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2 London Street
Faringdon, England, SN7 7AA
United Kingdom

07940 542181

The Lotus Retreat is a beautiful holistic sanctuary in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside.

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Regular, luxury yoga classes during the day and in the evening at the Lotus Retreat, Oxfordshire


At The Lotus Retreat we run daily yoga classes with a variety of styles ranging from Hatha to Ashtanga and Vinyasa flow.

Whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced yogi there is something for everyone. Just pop in and we will discuss your needs and the best class for you.

We keep class sizes to a maximum of 10 to ensure that all students have the full focus of their teacher and enough space to move freely.

We like to call yoga at the Lotus Retreat “luxury yoga” because of the beauty of the space (always warm, candlelit and filled with aroma of natural oils) and the nurturing attention you will receive. During the summer the patio doors can be opened onto the courtyard offering light and air. You are welcome to stay and enjoy a tea or coffee after your class in our cosy lounge area. We believe yoga at the Lotus Retreat is something a little more special that your average yoga class which is why so many of our students have stayed with us throughout the years.

Classes & Prices

Monday am - 9.30 - 10.45am:  Hatha / Vinyasa Flow with Catherine Bailey. Beginners and intermediates welcome

Monday am - 11.15 - 12.30: Hatha/Vinyassa Flow with Catherine Bailey. Beginners welcome

Monday pm - 6.00 - 7.00pm: Hatha / Vinyasa Flow with Catherine Bailey. Beginners and intermediates welcome

Tuesday - 11.30 - 12.30pm: Hatha / Vinyasa Flow with Catherine Bailey. Beginners and intermediates welcome

Tuesday - 6.15 - 7.15pm: Vinyasa Flow/Ashtanga with Jen Mills. All abilities welcome*

Tuesday - 7.30 - 9.00pm: Vinyasa Flow/Ashtanga with Jen Mills. Intermediates to advanced welcome

Wednesday - 9.00am - 10.15am: Reiki, meditation and manifesting with Kathleen Hartley and Carrie Rossiter

Wednesday - 11.30am - 1.00pm: Vinyasa Flow/Ashtanga with Jen Mills. Intermediates welcome

Wednesday - 6.30pm - 7.30pm: Vinyasa Flow/Ashtanga with Jen Mills. All abilities welcome

Wednesday - 7.30pm - 9.00pm: Vinyasa Flow/Ashtanga with Jen Mills. All abilities welcome

Thursday - 9.30 - 10.45am: Vinyassa Flow with April Thrush. All abilities welcome

Thursday - 11.30am - 1.00pm: Vinyasa Flow/Ashtanga with Jen Mills. Intermediates welcome

Thursday - 7.30 - 8.45pm: Hatha / Vinyasa Flow with Catherine Bailey. Beginners and intermediates welcome

Friday - 9.30 - 10.45am: Vinyasa Flow with April Thrush. All abilities welcome*

Friday - 1.00 - 2.15pm: Yoga for Every Body with Bibhu Choudhury. All abilities welcome

Friday - 7.00 - 9.00pm: Restorative Yoga with April Thrush. All abilities welcome (last Friday of the month)

Saturday - 10.00 - 11.15am: Hatha / Vinyasa Flow with Catherine Bailey. Beginners and intermediates welcome*

Classes run daily, please contact the teacher directly to book your taster class. Classes require a block booking unless indicated by an * in which case drop-ins are welcome. Please note there is usually a supplement for drop-ins.


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Jen Mills

“Movement is the gift of life and we should cherish, honor and celebrate it”.

Jen has always been passionate about movement and has been drawn to dance, theatre and gymnastics. Jen discovered yoga in her late teens and was hooked from her very first class. After completing her Theatre degree in 2009 she packed her bags and travelled to Kerala, India to further explore her love of yoga.  She gained an international yoga teaching qualification from the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in India, where she undertook an intense training regime.   

Jen has established a unique style of teaching which incorporates her passion for flow and movement, including long vinyasa inspired sequences.  Alongside this, Jen provides a nurturing approach to teaching and a supportive environment to allow student’s to deepen their practice. As a qualified massage therapist, Jen uses her skills to soothe, enhance and treat her student’s while in yoga postures. Jen’s most recent endeavor is her Masters degree in Osteopathy. Jen’s ultimate aim is to combine her yoga and osteopathy to provide a deeper insight into the wonders of the body, movement and healing.

Email: or telephone: 07921 148365

April Thrush


April is an energetic individual with a passion for people, life and holistic health. During a career break, April studied Sivanada Yoga in Kerala, India. She then went onto study with iconic teachers such as  Donna Farhi, Brian Cooper and Shiva Rea. April’s style of Yoga is one which is deeply rooted to its true source and she brings the full spectrum of yoga to each of her classes.

As with most working mums, April juggles teaching yoga with motherhood and a career. Yoga to her is the one grounding stability that ensures she is able to take on the everyday challenges that life throws her way. To give everyone the tool of Yoga to help them to face their own life struggles or stresses is her greatest motivation for teaching.  

Email:, telephone: 07866 388550


Catherine Bailey

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Catherine offers Hatha Vinyasa, flow style yoga classes. For mixed ability at The Lotus Retreat.

During her classes there is the opportunity to reconnect with the self, to connect to the breath, to strengthen, align, and stretch the body and to focus the mind. Helping to bring the body, mind and spirit into balance again.

As a meditation and mindfulness teacher, Catherine nurtures inner peace and calm, bringing a mindful awareness to her classes.

Through her own journey, and a desire to live a happy and healthy life, she explored many different therapies and approaches to health and healing. Now, after years of experience of working in the health field, Catherine designs and runs her own courses, workshops and retreats.

Teaching yoga and meditation and Nurturing Inner Peace.

Email: or telephone: 07825 771154

Bibhu Choudhury

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Bibhu was first introduced to yoga as a teenager following a horse riding accident. Through his recovery, he came to appreciate the capabilities of the human body and its healing processes. Alongside a lifelong passion for sports, he has been practising yoga for over 25 years. 

Bibhu trained in Mysore in the tradition of Krishnamacharya (whose students included Pattabhi Jois and BKS Iyengar), under the instruction of Bharat Shetty. He is a Yoga Alliance USA certified teacher.

With the firm belief that yoga should be accessible to all people, regardless of physical fitness or ability, Bibhu encourages his students to practise at their own pace, working closely with the breath, listening to the body and observing the changes in the mind. Alongside careful technical instruction, Bibhu's classes inculcate a feeling of presence, of mindful awareness and ultimately bliss, which you can carry into all areas of your life.

Email:, telephone: 07751 884348

CLASS price

One hour class - £10.00
One hour 15 minute class - £11.00
One hour 30 minute class - £12.50
Two hour class - £20.00