Cornwall is one of the most beautiful parts of England and home to some fantastic yoga, pilates and wellbeing studios. This summer you can take classes on the beach along the stunning Cornish coastline or join a weekend surf and yoga retreat.
If you’re looking to holiday in Cornwall this year, we’ve included our favourite spa hotels that offer in house classes as well as holistic therapies and treatments.
Curated with the wellness traveller in mind, here’s our Wellbeing Guide to Cornwall.
Yoga & Pilates
Studios & Classes
The Oasis Centre for fitness, yoga, movement therapy and dance is based at Lostwithiel Community Centre.
We have a range of highly experienced teachers who offer a weekly programme of fitness and aerobics classes, yoga, pilates, somatics, tai-chi and Qi Gong. We also run weekend workshops, restorative yoga and meditation.
The programme is curated and by Emma Mansfield who has over 20 years of experience as a fitness leader and yoga and somatics teacher. Emma teaches a range of classes from seated and standing yoga, somatic movement therapy, exercise to music and yoga.
The studio offers classes for all ages and abilities.
The Covid safe studio space can hold up to 9 people, parking is free and there is a cafe at the front of the building that serves great coffee and home-made cakes!
Address & Contact
The Oasis Studio
Lostwithiel Community Centre
Pleyber Christ Way
Emma from ELM yoga teaches many different styles of yoga, ranging from gentle and healing yoga practices to vigorous, as well as mediation classes. Emma helps her students to find a style that’s most suitable for them.
The studio has all the equipment you could need to practice yoga; including mats, bolsters, blocks, blankets, pillows, scented eye masks, essential oils, mini massages, hot stones as well as hot cloths for relaxation and meditative yoga.
In some classes, you’ll also receive tea and organic juices. You just need to come along wearing something comfortable and all Emma asks is that when you arrive on your mat, “you leave your stress, tension, worries, anxiety and ego outside the room” and she will help you do the rest.
Emma has created a yoga community that provides a safe space to practice, with friendships, smiles and love. Emma likes to make your practice more of an experience, not just a class.
ELM Yoga welcomes all levels, from beginners to advanced practitioners and also offers private classes, workshops, beach Yoga and retreats..
Emma has only ever done face to face training in the UK and abroad including India the home place of Yoga and she has over 1200hrs of certified study behind her, she is continually learning to share the teachings of Yoga with you. Follow her on Facebook.
Address & contact
Unit 12 St Austell business park
The Wellbeing Studio is situated within the heart of the pretty Cornish costal village of St Agnes. Founded by Amy Jones in 2012 the studio has become a local hub of yoga joy for all within the community. With a diverse range of local teachers offering classes in both yoga and Pilates to all ages.
Amy’s classes include vinyasa & yin yoga, pregnancy yoga, postnatal yoga, and toddler yoga. Alongside her weekly classes in the studio Amy offers 300hr yoga teacher training courses, specialist training courses in pre & postnatal yoga and toddler & pre-school yoga and mentoring to yoga teachers.
Amy Jones truly believes yoga is for everyone and her yoga studio should be a meeting place for the whole community. Amy is proud of her yoga space and the human connections and interactions that happen here.
Address & contact
Wellbeing Studio, Miners and Mechanics Institute
Lotus Lounge – Seaview is a hybrid Cornish experience offering yoga and wellness retreat space, which is available to hire by teachers and instructors for a live-in retreat or mini retreat boutique style experience.
Situated in the heart of Newquay, with a gorgeous view of the Atlantic Ocean it is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a yoga, surf or South West Coast walking break in a stunning and sustainably conscious location. Lotus also offers regularly scheduled live-stream online yoga, meditation, tai chi and wellness classes.
Lotus Lounge – Riverside a purpose built wellness studio is currently under construction with the aim to accept students this autumn.
Your yoga teacher Holly is a wellness author of founder of www.heartofthebutterfly.com.
Address & contact
20-22 Fore Street
TR7 1 LN
Jenny has been teaching movement classes for over fifteen years. Initially as a Pilates teacher and today, as both a yoga and Pilates teacher.
She previously taught at a number of high-profile London studios including Triyoga, Primrose Hill, The Chelsea Harbour Club and the Westminster Physiotherapy Centre. She qualified as a yoga teacher with one of yoga’s most respected Vinyasa Flow teachers, Mercedes Ngoh taking her Vinyasa Flow Yoga Alliance accredited teacher training course.
She then undertook an extensive Advanced yoga teacher training over a number of years and qualified as a RYS-500 yoga teacher with Strala yoga, training with Tara Stiles and Mike Taylor in London, NYC, Amsterdam and Berlin. She has also studied privately with renowned Hatha yoga teacher, Gary Carter, and with many more amazing yoga teachers in London, New York, LA, Miami and Costa Rica.
She was also former Vice Chairman of the Pilates Foundation and am the author of the The Pilates Difference (Hamlyn Books) published internationally and translated in over 6 different languages.
Jenny offers Yoga Flow Classes for strength, suppleness, joy and ease on Tuesdays in St Mawes on the Roseland – an Energising Flow Class at 9.30am and a Core Flow Class at 11.00am (A gentler yoga and Pilates fusion).
Please book online. All classes have social distancing measures in place and everyone is welcome!
Address & contact
The Millennium rooms, at the Roseland Visitor Centre
Rosalind Southward is a full time Yoga Teacher based in Newquay. She is a senior teacher trained in Forrest Yoga, Vinyasa, Yin, Yoga Nidra and Yoga for Sports. As an avid long distance runner and lover of being in the ocean Rosalind is particularly interested in teaching yoga for athletes.
Rosalind teaches regular online classes via Zoom and is currently teaching in-person classes on Polzeath beach for Wavehunters Fitness.
She is available for 1:1 and group classes, or corporate classes in the Newquay and North Cornwall coast areas.
Georgie Kay Yoga is a wellness brand built on the philosophy that yoga is for everyone and every body. We want to cultivate a practice in a safe space where there is no judgement and no expectation. A space where you can take time for you.
Located a stones through away from the stunning Cornish town Fowey, we offer a range of tailored classes including private, group, and pre/post natal lessons. As much as possible we practice outside either on one of our local beaches, in the surrounding woodland, or in our stunning garden grounds submersed in the most beautiful Cornish setting to give you time to unwind, reset and reconnect to nature.
COMING SOON – we will be hosting day, weekend and week long retreats with equipment and accommodation provided for you. In addition to our daily yoga and mediation sessions you can explore what Cornwall has to offer; paddle board on Fowey river, hike the coastal trails or curl up with a book in our gardens overlooking the Cornish countryside.
Address & contact
Your Cornwall surf and yoga retreat stay will be spent in the beautiful Yurt Village at The Park, Mawgan Porth, surrounded by lush greenery and just a short walk to the golden beaches of Cornwall. Sleep under the stars in our luxury yurts, with a comfortable bed and rustic log burner. We have Private Yurts for 1 or 2 and shared Yurts (for 3), whether you are travelling solo, as a couple or with friends…options to suit all.
Mawgan Porth Beach is just a three minute walk, from the Yurt village and the beach offers waves for all, whether you’re trying surfing for the first time or a total ripper.
Our private chef will prepare you three daily meals, all organically sourced, vegetarian dishes, which will leave you feeling nourished and wanting the recipes to take away. The meals will be made to nourish and energise the body for your weekend.
Spend your daily free time as you choose, relax in the indoor heated pool or swim in the fresh air at the outdoor pool. Warm up in the sauna, steam room or enjoy a glass of wine in your private jacuzzi. Breathe in the fresh sea air and explore the many walks along the Cornish cliffs. Adventure on cycle paths, kayak into the ocean or simple read a good book on the beach. Cornwall offers activities for everyone and will be sure to re-vitalise the body and soul. Details.
Join us for 3, 4 or 7 nights for our end of summer retreat in Cornwall to enjoy the surf, sun and beach life. Based near St Agnes and Perranporth try to surf one day and sunset yoga another in these stunning locations. This area is known for its outstanding natural beauty and from the TV series Poldark, so imagine a dramatic coastline with crashing waves and stunning beaches.
Our August Bank Holiday yoga retreat Cornwall is very popular. After a 30-minute silent meditation walk and two hour morning practice you can enjoy relaxing at our gorgeous pad, soothe achy limbs in the outdoor hot tubs (yes we have two!), or venture out to the coastal walks or try something a little more adventurous; Surfing, coasteering, paddleboarding, kayaking to name a few of the activities we have on offer.
Whether you are a surf pro, a yoga pro or a complete beginner at either, the combination of yoga with surfing will enhance your balance, concentration and flexibility to help you get up on the board and stay on!.
This yoga surf retreat Cornwall is suitable for anyone who is a complete novice or is an expert. If you prefer not to get in the water that is ok, this is also suited to people who prefer dry land and wish to enjoy the scenery. It’s also suitable for all ages, shapes, and sizes.
You can indulge in all kinds of relaxing diversions here at the Scarlet – including cliff-top hot tubs, a natural reed-bed swimming pool and an Ayurvedic inspired spa. The hotel has been designed so that almost wherever you are, you can enjoy far-reaching views of the beach and sea beyond. A balance of light, airy spaces with cosy, private areas which allow you to mix with our other guests or enjoy peace and solitude.
The stunningly appointed bedrooms and suites feature free standing baths, walk-in showers, sea views, private gardens, terraces or private rooftop sitting rooms. The Scarlet offers you serenity, a chance to escape from life’s fast pace, slow down and truly enjoy nature, great food and a warm welcome. With its luxury tented treatment rooms lit by lanterns and its far-reaching views over Mawgan Porth Beach to the wild Atlantic beyond, the Scarlet Spa is essentially a quiet, contemplative, almost spiritual place.
The focus of their spa is on your holistic wellbeing and the nourishment of your mind, body and soul, drawing on the wisdom of Ayurveda and a distinctive Cornish twist. You might want to slather yourself in rich mineral mud in our rhassoul, experience a traditional bathing ritual in the hammam, or try your hand at massage guided by one of our therapists. Outside, a cliff top hot tub invites you to stargaze or storm watch, and our natural chemical-free pool, cleaned by reeds, beckons you into the water.
Take a breath, feel the sea breeze and make the Cornish coast your playground. From early morning slow yoga to seal-spotting adventures, we’ll inspire a fresh view of life. Here, you can savour the simple things: share some tapas, stroll down to the sand or sip drinks with a view. This is a coastal hotel with a very different outlook.
Whenever you are ready, we will be here to welcome you to our spectacular Cornish retreat, with the magnificent coastline to explore, delicious local food, tasty new cocktails and plenty of time to enjoy a long-awaited change of scenery. The beach will be waiting for you.
Our Health Club has a range of facilities to try, including an indoor pool, a hot tub and a gym. Prefer to exercise in the sun and sea air? There’s also an outdoor tennis court, seasonal outdoor pool and miles upon miles of coastal path on our doorstep.
Our relaxation room is where you’ll discover the meaning of chilled out. Enjoy the perfect space to rest before and after a treatment or simply unwind to soothing sounds in a tranquil atmosphere. If the weather is sunny, grab a lounger on the decking outside or around the pool and feel the sea breeze on your face.
In our treatment rooms, you can indulge in a pampering Elemis treatment and some well-deserved me-time. Soothe away stresses with an age-defying facial, unwind with a deep tissue massage or be rejuvenated with a lime and ginger salt scrub.
Set on a spectacular, two mile surfing beach on the North Cornwall coast, Watergate Bay Hotel is the perfect destination for a contemporary beach holiday.
Swim Club – our take on a spa – where outdoors meets indoors and beach meets hotel. This is our space for active relaxation. Swim in our 25-metre infinity pool, build strength and flexibility in a yoga class, or take time out for a treatment.
Work hard in a cardio cycle class or find focus and strength with yoga or pilates. If you’re craving an impromptu training session, our cardio room is filled with top of the range gym equipment.
Hatha yoga – Led by experienced teachers, this reflective yoga style encourages the release of tight muscles, energising the whole body. Classes include breath work (pranayama), posture (asana) and mindfulness (dharana). Build strength and increase your flexibility.
Cardio cycle – Challenge your body with a 60-minute, full cardiovascular workout on our stationary exercise bikes – complete with brakes that help you dial in your workout intensity. A fun way to strengthen your legs, build endurance and improve your overall fitness.
Pilates – These class will focus on strengthening and toning muscles, improving posture, flexibility and balance, reducing stress and your overall wellbeing. It will emphasise on alignment, breathing, developing a strong core and improving coordination.
The beach’s large open bay is great for extreme sports as it picks up swell from the Atlantic, so if you’ve always wanted to learn to surf, body board or wave ski, then there really is no better place: the hotel offers access to qualified instructors from The Extreme Academy.
Homes With A Heart
With stunning panoramic sea views, the award winning 5-star rated Pebble House in Mevagissey offers luxurious, boutique bed and breakfast, situated right on the South West Coastal Path. This adult-only property has rooms with super king or king-size beds, free WiFi, free parking, and the award-winning Pebble House breakfast.
The sea view rooms have floor to ceiling, wall to wall windows. All rooms feature a flat-screen TV, a DVD player, a hairdryer and straightening irons, and tea/coffee making facilities. All beds are fitted with goose feather and down duvets and luxury Egyptian cotton linen. The contemporary en suite bathrooms include luxury bathrobes, Molton Brown toiletries and underfloor heating.
Pebble House 5-star breakfast includes local and home-made produce with free-range eggs, award-winning sausages and bacon and home-made granola.
Tucked away in arguably the most famous street in St Ives, Iris is a beautifully restored fisherman’s cottage full of character and unique features.
The cottage’s maritime history can be seen throughout with eye-catching wallpaper and the oar bannister adding a quirky touch.
Beautiful hand-crafted oak beams and an exposed stone wall give a nod to the building’s humble past which has been reimagined into a stylish open plan space for families and friends to reconnect after salty days by the sea. The flickering wood burner provides a toasty spot to spend lazy evenings and the two inviting bedrooms offer a serene space for a peaceful night’s sleep.
The shared courtyard is a peaceful spot for an evening tipple before heading out to sample some of the local seafood delicacies.
St Ives’ cobbled streets are lined with colourful cottages, independent shops and artists’ galleries, taking inspiration from the surrounding waters shimmering turquoise and blue in the magical Cornish sun. Iris is perfectly positioned for lazy beach days with two beautiful stretches of golden sand moments from your front door.
What to pack
The SHUG Lavender Eye Pillow is a must-have accessory for your meditation and yoga sessions.
24Bottles Urban Petit Jardin water bottle. The -0.08 printed on the bottle is the amount of CO2 you are saving by not buying a single use plastic bottle.
Complete Unity Yoga Mat Bag – Retro Print. The Yoga Mat Bag features an Eye Pillow pocket that also fits an iPhone 7 Plus, wallet and a notebook. There’s also space for a travel towel and a fresh set of clothes.
eko® lite yoga mat 4mm. This non-Amazon harvested tree rubber mat firmly supports both your practice and our planet. Each mat is hand processed and has unique patterns.
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