Yoga at the mill

Welcome to Yoga at the Mill, Chelmsford


Based at historic Moulsham Mill in central Chelmsford, our thriving centre is a friendly, dedicated space for yoga, meditation and relaxation. Highly regarded locally, we are proud that Yoga at the Mill has, for the last two years, been the only local studio to be independently voted by Three Best Rated as one of the best places in which to practice yoga. 

Our groups are unusually small (average just seven students - many of which have chosen to be members), making for a friendly, nurturing community that has built largely by word-of mouth over six years, and of which we are tremendously proud. Now offering 25 (and growing!) weekly yoga classes and regular mindfulness, yoga and relaxation workshops and courses, our sessions are led by a brilliant and dedicated team of a dozen yoga and meditation teachers, all of whom take a mindful, inclusive approach to wellbeing. 

Unfortunately, many people are put off starting yoga as they feel they are too inflexible, or not young enough. We aim to gently challenge this common misconception, offering highly accessible, rounded and sensitive teaching, that, with the tiny group sizes, we hope will help you feel nurtured, encouraged and inspired. Please click here for our yoga schedule and here for meditation.

What's new from Jan 2020? Vinyasa flow with Martyna on Thursday nights, 8-9pm; hatha yoga with meditation with Lucia on Wednesdays 11.30am-12.30pm and Thursdays 12-1pm. 

A taste of what's on....

Deep Rest mini-retreats:

Rest & Relax Workshops


Our Saturday afternoon Deep Rest mini retreats are a welcome chance to clear a few hours for yourself, without modern life's usual demands and distractions.

Mindfulness-based, these nurturing 2-4.30pm sessions are also a chance to experience some of the meditative elements of the yoga tradition such as yoga nidra (powerful lying down guided relaxation) and soothing breathwork. 

A very gentle, highly restorative afternoon! Click here for dates and details. 

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.

Next course: Mindfulness for Stress and Worry, September 2019. 

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 some Friday nights and 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.