Things have changed somewhat this year for us all and we must roll with changes as best as possible. Before CO19, I taught classes at the UK’s leading Yoga studio Triyoga, as well as at Dragonfly studio in London. As the studios closed, I took my classes online.
I now have a growing community of students who practice with me in their gardens, bedrooms and living rooms regularly. It’s a welcoming community of people who are keeping up their practice whatever the situation. Some work from home (sometimes with their children in tow) and some don’t. There are parents, couples, singles, older people, younger people and everyone in between. My online classes are completely inclusive. Everyone is welcome, and I’d love you to join us.
My programme of LIVE yoga and holistic fitness classes runs across the week via Zoom on Wednesday’s, Friday’s and Saturday’s. There are a range of classes that together make up a complete programme for holistic fitness. They include: various physical yoga practices, Yoga Nidra (a form of deep guided awareness meditation, sometimes called dream or sleep yoga) and Step Cardio training. Options include drop in or monthly unlimited class passes. I have tried to keep options affordable and inclusive. I also offer class spaces for free or at a reduced rate for those in financial difficulties. If you are struggling please don’t hesitate to contact me to arrange that.
I am starting to teach face to face classes, weekend workshops and day retreats at two semi open-air studios right on the beach in Brighton. These start in July. They are safe, ventilated, socially distanced classes and events for those who’d like some real time in community, breathing in sea air and nature vibes.. I’m a firm believer that connecting to nature is one of the most soulful things we can do. It’s worth a trip to the South Coast if you can get here.
Do contact me with questions or for private group, one on one and corporate bookings. I’m always happy to chat and work something out.
Hope to see you on the mat, or on the beach.
Indoor and Outdoor Group classes on the beach, facing the sea
Yin Flow and Restore: A nourishing, mindful movement class that fuses mobilising slow flow yoga with the stillness of restorative and yin style practice. This is a deeply balancing and harmonising class, we work to gradually open the body, whilst calming and soothing the the nervous system. Open level.
Vinyasa: A strengthening form of yoga where breath and movement are synchronised to create a steady continuous flow through the postures. This class focuses on building strength, stability and movement skill. Open level.
Deep Rest Yoga and Nidra: We start with restorative, restful yoga to wind the body down before a Nidra meditation practice. Nidra is a guided awareness technique that induces a state of deep relaxation, healing and transformation. Perfect for challenging times, all you need to do is lay down and follow my voice as you are guided into a state that is somewhere between asleep and awake. Please bring blankets, blocks & pillows to this practice. In scientific trials Yoga Nidra has been found to: *Improve sleep *Decrease anxiety and experience of depression *Alleviate stress *Increase connection with all layers of Self *Increase clarity and focus *Increase experience of presence *Help rework limiting beliefs, patterns and habits.
Step Cardio Training: A cardio-training class taught on a Step. This 45 min low impact, aerobic blast is an all-round conditioning workout for the body. We train through different ranges of movement to sculpt and strengthen. Great for coordination, increasing cardiovascular fitness and toning up. Please acquire a Step for your practice. Classes take up no more space in your home than yoga.
Spaces are limited to 6 people due to distancing. Please book early .
A practice to heal our hearts, clear our minds and boost our respiratory system. We start practice with 90 minutes of fluid slow flow yoga at Lunawave - a beautiful, cosy infra-red heated beachfront studio with a calming sea view and salty sea-air blown into the studio to keep things fresh. After a cup of tea we travel to The Salt Space for a deeply relaxing, hour-long Nidra meditation and breath work practice in their Salt Therapy Room. Weather permitting, we close the day with a walk on the beach and cup of tea at sunset.
Salt Therapy clears the sinuses, respiratory system and skin as well as boosting the immune system. Its anti-bacterial and anti-viral (they are even thinking of making door handles coated in it). It's also incredibly relaxing and soothing to breathe in. The session takes place in a room completely encrusted in medical grade salt. You sit back in a recliner and relax as heated, dry salt is blown into the room in tiny microparticles which penetrate the skin and airways. See my pic below in the funny hat and read more here:
A deeply healing 2 hour practice which brings the whole being into a deeper level of awareness. We unwind the body through a specially sequenced series of restorative postures which calm the nervous system and bring us into a deeply restful and insightful state. From this receptive, relaxed space you are guided inwards through an incredibly transformational Nidra (yogic sleep) meditation practice. The Nidra practice brings you into a state somewhere between awake and asleep where the thinking mind is set free and we settle into brain waves associated with healing, relaxation and creativity. These special workshop Nidra’s are designed to help the practitioner discover more about their inner experience through observation, learning to work with limiting emotions, beliefs and thoughts from a place of loving kindness and deep awareness.
Holistic fitness is a complete approach to fitness that incorporates physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being. It’s a balanced way of approaching and enquiring into our whole experience of being and is beneficial to everyone..
The programme of classes I offer is designed to give you the tools and the training to transform your holistic fitness, long term. The variety of practices can help you in all kinds of ways. The schedule is designed to give you options.
Yoga is a huge part of that. A powerful tool that helps connect us more deeply to our inner and outer world. This ancient practice and artform is transformational on so many levels. It trains the nervous system to be calm and the body and mind to develop openness, strength, resilience, flexibility and awareness. Proven to reduce anxiety, the many and varied practices in yoga - from the physical postures (asana) to meditation (dhyana) and breath work (pranayama) – enables you to naturally achieve the kind of balance that helps you to live life better. It’s not about being the perfect person, having the perfect shape or being able to do a handstand. It’s just about making life a little bit easier and a lot more beautiful.
One aspect of fitness that we don’t get from our yoga practice is cardiovascular training. This is an essential aspect of physical fitness that our bodies need in order to maintain optimal health. It is recommended that we train aerobically at least three times a week for 30 minutes or more. That’s why I include cardiovascular training on a Step in my programme of classes. The Step practice also trains the body for stability and works in compliment to the yoga. Because it’s a coordination practice, it significantly enhances motor skills and has incredible neuroprotective benefits. Step is low-impact; it strengthens rather than stresses the joints. And it’s a lot of fun!
I’m an advanced level (500hr) yoga teacher with a BA Hons degree in Dance and qualifications in Fitness Training. I have been teaching exercise and movement classes for 20 years and yoga for 8 years. I believe that by working with the body and mind we can transform our whole experience in incredibly beneficial ways. My aim is to help students find more grace, strength and interconnection through their practices, so they can come closer to a place of peace within themselves.
My classes build gradually, giving students time to find ease in their practice. Movement sequences are thoughtful, often interwoven with moments of stillness and breath work to create a journey of awareness.
Creative sequencing and a variety of well-placed practices make the yoga I teach challenging and strengthening but also rejuvenating and restorative. I encourage students to take the classes at their own pace. Building a connection to what your body and mind calls for is a key part of the practice.
Essentially, I see yoga as a therapeutic tool. That’s why I teach Yoga Nidra as a compliment to asana (postural) practice; this deep form of guided meditation is proven to help with stress and trauma as well as to set the mind free - enhancing the creative connection within ourselves and helping us to gain greater clarity and calm as the body relaxes into a deep healing state.
I attended a class for the first time today.
I'm a complete beginner and I was a little nervous to start,
but relaxed very quickly (thanks to some excellent instruction)
and will definitely come back again.
I heartily recommend this...
Christina’s class never disappoints.
I feel stretched and stronger both physically and emotionally as well as an inch taller!
Brilliant class - slow enables a focus on strength and correct mastery -
just what I’ve been searching for the last 6 months!
I love her classes, amazing teacher!
I can't recommend Christina Christoph enough, I love it...
A great atmosphere, very welcoming,
the teacher is amazing...
I always enjoy Christina’s classes, she’s clear, creates such great sequences,
and blends the yin and the yang of yin and vinyasa perfectly
From one week to the next, she focusses you on opening different areas of the body and mind.
Subtle adjustments are made - if you are open to it,
but also clearly verbalised with cues,
so you can actively learn yourself -
allowing for a stronger sense of self awareness...
I feel she intuitively connects with her students which brings a comfortable,
warm atmosphere. I enjoy her "energy," it is encouraging and supportive, but not demanding.
I also thoroughly enjoy her choices of playlist,
which compliment her classes perfectly !
She has a grounded practice which assures you that you
are in a class being led by an experienced and knowledgable teacher.
She is a rarity among yoga practitioners - and uses a solid traditional understanding and practise -
yet is intuitive and powerful - and is modern in her approach.
She presents classes with a creativity and over arching purpose that integrates the time of year,
appropriate music and movement and above all an accessible and practical way forward
for beginners ( like me ) and more advanced yogis.
She communicates a very beautiful calmness as she leads her classes too which makes a great session.
Thank you CCY for opening a new world of possibilities.
I had the pleasure to take classes with Christina at Dragonfly Yoga for almost 6 months.
She opened my mind to a more gentle yoga and allowed myself to discover a new path in this personal journey.
I will always be glad for everything I have learned with her.
Thank you so much.