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. Check out our timetable below and click on each class for more info.
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 our resident yoga teacher. She teaches Sunrise Yoga on a Monday at 7.30am, Morning Yoga on a Monday at 8.45am and Forrest Inspired Yoga on a Wednesday at 10.45am. 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. Having completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training she 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 coming to it for the fitness aspects. In 2014 she discovered Ashtanga yoga in India and was thrown into the deep end with an intensive period in Mysore, India. Here she met an excellent teacher for guidance who truly instilled the foundations of yoga within her. Nina is a stickler for alignment and knows how important it is to turn down the mental noise that can so easily plague our everyday lives.
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 Restoration Yard’s resident teachers. She started practicing yoga to help with a back injury, but soon found its benefits to process stress and emotions as well. 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. at Restoration Yard.
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