Body and Mind

Strengthen your body and improve your mental well-being in one of our mind and body classes at Bluecoat Sports.

Low-impact activities, such as yoga and pilates, will leave you feeling refreshed and revitalised. Each class will help you reduce stress levels and anxiety whilst improving posture and boosting physical well-being, strength, and breathing.

Yoga classes are suitable for all fitness levels, and they are run by our experienced yoga teachers. We run a range of classes to suit all abilities, so there has never been a better time to start the wonderful practice of yoga. If you’re a full or a classes member, then you can book one of these classes for free. We also offer a pay as you go option for anyone who wants to start practising yoga.

Our body and mind classes

Yoga Class

Work on your body and mind in our yoga class, which is designed to cater to all abilities. Exercises, poses and balances are designed to improve strength, mobility, balance, and posture alongside our calming meditation practises. The NHS has said 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”.

If you’re new to yoga, let our yoga instructor know before your session commences, and they will be able to assist you further.

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Suitable For : Anyone

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Class Duration : 1 hour

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Equipment Needed : Towel, Mat

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Memberships Included : Full, Classes, PAYGO

Yoga is an ancient form of low-impact exercise that uses posture and breathing techniques to help improve physical and mental health. Yoga originated in India 5000 years ago and people today use yoga for relaxation and stress relief.

It’s one of those classes many of our members and guests become hooked on and is suitable for ages 16 and over.

When practised regularly, you can improve mental wellness by increasing body awareness and relieving chronic stress patterns. It can centre attention, sharpen concentration and relax the mind.

Physically, yoga can improve strength, balance and flexibility. It is ideal for people with symptoms of arthritis or back pain as it increases mobility and eases the comfort of tender or swollen joints.

Factors that contribute to heart diseases, such as high blood pressure and excess weight, can also be addressed through regularly practising yoga.

Anyone can practice yoga; regardless of fitness level or age, you’re never too old or young to start.

Due to the range of movements required in yoga, it’s advised to wear something that is comfortable but form-fitting so that it won’t hang over your head when you’re upside down. Many people choose to wear breathable, flexible bottoms like yoga pants, leggings or shorts with a comfortable t-shirt or tank top. Yoga is performed barefoot, so there is no need for any special shoes!

Classes are one hour long and based in Studio 1 at Bluecoat Sports. Please arrive between 5 and 10 minutes early to choose your mat space. If this is the first time you have attended a Yoga class, it is advised you speak to the yoga teacher before the class. Please let the instructor know if you have any injuries so that they can make reasonable adjustments to your routine. Each session is slightly different, and all movements and routines will be talked through with your instructor. They will discuss breathing techniques and show you how to move your body into the right poses. They may help you on a one-to-one basis to adjust your pose to help you gain better alignment or move deeper into a pose.

Parent & Baby Balance

Parent & Baby Balance combines Yoga, Tai Chi and Pilates to give you a workout which builds flexibility and strength, leaving you feeling centred and calm whilst your little one lays by your side. This class is not just a workout for your body but for your mind as well.

You must have been signed off by your doctor (around 6-12 weeks, depending on type of delivery) before starting any postnatal fitness programme. For postnatal women with children aged 0-12 months only.

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Suitable For : Postnatal women (You must have been signed off by your doctor)

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Class Duration : 45 minutes

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When : Every Tuesday 10:00-10:45

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Equipment Needed : Drink, Mat

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Memberships Included : Full, Classes, PAYGO

Health Tai Chi Classes

Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese Martial Art developed in the 13th century. This class aims to provide a balance in you physically and mentally, combining flowing movements with deep breathing exercises and relaxation. Our expert instructors will guide you through Tai Chi Chuan Handforms, working to improve your concentration and awareness. This ancient practice is a balanced exercise routine, working your muscles, joints and tendons.

If you’re new to Health Tai Chi, let the instructor know before your session commences, and they will be able to assist you further.

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Suitable For : Anyone

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Class Duration : 1 hour

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Equipment Needed : Towel, Mat

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Memberships Included : Full, Classes, PAYGO

Tai Chi helps to reduce stress and anxiety. It may also manage symptoms of some chronic diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and fibromyalgia.

With slow, mindful breaths and movement, Tai Chi can have a positive impact on your nervous system and mood-regulating hormones. Sleep can also become more restful with regular Tai Chi classes. Studies have shown that participants practising Tai Chi twice a week experienced significant improvements in their quality of sleep.

You do not require a high level of fitness to begin to learn Tai Chi; there is no special equipment, and you can progress at your own speed. Tai Chi can also be enjoyed by anyone over 16 years old.

There are five primary styles of Tai Chi, including Chen, Yang, Hao, Wu and Sun. Whilst they all follow the same premise, there are slight variations. At Bluecoats, you will practice Tai Chi Chen, which focuses on low stances with deep breathing and silk-reeling energy-spiralling movements.

Movement and flexibility are key for Tai Chi, so it is recommended to wear light, soft and subtle clothing. Clothing such as silk, cotton or loose linen can be worn, but leggings, shorts and loose-fitting trousers work well for this class too.

Each session is one hour long and is located in Studio 1 at Bluecoat Sports. If you’re new to the class, arrive slightly early to let your instructor know; they will discuss any injuries you may have and how the class will work. Each class follows the same movements and steps but will be varied each week.

Power Yoga

Our Power Yoga is a dynamic style class that incorporates the athleticism of Ashtanga as well as lots of Vinyasa (series of poses done in sequence). This class takes the term ‘full body workout’ to a whole new level, as our expert instructors guide you through a series of exercises, poses and balances for both your body and mind. Suitable for all levels, this class will strengthen your muscles, calm your mind, and improve your well-being.

If you’re new to yoga, let the instructor know before your session commences, and they will be able to assist you further.

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Suitable For : Anyone

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Class Duration : 1 hour

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Equipment Needed : Towel, Mat

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Memberships Included : Full, Classes, PAYGO

Overall wellbeing benefits of mind-body classes

The benefits of regular physical activity are widely accepted; finding the right movement that suits you and your lifestyle can make sticking to a new exercise routine much easier. Many people tend to enjoy taking mind and body classes as they provide a gentle, low-impact way to boost physical fitness and strength.

Practicing yoga can be great if you are:

  • New to working out
  • Recovering from a sports injury and want to keep active
  • Pregnant
  • Want to include mental well-being & mindfulness within your workouts
  • Want to improve flexibility & mobility

Our Horsham yoga and other body and mind classes are very popular. You can book a class via our booking system now. We welcome both members and non-members to classes, however, members do receive early access to online booking. Due to the popularity of this class, we also operate a waiting list, contact reception if you are unable to book and we can add you to the list.