Introduction to Ayurveda, Life Coaching and Yoga with Karen Nally – Sunday 12th May

Join Karen on this life changing journey of self discovery on her Introduction to Ayurveda, Life coaching and Yoga workshop.
You will practice 2 yoga classes- Vinyasa to improve strength, tone and stamina and hatha and restorative to relax. Karen also uses pranayama (breathing practices), mindful meditation and aromatherapy oils in every class to connect to body, mind and spirit.
We will delve deep into the basic principles of Ayurveda and you will be personally assessed to determine your Ayurvedic profile. You will take away a personalised Ayurvedic specific diet with life style recommendations. Following this holistic approach to health and wellbeing will bring immense changes in your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.
To complete the journey we will assess all segments of your life to gain a clearer picture of areas in your life you may need to improve and how implement change to become your higher self using one of the most popular life coaching tools.This workshop offers the opportunity to change your current perspective on diet nutrition and lifestyle by delving deep into yourself using traditional yogic methods.You will take away your own personal Ayurvedic nutrition and life coaching advice whilst enjoying the company of a great group of yogis.It is suitable for all levels whether you’re completely new to yoga or looking to expand your current knowledge.

3 hour workshop (please allow up to 4 if discussions take place).

Price £35 **

Who is Karen Nally?

Lead by yoga alliance registered yoga teacher and fitness expert Karen Nally with over 8 years experience in the health and wellbeing industry. Karen is a 500 hrs registered yoga teacher with a great passion for yoga, nutrition and wellbeing .
Karen has a diploma in Ayurveda and loves sharing her knowledge on the benefits of one of the worlds oldest know medical sciences .
Karen’s knowledge of yoga is vast as she has studied and taught a variety of styles such as: Kundalini, Vinyasa flow, hatha, vikasa, power, yin, restorative and creates her own unique mix of all styles in classes accessible to all yoga levels. She believes in ensuring each student’s yoga levels are managed by tailored yoga sequences and modifications especially for them.

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Meet our new teacher Kim Kreipe

Kim’s yoga teaching philosophy includes guiding students through a challenging but energising class with focus on breath and movement. Balancing flexibility and strength training while encouraging a comprehensive yogic lifestyle. Incorporating the physical understanding and background of contemporary dance: the yoga classes will be provided with flow and the focus of smoothly connecting various asanas and breath whilst encouraging joy, well being, self – empowerment and overcoming life’s stress and obstacles.
She’s a 200-hour+ trained yoga teacher with more than five years of experience in teaching yoga, meditation and dance across the globe. Certified by Yoga Alliance.
Proficient in Aerial Yoga, Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Hatha Styles, with expertise in asana sequencing and flow. Special training and expertise in aerial yoga, satkarma (cleansing), pranayama, and various meditation techniques.
Join her Tuesdays at 7.15pm for Calisthenics with Yoga.

Meet our new teacher Izzy Brittain

Izzy first discovered yoga by copying postures from a small orange book as a child.

After a varied journey through life, injury and experience, things eventually came full circle. Today Izzy is a playful and curious yoga teacher, dance artist and performance poet.

Through approaching yoga as a complete philosophy for health, she experiences the practice as a nourishing and ever-evolving home to return to. Deeply passionate about helping people to connect mind, body & breath, her creatively designed Hatha classes bring peace and presence to busy lives.

Focusing on alignment, fundamentals and flow to encourage greater freedom and awareness, sessions build to a dynamic practice, developing strength and resilience in body and mind. She is fascinated by discovering creative ways to re-pattern habits, reduce pain and promote healing for all.

Izzy feels that yoga offers a wonderful way to connect to life’s intelligence and return to our natural rhythm. She looks forward to sharing this with you!

Join her each Tuesday at 5.45pm for Dynamic Hatha.

Beginner’s 6 Week Yoga Course starts 19th April 5.15pm.

Ideal for those starting their yoga journey, or wanting to brush up on the basics.

In the six week programme you will:

  • Learn foundational postures (asanas) and posture groups;
  • Examine the sun salutations and variations;
  • Develop an awareness of alignment and how to safely practice;
  • Delve into the history of yoga and basic philosophy;
  • Explore the impact of the breath, it’s importance in your yoga practice and breathing practices (pranayama);
  • Discover basic meditation techniques.

The course will enable you to develop the confidence to join the weekly drop in classes and give you a firm foundation for your practice.

On completion of the course you will receive a 20% discount off your first class pass.
£50. Course starts on 19th April.
For more details email info@leedsyoga.com

Meet our new teacher Sophie Hutchinson

Sophie is a Hatha Yoga teacher as well as a contemporary dancer with professional training and experience in somatic practices.

The notion of curiosity is a key part of Sophie’s practice; the ever-changing body meeting the ever-changing world and all of those spaces in between! Sophie’s classes are based on a strong belief that Yoga is a highly physical and highly intelligent art – but most importantly, it is fun and can be also deeply relaxing.

Each class will invite you to explore and deepen your understanding of moving in coordination with the breath as a means to strengthen and stabilise the body on and off the mat. You can expect to be challenged physically but also soulfully in a safe, supportive and friendly space!

Sophie will be teaching the lunch classes every Friday at 12.15 & 13.15.

Entry Points To Meditation by Jennifer Parr

Are you interested in meditation but not quite sure where to start?

Or do you want to deepen your experience?

The following has been put together to help you find an entry point. There are of course many more options but hopefully you’ll find this a helpful starting point.

Use the headings in bold to see what might suit you best. Many resources are free and will be highlighted with (FREE) behind it.

Do you have a smart phone?

Have a look at the Insight Timer app (FREE). This app has a timer for timing your own meditations with a pleasant range of bells to start and end with. The app also has very many guided meditations you can try. All of this for FREE! Teachers I would recommend bookmarking are the following (many have websites or books that are worth a look and some I will discuss below):

  • Vidyamala Burch
  • Jack Kornfield
  • Tara Brach
  • Shamash Alidina
  • Elisha Goldstein
  • Reggie Ray
  • Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Sharon Salzberg
  • Mark Williams
  • Joseph Goldstein
  • Melli O’Brien

Do you have a chronic condition?

Do check out Breathworks-mindfulness.org.uk. Founded by Vidyamala Burch. They run 8 week courses all across the UK.

Interested in Mindfulness?

The book ‘Mindfulness: finding peace in a frantic world’ is great to start with. One of the authors is Mark Williams. The meditations in this book can be found online at franticworld.com (FREE).

In-depth but with an excellent sense of humor are the books by Ruby Wax. Her openness about depression is a breath of fresh air. Try ‘A mindfulness guide for the frazzled’ or ‘How to be human’. There are some talks available on YouTube (FREE).

Does Radical Self Acceptance speak to you?

Then Tara Brach is for you. (tarabrach.com). She has written some excellent and accessible books.  Her website has talks and meditations (FREE).

Would you like to explore a more Buddhist approach?

Tara Brach mentioned above is great for this.

If you have been to the meditation classes on at Leeds yoga you might be interested in exploring somatic meditation. Reggie Ray has written a number of books (Touching Enlightenment might be the most accessible of these). The websites (dharmaocean.org) offers some talks and guided meditation (FREE).

Pema Chodron has written some beautiful and accessible books. Visit pemachodronfoundation.org has all the information and has some talks as well (FREE).

Thich Nhat Hanh has written some lovely accessible books (visit plumvillage.org). Teachings are available on the website (FREE).

Do you have a scientific mind?

You will relish Rick Hanson’s neuroscience approach. Try the book ‘Buddha’s Brain: the practical neuroscience of happiness’.

Join Jennifer Parr on the last Saturday of the month 12.30pm to investigate some somatic meditations in the style of Reggie Ray. FREE to attend and open to ALL.