Drop-In, Private, and Online Classes

Drop-in ClassES Oxford

Hatha Yoga, Thursdays* 7pm-8.30pm, Iffley OX4
£10 drop-in, no booking required (come early to avoid disappointment!)

Incorporates postures, breathing practises and yoga nidra with a focus on restoring the mind, body and senses to their natural state of equanimity. This is your opportunity to retreat to a peaceful space away from the stresses of everyday life. There will be physical challenges but we are looking to develop a genuinely healthy relationship with our bodies, so the focus will be on 'relaxed effort' rather than a forceful approach to exercise. This class is open to all levels and takes place in the beautiful venue of Iffley Church Hall, OX4 4EG.

View map in browser (plenty of on-street parking near the venue).

*Please note there is no class during school holidays and occasionally for other reasons - confirmed dates for the rest of the year are: October 11, 18; November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; December 6


Yoga Nidra, 1st Monday of every month, 9.30am-10.30am, Appleton OX13
£10 drop-in, no booking required

Start the month with a total, deep rest, making the way for clarity, insight and a feeling of being completely restored. A guided class in which your only task is to lie down and be skilfully lulled into a state of profound relaxation. Open to all, whether you’re restless, tired, overly energised(!) or simply interested in connecting with that part of you that remains when all else (thoughts, feelings, worries…) is gone. If you’re new to yoga nidra then there’s a short article about it (by James) here. James specialises in the iRest Yoga Nidra protocol, created by Richard Miller, PhD, a clinical psychologist, author, researcher, yogic scholar and founder of the Integrative Restoration Institute (IRI). James is the only IRI-sponsored teacher trainer in Europe.

Takes place at Appleton Village Hall - view map in browser

Dates for 2018: Nov 5, Dec 3

2019 start date TBC



Tone Up and Calm Down, Mondays, 9.30am-10.30am, Appleton OX13
£10 drop-in, no booking required (1st Monday of every month is yoga nidra with James, as above)

Take an hour to connect with your body, build strength, explore yoga postures and practice elements of pilates and barre in a safe, all-inclusive class open to all. No headstands, handstands or twisting into crazy shapes. Simple breathing practices and relaxation. Music. Niceness. Everyone welcome. Taught by Gabs Brown.

Takes place at Appleton Village Hall - view map in browser

Last class of the year 29 Nov. 2019 start date TBC


iRest Yoga Nidra, 2nd Wed of each month, 6.30pm-7.30pm, Wheatley

A drop-in class led by Wendy Knerr. Beginners welcome, suitable for anyone interested in meditation, yoga nidra or specifically iRest Yoga Nidra. RSVP recommended: email wendy@joy.myzen.co.uk

Takes place at Maple Tree Centre for Children and Families, OX33 1PH. £8 per session, starts Jan 9th 2019.

Private sessions

A private session with James can include any or all of the following: yoga nidra, hatha yoga, meditation and yoga therapy. Working one-one allows for a uniquely tailored practice or a means to explore especially sensitive issues. Sometimes, you don't know what you need until you turn up and with James see where you go.

James delivers most private sessions at the Restful Being studio, a small, peaceful space just outside Oxford (OX13 5JH), though he is also able to visit you in your own home/space and work remotely via Skype. Most 1-1 sessions are offered on Fridays and cost £60 per hour/£90 for 90 mins. Please email bookings@restfulbeing.com to make an enquiry.


PractiSe Online

You can practise at home with James by signing up to Ekhart Yoga and following his programmes there.


Please note that because demand often exceeds spaces refunds are only given in exceptional circumstances to ensure committed attendees secure a place:

Private sessions: Full refund up to 48 hours’ notice; otherwise the fee for the allotted appointment time (and travel time where applicable) will be charged in full.

Workshops and retreats: For longer retreats you will typically be required to pay a non-refundable deposit and then the full fee one month before the start. Workshop spaces are often very limited and in most cases a refund cannot be offered unless someone on the waiting list is able to take your space.

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