Yoga Classes in Bicester  - gentle, mindful yoga




My name is Elaine and I love yoga! 


I’ve been enjoying yoga myself for over 45 years and teaching for 15 years.  

My Bicester yoga classes are gentle and mindful.  No rushing from posture to posture.  We take time to be.  My aim when teaching is for you to be comfortable, relaxed, healthy and happy.  For you to feel calm and confident, free from physical tension and mental stress. 


Most of the ladies in my classes are in their 50's, 60's and 70's and appreciate the more gentle approach I take in teaching. 


Classes start with a short period of breath awareness, followed by some gentle warm up movements.  Then we enjoy some postures (asanas) often in the form of sequences so you can lose yourself in the soft flow of the movements.  We finish with some breathwork (pranayama) and a lovely relaxation leaving you feeling calm and peaceful.


I like to drip in little glimpses of the philosophy behind yoga and will sometimes share a short reading or poem to enhance the mood of the class.  In addition, I integrate aspects of mindfulness into my teaching.


Whilst none of us can remove the stresses from our lives, we can develop coping mechanisms to avoid tension building physically, mentally and emotionally.  Yoga can help you release tight muscles and improve your sense of balance physically and mentally.  You learn to unravel the knots of physical, mental and emotional tension and gain a greater sense of wellbeing.  Let your yoga class be an oasis of calm in a busy life... like pressing a pause button .. time to unwind and refresh.


Beginners are always welcome - my gentle style of teaching means all can enjoy classes.


Come and find your inner goddess .. that calm, tranquil woman who can sometimes become hidden in a busy life.


I offer both Zoom and venue based classes.



Zoom Yoga Class Schedule - join in from the comfort of your own home:

Monday 09.30 

Wednesday 18.00 

Thursday 09.30 

Friday 09.30 

Sunday 10.00 


If you would like to attend a Zoom class, email me for the link.  If you are a new student, I will ask you to complete a health questionnaire before your first class.


Venue Based Class Schedule

Friday 09.30 Langford Village Community Centre 


Places are limited at venues, so I am unable to offer 'drop in places.  You do need to contact me to see if there is a place available.  Again, if you are a new student, I will ask you to complete a health questionnaire before your first class. You will need your own yoga mat..


If there is sufficient interest, I will start another venue based class from The Clifton Centre OX26 2BH on Monday mornings - do let me know if this would suit you well.



Pricing Options (all classes 60 minutes)

  • Zoom class: £7.50
  • Venue based class £9
  • Freedom Pass: £48 for 4 consecutive weeks – includes as many  classes as you wish -  Zoom and venue based


Class booking terms and conditions:

Health questionnaire to be completed prior to commencing first class.  All venue based classes must be pre-booked.  No carry overs for missed classes.

A bit about my training


I spent 3 years training to teach. 

First a Foundation course and then a 500hour Diploma course with the British Wheel of Yoga. 


Subsequently I have completed many more hours of additional training  including Yoga for Back Pain, Pregnancy and Postnatal Yoga, Meditation, Mindfulness, Yoga for Depression, Yoga for Womens Health, Yoga for Older Adults, Yoga for the Menopause and Nutrition


During my training and over the many years of my yoga journey, I’ve explored many different styles of yoga.  When teaching, I blend different influences to provide gentle, nurturing classes that provide interest and challenge, but in a supportive non-competitive environment.  I encourage my students to explore their yoga practice, to unwind, relax, stretch, and above all to be mindful.



Yoga is learning to come back to yourself.  It's finding your limits, expanding your boundaries and being able to relax into who you truly are.  It's about taking time to remember who you are but have forgotten while being caught up in the whirlwind of a fast paced life.


From The Yoga Bible by Christina Brown

Frequently asked questions:

What should I wear?

Something loose and comfortable - jogging trousers / leggings / tracksuit bottoms.


What do I need?

A non-slip yoga mat.  If you have yoga blocks, bring them too, alternatively a small towel or cushion is fine.  A blanket or throw to snuggle up in for the final relaxation session is lovely too!  I do not provide yoga mats - you do need your own.


Do I need to be young and flexible to attend?

No.  Classes will help you gain or re-gain flexibility, and most of my students are more mature.


What will happen in the class?

All classes start with gentle warm up movements before moving into the main part of the class, and then finish with a short period of relaxation.  Yoga classes also include breath work and often a short meditation.



Yoga is a light, which once lit, will never dim.  The better your practice, the brighter the flame.   BKS Iyengar


Sometimes the most important thing in the whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.  Etty Hillesum

Elaine Whittaker yoga and mindfulness in Bicester



Yoga for you to enjoy.  Stretch, tone, relax, de-stress.  Get away from all the stresses of daily life and come and invest in your wellbeing ..... you're worth it!


You don't need to be fit or flexible!


"Yoga isn't about touching your toes .... it's what you learn on the way down"

Jiga Gor


Don't miss all the beautiful colours of the rainbow looking for that pot of gold 

Elaine Whittaker - yoga and mindfulness in Bicester



Yoga for enjoyment and relaxation

Mindfulness    Sound Therapy 


All taught by Elaine Whittaker, an experienced, fully qualified and insured teacher who loves yoga. 

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