Whether you are escaping to Surrey for a weekend spa break or you live and work in the area and need some wellbeing inspiration, we’ve curated this little Wellbeing Guide of yoga and pilates studios and classes, spa hotels with top notch therapies and treatments and healthy eats for delicious vegan and vegetarian food.
Yoga & Pilates Classes & Studios
Joanna Porter teaches a dynamic and embodied vinyasa flow, inspired by Shiva Rea’s Prana Vinyasa. Her classes are creative, intelligent and progressive, carefully designed to provide a fun and challenging experience that is accessible to all.
More often than not, she will weave philosophy & mythology, mudra, pranayama and meditation into the classes which are always set to a lovingly curated playlist. Her intention is to ensure all practitioners leave her classes feeling empowered, uplifted and more connected with their soul-selves.
Joanna offers small group classes and private sessions at her home studio in Claygate as well as teaching at some wonderful local studios: Cobham Yoga, The Hiit House (Oxshott) and Colets Health Club (Thames Ditton).
Tel: 07866 627730
If you’re looking for a calming but challenging exercise to detoxify, strengthen and blast body fat, Cobham Yoga’s hot yoga classes work wonders for the body and mind.Practising yoga in high heat boosts the body’s pulse rate and metabolism, using between 10 to 40 per cent more energy, which means you can burn up to 900 calories in just one class.
The studio’s balmy climate also helps to increase blood flow to the muscles, allowing you to safely stretch out any aches and pains, as well as improving overall heart health and full-body fitness.
Hot yoga develops the mental practice of self control, patience and determination too, so you can boost flexibility, positivity and mindfulness in equal measures. Whether your aim is to lose weight, detox, improve mental strength, nurture your spirituality or rebalance your body, get that glow from within by signing up to Cobham Yoga’s expert range of hot yoga classes. Offering class for all ages and abilities.
Tel: 01932 867600
For the past 18 years, Vernette of Vernyoga has been offering high quality, biomechanically savvy, joyful, energetic flow yoga, slower alignment-based traditional hatha yoga, kundalini, yin yoga, Pilates, chair yoga, meditation, kirtan, prenatal yoga, Zumba, circuit training and personal training, all via online live streaming and on-demand classes, workshops and virtual yoga spa days, as well as in-person classes and weekend retreats.
In-person classes are currently offered in Weybridge, Byfleet, Chertsey, and Thorpe, near Egham. It’s Vernette’s aim to be able to offer diversity through yoga and movement and make it accessible to all, no matter what your needs or preferences are – whether it’s physical through movement or a deeper connection through a more meditative or restorative approach, Vernette aims to bring it all together for you
Classes can be paid as pay as you go or you can buy blocks of 6 or 12 which can be used online or at the in-person classes. To sign up for classes, please have a look at the website timetable and then contact Vernette below.
Tel: 07906 337 594
Emily Young of Young at Heart Yoga teachers Vinyasa, Ashtanga & Restorative Yoga classes around Guildford. Her teaching is rooted in the firm foundations of ashtanga vinyasa, and draws on a rich experience, over the last 15 years, of hatha, ashtanga vinyasa, meditation and yoga as a therapeutic tool.
Emily is also trained as a classical musician and music therapist – it was during her time as a music student that she began practising yoga and meditation, to help manage performance anxiety.
Throughout her pregnancies and as a working mother, the mind-body and spiritual inspirations of yoga have been essential for maintaining her wellbeing.
She has loved composing music for unique yoga and meditation events and retreats, and you can find her chakra yoga soundtrack ‘Wonder Wheels’ on Spotify, or for download on her website.
With over 5 years of teaching experience, and regular assisting of senior teachers, she is able to support beginners through to more advanced practitioners.
Join Emily to boost your energy, move well, build strength, improve your flexibility, breathe deeply and come back to the peaceful, perfect place in the centre of your heart!
Anna is a passionate yoga teacher offering accessible, alignment-based Hatha yoga classes, workshops and private sessions to help you create space in your mind, deepen your breath and improve your strength, posture, balance and overall body health.
She believes that yoga provides us with a powerful way to create space. In your body, through lengthening, strengthening and supporting; in your mind, by cultivating stillness and calm thoughts; and in your life, by providing tools to help you live your life with ease.
That’s why in her classes you’ll find elements of breath work, mantra, yoga philosophy, meditation and seasonal living, as well as asana sequences that are rooted in functional anatomy.
Anna’s 300hr British Wheel of Yoga training means she is able to safely guide you through each yoga class, even if you need some extra support, and suitable modifications and dynamic variations are always offered so you can work at your own pace. All you need to do is bring yourself, a little commitment, an open heart and mind, and a big smile.
She currently teaches her wonderful, friendly yoga community in two spacious, airy halls in Guildford and at the beautiful Yoga Mila Studio in Godalming, as well as online via Zoom.
Tel: 07875 087929
Samanya Yoga classes in Woking are taught by Karen Wilson – a popular local teacher with over 10 years experience. Karen offers classes incorporating the philosophy of hatha yoga with the asana (postural work) and prananyama (breath control). Classes are relaxed and friendly as Karen likes to ensure everyone is at ease to be able to get the most out of her class.
Classes are online until at least the end of 2020 with private face to face lessons also available. These are a good way of introducing yourself to yoga and gaining some confidence in your own abilities before entering a full class or useful for helping with specific issues.
Karen offers several mixed ability classes each week, a pregnancy class as well as a mum and baby class. Karen likes to create a community for the mums to ensure they have the support they need. As well as the classes she also has social media groups to help foster community and support.
KM Pilates offers group and private Pilates classes for all, believing everybody can benefit from it. Whether you are a professional athlete training for a specific goal, a new mum wanting to get back in shape and regain your core or you are recovering from injury, there’s a class for you!
Kirsten is an ex-professional ballet dancer and has experienced the benefits of Pilates for most of her life and after a career ending injury she knew she wanted to commit myself to helping others through Pilates.
All group classes (Postnatal, Mixed Level and Gentle Pilates) are currently held online via Zoom. The studio offers PAYG classes or an unlimited monthly membership option so you can attend as many of our group classes as your heart desires!
Kirsten also offer private sessions (1-1 or small groups) either at your home, workplace or via Zoom. Private lessons are great as the workout can be tailored to your specific needs and will help you see improvement quicker. They are also helpful for anyone who is completely new to Pilates to help you grasp the basics quickly and gain confidence before joining a group class.
Tel: 07581 216137
What you get: Discover movement, motivation and aftercare for yourself. Move your body. Set your mind. Create your lifestyle. Build strength, flexibility, endurance and mindfulness with Ellie White.
Ellie teaches all different styles of Yoga and also Yoga Sculpt, which is yoga + HIIT + strength training, creating a fiery, flowing class. Currently her membership runs online through Zoom. All classes are recorded and then uploaded for you to take at your convenience, and once you sign up you get access to hundred of previous recorded classes
Cost: The first class is free as a trial! It’s broken into two membership different types; Full and Half:
The full membership is 4 classes per week – 2 yoga & 2 yoga sculpt (16 classes per month for £40)
The half membership is 2 classes per week – can be mix and match whichever classes you would like to take (8 classes per month for £25)
Tel: 07787 927222
Jen is a qualified APPI Pilates instructor offering group classes and 1:1/1:2 sessions in the Staines/Ashford area. All her Pilates sessions are designed using the APPI methodology which has been developed by physiotherapists. APPI is a globally recognised Pilates method. This safe and effective approach ensures that you are performing the Pilates moves safely and effectively.
Jen is currently offering both in-person and online classes and sessions so there is an option to suit everyone. Her current timetable includes mixed level classes, post-natal classes (Mum and baby) and High Intensity Pilates.
Classes are kept small, with a maximum of 12 people in each, to make sure that everyone receives individual attention to ensure they are performing the Pilates moves as effectively as possible. Classes are mat-based classes and use small equipment – bands, weights, balls and magic circles to add challenge and support.
1:1/1:2 Pilates sessions are ideal for those who are new to Pilates or those who want to work on a specific goal or have a specific rehabilitation need. These sessions are completely tailored to you and your needs and can currently be carried out online via Zoom or in person at Jen’s home studio in Ashford.
Pilates From Within is a dedicated Classical Pilates Studio in the heart of Haslemere. Studio founder Karen Eccles offers bespoke private and group training in a classically equipped studio including Matwork, Reformer, Tower, Chair and Spine Corrector.
Karen – studio founder, puts emphasis on meeting everyone’s individual training needs and of the highest standard. The studio also hosts workshops and events including ‘Own Your Matwork’ designed for those who wish to gain confidence and deepen their understanding of the matwork so that they can practice Pilates at home, and wellbeing events such as Tibetan Healing Bowl Meditations.
Pilates From Within as a brand is a projection of Karen’s passion and appreciation for the Pilates system. A space where she can share the benefits of practicing Pilates that span so much further than physical fitness. Health and wellbeing for body, mind, spirit and soul.
Tel: 07956 511506
After 30 years in the corporate world, Charles became a Yoga Alliance Professionals Accredited Yoga Teacher, having practiced yoga consistently (4-5 days per week) for 6 years from the age of 50. He now teaches full time and offers both online and offline group classes, as well as online and offline private sessions.
He teaches from his beautiful home studio in Bramley Village which has vaulted ceilings, infrared heating, LED lighting, oak wood flooring, outdoor deck/stream/garden views, DoTerra essential oils, and all props including bolsters, pillows, blocks and straps. Due to Covid guidelines, students must bring their own mat and props.
He primarily teachers Hatha based yoga, and also Yin Yoga, Mindful Flow, Vinyasa Flow, Mindful Glow and Yin & Yang To Music. Charles limits online class sizes to 9 students and offline/in-studio to 4 to maintain a small group class feel and benefits.
Tel: 07920 791182
Regina is a highly qualified, Senior teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals and found yoga for the first time in 1996. She has been a bodyworker for more than thirty years and has gained over 1500 hours of certified yoga training.
Regina is blessed to of furthered her trainings directly under the world’s leading Yin Yoga teachers, Paul Grilley and Sarah Powers.
She specialises in teaching Yin yoga with soft Yang flows. She encourages her students to use visualisation to delve deeper into the Chakras and Meridians channels within their body.
Her unique teaching style brings together student and teacher in an atmosphere of fun and wellbeing. She inspires her students to work with their individual body and ability. This allows them to explore the relationships between mind, body and breath enabling stillness in their yoga practice. She assists students to modify and adapt their poses enabling all levels to participate.
Weekly Yin and Yang Yoga classes are currently offered online and face to face in Purley at David Lloyd and Regina teaches private classes and workshops in the Purely area, weekend retreats in England, Ireland and exclusive holidays in Morocco, Greece, Goa and South-Africa.
She also provides advanced further training for Yoga teachers 120 RYT (certified by Yoga Alliance Professionals) under the banner of the Yinstitute.
Tel: 0787 613 3036
Kingston upon Thames
Trick Nuts Pilates provides group and one-to-one mat Pilates classes for all levels via Zoom and In-Hall Classes! All group mat classes are organised by ability level, from Improver to Intermediate to All Levels Welcome. This way there is always a class to suit your ability and needs.
Trick Nuts Pilates also include special monthly classes like The Classical Mat and High Intensity Power Pilates (HIP Pilates®).
Pilates classes on the mat optimise the the mat space, as well as incorporating the use of small equipment like balls, bands, rings and hand weights.
Book yourself up for a class soon here – limited spaces available per class.
Email: Sarah Mead – firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa discovered Pilates at a young age when training to be a ballet dancer, taking weekly classes in mat and reformer Pilates.
Years later and recovering from a knee injury, she rediscovered the Pilates method and decided to train to be a Pilates instructor.
Lisa now offers mat classes and 1:1 sessions in the Kingston and New Malden areas and has successfully taken classes online with her clients.
Classes range from beginner to intermediate with the option of dynamic Pilates and a restorative, mindful Pilates class. Lisa is also a Franklin method lower back fascia trainer, which uses cognitive dynamic imagery to improve posture, movement and flexibility and she will often weave elements of this method into her Pilates classes.
Currently training to be a movement and biomechanics therapist, Lisa is keen to bring another dimension to her Pilates practice by being able to offer more of a rehab focus to clients that would benefit from this.
Lisa has a strong emphasis on mindfulness in her classes and encourages clients to really understand their bodies and how they move! Lisa also offers workshops online which will focus on different topics, such as breathing, pelvic floor, shoulders, mindfulness and many more.
Where to Stay and Spa
Grayshott Health Spa offers award-winning health programmes, medically supervised Mayr stays and relaxing Rest and Retreat packages.
For over 50 years Grayshott Health Spa has provided a retreat for those looking to address health issues and improve their wellbeing. This beautiful, peaceful retreat is set in lovely grounds with a spa, a 9-hole golf course, tennis courts, an indoor and an outdoor pool.
Grayshott Health Spa’s team of professionals includes a doctor, nurses, fitness experts, physiotherapists, holistic practitioners and nutritionists.
Try the 3 night Rest & Retreat package to help to re- energise both your physical and mental wellbeing. A longer stay, if time allows, will ensure a complete re-set from everyday life. The teams focuses on creating a stress-free environment with experts on hand at all times to deliver spa treatments and health consultations.
Their effective Health Regime offers success in providing a truly holistic healing approach, and has culminated in us being awarded England’s Best Wellness Retreat for the past three years at the World Spa Awards.
The restaurant complements the nourishing spa treatments with the provision of healthy meals. Free herbal tea and mineral water are available throughout the day. Read reviews.
Set in the heart of a 400-acre estate, this 19th century mansion hotel includes two championship golf courses, tennis and squash courts, a state-of-the-art gym, yoga cabin and a luxury health spa with pools.
Nestled in the heart of Surrey, this spa resort is the perfect place to escape the bustle of the city and indulge in a world of relaxation and peace. There are four indoor and outdoor swimming pools and you can enjoy various treatments and therapies from hot stone massages and facials to holistic treatments.
Highly recommended comes the Hammam traditionally influenced cleansing ritual using gorgeously scented oils and creams to rejuvenate, eliminate toxins and stimulates circulation. Warm Up for Winter with a Yoga Retreat for the day (or add a one night stay).
Allow your mind and body to recover with a day of rejuvenation in the Yoga Cabin. Learn the ancient practice and new skills to improve your body conditioning and flexibility to leave yourself feeling reinvigorated. Read reviews.
Pennyhill Park is a luxury hotel set in 123 acres of Surrey countryside. This elegant 19th century manor house features 124 luxury 5-star bedrooms, state-of-the-art bathrooms, one of the UK’s best spas and a fine-dining restaurant.
The luxury spa turns from a Mediterranean feel escape in the summer, to an indulgent thermal heaven in the winter. Experience a range of pools and jacuzzis both indoors and outdoors, an extensive range of thermal cabins of differing temperatures, humidities and aromas, along with experience showers, relaxations rooms and our incredible spa treatments. Tailor your journey to achieve your desired results, be it to unwind and de-stress or invigorate and rejuvenate.
Situated near Windsor on the banks of the River Thames, The Runnymede on Thames offers spacious en suite rooms, a spa and two restaurants. Private boat hire is available from the hotel.
The award-winning spa has an indoor pool as well as a seasonal pool, whirlpool bath, infrared cabin and traditional saunas, eucalyptus steam room, and enjoy endless pampering with a range of treatments for both men and women from luxury brands Guinot, ESPA and Jessica.
The Spa has been awarded Guinot Crown Elite status for the 3rd year running. This prestigious accolade is awarded to only 20 salons out of over 1,200 Guinot appointed salons across the UK and Ireland. At Crown Elite status, The Runnymede offers a full range of skincare products and Guinot’s most advanced and comprehensive treatments.
Those wanting to get active are invited to brush up on their backhand on the outdoor tennis courts, work-up a sweat in the gym, or try one of the many classes in the fitness studio.
You don’t have to be a member or hotel guest to book a treatment or spa day, but should you wish to enjoy the facilities every day, you can become a member and be part of the club.
Membership at the Spa at The Runnymede on Thames is your exclusive opportunity to join one of Surrey’s leading health clubs. Members can enjoy an unrivalled benefits package with discounts in all the hotels restaurants and on beauty treatments, plus complimentary parking, towels, robes and ESPA toiletries – not forgetting juices, fruit and hot drinks. Read reviews.
Crazy Bean was set up by partners Krissi & Rob, passionate vegans who wanted to share vegan food, creating traditional style dishes with amazing ingredients.
Crazy Bean prides itself on great food and atmosphere, whether you are visiting for an evening meal or a quick coffee & cake, and has earned multiple awards since opening in 2016 for both our menu alongside amazing service.
It’s a licensed vegan restaurant passionate about traditional flavours that everybody knows and loves. Enjoy their newly refurbed dining room, casual atmosphere and, daily fresh cooked dishes, and delicious cakes and desserts.
Contact & Address:
23 Great Bookham High Street
Tel: +44 1372 879741
Fantastic independent Brazilian vegan cafe with friendly staff. They are currently open for takeaway and delivery. Worth a visit for sure!
They offer certified vegan ACAI and sell the classic Brazilian Acai bowl – delcious with fresh banana, strawberries and granola. So delicious, refreshing and a real taste of Brazil!
Address & Contact:
26 Madrid Rd
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