Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences


Lunchtime yoga

28 February 2020

Please find below the details of Faculty organised lunchtime yoga sessions. Please use the online booking form to book your place and you will receive a calendar invite as confirmation.


This class will blend slow, long (but seated!), deep poses (Yin), that calm the nervous system with a gentle flow sequence and standing postures (Yang), to strengthen and warm the body. The class will incorporate pranayama (breathing exercise designed to calm the senses, body and mind and relaxation.

Your teacher: Rachel Hall has completed over 400 hours of yoga training, specialising in ashtanga, mandala and rocket vinyasa, yin yoga and pregnancy yoga.

Book your place

[Please only book classes that you are sure you can attend.]


What should I wear?

You can wear anything you like but make sure it is comfortable and doesn’t restrict movement. We recommend t-shirts and leggings, jogging bottoms or shorts.

Should I bring a yoga mat?

Yes - if you do not have a yoga mat, you can bring a towel instead – they do the job and are much easier to carry around!

What is yoga?

Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. Most studies suggest yoga is a safe and effective way to increase physical activity, especially strength, flexibility and balance. There is some evidence that regular yoga practice is beneficial for people with high blood pressure, heart disease, aches and pains – including lower back pain – depression and stress.

Do you have to be flexible?

Yoga helps you become flexible. No matter what your skill level is starting out, a consistent practice will help you improve not only your flexibility, but balance and strength as well – we all have to start somewhere! Rachel started yoga after doing years of running, was not ‘flexible’ and has worked with the practice over 10 years to slowly nurture her hamstrings back to health!

Is yoga just for women?

Yoga was actually started by men thousands of years ago. It is as equally beneficial to men as to women. The ratio of men to women in class has been growing over the years too and Rachel’s weekend classes welcome a lot of men!

Can older people do yoga?

Yoga is for people of all ages. If you have physical limitations, Rachel will show you modifications for each yoga pose in class. It’s never too late or too early to start practicing yoga. Rachel’s mum started yoga when she was 65 after having done zero exercise her whole life and has found strength and flexibility in the practice.

Will doing yoga with colleagues be weird?...

…it doesn’t have to be, yoga is all about cultivating an internal awareness (not worrying about what someone else is up to on their mat). And anyway, studies show that group exercises amongst co-workers boost productivity and lowers stress. Rachel is passionate about sharing the benefits of yoga, in particular to people who sit at their desks all day and to those who deal with constant interruptions (phone, email, social media etc.)!