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Yoga in the Garden

What happens when you're too busy to stretch? You call on Yoga Venue Oxford to take her class at Muddy HQ!

two women doing yoga in garden looking up at sky

Is there anything better than yoga first thing in the morning? Yes as it happens! How about yoga in your own garden, on a gloriously sunny day, when you should be working?

Here’s a couple of my Muddy workmates, getting bendy with Caroline Falce Gozzi (below),  owner of Yoga Venue in Oxford and a Finalist in this year’s Muddy Awards (and winner in 2016 if you can cast your mind back that far). So she knows her stuff.

woman in downward dog position in garden

I’m a latecomer to yoga, and I’m very much of the ‘when-can-we-get-to-the-10-minutes-sleep-at the-end’ brigade, so there was no putting me in contortionist positions or asking me to omm to chimes, but this isn’t Yoga Venue style anyway – Caroline was an ex City girl who wanted to slow down, smell the Cowley Road traffic (hell, it beats Marylebone Road!) and offer in central Oxford what Londoners had been enjoying for a while – a huge variety of classes to tempt all standards and tastes in a slick, purpose built building. So Yoga Venue is built for purpose, with classes including Hatha, Bikram, Hot Power, Forrest, Hot HIIT, Vinyasa and Yin Yoga. Blimey. People must walk out of this place like spaghetti.

yoga class stretching on floor in studio

Try as I might I couldn’t make it down to the studio to try out a class – life has just become so crazy busy in the last few months – hence the garden session. Caroline and several of her other instructors also offer private classes away from the studio so it still felt like it was a worthwhile way to review what Yoga Venue offers.

So here is Caroline, put us through our paces.

two women copying yoga instructor in garden

woman doing yoga in garden surrounded by trees woman doing yoga in garden on purple mat

Sophie, intrepid Muddy editorial assistant was a total beginner, I’m a lazy intermediate, and Katie, Muddy commercial director is a superbendy advanced yogi. A long winded way of saying we were a mix of standards but somehow Caroline catered to all of us, gave different difficulty options, and took us through 45 minutes of non-worky joy. Felt amazing to just stretch, we absolutely loved it. And I also managed to do my favourite bit – looking up at the trees flat on my back.

sunlight through all trees

After Caroline left it we were all on a high – it had broken up the day, shuffled some endorphins around and stopped us in particular from sitting in the same position for 8 hours on end, slowly seizing up, and it got me thinking about women, work and exercise. I’m as bad as the next harrassed, time poor person for not prioritising or fitting in exercise around my life, and Lord knows I should find it easier than most working for myself from home, but with kids to pick up, feed, ferry after school and the demands of the blog, it’s still a massive problem for me to carve out the time. And yet I know it would benefit me in so many ways.

How much exercise do you manage to fit into your life? When do you do it? How disciplined do you have to be? Should I/we just stop moaning about how busy I am and just get on and do it?! I’d love to know how you fit sport into your working day (or not) so please do comment below. You too Caroline, your classes must be riddled with working women trying to snatch an hour for themselves – tell us how to do it!

Yoga Venue, 2 Avenue Ln, Oxford OX4 1YF. Tel: 01865 245754.

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5 comments on “Yoga in the Garden”

  • Donna Westerman July 19, 2017

    Great article and very true, we all need to make time for ourselves.
    I used to attend the gym do lots of classes and swim but now sadly I just walk the dog before work and in the evening if my husbands late from work. ( he’s does the evening walk normally as only exercise he does). I am on holiday sat by the pool reading and swimming lengths all day long(well in between sun bathing) and herring of the yoga classes will check it out when I get back as this I will be something new for me.

    Many thanks to you and The muddy stilettos team

  • Nicky Richardson July 19, 2017

    I am fortunate enough to work from home too but that has its distractions – I’ll just put that wash on or order the groceries. I have learnt to schedule my yoga and HIIT in to my diary like a meeting. After all, your health is the most important thing.

  • Ian July 26, 2017

    Morning Hero,

    Just a note to say your links from the email to web site aren’t working properly,

  • Debra Rhodes August 11, 2017

    I love Yoga and because it makes me feel so good, I want to do it!! However, I struggle to motivate myself to do a downward dog at home, so my suggestion is … find a great teacher and book your classes in your diary, preferably same day, same time each week to kis (keep it simple)! Just lost my lovely teacher in Watlington, Vicky Wood, whose become a BA hostess (fab far reaching travel!) so I’m looking at The Space Yoga Studio in Thame for a new teacher.

    Does anyone have any recommendations … locally?

  • Paula Andreson October 10, 2017

    Nice post. Yoga can be done anytime, the best time is during the morning. I love Yoga and because it makes me feel so good.


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