Yoga and Ayurveda for your holistic health and happiness



Holistic Yoga Sangha

We are based in Torquay, South Devon. A small group of teachers share The Studio, a purpose designed Yoga space near Torquay harbour. The Studio was created for the healing arts of Yoga, Meditation, Ayurveda and deep relaxation, an antidote to the stresses of everyday life. We aim to facilitate healing, health, wellness and happiness in ourselves and others. We have classes, weekend workshops and retreats. Please contact us to discuss any of this further.

Virginia Compton is the founder and creator of Holistic Yoga Sangha.Holistic Yoga as taught by Virginia offers a balanced and therapeutic approach and so everyone is welcome, regardless of age or ability. Private group and individual Yoga sessions are available as are classes with a therapeutic focus. Workshops and other sessions incorporate posture (asana) work as well as Pranayama and Yoga Nidra. Practices are also inspired by Ayurveda, the science of life as well as Yoga. Ayurvedic massage is available with Virginia to enhance your holistic wellbeing.

What is Yoga?

Yoga originated in India, around 5,000 years ago. The word Yoga is a Sanskrit word which translates as ‘union’ or ’joining’

In most western classes the Yoga practised is Asana (postures), the physical practice using the body. The practices use different postures to tone and strengthen the physical body and to release physical and mental tension. Our classes also include some other Yoga techniques, particularly Pranayama (breathing) and Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation). Therefore we offer you a complete authentic Yoga experience inclusive of all the practices Yoga offers and this makes it inclusive for everyone, regardless of age or physical ability.

Who can do Yoga?

The truth is, anyone can. Yoga can be adapted for all, whatever your ability. Yoga incorporates more than just stretching and moving, it is also breath work, meditation and relaxation. You will find within this practice an acceptance, regardless of your experience or capabilities.

Some Benefits of Yoga

Physical benefits can include reduced back pain, reduced muscular and mental tension, improved circulation, relief of pain/stiffness, improved hand/eye coordination, improved balance, strength, energy, endurance and resilience and many more!

Mental and emotional benefits include an increase in  mental clarity and focus, calmness, less stress, improvement of mood and well being, decrease in anxiety and depression, improved sleep and much more!


Ayurveda evolved in India, and is considered to be the world’s oldest healthcare system. The Sanskrit word Ayurveda means the science of life.

An Ayurvedic approach is entirely holistic. It aims to create harmony between the body, mind, and spirit, maintaining balance, preventing illness, treating acute conditions, and contributing to a long and healthy life.

Ayurveda is not a “one-size-fits-all” system. Instead, its regimens are tailored to each person’s unique prakriti (Ayurvedic constitution), taking into account his or her needs for nutrition, exercise, personal hygiene, social interaction, and other lifestyle elements. Ayurveda incorporates diet, physical Yoga exercise, breathing, meditation and massage therapy.