Welcome to Silver Trees Yoga with Charlotte Huggins. I offer yoga classes in Dorking, Reigate, Redhill and Horley. I also lead retreats and yoga holidays.
I am a British Wheel of Yoga certified teacher based in Dorking and offering both general classes and bespoke in Surrey. I also teach retreats, yoga holidays and yoga days. I have many years experience teaching and a life long passion for yoga.
About my classes
Location & Times in Reigate ⟶
Location & Times in Nutfield (near Redhill) ⟶
In the current climate with social distancing, all regular classes have been suspended but you will find the details here in the expectation that sooner or later, we will be able to return to class. As and when the lockdown eases and we are able to open up yoga classes again, I will do so only after a thorough risk management review to ensure safety.
It is precisely when things are uncertain that we need our yoga practise even more. I feel that I am sustained by my own yoga practise and now have more time for my own daily practise. I am also lucky to live close to open countryside and take daily long walks in nature enjoying this beautiful Spring. Spending time out of doors in green spaces has proven benefits for our physical and mental health so much so that GPs frequently prescribe time in nature to keep ourselves not only healthy but centred and grounded too.
Many teachers have taken their classes on-line and having given this a lot of thought, I have decided for the time being at least not to offer virtual group classes. Instead, I have been supporting students with yoga instruction by offering home practise suggestions via video links together with audio recordings of relaxations , breathing practises and meditations.
If you would like to see any of this material please get in touch. At present, everything is freely offered although you may like to consider a donation.
However, I do believe that teaching students on a one to one basis on line is effective and I am offering sessions to both existing and new students so please do get in touch with me via email or phone if you would like to discuss how I can best be of help. You may like to have a full class or perhaps work on a particular posture or learn meditation or breathing techniques. We can arrange a time to suit, so we are not restricted to a set day or time and you can choose how long to spend. I have successful used Skype, Teams and Zoom but would be open to using another platform if you prefer.
With the pressures facing the NHS, many doctors are prescribing yoga classes to help their patients to manage physical ailments and to achieve good mental health. A regular yoga class can give you the practical tools you need to help you get out of ongoing pain and achieve mental calmness and emotional stability. Yoga as a therapeutic tool is a wonderful way of restoring balance to the body after illness. With the guidance of a trained instructor, yoga can help the body to recover full function following injury or operation and it can improve on-going conditions such as back pain and arthritis. I teach various breathing practises and relaxation techniques all of which are helpful in combating the effects of stress, depression and anxiety; these are best learnt through instruction from a specialist yoga teacher rather than from a book. Many people report significant improvements to insomnia when the follow a regular yoga practise.
Not all classes are dynamic; yoga can be practised in a style often referred to as "Restorative" where poses are held with the aid of props and support. The purpose of this approach is to release deeply held tension providing a balance to a hectic and often stressful life style. Quite apart from the fact that they feel indulgent and nurturing.
These classes are weekly and open to all regardless of age, experience or general fitness. As a professional yoga instructor, I ensure that each individual is able to work at their own pace in accordance with their own personal limits and goals; this means that beginners and those with experience can practise along side each other. Sessions may be suitable for students who wish to regain a sense of wellness after an operation or injury but you should check with your medical adviser first. I will ask you to complete a health questionnaire and will request additional information as necessary.
I teach weekly classes at the following locations:
In addition, I teach private sessions which are aimed at individuals and specific groups of people:
Day Retreats at Outwood Surrey
Spending a whole day immersed in yoga is the perfect opportunity to grab some time for yourself to experience different yoga practises in depth and to meet like minded people. Throughout the year I lead a number of day retreats with my friend Gail Davies, a fantastic teacher with a wealth of knowledge and experience. We design our retreats to be varied and fun ensuring that you return home feeling relaxed, revitalised and well fed since all our days include a delicious and nourishing home prepared vegetarian lunch.
Have a look at the Retreats page for more information and how you can book.
Our first day of the year Sunday 8th March was a great success and fully booked. However we still have spaces for Sunday 5th July and Saturday 17th October. In the current emergency, it is difficult to know whether these days can go ahead. Gail and I were able to meet before non essential travel was discouraged and we have already worked out themes and practises so we are good to go should it be safe and not socially irresponsible to do so. If you have already reserved your space, we will update you closer to the time.
Yoga Holiday in Southern India
"Escape to India to find peace and to restore your inner self"
This year, I will be teaching with my friend Jackie Dyson who is a fabulous teacher based in Surrey. Taking time for yourself on a yoga retreat is the perfect opportunity to rest, find peace and have time to reflect and get inspired. We both have a wealth of experience and expertise to share with you in our twice daily yoga practises. You will gain an enhanced sense of mental and physical well-being and have a load of fun. To book your place, please email me or text. [email protected], 07910 778276
November 23rd to December 5th 2020
Staying at the beautiful Kailasam Yoga Centre, Kovalam, Kerala.
Prices start from £985
Contact me for more details or to visit Kailasam’s website just CLICK HERE for more information.
The holiday is very suitable for single travellers, couples and friends. All levels as well as beginners are most welcome. The cost starts at £995 based on 2 people sharing and will include all yoga tuition, transfers to and from Trivandrum airport, breakfast, chilled drinking water and complimentary tea and coffee.
Where we are staying
We are staying at the stunning Kailasam Yoga Centre set amongst the coconut palms and just a couple of minutes from the beautiful Lighthouse beach in the resort of Kovalam, Kerala. Kerala is a little piece of paradise famously known as "God's own country". It is home to the languid Backwaters, long beautiful coastlines and tea plantations. The yoga centre is very comfortable and a warm welcome will await you.
The food in Kovalam is delicious and generally lighter than the cuisine in the North; you can choose from one of the many vegetarian restaurants set amongst the coconut groves or from one of the amazing fish restaurants which overlook the sea. Southern India is predominantly vegetarian but meat options are available. All restaurants are very reasonably priced when we compare with the prices we are accustomed to in the UK.
A generous fresh breakfast is included in the cost of your holiday together with complimentary tea and coffee through out the day.
What's to do
We will start the day with a hatha yoga practise before breakfast. The yoga is suitable for all levels and will include asana, breathing practises and relaxation. We will have our second practise as the sun is beginning to set leaving the rest of day to spend as you choose either alone or with others . You could perhaps decide to relax on the beach, take an excursion to the local Backwaters at Poovar (picture above), visit an elephant sanctuary or explore the local area. The amazing staff at Kailasam will give you plenty of ideas and will organise transport. Many guests take a full range of Ayurvedic treatments which will leave you feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and set up for winter as a result of the boost to your immune system; Kailasam has two excellent Ayurvedic practitioners and they will advise you as to the best course of treatment for you.
BOOK NOW AS SPACES ARE LIMITED. [email protected]
Jackie and Charlotte
We share a love of yoga and India and have both visited many times sometimes travelling and teaching together.
In 2013 I completed the second degree in the Reiki system of natural healing. My Reiki Master/Teacher is Danielle Weaver. Reiki is an ancient energy healing technique that is usually done by placing the hands in a series of positions over or slightly above the body. Reiki promotes healing by activating the relaxation response and helping the body to re-balance itself at a deep level. Reiki can only do good and never causes harm. People report that following a Reiki session they feel incredibly relaxed and renewed. Some people report a sense of being cleansed.
If you are interested in receiving a Reiki treatment, please contact me for more information.