself in….

You can expect to see me demonstrate poses in class when necessary, as an aid to students with hearing loss, (I have level 3 BSL to support Deaf students) for the visual learners amongst you, and for those for whom English is a second language, but my focus is on your practice, not mine. I will not be at the front ‘doing’ the class myself and letting you get on and copy me, as I could not possibly be observing your practice if I am doing mine. Ideally students become able to practice without relying on mirrors or watching a teacher constantly for cues. This encourages autonomy and often leads to a satisfying home practice. I encourage everyone to work at their own pace, offering modifications to the postures to make them accessible and safe. I will be watching my students carefully, offering verbal instructions and physical adjustments as needed. I have taken additional training in the appropriate use of effective adjustments, so you will quite literally, be in ‘safe hands’. I do not push, pull or make harsh adjustments.

Class Fees

90 minute classes

£11.50 per class booked in advance
£9 for retired/unwaged booked in advance

60 minute classes

£8 per class booked in advance
£7 for retired/unwaged booked in advance
In case of genuine financial hardship please contact me in confidence. There are free places available in all classes.

To make progress in yoga you need to practice regularly, so until you have a strong home practice in place, regular attendance in class is the way forward. I ask that you commit to all the lessons within a two month period, and pay for those in advance. Once you have booked onto your chosen class, you then have the opportunity to catch up missed classes at any other suitable class within that booking period. There is a blog post explaining this system in more detail,

Information on booking your classes including dates and costs will be posted on the ‘BLOG’ page of this website at least two weeks before the beginning of each new booking block. Current students will be given priority rebooking before waiting lists are opened.

Duke of Edinburgh students

Students who have chosen yoga as their skill or sport as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme qualify for three months worth of lessons free of charge, as I am keen to get the youngsters into yoga. Over 16′s only.