In this hectic life we all lead, it is easy to live entirely in our heads, but attending Zena's classes over the last couple of years has enabled me to reconnect mind and body. Zena beautifully demonstrates how to move through the poses, whilst keeping an expert eye on us, to maximise what her students receive in each pose. I feel as strong and fit and as connected with my body and its possibilities as I have ever done in my life, and have always felt in such capable and knowledgable hands at Satya Yoga. The guided relaxation at the end of each class is wonderfully restorative, as are Zena's homemade nutritional treats, allowing us to leave class feeling thoroughly nurtured both inside and out! I enjoy Zena's classes so much I have gone from attending one to two a week.
I really enjoyed the Yoga day retreat. In particular the first session which I found inclusive of all abilities and within my amateur capabilities. The food was fantastic. Please can I have your energy ball recipes? The second session was relaxing although I didn't get much from the group discussion. Guess I prefer to do the yoga. Would definitely recommend the whole day experience.
Classes with Zena feel like a work out, a massage, and a mediation all at once. I look forward to them every week.
Fabulous first day retreat, I feel refreshed and rejuvenated, and will certainly be back for more! Lovely to have some goodie I haven't tried before. Thank you Zena!
I came to Zena a year ago, in that time she has helped me tremendously. I have Polymyalgia and osteoporosis, she caters for my needs whatever they may be week by week. I cannot recommend her highly enough, I am gaining strength, feel calmer and more positive, her studio is lovely, she has a range of props and every week there are new things to learn.
My Thursday Satya yoga classes have been a tremendous help for my chronic back problems. I don't know if it is the gentle warm-up, often skipped or rushed in other exercise classes, the yoga postures, properly explained, or the extended cool-down, with props such as weighted beanbags, cushions and blankets. All I know is that my back feels infinitely better. I'm glad I took the advice from my osteopath to find a yoga class and to have come across Satya Yoga. I highly recommend it!
Wonderful teaching in the most peaceful and beautiful surrounding
Coming to Zena’s class is my special time, my little retreat of the week. I have always looked for something to keep my body fit, limber and engaged as well as for a way to help put my mind at ease. Yoga is just that for me because it helps to calm my mind down and offers a chance to leave my worries outside, while giving my bodies a chance to stretch and work on areas previously unknown to me. Zena’s teaching in her lovely studio offers just that to me. It provides for me that perfect serene atmosphere that challenges me to try something new in an environment where I feel completely supported and cared for. I wish I could go every day—and not only because of her delicious goodies which will always make me come back for more.
I was worried about joining a yoga class as I see myself as a tight, stiff person. I had had bad experiences of classes before that were too fast and not well explained and they had left me feeling I’d ‘failed’. Zena’s classes are completely different – they are calm and mindful and each new pose is well explained. We are given the space to work at our own pace and the time to take something personal from each pose. My body is still pretty tight, but I love the yoga classes and at each lesson appreciate what I am able to do with the right encouragement. Zena creates a very productive and calm atmosphere, where I feel I am free to do what works for me without having to be in competition with others.
I went to Zena initially because I was suffering from lower back pain. Within a few months I saw a massive improvement!
I was a relatively experienced yoga practitioner, but having moved away form my regular yoga community and having recently had children, my practice was less regular than I would have liked. I was desperate to establish my practice again and find other people to practice with. I stumbled across Zena mostly because she was conveniently located, but now I would travel quite a distance to attend her classes if I had to. She knows volumes, not just about Yoga, but anatomy, general health, nutrition which makes her and her classes informative, fresh and fun. Doing yoga with Zena has been just what I needed, in this newly acquired body I don’t really recognise, in a space of acceptance, learning and sometimes laughter.
Zena is a first class teacher. When I moved to Oxford I wanted to find a teacher who really understood all aspects of yoga at all levels. I was looking for a class which recharged and energised me. The groups are friendly and small and Zena focuses on the individual. I feel stronger physically and more supple as a result of attending Zena's classes. Each week, I come away from the class more relaxed but at the same time energised. The focus of the class changes on a weekly basis so you never get bored. Zena also shares her own learning and incorporates this into her classes.
I originally came to work with Zena because of a stiff back causing limitations on my flexibility. The one on one sessions I have undertaken have been exceptionally helpful as they are focussed entirely around my own needs and pace and I can feel the benefit as my flexibility improves.
I have been going to Zena’s classes for a few years now, having struggled to comit to regular classes previously. I really look forward to our sessions and feel that they have helped me enormously mentally, emotionally and physically. I leave feeling nurtured and stronger in all senses.