Solihull Arts Complex

Gentle Chair Based Yoga

Gentle Chair Based Yoga

With Marie Kennedy

Join this fun, fitness class for people of all ages and ability with or without physical difficulties (carers welcome).

A gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair or standing, using a chair for support. Chair based yoga exercises can promote circulation, flexibility, balance and boost confidence. Ideal for anyone..... but especially those with Parkinson's, dementia, obesity or other conditions that can make exercise difficult.

£5 per session


Changes to Fitness Classes – Covid -19 Regulations for your Safety

We’re delighted to start re-introducing our health and fitness courses, which will return with some important and very necessary changes. 

Our first priority is to protect attendees, tutors and staff at The Core and so we’ve considered carefully how to manage our popular classes with minimal contact.  Change is always difficult for the first few weeks, so we would ask all attendees to read all sections below carefully and follow the new ways of attending designed to keep us all safe.


How do I book a place?

Places can only be booked and paid for by phone or online.  Call: 0121 704 6962 to buy a ticket and your name will be on the register at the start of the class – no tickets are issued.  You cannot pay cash when you arrive. 

Visit to book online and you will not be charged the normal online booking fee.  Your name will be on the register at the start of the class.  You can buy up to one week  before the class, subject to availability (max 12 places).

Please don’t attend a class unless you have pre-booked, we’re  expecting classes to be full.

If you wish to purchase more than one ticket for a class, you will be required to do this in separate transactions (giving participant names and contact details for each ticket) as we need an accurate register of all individual partipicants for Test and Trace purposes.

What new measures are in place?

Participants should wear a face mask to enter the building, once in an allocated space, masks can be removed. They must be worn when visiting toilets or leaving the building.

Participants should bring their own yoga mat and water bottle. 

Classes are timed throughout the day to allow a thorough cleaning and ventilation regime.  We’ve allowed up to 1 hour between classes to allow us to fully ventilate the Studio, sweep and mop floors and wipe down furniture.  Hand gel will be available at the entrance to the building together with hand-washing signage.


What about social distancing?

Participants must attend no more than 15 mins prior to their activity to prevent any queuing.  Arrive already dressed for the class, there will be no changing on site. Please go straight into the Studio and find an allocated space. The doors will be held open on entrance and exit.   A register will show who has booked so tickets are not required.

We have allocated 3 metre squares on the Studio floor.  You should keep within your space and respect that others might be anxious to keep away from strangers, so may not wish to chat.  The maximum attendees in a fitness class will be 12.  Participant details will be held for Test and Trace purposes.

Toilets will have clear guidance on the number of people allowed in, plus a regular cleaning regime.


A Summary of changes

  • Places are limited - book a place in advance, bring your own mat and water bottle.
  • Don’t arrive early, or queue up.  Wear a mask and arrive dressed ready for class.
  • Hand gel is available – there will be thorough cleaning and ventilation between classes.
  • Encore Café bar tables can only be used when ordering food/drink via table service.


What else has changed?

The Core will provide meet and greet staff to assist visitors stay safe during their time in the building.  The Café bar tables are cleaned and allocated for table service, so course/class participants cannot use them unless they are ordering food/drinks.  There are tables and benches available to all outside in Theatre square.  

Encore Café bar will be reopening with a reduced menu, but the same friendly service. They will operate a table ordering service, rather than Counter queuing. They’ll collect customer details following Government Test and Trace Guidelines.

The Changing Places facility remains open and accessible to those who need it.

The Library will be operating a ‘grab & go’ facility on the ground floor only.  Users can select items without browsing or touching them and follow instructions regarding check out.

Council services and facilities operating from The Core all have their own webpages with full details of how COVID-19 regulations have changed their workplace and services. View online at or call the Council Switchboard on 0121 704 8000.

Book Tickets

  • Wed 4 August 11.30am
  • Wed 11 August 11.30am
  • Wed 18 August 11.30am
  • Wed 25 August 11.30am

£5 per class

Please note there is no £1.50 booking fee on weekly classes booked online.

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