YOGA

Testimonials

I have had the pleasure of practising yoga with Leslie. She cares so much about the total wellbeing of her clients and students. It is delightful to see her teaching and sharing this passion! X  ND

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I didn't realise how much I needed that [yin yoga] practice this evening until we were doing it.  Thank you!  AB

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I have really enjoyed the classes, it makes such a difference to my day.  ER

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A little bit about my approach to teaching.  I am not super fit, I am not at all good at back bends and my alignment is not nearly as picture perfect as I would like it to be.  You won't find selfies of me on social media in crazy poses.  I am not a vegan or even vegetarian.  I drink, I swear and I have eat chocolate (sometimes lots of...).  Really, I just want to make yoga as approachable and achievable for as many people as possible.

My classes are aimed at you and I would encourage you to see the opportunity that yoga offers you to really connect with your body.  For this reason I really like to verbally cue you into self adjusting into a pose.  I find that this way you really get a sense of your own body.

I have been practising yoga on and off for over 20 years and with my body work clients I often drop to the floor and demonstrate a pose that may be beneficial for whatever is going on for them.  Massage and yoga are a perfect union for me so it feels like a natural progression for my career to train as a yoga teacher.  I have a particular love for yin yoga and I can see it being really beneficial for so many of my clients.

I undertook an intensive yin yoga training in the summer of 2019 with Norman Blair - an incredibly inspiring teacher. And I am so pleased that, having completed my teacher training, I am now a fully qualified yoga teacher and am able to offer a full schedule of flow yoga and yin yoga, as well as day retreats and other events.


ONLINE SCHEDULE FOR NOVEMBER LOCKDOWN

* MONDAYS 10am-11am

Fitness Flow:  expect more core work and some strong work into the legs.  Let's get strong together!

 

* WEDNESDAYS 8.30-9.45am

Gentle Flow Yoga:  these classes are appropriate for beginners as well as more seasoned yogis.  Most weeks we have a peak pose that we work towards and your class will usually include a breathing practice, a salutation and then working toward our peak before slowing things down.

 

* THURSDAYS 5-6.15pm

Gentle Flow Yoga

 

* THURSDAYS 6.30-7.30pm

Yin Yoga:  Yin postures are more passive and mostly floor-based which makes it accessible to so many of us.  It has a slow and considered approach, asking you to relax into a pose, soften the muscles and deepen into your body.  Poses are held for a number of minutes, melting tension and taking your deeper into yourself.  This style of yoga targets deep connective tissues and can be quite meditative.

 

* SUNDAYS 4.30-5.30pm

Sunday Slow Down Yin Yoga:  Bring your week to a close with another yin yoga practice.

 

The classes will be through Zoom which is a fantastic online video conferencing tool and really easy to use.  You can either stream through your mobile or from a laptop.  All I would ask is that you try to set your device up in such a way that I can see as much of you as possible – purely just to ensure you are safe in your poses and to offer options if needed.

 

I would love to see you online, otherwise I look forward to seeing you again in person.

 

Take care and stay positive.  Book online at www.BelieveinWellbeing.as.me

GENTLE FLOW YOGA

Join me for a gentle and fun yoga practice. Classes are limited to no more than 6 at the Golf Club; at Chidham Hall we have a larger space.  These classes are appropriate for beginners as well as more seasoned yogis.  Most weeks we have a peak pose that we work towards and your class will usually include a breathing practice, a salutation and quite often a bit of Native American flute!  Social distancing protocols are adhered to.

YIN YOGA

So what is yin yoga?  Yin postures are more passive and mostly floor-based which makes it accessible to so many of us.  It has a slow and considered approach, asking you to relax into a pose, soften the muscles and deepen into your body.  Poses are held for a number of minutes, melting tension and taking your deeper into yourself.  This style of yoga targets deep connective tissues and, as it has a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) approach, we can also regulate the flow of energy in the body through targeting specific meridians and acupressure points. 

 

The time spent holding postures can be meditative which, to me, makes it such a beautiful practice.  And it is thought that a practice like this was traditionally used to help promote meditation and long periods of pranayama (breathing exercises) and sitting.  This meditative approach with a physical focus gives us the opportunity to access deeper tissues such as the connective tissue and fascia.  Often this is where we hold deep seated historical tension.  And in my experience as a body worker and Reiki Master this is also where we hold emotions that no longer serve us.  This practice of yoga gives you the opportunity to get close and personal with yourself, with your feelings, with the emotions lying under the surface.  And it allows us to do something we struggle with.... to SLOW DOWN!

 

Yin can also help us with flexibility.  There is no delicate way to put this - the older we get the more our joints lose flexibility.  And yin is a great way to maintain good movement and joint function.  Yin teaches you to listen to your body - something we all need so much.

 

Some of the benefits of yin yoga are:

  • Calms and balances the body and mind

  • Regulates energy in the body

  • Increases mobility, especially the joints and hips

  • Lowers stress levels

  • Helps lubricate and protect joints

  • Impacts on the connective tissue

  • Deep relaxation

  • Destresses

  • Better able to sit for meditation

© 2019 by Leslie Kelly

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Cancellation policy: Out of respect for my time cancellations and postponements of less than 48 hours will be charged at 50% of the therapy price.  Missed appointments, cancellations and postponements of less than 24 hours will be charged at 75% of the therapy price.

Deposit policy: A deposit of 50% will be taken at the time of booking.  This can either be by cash, cheque or card or by online payment.  This deposit will be refundable in line with the above cancellation policy.