Need more daily exercise or activity during lockdown?
Live virtual and recorded exercise and other classes and activities in the New Forest
Updated 8 May 2020.
Whilst real “live” events and activities in the New Forest are largely postponed or cancelled there is plenty of live exercise as well as social activity in which you can participate from home.
Most people had never used the word zoom other than in its old guise of buzzing about, now however Zoom is in every household and it's literally revolutionising the ways in which we can not only hold business meetings but also continue our precious yoga classes.
Now regularly "attending" our Wednesday mutli-level yoga with Ruth Bush in my living room I can report extremely positively about how quickly we have all adapted - and the yoga mat on the carpet is also a good deal more comfortable than on the hard village hall floor!
Please see below details of the online classes we know about so far. If you know of other similar events taking place or are an organiser and would like your class or event added to this list please email . We will be updating this list regularly.
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Live streamed yoga: exercise, calm and relaxation all combined - without even the stress of travel!
Yoga is great for both mind and body: mindful, calming, grounding, and wonderful for strength and flexibility too...
The Natural Health Hub is offering a range of classes including both Hatha and Restorative yoga: Hatha yoga is one of the traditional forms of yoga practice, from which other types have originated. Using a combination of asanas (poses) and controlled breathing, it is as physically demanding (or not) as you make it.
Classes start with sun salutations (surya namaskars) and finish with savasana relaxation. Restorative yoga is one of the most deeply relaxing styles, your body is completely supported through handmade natural props scented with therapeutic grade essential oils to remove any pain or discomfort to allow ultimate parasympathetic conscious replenishing time.
Also on offer from The Hub is a mix of yoga, breathing techniques, meditation and more which you can download and do any time over and over again.
If you'd like to get in touch with Sue who owns The Natural Health Hub she will be pleased to talk with you about the range of classes on offer "at" The Hub and with her wealth of knowledge and experience may also make other helpful suggestions for you at home during lockdown - email in the first instance to and arrange a telephone talk.
If you prefer, details of all classes and instructors can be found via this link on the Natural Health Hub website: https://www.thenaturalhealthhub.co.uk/classes/e-classes.
Other online yoga available in the New Forest:
Yoga in the New Forest - the wonderful Ruth Bush offers a range of free resources and also amazing live classes - these are paid classes held on Zoom, paid for by bank transfer and accessed through a portal on the website. Contact Ruth in the first instance via email for a discussion about your specific requirements:
121 Yogatherapy - we've watched one of Stuart's cheery upbeat videos, he offers free live streaming yoga, seated yoga, yoga fundamentals, yoga 4 stiff blokes, and mindful yin yoga. Stuart Robertson 07739 548276 and he'll direct you to the online resources!
Maria Claridge offers a range of exercise classes, personal training and a range of yoga (kids yoga too) https://mariakclaridge.com/online-classes;
Vigorous exercise and dance for when you just need to really move!
Keep up your fitness - it's good for building a strong immune system too...
Push Studios have a free live streamed 'Ballet Sculpt' class on their website: https://www.pushstudios.co.uk/push-studios-live-streaming and are now setting up other online classes (payable online): https://www.pushstudios.co.uk/push-studios-premium
New for 24 April newly launched from Valeria Sesto
Virtual and Live - A free venture to help the community’s physical and mental wellbeing during lockdown
"Many of the Lymington and New forest health, sports and fitness practitioners have got together to give their bit to the community in these challenging circumstances, where caring and solidarity come first. From reknown fitness queen Karen Davis to World Class athlete Valeria Sesto, experienced coach and IRONMAN Will Newbery, popular Pilates teacher Juliet Nichols and cheerful trainer Sneh Cook, to leading expert nutritionist Lucy Kelly and proficient in mind matters, Gill Matthews; as well as Osteopath and therapist Hannah Stevenson and Natalie Green, amongst others. Local contributors include Well- recognised Hockey coach and New Forest Hockey club chairman George Havers, who has put together a piece on ‘growing your own’ for beginners whilst Lymington Award winning restaurant owner and chef Shah contributed with some of his delicious home- made dishes done from his own kitchen. Local double Olympic Medalist Sailor Nick Rogers also gave his bit of knowledge through a video recorded with his kids where he teaches how to build a hiking bench to train at home.
Through a ‘home-made’ website built by one of them, the motivational team brings a variety of free live sessions (mostly via zoom) either physical training or webinars about relevant subjects related to health and well-being specially during this period of quarantine. These are also recorded and uploaded to watch later for those who were not able to join in at the time- although one of the key aims of the idea is to bring people together, from their homes. Members of the public have also been contributing with their very own signature recipes of healthy dishes as well as their favourite treats, which are then shared in the site, with everyone else.
This community venture, now in its sixth week, is called ‘VirtualandLIVE’ (www.virtualandlive.com) and it can be also found on Facebook and followed on Instagram and Twitter.
See it, be it, write it! Online theatre course
We couldn't resist including this from Forest Forge! What an opportunity! Starts 29 April. Details/ sign up here https://forestforgetheatre.co.uk/event/see-it-be-it-write-it-online-theatre-course/
(There is some content overlap between this feature article and our earlier "Staying Sane" article - but in that article you will find further ideas and inspiration for things you can do at home during lockdown so here's the link https://www.lymington.com/129-health-beauty-fashion/1607-covid-19-self-isolation-new-forest)