In our Windsor and Ascot Wellbeing Guide we’ve rounded up our favourite studios and teachers for yoga and pilates, healthy places to eat that also have great options for vegans and vegetarians, and where to stay and spa for a relaxing break.
Yoga Classes & Studios
Emma Ryan trained in Hath/Ashtanga Yoga in Singapore, and is now an EYT (Experienced Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance), based in Windsor, Berkshire.
Emma has always loved to run, and loved yoga, but it was her 4 years in Singapore where she took her Yoga Teacher Training, that helped her realise the power of combining both these loves. She saw an amazing improvement in her overall health, physical strength and flexibility, as well as mental well being.
Emma says “As the years have gone by running has become such a wonderful part of my life – sometimes training for races and pushing myself, sometimes just social jogging, maybe exploring a new holiday location, sometimes (often!) just getting out in nature on my own to clear my head – there is always a good reason to run.
However, I was starting to feel the niggling injuries more and more, even on my social runs. No! I couldn’t give up running! And then yoga came to the rescue. I have learnt ways to take care of my body, breath and mind, to keep it all (on the whole!) in balance, and I wanted to be able to share it. And that’s where my yoga business was born – Emma Ryan Yoga for Sport.”
Her classes are friendly, relaxed and instructional. Emma likes to encourage you to do more than you think you can, with gentle positive motivation. In her classes she will show you how to have more awareness of, take care of and love the body you are in, so you can keep doing the things you love. Emma also offers group classes and courses and private 1-1 yoga.
Tel: 07756 696322
Caroline is a British Wheel of Yoga 500-hour Diploma holder and certified Yin Yoga teacher (50 hours Yoga Alliance) who has been teaching in Ascot and London for the last 2.5 years. She now teaches from her home studio in Ascot, students’ homes or remotely using Zoom. Her aim is to show you that yoga is for Every Body and not just the flexible and super-fit. She teaches dynamic hatha, hatha flow and Yin and Yang classes as well as Pranayama (breath control) and meditation.
Having worked in a stressful environment for almost 40 years Caroline knows the pressure many of her students have both within their careers and personal lives and teaches a variety of breathing and asana practices for students to use as tools to manage those day to day pressures.
Her own experience of pushing her body too hard and having minor injuries from repetitive moves in some yoga disciplines led her to three years of advanced yoga studies which has given her a sound understanding of anatomy and physiology to adapt asana practice. She loves working with students to make postures safe and accessible – she is the “prop” queen and will help you use a chair, the wall, a cushion, belt or bolster for your comfort within a posture. She has a passion for teaching Pranayama and Meditation and weaving yoga philosophy into classes.
In order to ensure a safe teaching environment all on-line classes are live streamed and restricted to a maximum of 10. In person classes are currently limited to one to one or two. Classes can be paid as “pay as you go” or with a block pass for 6 classes for the price of 5.
Tel: 07768 613345
Sandra is a Yoga Teacher Trainer and course leader, currently working with YogaLondon. She has predominately practised Ashtanga, Power Yoga and Vinyasa Flow Yoga, though is partial to some Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra to balance it all out.
Her philosophy is that Yoga is about ‘finding your true self’, whatever that means for you. Finding a moment to ignore the non-stop brain chatter that swirls in the head. The yoga mat is a place to move and breathe and eventually to get to the fleeting moment where all the focus is on that movement and that breath and there is peace.
Sandra offers private classes both in Ascot and Windsor as well as online yoga classes. She offers group yoga classes and private 1-2-1 yoga classes for all levels – beginners included. And when the weather is good she also offers outdoor yoga classes.
Pilates Studios & Classes
Whilst working as a fitness instructor in LA fitness back in 2005 Simona realised how many people were carrying niggling injuries particularly lower back, knee and hip problems. These injuries were caused by long term poor posture, how we walk, stare at a screen, drive our car, etc.
Simon then enrolled into a Pilates teacher training through the David Lloyd academy, passed her exams and in 2007 became a Level 3 Matt pilates instructor. She also attended Pilates workshops to keep up to date with all things Pilates related.
Simona is fully insured and since 2011 has taught Pilates at the prestigious Eton college for boys. She also teaches small group sessions and one to one pilates in peoples homes in Windsor. Classes are suitable for all levels from beginners to advanced.
Tel: 07917 103 856
Jayne is a Level 3 Body Control Pilates Instructor in Windsor and surrounding areas. She run her own classes and I also teaches at Wentworth Club, Pennyhill Park and Apple Physiotherapy. She is qualified in matwork, reformer and pre/post natal, plus hyper mobility and other conditions.
Her classes are informative, but also fun, as she truly believes that if you enjoy doing something, then you will do it well. She regularly attends workshops to improve her own development, but to also improve that of her clients, and she hopes to have everyone doing intermediate and advanced exercises eventually.
Jayne’s aim is for her clients to develop together with her. The name “Pegs Pilates”, comes from her middle name, Peggy.
Tel: 07810 262829
Windsor Bootcamp Pilates studio offers dynamic classes, 7 days a week and personal training sessions using state of the art reformers.
Their Windsor studio is located on the corner of Arthur Road and Alma Road, just a short walk from the River Thames, Alexandra Gardens, the vibrant town Centre and the historic Windsor Castle.
As well as being surrounded by history, the large studio is a stone’s throw away from numerous coffee houses, eateries and places to relax and unwind.
The beautiful studio has a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere and offers dynamic classes from the early morning to the late evening. Facilities include changing rooms, complimentary towels and bottled water for purchase.
Expertly designed and totally safe, the Reformer machines are essentially a sophisticated version of Pilates’ original design, providing a highly effective, no-impact stretching and toning workout. They are kind to your skeleton and joints, and help lengthen and strengthen your muscles.
As for the dynamic part of our workout, you’ll find a Bootcamp Pilates class highly energetic, invigorating, inventive and enjoyable: something different every time and with a stimulating soundtrack to boot. As a result, it’s a fantastic way to lose weight and gain a more aligned, toned body in a matter of weeks.
Address & contact:
13 Alma Rd
Eliane prepares fresh food & drinks to suit all diets including western, gluten free, vegetarian, vegan & raw vegan. A happy place to meet and eat where an emphasis is placed upon choice. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, serving freshly made organic juices and smoothies, coffee and cake and service with a smile.
This gem of a restaurant really knows how to prepare and serve fabulous vegan food. There’s an abundance of choice (which is still a rare experience for those on a plant-based, whole food diet) and a fantastic array of colours and taste!
Address & contact
3 Station Parade
Tel: 01344 621215
Fego Ascot is the place to head when you’re in the mood for a delicious and wholesome meal in a spacious and relaxed environment. Located on the High Street within The Hermitage in the Ascot town centre, you’ll find a whole host of freshly made dishes that range from flavoursome breakfast classics, through to poke bowls, burgers, curries, salads and everything else in between.
Perfect for coworking, catching up with friends or simply treating yourself to a well-deserved brunch or lunch, we can’t recommend Fego at Ascot more. Popular among locals, you’ll want to book a table in advance though, as it tends to fill up very quickly indeed.
Address & contact
Tel: 01344 874 318
FRESH is an independent sandwich and juice bar in Windsor serving wraps, baguettes, salads, fresh juices, healhy smoothies and coffee. Consistent quality, excellent service and value
All our products are freshly prepared and made in store. From freshly made smoothies through to deep filled tasty wraps, there are plenty of options on offer. What’s more, they have a variety of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free selections available too.
Address & contact
4 William Street
Tel: 01753 267993
Where to stay & spa
Coworth Park is a luxurious country house hotel on the borders of Windsor Great Park. The scenic route to five-star bliss. Coworth Park offers idyllic relaxation in many guises, from a rural detox to an indulgent, romantic escape. Here you’ll find an experience to refresh every sense within our welcoming oasis of calm.
Take part in quintessentially English activities, go horse riding or take polo lessons with Guards Polo Club on one of Coworth Park’s polo fields. Head to the luxury spa for a refreshing swim in the indoor pool or indulge in a relaxing treatment. Having worked up an appetite, enjoy a healthy bite to eat and a chilled glass of champagne at The Spatisserie. Read reviews.
Macdonald Berystede Hotel and Spa in Ascot is a beautiful, accessible, four-star hotel near Windsor which is surrounded by amazing landscaped gardens
The hotel’s health and fitness area are extensive – with a well-equipped gym, a state-of-the-art thermal spa with six spa treatment rooms, an 18-metre swimming pool that’s big enough for laps, rock and infra red saunas and an outdoor hydropool. The spa specialises in Elemis treatments, with two Jessica nail bars and views of the gardens throughout plus a breath-taking external hydrotherapy pool with views over rolling Berkshire countryside. Read reviews.
A 4-star riverside hotel comprised of several characterful buildings clustered around a historic cobbled street by Eton Bridge. Here you will find our collection of individually styled bedrooms, a modern conference centre and the Wren’s Club with a gym, spa treatments, outdoor jacuzzi and sauna.
The spa is next to the historic Heritage House, just across the courtyard from Thames House. The Wren’s Club offers a well-equipped gym that extends over three floors and includes Precor® running machines, ellipticals and stationary bikes, Concept2® rowers, and Star Trac eSpinner®, allowing you to do your own spin class with a virtual coach.
There are extensive free weights alongside fixed resistance machines. On the top floor is a peaceful studio for stretching, core body workouts and pilates classes
You can arrange facials, massages and other spa treatments in three modern rooms. Plus a range of manicures and pedicures are available. The spa includes an outdoor jacuzzi, sauna and relaxation area with comfortable lounge chairs, candles, music and magazines. Read reviews.
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