July 22-25th Summer Retreat

 

 

Join me at The Asha Centre in the beautiful Forest of Dean for our Summer Yoga Retreat.

£550 single    £480 shared room

Price inclusive of:

3 nights accommodation

6 Yoga practices in glass fronted studio over looking the forest

Optional workshops and meditations

Nutritious, healthy home cooked meals

Tea and Coffee, fresh spring water

Full access to Asha’s grounds, orchards and gardens plus library, fireroom and dining room.

As the current situation is still unclear as to Covid restrictions, numbers will be strictly limited to ensure safety. For more info on how Asha staff are keeping us as safe as possible, and for any other info on this retreat please email lfy@laurafreemanyoga.co.uk 

A deposit of £200 secures your place and in the event of the retreat being cancelled due to government guidelines – a full refund will be made.

flyer for retreat july 2021

 

Something Remarkable

 

The buds are popping out and the sun in the morning makes early Yoga practice so much easier to get out of bed for.

As the country begins to blink it’s eyes open again I am hopeful as I look to the future and the adventures ahead.

This year I will be teaching Yoga on several meditation retreats with the most fantastic team at Remarkable Retreats. I can honestly say they are a life changing experience, having participated as a student myself twice!

If you are interested in Meditation and Self enquiry, if you have a difficult journey ahead or feel like you have lost the map…or missed the junction: This may be the kind of retreat you were waiting for.

The venue is stunning, the food nuturing and the facilitators are second to none.  It’s a kind, human, heart opening space but it’s by no-means a walk in the park, expect to dig deep, commit to full days and leave feeling re-energized, hopeful, connected and understood.

The first live retreat of the year is for beginners: 20th-23rd May 2021

Check out RemarkableRetreats.co.uk for details

 

Hoping

Two special invitations

The first to our astoundingly courageous, dedicated frontline NHS and Hospice staff:

Some of the teachers at Triyoga are offering FREE classes to anyone working for the NHS or Hospice. That means the Nurses, the HCAs, the physios, the cleaning staff, the receptionists. All of you wonderful folk who are keeping things running to care for our sick. You have our eternal gratitude and we hope these classes offer you a break and a little time to recharge.

I will be teaching on Weds mornings 8am -a 1/2 hr Inner Axis class.   All welcome just have your NHS badge or hospice badge to show at the start of class.

Click this link to book this, or any of the other NHS classes at Triyoga.

https://triyoga.co.uk/discover/free-classes-for-nhs-workers/.

 

Secondly:

With hope in my heart, I announce my long awaited Spring Retreat!!!

I invite you to join me at the glorious Asha centre, nestled deep in the Forest of Dean, for 4 blissful days to recharge and unfurl into the Spring.
Over this long weekend, you can expect:

6 nurturing yoga lessons with stunning views across the forest,

3 nights accommodation,

Optional workshops and meditations,

A feast of delicious home cooked (often home grown) food,

Woodland walks, comfy sofas, and big starry nights around the fire.

April 9-11th 2021

SINGLE: £550

SHARED: £480

Presently numbers are strictly capped at 14 so we can socially distance if we need to and all rooms will be single occupancy unless you are sharing with a bubble. We have a full refund policy if Covid prevents this retreat going ahead.

For more info go to the Retreats section or email me at lfy@laurafreemanyoga.co.uk

Drop Anchor!

Are we nearly there yet?

This was my childhood mantra on long August car trips to the campsite. And this summer has had a chorus of that singsong phrase on repeat, echoing around my head.

When will the dull/sometimes piercing fear of human contact be gone? When will things feel somewhat “normal” again. Will that happen? And will the old “normal” be good enough? Are we nearly there yet?

I’m not sure about you, but these waters feel very unchartered to me. This opens up new possibility as well as new fears.  My teacher Max says “Crisis is the Axis of transformation”. I have felt that truth in my own life, and see it time and again in my students and friends. But this time it’s global, it’s lifechanging on a massive scale. What will we transform into?!

Change and reflection is a wonderful thing, but uncertainty can bring anxiety and stress for many of us.

So many pals that I’ve been speaking to have been describing an overwhelming feeling of fatigue. The desire to hibernate till it all blows over. I think we have to acknowledge this is real and normal. And then find ways to anchor ourselves.

Taking out unnecessary uncertainties (just for now) can be helpful. Even small things – changing from “I’ll get up depending on what time I go to bed” to ” I get up at 7.30″ can be a tiny anchor of certainty. Swopping “I’ll try and call my Mum when I have time later this week” to “I call my Mum on Thursdays before supper”. Or even ” I try and do the washing up (when I can face it)  after each meal” To “I do the washing up in the morning because I’m most energised then, and the sun shines through the kitchen window, and no-ones gonna die if there are dirty pots in the sink overnight”. Catch my drift.

Of course Yoga has been an anchor for many of us too.  Sometimes the exploration of Yoga keeps me alive and sometimes I need the anchor of repetition. My good friend Lucy who has always been a Hatha/Vinyasa Yogi has suddenly found the repetitive rhythm of Ashtanga is exactly what she is missing in life right now. I encourage you all to explore the variety of Yoga out there. What we need in our 20’s is different to our 40s. What we need in a pandemic is different again. Stay open. Stay well. And steer your own course through these choppy waters. Who knows where we are heading, but we can drop anchor along the way as often as we need.

Online classes with me

Monday : 4-5pm Chair Yoga. A full yoga experience without the need to get down on the floor! Open to all.

Tuesday : 7.50-8.30am Rise Up. Start your day with this 40 min all round practice. Each fortnight we will be focusing on a different theme. So expect a changing flavour, but all the usual ingredients. 

Thursday: 6-7.15pm Full Inner Axis inspired class, continuing the flavour of the fortnight.

I am also teaching privates 1-1 and teaching “Yoga for Cancer” for Triyoga. See schedule for dates.

 

Mid Week Chill – June 17th 2020

Back by popular demand!! What started as a one-off is back again thanks to the great feedback and requests for more!

Join us for a beautiful 𝗠𝗶𝗱 𝗪𝗲𝗲𝗸 𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗹 that will help you feel relaxed and wonderful for the rest of the week. 𝗠𝗶𝗱 𝗪𝗲𝗲𝗸 𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗹 is a collaboration with myself and Dj Caz Coronel  and will take place on Zoom🧘🏻‍♀️

Starting with a little free dancing to limber you up, go wild,  have a gentle bop, or listen and relax with a cup of tea! Your camera can be on or off for this, whatever feels best for you to feel chilled, (though we super love to see you!) This followed by some glorious yoga to get you stretched and feeling amazing (we would prefer your camera on for this as I can help with any movements but again no pressure at all). Ending with a guided savasana relaxation and some meditative listening that will put you in the perfect state for deep healing sleep. ⁣ No yoga experience needed!   

Happening Wednesday the 17th of June from 𝟴𝗽𝗺 𝘁𝗼 𝟵.𝟯𝟬 𝗽𝗺 𝗕𝗦𝗧

All this for the ridiculously cheap price of just £𝟱!⁣

A pair of good quality headphones is recommended but not at all essential.⁣ ⁣

Email: lfy@laurafreemanyoga.co.uk to RSVP ⁣

 

Yoga Online – it’s time!

 

 

 

Here’s this week’s online class details. If you would like to book in -simply download Zoom and email me to register at:

 lfy@laurafreemanyoga.co.uk

Yoga Basics Monday 4pm- 5pm
https://zoom.us/j/396910668?pwd=cEI0UmhiQ21TZXdSQy9xYlRLWkJYUT09

Meeting ID: 396 910 668

Pregnancy Yoga Thursdays 4.15pm – 5.30pm
https://zoom.us/j/522906003?pwd=ekE4TXFGVGJlZkR5cE1Oa24vQmZMZz09

Meeting ID: 522 906 003

Inner Axis Pure  Thursday 6pm – 7.20pm

https://zoom.us/j/715887267?pwd=REs2dFhRZitUYWlSc1pDNThEWjNSUT09

Meeting ID: 715 887 267

 

Inner Axis Plus Saturday 11am – 12.20pm
https://zoom.us/j/499949557?pwd=dEV0bWhuaDVMU0czUVZ3QmZCZ1Rpdz09

Meeting ID: 499 949 557

Spring has Sprung


In these turbulent times, a little sunshine and blossom make all the difference to my mood as I’m peeling myself out of my warm bed to make the dash across the cold marina to my studio space for morning practice. 
Spring is coming and everything feels a bit easier.
Spring, of course, brings new life and what better way to celebrate the green buds peeking through, than to announce a new Pregnancy Yoga class in Long Ditton! I absolutely love teaching prenatal yoga. As a pregnant women, you are the embodiment of unconditional love- you have no choice but to give your child everything it needs. It’s a uniquely special time and often the connection to true self that we strive towards in a yoga practice, is so palpable in a pregnancy class. There is a raw energy unlike any other, when women come together in this primal state.

I look forward to teaching my new class beginning on Saturday 21st March at 1.30-3pm. Places are limited so please email lfy@laurafreemanyoga.co.uk to book your spot.

I’ve taught many wonderful women during their pregnancy. Here are a few nice words from some of them:

“I took part in one of Laura’s yoga retreats when I was 26 weeks pregnant. Up until this point I hadn’t done any exercise at all during my pregnancy. Laura helped me to understand how to safely practice yoga whilst pregnant. I would highly recommend attending one of Laura’s classes at any point in your pregnancy – her gentle, warm and funny approach are an added bonus to her excellent teaching. I continued yoga right to the end of my pregnancy and really felt the benefits of continuing to move, stretch and breathe.” Sian

Autumn Retreat in the Scottish Borders.

Autumn is such a wonderful season. Colours turn, the Light is cooler-clearer, Change  is everywhere. Traditionally a time of harvest; gathering together and taking stock.

Come join me 17th-20th October at the beautiful Legerwood Steading surrounded by farmland, for a long weekend of Yoga, feasting together, taking stock, and sowing some new seeds ( metaphorically…  there will be no manual labour involved)

Please email me for more information. And do take advantage of the  Early bird discount!  For bookings made in July there is a early bird discount of £30pp ( bedrooms are kingsize & ensuite… and really gorgeous) Use code #catchestheworm

 

Bringing Santosha Home

Ive just returned from 5 weeks in India. I’m in love with India. It’s the birthplace of Yoga and it is a country where “Santosha” is rife!

Santosha is one of the Yogic principles laid down by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras ( written around 250BCE). It translates roughly as inner peace, contentment, acceptance of what is.

Growing up in the British culture of Striving;Always trying to improve,always looking to the next thing. Santosha often feels foreign, uncomfortable, even lazy.

This “contentment with what is”; is one of the Niyamas than I struggle with the most. How do we tackle Climate change with Santosha? How do we develope Santosha in a world where injustice and corruption have their tentacles everywhere? On my recent yoga training in Rishikesh India, we spent some time discussing this tricky concept and how Santosha can be translated into our yoga practice and into our daily life.

The great Serenity Prayer: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference” is where Santosha resonates for me.  Perhaps I will never have the strength to be able to press up into a handstand like the guy on the next mat…. BUT that’s ok …AND how wonderful that  I have the time and space and functioning body and air in my lungs, to try.

It’s a challenge. Certainly. Turn on the news and you’ll quickly feel Santosha running through your fingers and a bitter impotent rage filling your belly instead. But start small. And remember ( in my opinion) Santosha does not mean- not striving for change. It simply means to work for that change, from a place of peace.

As I transition back from the simple beauty of life on holiday in India, to the hectic beauty of my real life back in London, I hope I can bring some Santosha with me. To expend less energy on being frustrated with things that I cannot change and to revel in the bliss of “what is” rather than “what might be” or “what was”. To be more present and more content.