Yoga at the mill

Welcome to Yoga at the Mill, Chelmsford

A little about us:

Based at historic Moulsham Mill in central Chelmsford, our thriving centre is a friendly, dedicated space for yoga, meditation and relaxation. Our groups are small and personal, and the informal, friendly environment, a long way from the impersonal vibe of a large hall or gym.

We have an exceptional range of exceptional and highly trained teachers, who take a mindful, inclusive approach to mind/body wellbeing. Unfortunately, many people are put off starting yoga as they feel they are too inflexible, or not young enough. We are passionate that yoga and meditation are for everyone and offer accessible, sensitive teaching where we hope you'll feel nurtured, encouraged and inspired. Around 50% of our loyal, committed clients are now members - and our small class sizes mean we work with committed students who return week after week.

In addition to approaching 30 weekly yoga classes, we run a full schedule of mindfulness meditation, including the scientifically proven eight-week course, MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) and our long-standing introduction to mindfulness, the Mindfulness Foundation course.

A taste of what's on....

Day retreats:

Rest & Relax Workshops

We are excited to be offering yoga and mindfulness day retreats, running regularly on Saturdays.

Our mindfulness day retreats offer a quiet space to take time out and nurture your health and wellbeing. They are for anyone open to the idea of a day practising mindfulness in friendly silence. 

Our yoga days are also open to complete beginners and those seeking a nurturing small group day retreat, led by an expert teacher.  To find out more, please see our Mindfulness Day Retreats page and our Yoga Day Retreats page.

Mindfulness:

Mindfulness Foundation Course


Mindfulness meditation has surged in popularity over the last five years, and can be viewed as a complete antidote to the pressures and speed of our contemporary lifestyles. 

We are proud to be one of the main providers of mindfulness courses and classes in the South East. Our mindfulness courses are taught in an accessible, friendly and secular way, led by highly trained, experienced teachers.

Yin Yoga Workshops:

Yin Yoga Workshops


Yin Yoga is often described as being a bridge between yoga and meditation.

This gentle, floor-based practise worked on the body's connective tissue and meridians (energy centres) to balance the central nervous system, enabling a state of deep rest and stillness to be reached.

Our yin workshops (with yoga nidra - deep relaxation) take place across Saturday afternoons. To find out more, please visit our Yin Yoga Workshop page.



Mindfulness events

Yoga classes at Yoga at the Mill in chelmsford, essex

We love teaching mindfulness, and always aim to deliver these practices in a secular, highly accessible way. On the agenda are regular taster sessions, mindfulness and poetry workshops, highly regarded introduction/foundation courses and the internationally taught eight-week course, MBSR (Mindfulness Baesd Stress Reduction).

Specialist four-week courses

Yoga workshops at Yoga at the Mill in chelsmford, essex

Our super-popular small group Complete Beginners' Yoga courses are friendly four-session classes running over 90 or 120 minutes, designed for those completely new to yoga. In line with our philosophy, all specialist courses are delivered in a non-dogmatic, personal, interactive way.

Friday night workshops

Yoga students relaxing in childs pose in our workshop

Our legendary Friday night sessions are the new healthy way to mark the end of your week! Advanced booking vital, and booking is for each single workshop (not a course or block). Our deeply calming yoga nidra sessions generally run on the third and fourth Friday of the month, from 8-9pm.



Yoga

Yoga in the studio

Yoga is an ancient form of meditation, first practiced in India thousands of years ago. Initially, the physical postures performed by holy men were developed  for the body to be strong and flexible enough to sit comfortably on the ground for meditation. Rolling  forward: yoga came to the west in the 1960s and soon exploded in popularity. Since then, yoga has shaken off its hippy image and become totally mainstream, taught in schools and offices around the country as well as in gyms and studios. People who practice yoga regularly say they feel calmer, stronger, happier and healthier, and scientific research backs this up. And so it is a joy and privilege to provide a safe space for you to experience the life-changing benefits, too. Namaste.

Mindfulness meditation

Meditation practice

Although it can be said that mindfulness meditation originated at the time of the Buddha, there is evidence that the ancient yogis also practised a form of present-centred awareness, or mindfulness. When we are mindful, we are aware of our present moment experience in a kind, accepting away. Mindfulness training brings us out of our heads and re-connects us to the present moment through our bodies and senses. It invites us to become familiar with our thoughts and emotions - not to change or fix them, but to bring a new insight into habits that do not serve us well. Hundreds of research reports show that a daily mindfulness practice of only 15-20 minutes a day leads to greater mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. The only way to know is to practice.




Luxury Retreats: Morocco, Croatia and the UK. 


Through Yoga at the Mill's sister company, Satvada Retreats, we run friendly yoga and mindfulness escapes to Norfolk, Croatia and Morocco. Many of our guests are new, or relatively new, to yoga or meditation (or both) and Yoga at the Mill's philosophy of inclusivity and authenticity also distinguishes our approach to retreats. Everyone taking one class a week or more with us at the Mill enjoys a 10% discount on any retreat or holiday (of longer than one day). Come alone, with a friend, relative or partner - we'd love for you to join us for some time away to slow down, breathe more deeply, eat and live well. A couple of our upcoming retreat are detailed below. For further details and our full schedule of retreats, see Satvada Retreats website.

Mindfulness for Wellbeing Weekend, Norfolk

Norfolk Mindfulness for wellbeing retreat


These three-night winter retreats are set in gorgeous, meticulously converted barns, in the heart of rural Norfolk. Enjoy winter walks, chats by the wood burner, delicious vegetarian cooking, beautifully taught restorative yoga to complement the mindfulness practices. A chance to rest deeply, pause, and 'be'. Our next retreat is in November 2018, co-taught by Yoga at the Mill founder, Lucia Cockcroft. See Satvada Retreats Mindfulness for Wellbeing Weekend page to find out more and to book.

Yoga and Walking in the atlas mountains

Retreats with our sister company Satvada


Our sought-after Atlas Walking & Yoga holidays are highly recommended by Marie Claire Magazine. You'll stay in an eco-friendly Berber castle in the Atlas mountains, and enjoy daily guided hikes from the door; full (generous) board; and two daily mindful yoga classes.Our next retreats are New Year 2018/19 and March 2019. See Satvada Retreats Yoga and Walking in the Atlas Mountains page to find out more and to book.