Breathe. Focus. Relax.
Our open studio space in The Wellbeing Lab sits in the eaves of our gorgeous stableyard, with views out to the beautiful nature surrounding us in Dalkeith Country Park. This the perfect backdrop to our varied programme of classes, which all have a focus on health through wellness of spirit, mind and body. Our expert teachers will help you step off the world for that one vital moment to escape the crazy of the modern world. Enjoy yoga, Pilates, mindfulness and baby sensory classes as well as one-off focussed wellbeing workshops and crafternoons. Whether you’re searching for yoga for beginners, Pilates classes near you or parent and baby groups nearby, you’re sure to find a class to suit your needs.
*We are currently offering a programme of online yoga, mindfulness and fitness classes via Zoom! These classes are easily accessible through your home device with our teachers’ expert instruction and guidance. Each session is streamed live and recorded for safety purposes. If you don’t wish to be recorded, please turn off your camera. Classes are just £5 or £25 for a block of six and you’ll be helping support Restoration Yard while we are closed. Please always book in and check the latest dates via MindBody, thanks. Please also opt in to receive MindBody emails to get your class link.*
Specialising in Mindfulness Coaching, CBT & More, Jen Wood is our Therapist based at The Sanctuary and also the Wellbeing Lab's consultant, directing the weekly classes and monthly workshops.
Alis is one of our resident yoga teacher. Alis believes that yoga is for everybody no matter what their ability, age or physical ailment. Yoga has had a profound impact on her, helping her to transition through difficult times and has helped her learn to love her body. Her classes focus on learning how to soften into feeling.
Carol is another of our in-house teachers. Carol started practising yoga when she was 50 after finding out she had arthritis in her hips. She’s used it since to help build strength and prevent further deterioration. She now wishes to share the joy with others that she gets from practising yoga.
Nina is one of our resident yoga teachers. She has practised yoga since 2009, initially for fitness. In 2014 she discovered Ashtanga yoga and was thrown into the deep end with an intensive period in India. Here she met an excellent teacher for guidance. Nina is a stickler for alignment.
Declan is one of our in-house teachers. Working by day and yogi by night, Declan uses yoga to find balance, stillness and peace in the chaos of modern life. Declan has completed a 500hr teacher training course with Yoga Scotland having previously practiced for many years.
Tess is one of our resident teachers. She started practicing yoga to help with a back injury, but soon found its benefits to process stress too. She was quickly drawn to the style of Forrest Yoga as a physically and emotionally healing practice, but also highly fun which gives her a real buzz. She is excited to share it with others.
Suzanne is a women’s health and fitness coach and mum to two young boys. Balancing the many roles in her life means she understands the pressures today’s women are dealing with. Suzanne puts her clients are the centre of the work she does, encouraging them to take time during the sessions for themselves.
Michelle Bowen is a Chartered Physiotherapist with 21 years of experience in the NHS and the private sector. She combines her physiotherapy skills with her Pilates training to provide effective Pilates programmes for all levels.
Aileen has been teaching yoga for over 20 years. Since her first yoga class she had a profound connection with and gratitude for Restorative Yoga. She appreciates the elegance of the precise use of props to support the body in a state of yield, allowing breath and prana to flow freely, and the preciousness of the invitation to slip beyond thought and anxiety, into the stillness which is always there.
Rebecca Palmer is a Pilates Foundation Matwork Teacher. She completed her training under Brigid McCarthy in 2011 and has taught groups and individuals in Edinburgh ever since. Rebecca teaches a wide range of bodies with different requirements and has most recently been teaching classes specifically tailored to cyclists. She firmly believes that Pilates should be seen as an accessible, inclusive exercise form and encourages men and women to join her classes.
Gillian regularly runs workshops in The Wellbeing Lab. Gillian Duncan is a Mindfulness Association accredited teacher who has been practising meditation for over 20 years and teaching mindfulness since 2011. She set up The Moment is Now in 2015 to pass on the benefits of mindfulness meditation to as many people as possible. She and her team of guest tutors are on a mission to help people develop a compassionate relationship with themselves and experience a sense of okayness and well-being amidst the busyness of their everyday lives.
Restoration Yard’s Wellbeing Lab also hosts many special one-off workshops and classes at weekends. Head over to our ‘what’s on’ page to find out about our upcoming workshops from yoga to mindfulness and more, all hosted by external teachers.View Workshops