Yoga At The Forge
We are passionate about Yoga practise and the benefits that it can bring
Here at Yoga at The Forge we offer a variety of Yoga classes all of which are accessible to every level of experience. We are passionate about Yoga practise and the benefits that it can bring, not just physically but mentally too. Your reasons for wanting to practise Yoga are personal to you but we can tell you from our experience that yoga could help you with weight loss, strength and conditioning, flexibility, chronic pain relief, anxiety and stress relief to name just a few.
All of our instructors have their own story of how they came to practise yoga and go on to decide to teach. The reason we want you to know this now is because it’s so important that you know that you are welcome at our studio! There is no judgement, no clique and certainly no elitism here. Yoga at The Forge welcomes all to enjoy, embrace and grow within their yoga practise.
Our experienced instructors insure that classes are adapted to every individual and their unique needs. You don’t have to be fit, flexible or have a ‘yoga body’ to practise. It is our job as your instructors to provide a safe and secure environment to allow you to experience yoga in comfort.
Our tranquil Crawley yoga studio is located in the heart of Tilgate Forest and is fully equipped allowing us to provide you with optimum comfort and the yoga experience you deserve.
Your first class is FREE so why not come in and meet us, check out our studio and enjoy a yoga class on us! Simply fill in the trial booking form and turn up!
If you wanted to ask any questions before signing up fill in the form or ping us an email.
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Jemma is the founder of Yoga at The Forge and has been practising yoga for 8 years. Initially, her practice was a substitute to weightlifting and a relaxation tool to combat the stresses of her corporate job. Wanting to take her regular practise further Jemma embarked on a 4-month intensive program in Thailand. On her return to the UK Jemma choose the path of teaching and qualified as a 200hr teacher in 2018 from Nartana Yoga School.
Currently a student in osteopathy she uses her developing knowledge of anatomy and physiology within her yoga classes to encourage her students to focus on alignment in a respectful way to their individual body. Jemma believes that these studies significantly enhance her yoga teaching and will greatly benefit her students.
To date Jemma continues to participate in Yoga teacher training courses always looking to further her knowledge in order to ensure that she is always offering her students the best in the education and practice of Yoga.
Jackie found yoga helped her to stretch as part of her gym, running and fitness regime. It wasn’t long before she realised that there was so much more to it, including space to stop and just be, through mindfulness and meditation. Yoga soon became a big part of her life and Jackie fell in love with Vinyasa yoga. Her passion led her to study to become a yoga teacher in 2011 as she wanted to share her love with others.
Her medical background is evident in Jackie’s classes allowing her to give attention to anatomy and alignment but still embracing the philosophy and esoteric aspects of yoga. All of this supports what she has become known for in her classes.
Since her initial training with Claire Missingham, which followed the lineage of Krishnamacharya, Jackie continued working with other renowned teachers adding to her knowledge and teaching offerings which include hot, pregnancy and restorative yoga.
She reminds those new to yoga to be gentle on yourself, without judgement, listen to what your body is telling you! If it says back off then give yourself permission to do that if it seems to want to go further honour that too but without harm. Keep at foremost of your mind that yoga is bringing connection back to your breath and body, the yoga poses are the process to help make that happen.
Jackie has seen improvements in strength, flexibility and stress, not only for herself but also for those who come to classes. She understands people have busy and full lives with lots going on but hopes through her classes there will be time to experience those benefits but also for fun and relaxation.
Jo’s expertise in movement and wellbeing is rooted in three decades of professional study, qualifications, practice and teaching. With a degree in Performing Arts (Dance), Post-Graduate studies in Acting, subsequent qualification as a Second Dan Black Belt in Wado Ryu Karate and RYT200hrs Yoga Teacher, Jo has built a uniquely detailed knowledge and deep understanding of the human body, and the immense physical, mental and spiritual health benefits of movement.
Jo has collaborated with practitioners across art-forms and cultures from India to America fusing dance, martial arts and theatre, and has led workshops with dance teachers, business leaders, disabled artists, actors and GP referral patients. She is passionate about fulfilling our innate human need to move – to communicate, embody JOY and optimise our wellbeing.
Vinyasa-based flow, Hatha, Yoga Nidra, Yin, Chair Yoga and Restorative form the core of Jo’s yoga-based offerings, combined with expertise in anatomy, creativity, young people’s mental health and yoga for people with multiple health conditions. She has a creative and person-centred approach to teaching, making the time spent on the mat rich, valuable and useful in everyday life.
Jo continues to expand her professional expertise to benefit her students and is deep-diving into a therapeutic qualification in Ayurveda with the International Practitioners of Holistic Medicine.
Having practised Yoga for two years, with a desire to deepen her own practice and extend her knowledge, Emma decided to embark on a teacher training course with Nartana Yoga School. She qualified as a 200hr teacher in 2018.
Having come to Yoga in an attempt to deal with the symptoms of anxiety and stress Emma found, and continues to find, ways in which Yoga practice offers relief from these conditions and more generally breathing space from the busy lives we often lead as well as many physical benefits too. This interplay between mind, body and soul in Yoga continues to fascinate Emma and informs her lessons.
Emma offers lessons in Restorative Yoga and gentle Hatha and offers a safe space with many a prop to encourage the body to release and the mind to follow. Join Emma on the mat to give yourself permission to relax and restore.
1-2-1 and private small group classes are available on request.
Both Jemma and Jo are experienced in creating bespoke yoga classes and programmes specific to your needs. This may be to focus on alignment and technique, to build strength or flexibility or have the time and space dedicated to your own Restorative practice, meditation or pranayama. Speak to us about supplementing your class with links to hand-picked meditations; further reading and a copy of the class plan for you to return to time and again.
One to ones are hosted at Yoga at the Forge studio with all the props, space and privacy required, or if you prefer and have suitable space, we can travel to you.
If you’d like personalised, dedicated one to one yoga, or details of pricing and availability, please contact us
A gentle class with an invitation for you to connect movement with your breath. Hatha yoga is a traditional practise that uses Asana (yoga postures) and Pranayama (breath) to calm the mind and prepare your body for other practises such as meditation. Your hatha class will include gentle stretches either seated, lying or standing as well as some balances.
As with every class you will enjoy a restful Savasana to calm you mind and totally release your body.
This class is a real treat and is a great way to end your working week and give you a reset to enjoy your weekend. As the name suggests you will work through a number of resting and deep stretching postures encouraging you to restore.
Working with your body and breath a true sense of relaxation can be achieved. Feel free to bring layers to wear and a blanket for warmth and comfort (we do have blankets available), it’s nice to be cozy!
This accessible class is primarily seated and focuses on increasing mobility in the joints. Freeing up the breath and gently stretching and strengthening the body. Fully adaptable and individually tailored to each participant’s needs and abilities, Chair Yoga also provides opportunity for balances and floor work aided by bolsters, blocks and straps, should that be accessible.
Adapted Sun salutations, warrior sequences and yoga poses are offered and guided visualisation or meditation, pranayama (breath work) and relaxation complete each practice.
A class to celebrate movement and admire the capabilities of your body. Flow encourages you to coordinate your breath with movement to enable you to flow from one posture to another.
This class includes yoga styles such as Vinyasa and Ashtanga. Great for building strength and flexibility you will leave this class feeling satisfied that you have energised your body and settled your mind all in one go.