Hatha Yoga

Hatha Yoga – all classes require pre-booking

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 recently 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 for six years. I also teach occasional ‘yoga for labour and birth’ workshops for couples. In 2016 I began my Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs (YHLB) teacher training and recently began teaching yoga to help people with chronic or recurring low back pain. 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 Monday mornings at Overslade Community Centre 9.30-11.00am, followed by (12 week course – not available to drop in) Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs from 11.15-12.30 also at Overslade. Tuesday evenings is a mixed level Hatha Class at Cawston Community Hall from 7.30-9.00pm and a mixed level Hatha class at St. George’s Church Hall on Thurdays from 7.30-9.00pm. I also teach Birthlight Pregnancy Yoga on alternate Friday evenings at Overslade from 7.30-9.00pm. Please see the TIMETABLE page for current class dates.

Those currently enrolled always have first option at re-onrolment. The deadline to re-enrol is always the last class of the current block. Current class schedule will appear on my timetable page. Some classes have a waiting list; please check first. Those wishing to come try a class for the first time are welcome to borrow a mat/blocks/bricks as a one off. 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 contact me to check availability, then send £5 via Paypal to reserve your chosen date. I will confirm once received. If you decide to join for the remainder of the current block you can pay the balance at class. The block booking rate of £10/class applies to those who commit to attending class weekly. Alternatively you can pay the £13/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. Please note there are no substitutions or refunds for missed classes, so please ensure you can attend before paying. CURRENT TRIAL £5 TRIAL CLASS OFFER – MONDAY MORNING or TUESDAY EVENING CLASSES ONLY. A non-refundable £5 Paypal payment to: leigh@innerpeaceyoga.co.uk secures your chosen date. Thank you!

For those re-enrolling:

Monday morning GENTLE HATHA CLASS: April/May = 4 week block = £40 (no class on bank holiday)

Tuesday evening MIXED LEVEL HATHA CLASS: April/May = 5 week block = £50

Thursday evening MIXED LEVEL HATHA CLASS: April/May = 6 week block = £40 (no class on election night 6 May)

 

In yoga it is said that, “when you are prepared, your teacher will appear.” I hope to see you in class soon!

Download your enrolment form for Hatha Yoga here.