Yoga and somatics for all, suitable for beginners.

I came to yoga late, in my early 30s, thinking – like many others – that I wasn’t flexible enough to practise yoga. Twenty years on – in 2015 – I started my yoga teacher training.

For me yoga is about listening to body and breath. Doing what is right on the day. No forcing, no pushing, simple breath led, gentle enquiry. Gentle encouragement, coaxing limbs and joints into movement and rest. Noticing tension and tightness. Learning to work in a way that’s right for you. Then, taking what you learn in class off your mat into day to day life.

Following my initial teacher training I’ve explored how yoga can help manage a variety of mental health issues (anxiety, depression, stress and burnout) and insomnia. I’ve also explored how alignment works for individuals and this has taken me into developing an interest in somatics and qigong (pronounced chee-gong) and how these practices complement yoga.

Starting with somatics, two of the teachers I’ve worked with recently – Tias Little and Lisa Petersen – draw on the work of Thomas Hanna and Moshe Feldenkrais. This movement practice is an enquiry based, meditative movement practice that encourages students to explore the relationship between their brain and body, helping to understand why this relationship sometimes doesn’t work. I’m a certified Prajna SATYA teacher and a Somatics Exercise Coach. I’m also a Menopause Yoga certified teacher.

I’ve been practising qigong since 2016 and Mimi Kuo-Deemer is my main teacher. I’ve completed a number of courses with Mimi and I’m planning to introduce qigong classes to Lamplugh Village Hall later this year/early 2024.

If you want to try a yoga and somatics class, your first class is free. Thereafter 90 minute face to face classes are £12.50 drop in or £10 per class paid in advance.

Two regular weekly classes

Tuesdays: 10:00am – 11:30am

Wednesdays: 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Tel: 07962 127 812