DUE TO CORONAVIRUS – AS OF 17 MARCH I AM CANCELLING ALL GROUP YOGA CLASSES FOR A MONTH. I am now offering online yoga classes whilst we are unable to meet. As of 24 March I’ve broadcast 4 live classes via Zoom and also recorded them for later use. My intention is to record many more in the coming weeks and build up a library of videos you can use at home. The live classes offer a great way to keep our yoga community together. At present these are for existing enrolled students only but I will soon open them up to others. If you would like to be kept informed, please subscribe to my mailing list – the form is on a few pages of my website. Keep safe and well until we can see each other again. Yours in yoga, Leigh
Hatha Yoga – all classes require pre-booking. BOOK ONLINE below:
Hatha Yoga is defined as the science of self-knowledge. My approach to teaching conveys the way I have been learning Hatha Yoga for over 25 years. It is a systematic method which typically includes: centring via breath awareness, asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing practices), mantra (sound practices) and a guided relaxation (often in the form of yoga nidra). We gradually build upon what you have learned. I find that in our modern busy lives we all benefit from something, which revives body and mind and helps to relieve stress. Regular practice gives you a sense of ease in your own body but also calms and quiets the mind.
I have practised yoga all of my adult life. After about ten years of practice, I did my first teacher training with the Himalayan Institute and started my student teaching in New York City. Shortly after I moved from New York to Scotland and continued learning and teaching in Edinburgh. I took some time out from teaching when I had my two daughters in 2004 and 2007 and resumed teaching when they were babies. I brought yoga onto the timetable at the old Ken Marriott Leisure Centre (now the rebuilt Queens Diamond Jubilee Centre) and taught there for about three years. I then did additional teacher training with Birthlight from 2010-12 and have been teaching pregnancy yoga since then. In 2016 I began my Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs (YHLB) teacher training and have been teaching yoga to help people with chronic or recurring low back pain for two years now. Since leaving the gym I’ve been been teaching exclusively from privately hired venues as I find I can recreate more of the atmosphere of a yoga studio than in the busy gym environments could provide. I now teach out of: Overslade Community Centre (since 2010), St. George’s Church Hall (since 2010) and Cawston Community Hall (since December 2015) which all have underfloor heating – a lovely thing in Winter!
My usual term time teaching schedule is:
MONDAY – GENTLE HATHA (this class combines chair and mat based movements, but minimises transitions up and down from the floor) Overslade Community Centre 9.30-11.00am.
MONDAY – COMMUNITY YOGA MIXED LEVEL HATHA YOGA CLASS £5/class, 11.15am-12.30pm, Overslade Community Centre. This class is discounted as a way of making yoga more accessible to those on a more limited budget.
TUESDAY – BEGINNERS HATHA YOGA CLASS, Cawston Community Hall, 6.00-7.15pm
TUESDAY – IMPROVERS HATHA YOGA CLASS Cawston Community Hall, 7.30-9.00pm. Incorporating more core strengthening and sequences of postures. The class is a bit more physically challenging than Mixed Level class, therefore a good level of fitness is required. Suitable for those wanting a stronger physical practice. Unsuitable for people with ongoing injuries or illness.
THURSDAY- MIXED LEVEL HATHA YOGA CLASS St.George’s Church Hall, 7.30-9.00pm.
All classes are first come, first served and require pre-booking. You can view exact class dates on the TIMETABLE page of this website. Those currently enrolled always have first option at re-onrolment. Some classes have a waiting list; please check first. Those wishing to come try a class for the first time are welcome to borrow yoga kit if they don’t already own any. Regular participants will need to bring their own yoga mat. A completed enrolment form will be needed at your first class. If you have, please bring: a yoga sticky mat, a tight woven blanket and a bottle of water. To reserve your place, please click on the relevant button below to book your trial class. The block booking rate applies to those who commit to attending class weekly. Alternatively you can pay the casual drop in class provided the class is not yet at capacity. If the class is at full capacity those committed to weekly attendance have priority.
In yoga it is said that, “when you are prepared, your teacher will appear.” I hope to see you in class soon!
Please note there are no substitutions or refunds for missed classes, so please ensure you can attend before paying. Thank you!