In over two decades of teaching her authentic, almost unique style of yoga in and around Southampton, Meeta has earned a reputation for being a hard task-master - but one with a beautiful way of engagement and connection with her students.
So if you're new to yoga, you'll be totally supported. If you're already on your journey, you'll be encouraged to push yourself and grow.
Her huge repertoire of postures, combined with her ability to improvise a flow that's right for the class - for the individual yogis in attendance - is something to behold. You'll never see her refer to a script.
We're all here to achieve peak condition and inner peace - and to do that, Meeta believes that our bodies and our minds need to be properly cared for and nurtured - and that's why she offers such a wide range of styles.
Choose a style to suit your level and your mood, from slow Mellow yoga to intense Hot Yoga, and challenging Core yoga sessions.
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As we come together regularly in our beautiful yoga studio, each of our minds is in a different place. We have different emotions, different levels of readiness for the session about to begin..
The chanting of sutras can have a very profound effect on our consciousness and so Meeta leads each class through a short period of chanting in order to create a feeling of energy around us, to clear our minds, introduce a common rhythm and a steady, relaxed breath. By releasing our thoughts into a chant, we encourage our senses to merge and allow the mind to sink into itself.
Our chants are in the ancient language Sanskrit. Each Sanskrit letter is associated with a sound which in turn relates to a specific energy centre (chakra) in our bodies. Sanskrit chanting can activate these subtle energy centres and produce a soothing, purifying and energizing effect.
Many of the regulars have several of Meeta's chants memorised... just tune in to the wonderful sound that settles you into that place - in readiness for the practise to come.
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Sweat, stretch, detoxify
Meeta was the first to teach hot yoga in Southampton. Here, in her custom-built Pentire Avenue studio - heated to 40C - Hot Yoga will really open up your body.
Your muscles will stretch, your breath will be heavy. Expect to sweat, and expect to achieve what you didn't think possible!
Thursday evenings, 7:00pm; Sunday mornings, 10:15am
Hot Yoga is not suitable for yogis who are pregnant, or who have asthma or lung conditions
The MeetaYoga studio is laid out with yoga mats - but these are primarily to show yogis where to lay their own mat on top and to provide additional cushioning between your knees and the hard wooden floor.
1. For hot classes, please be sure to bring a towel and your own mat. You WILL sweat, probably a lot!
2. Please also be sure to drink plenty of water in the couple of hours before a hot class. This will help prevent you from needing to drink during the class.
Dynamic, flowing, gentle
If you're looking for a good all-round class, which suits total beginners, sporty types and seasoned yogis, then come to the Classic class.
In Meeta's fully improvised classes, you don't know what you'll get until you're on the mat! Experience something truly unique - and open yourself up to pleasant surprises.
With elements of Hatha, you can expect gentle yet challenging instruction. In true Vinyasa style, you'll flow from posture to posture without stopping. Meeta will also take you through energising breath exercises to give you a boost.
You'll leave feeling connected to yourself and ready to face the day.
Sound good? Then come and try it!
Gentle, slow, versatile
Sometimes you need to move mindfully, to soften the edges of your hectic modern lifestyle.
Meeta's Mellow Yoga classes offer a space to focus on your breath and oh-so-gently challenge your body. It's nice and slow, offering lots of juicy longer holds - but also offers more of a challenge than Yin.
You'll come away feeling balanced and more flexible.
Stretch, lengthen, surrender
An intense slow-burner of a class, the floor-based Yin yoga offers you - whether you're a beginner or an experienced yogi - a wonderful opportunity to connect and really open yourself up.
Using props such as belts, blocks and bolsters (and maybe with a little help from Meeta herself!), prepare to surrender into lovely long passive holds or postures, which gently increase your range of motion. It's the perfect way to unwind after a long day, or the Hot Yoga class that (on some seasonal schedules) comes right before it.
Energetic, balancing, spiritual
If you feel off-balance, like your chakras need rebalancing, then Meeta's Shakti-Shanti yoga class is for you.
It incorporates the Kundalini yoga style, which involves repetitive chants and movements to awaken your spiritual - kundalini - energy.
The first half of the class focuses on Shakti - Sanskrit for 'power' or 'energy'. Meeta will guide you through an energising, energetic practice, leading to the second half - the Shanti, meaning 'peace'.
You'll come away with boosted energy, reduced stress, and lifted spirits.
Breathe, focus, awaken
Pranayama, a type of meditation technique, is the fourth of the eight limbs of Yoga. 'Prana' = energy, and 'yama' = control.
Take your yoga practice from good to great - or start your yoga practice here - by focusing on the breath.
In this class, Meeta will guide you through a series of breathing exercises. Shut out the outside world, and emerge feeling de-stressed and connected to your spirit.
Conditioning, complexity, variety
One hour, four sections. Want to try different styles, and benefit from them all?
In this class you'll do a warmup, then move on to 15 minutes of muscle-building postures - even adding in weights if you want. After progressing into a classic flow, you'll then enjoy a short Yin, using all that heat you've generated.
Finally, you will be invited lie or recline into a journey of visualisation.
Book now to find out why the regulars love it!
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Challenging, strengthening, energising
Not a fan of the gym, but would love to build your core strength through yoga? Then this class is for you!
Your core - abs, obliques, lower back - is your power. In this class you'll improve your posture, your breath, your resilience.
Expect to work hard and find your edge, and you'll be rewarded with a blissful Shavasana at the end!
Breathe, calm, de-stress
Now more than ever, anxiety and stress affect us all. Meeta's Visualisation class is designed to help ease your worries.
In this class you'll use the combined powers of breath (pranayama) to assist the flow of toxins from the bloodstream, and creative visualisation to imagine - and attract - what you want to experience in your life.
Breathe, stretch, then just listen... and come away feeling calm.
Nourishing, deep, tranquil
Let go of your stress and your worries by candlelight.
Meeta's specially developed iYINgar class blends the best of two styles: Iyengar's standing poses, focus on detail and breathwork, and Yin's deep floor-based stretches.
You'll emerge calmer, stronger and more open. Pregnant women are welcome.
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What the yogis think ..
I love the challenge Meeta's classes offer. It's physically demanding but also very physically and mentally rewarding. I leave feeling longer, stronger and calmer....and a little bit tired!
— Ros, Intermediate
I have attended Meeta’s Portswood class since March 2012. I was a complete novice and the most inflexible being imaginable. Through excellent instruction and persistence and perhaps a little pain my yoga has developed and my increasing mobility is a delight to me..
— Pam, Experienced Beginner
Meeta is the real deal. There are so many yoga teachers in the world these days, it's virtually impossible to find an authentic one. She embodies humility, kindness, love, spirituality, beauty, patience and wisdom.
... Yoga is now an integral part of my morning ritual. Meeta is the consummate teacher: pushing you to your limits but in the most nurturing way possible. As she herself says: Pain is just a sensation!
— Raakhi, Inexperienced yogi
My day is not complete if I haven't done yoga with Meeta! I've been practicing with her for 15 years now. Her voice has so much love and sincerity in it when she is giving instructions to her yogis.
... She never is disapproving but always gives you a very reassuring smile. I've done yoga with other teachers on holidays across India and elsewhere but it's never the same as Meeta!
— Usha, Experienced yogi
I love going to practice with Meeta. Her style is energetic and uncompromising, and helps you build strength and resilience in body and mind.
... There is extra opportunity to develop your practice with workshops and retreats, and she is a great cook so I highly recommend the workshops where we have dinner together afterwards. Come along, you'll quickly get hooked!
— Bethany, Yoga teacher
My yoga journey began in 2003 when I first met Meeta. Since then I’ve tried many different yoga classes and teachers but Meeta has something very unique and special.
... Her classes are like no other; you never know what you will get but somehow she intuitively knows just what I need. I’m also very happy to count Meeta as one of my good friends; she’s a special soul 🙏
— Kelly, Lifelong devotee to MeetaYoga
Meeta has taught me that "pain is a just a sensation." There is no point in cheating as I'm just cheating myself - and in any case Meeta will always catch me out! 🙄
Meeta and her classes have helped me to step away from the hustle-and-bustle of everyday life and find joy and contentment in the perfect present moment.
— David, tight-limbed sportsman
I have been doing Yoga for the last 10 years with so many different international teachers all over the world when I am travelling which I do every six weeks. To say the least I have never come across any teacher like Meeta. She is mind blowing and the way she teaches is out of this world.
— Kamu, Experienced yogi
I first joined Meeta’s yoga class in 2007 after being recommended by a friend. At this point, I was recovering from a critical illness and my friend thought that Meeta’s class would support me with the emotional recovery process. As a complete yoga novice I had no idea what to expect, but I actually found a kindred spirit, another sister, who taught me the benefits of not just physical exercise,
.. but spiritual development too. In Meeta’s class, she brings together individuals from all walks of life and nationalities and creates a harmonious group, we laugh together and cry together, especially when she tells us that “pain is only a sensation!” That aside, Meeta teaches with passion, warmth and tenderness. At the end of every class I feel uplifted and ready to tackle whatever the world is ready to throw at me.
— Ruth, Experienced yogi
Meetas classes are vibrant and Meeta is full of passion for the wonderful art of Yoga. Meeta teaches authentically from her heart and is a very confident and excellent teacher. I highly recommend her classes.
— Shelley, Yoga teacher
Meeta is a magician who can make you believe that anything is possible and you can achieve your goals through persistence & pain (which is only a sensation).
... Anyone who can get my body to twist & bend and me to stand on my head is very special. Believe me this lady is one hell of a yoga teacher.
— Adrian, Mis-shaped but trying yogi!
I did my first class with Meeta online on Zoom. It was an astonishing experience. She possesses incredible strength and authority on the flow of sequence and postures. This physically intense activity has helped me not just physically but also mentally....
... I feel like I am able to focus more deeply on all my day to day work and the real sense of pleasure and happiness that seems was buried somewhere inside me for a long time. Thank you, Meeta, this is an incredible experience.
— Hitesh, Yoga beginner
I first started practising Yoga with Meeta about 14 years ago following breast cancer. I started with one to one sessions , which I cannot recommend highly enough. Meeta was empathetic and caring and positive. The thing I loved was that she did not just talk the talk,
... but walked the walk and the spiritual side was just as important as the physical. All Meeta’s classes are challenging but really enjoyable and she is creative, they are never mundane or boring! Meeta always has time for the individual, even in busy classes. I cannot imagine my life without Yoga or Meeta.
— Lizzie, Experienced yogi
Coming to Meeta's yoga class isn't just a class for exercise but gives you a sense of belonging, a freshen up on your mindset and an opportunity to switch off from the busy culture we live in. My 60 minutes each week, gives me opportunity to relax, re-energise and set my core back to a neutral standpoint. Thank you Meeta for giving me these wonderful classes.
— Vickie, yogi since 2018
It really was my lucky day in January 2012 when I discovered Meeta's yoga classes. She is a truly gifted teacher and cares deeply about her yogis. Having said that, don't get the impression that she is soft on us, she knows us well and understands when we need pushing 'if your body allows' always giving us options...
... The thing that amazes me most about Meeta's classes is that no 2 are ever the same. Meeta is a spiritual person and this comes over in the deep stillness she can create - as well as taking you further than you would make yourself go physically. I am 64 and am certainly much more flexible than I was in my 50s. For this, I thank Meeta unreservedly.
— Glenda, Welsh yogi :)
I used to be an Experienced Yogi but due to circumstances gave up Yoga almost 35 years ago. This means that I need to build my practice from the beginning. I started training with Meeta's online classes 2 months ago and at that point every posture was a struggle from a forward bend to down dog was torture...
...However with 4 classes every week I am so happy with my progress. I can see my strength and flexibility improving daily to a point that I know very soon I will be able to do the splits. I enjoy the class flows, the technique of preparing and getting into each posture is really well planned and amazing.
— Manisha, Reborn yogi