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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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.
SCHEDULE FOR JULY AND AUGUST
- Wednesdays 8.30-9.45am: outdoor yoga at Hayling Golf Club ***FULLY BOOKED***
- Thursdays 10-11.15am: outdoor yoga at Hayling Golf Club
- Thursdays 6.30-7.30pm: live online yin yoga through Zoom
Book online at www.BelieveinWellbeing.as.me
Along with Earth Resonance we also have fabulous yin yoga and sound baths scheduled for September and November. Go to WORKSHOPS to find out more. And a day retreat is planned for September. Starting with a gentle yoga flow, then a lovely and healthy lunch. After lunch we enjoy a singing bowl workshop with Earth Resonance and finishing with a calming and peaceful yin yoga practice to complete the day. Go to RETREATS to find out more and to book.
a gentle and fun yoga practice in a peaceful setting looking over the lake at Hayling Golf Club. (If the weather is not friendly we have the option to move indoors). Classes are limited to no more than 6 and is appropriate for beginners as well as more seasoned yogis. Social distancing protocols are adhered to.
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
Better able to sit for meditation