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.

 

 

I ❤️IA

I ❤️ teaching Inner Axis. After covering Rebecca Richmond’s class last night, I smiled all the way home -buzzing off the group energy. What a joyous job it is; to teach.
This afternoon is my last IA class at Tri before I go to the Netherlands to assist on Max Strom’s teacher training.
Can’t wait to meet the fledgling yoga teachers, about to step onto this life changing path.
Josie and Ivana will be covering my classes at Tri whilst I’m away (Buzzing off my student’s energy)
And I will be back to teach next Saturday 31st 6.15pm
Bzzzzzzzzzzzzz ?

Remember, remember the 5th of November…..Boom

  1.  It’s exactly 1 year since I started teaching at the EXPLOSION of community spirit which is; Fresh Ground Studio, in Clapham Junction. To celebrate I’m launching a firecracker of a discount deal: The 5 Class Pass.
    Whoop! Yoga AND Bargains AND Fireworks. This is surely the best day ever!
    Email me for details or buy direct on the door. Fresh Ground Classes are on Tuesdays at 9.15am-10.30 & Saturday 11.30-12.45
    Happy Bonfire Night yogafolk. Continue reading “Remember, remember the 5th of November…..Boom”

Seasons change

October is blowing all the cobwebs away today ! I love the Autumn. The colours are changing, the air feels different… the swan babies have grown up ( see evidence below) Today, I am embracing “change”. The change in my body as I get older, the changes in my life as people and places move in and out of it, and the changes I observe on the mat- shifting within me as I practice and breathe. All hail change.

Some changes to the schedule too! : Next week 09/10/17

Fresh Ground

 

Tues: 9.15 – 10.15 *******NEW DAY, NEW TIME, GOODMORNING YOGIS/YOGINIS

Sat: 11.30 -12.45 (same old same old)

 

 

(And whilst we are about it…..)

Triyoga Camden 

Mon 8pm-9pm

Tues 6.15pm-730pm
Weds 4.45pm-6pm
Sat 7.30pm-8.30pm

Sat 12th aug

heads up: this Saturday 12th at Fresh Ground is cancelled because I’m doing workshop with the wonderful Annie Carpenter. If you need your Fresh ground fix, come tomorrow 10-11am. Spread your toes and open your heart and sharpen up your focus.

Saturday 29th

This Saturday the wonderful Rebecca Richmond will be covering my 19.30 class at Triyoga Camden. ( I’m going to see some noisy Jazz!)

Fresh Ground class in the morning, as usual (with laura) : 11.30-12.45. Come “Awake the real band”

Curfews : by Hafiz the great Sufi master

Noise

is a cruel ruler

who is always imposing

curfews

While

stillness and quiet

break open the vintage

bottles

Awake the real

Band