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, yoga holidays and yoga days. I have many years experience teaching and a life long passion for yoga.
Spring has been glorious again this year and I continue to spend much time out of doors even though it has been a little chilly at times. I am planning to resume face to face yoga from the 17th May all being well and at least in the short term, we will be maintaining social distancing. However, it does seems that many people have become very used to virtual classes and have come to really appreciate the benefits of practising from home and to cater for this, I intend to retain classes on Zoom to run along side classes in person. If this is of interest to you, do get in touch and of course it doesn't matter where in the country you live.
If you are planning ahead to when more normality returns and are thinking about starting a class, do contact me or perhaps think about having a session on Zoom before May 17th.
Should you have some experience already and you prefer to practise at your own pace, I have made a series of YouTube videos which I can make freely available to you. Email or text for the links.
Whilst face to face classes are best, yoga on line has proved popular and I am enjoying teaching in this way and at the moment, there is no alternative. Classes are on Zoom which is very easy to use. General classes are offered as follows:
Monday mornings 09:30 to 10:30
Wednesday mornings 09:30 to 10:30
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.
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. 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 as and when we are able to return to normal classes.
Benefits of yoga
There are many other 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. In these strange times, yoga can help support your recovery from Covid 19 or if you are coping 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.
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.
Sadly, the restrictions placed on us as a result of the pandemic have meant that the last three dates of 2020 had to be cancelled and although we have booked days for 2021, inevitably our first date booked in March will be cancelled but we are hopeful that Sunday 20th June and Saturday 16th October 2021. will go ahead. There will be two main changes: fewer students to ensure that social distancing rules can be maintained and we will serve a hot lunch. Please contact me if you would like a space. At this stage, Gail and I are not optimistic about the prospect for March and we will update as soon as we can.
Yoga Holiday in Southern India
"Escape to India to find peace and to restore your inner self"
In 2020, I had planned to teach in India with my friend Jackie Dyson who is a fabulous teacher based in Surrey. Sadly though India was badly effected by coronavirus and we had travel restrictions placed on us se we had to cancel. We have however rebooked for 2021 and more details will be given nearer the time but if you were thinking about having that trip of a life time, get in touch with me and I can talk you through what to expect.
We understand that India is coming through the pandemic and in a month or two will be reopening its borders to visitors. In addition, it has a vaccination programme that is being rolled out. This coupled with the fact that all adults in the UK should be vaccinated by November, we are confident that the trip will be safe.
Taking time for yourself on a yoga retreat is the perfect opportunity to rest, find peace and have time to reflect and get inspired. Jackie and I both have a wealth of experience and expertise and we will look forward to sharing it 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.
Email me or text. [email protected], 07910 778276
November 22nd to December 4th 2021
Staying at the beautiful Kailasam Yoga Centre, Kovalam, Kerala.
Contact me for more details or to visit Kailasam’s website just CLICK HERE for more general information and beautiful photos to inspire you.
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.