Welcome to Silver Trees Yoga with Charlotte Huggins. I offer yoga classes on-line and, in usual times, 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 and bespoke classes in Surrey. I also lead retreats and yoga holidays when the circumstances permit. I have many years experience teaching and a life long passion for yoga.
Although social distancing rules were relaxed inJuly, I am maintaining a cautious approach and I am retaining plenty of space in class. As we move into Autumn, it appears that further lockdowns are unlikely but nevertheless, it does seems that many people have found online yoga classes work very well for them so I plan to retain 1 online class on Zoom to run along side the class in person. I will keep this going as long as there is demand; if you would like a Zoom class do get in touch and of course it doesn't matter where in the country you live.
What you can expect
My classes are welcoming and suitable for everyone whether you are an experienced practitioner or are new to yoga as everyone practises to their own capacity. I give you agency to set your own thresholds so you can practise in a way that feels in tune with your needs on any given day. Each class will include posture work, breathing practises and relaxation and my aim is to ensure that you leave feel refreshed with an enhanced sense of physical and mental well-being. A regular yoga practise can help you build awareness, improve your movement patterns, improve strength, mobility and suppleness in the body as well as improving balance and maintaining a good posture.
About my classes
Here are the details about my general classes which are now live again :
Benefits of yoga
There are many benefits to practising yoga; 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. As the world is learning to live with the pandemic, yoga can help support your recovery from Covid 19 especially if you are dealing with Long Covid. 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.
Whilst face to face classes are best, yoga on line has proved popular and I have enjoying teaching in this way whilst there was no alternative. Zoom is very easy to use and I am offering: Monday mornings 10:00 to 11:30.
So if you would like to try a Zoom class, do get in touch with me. I have found that even the most technophobic of students who initially lack computer confidence have embraced this way of practising. All you need is space near your devise be it a desktop computer, laptop, smart phone or tablet.
I also teach bespoke classes for people who prefer to have a session in their own home and if you would like a one to one or with your partner of others in your household, we could use Zoom, Skype or Teams. Just get in touch so we can discuss your requirements further.
If you are new to Zoom yoga, the following information will help you prepare for the first class
If possible, choose a practice location that will be relatively free from distractions such as other people in your household and pets although often pets like to join in! You don't need much space around your mat and you may choose to be close to a wall if you need a little support in balances.
Position your devise: tablet, phone, laptop or computer at least 4 feet away from your mat, or even further if you have the room. That distance will help me see your entire body. The height of the camera also makes a difference. Placing it on a chair for standing poses, and placing or angling it lower for floor poses usually works the best otherwise sometimes I just get a good view of your ceiling!
If possible, place your camera so that you’re facing a light source, such as a window or bright lamp; when you have light behind you, it will be difficult for me to see you.
What you will need
You really do not need to buy any special equipment. A yoga mat is desirable but if you don't have one, you could place a towel on top of a rug. You may like to have a yoga block to sit on but cushions are more than adequate. Sometimes I will ask you to have to hand a yoga strap but you can also use a bathrobe tie or perhaps a long belt.
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
Would you have a whole day practising yoga. 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.
Sadly, the restrictions placed on us as a result of the pandemic have meant that the last five days had to be cancelled. However, I am very pleased to say thatSaturday 16th October 2021. is going ahead and we are now fine tuning our programme. There a few spaces left. All very welcome!
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.