It is our belief that nature is the greatest healer.  Ancient traditions teach that living in tune with the seasons is the secret of health and vitality. At Valley View Mark and I enjoy natures’ powers every day – and we can’t wait to to share them with you………………….’

Yoga and cooking

Lorraine Clissold teaches yoga in a way that is energising and yet accessible. She uses simple but effective relaxation and meditation techniques.  And she loves to share her passion for food and the wisdom of traditional diets and lifestyles. From 1995 – 2005 Lorraine lived in Beijing China. There she discovered Qi Gong and Chinese dietary therapy, presented a food programme on Chinese Television and wrote articles for local magazines. In 2007 she published ‘Why The Chinese Don’t Count Calories’ (Constable).

In China I became aware of the potential of food and exercise to restore and rebalance. The Eastern way is all about nourishment and energising rather than unsustainable weight-loss diets and strenuous fitness programmes’.

Energising and nurturing

It was in China, over 20 years ago, that Lorraine began to develop a regular yoga practice. Her early practices were Hatha, Bikram and Ashtanga yoga. She trained as a yoga teacher in Glasgow at the Seasonal Yoga Academy working with the Chinese meridian  lines. Then developed her skills in Vinyasa Flow and student adjustment at The Yoga Space in Leeds. To work with families she completed Be Yoga Children’s teacher training course.   Interested in the nurturing aspect of yoga, Lorraine studied Well Women Therapy with  Uma Dinsmore Tully. Most recently, she was found flying high with Cloud 9 Yogas’ Aerial yoga teacher training.

‘When I teach flow yoga I help students connect with and move their energy and become aware of how it works in the body. Aerial yoga gives us a different insight which can be transformative. My ‘well women’, and gentle yoga classes are developed from Uma’s inspirational teachings.  They nurture and revitalise, and bring us closer to our inner wisdom’

Wellness coach

Lorraine studied Ayurveda with the Dru Yoga Foundation, and holds both the Ayurveda Certificate and Health Coach Diploma. This sister science to yoga supports health and well-being and helps yoga students both on and off the mat.

‘My wellness teachings are derived from the ancient art and science of Ayurveda.  My experience of the Chinese five element system is another important influence, especially in the area of diet.  Food and nutrition are key to these both teachings and are subjects close to my heart’

Aside from her passion for all things yogic, Lorraine enjoys spending time with her four interesting children. On a daily basis she enjoys tending to her menagerie, riding her pony, Millie, and walking  with Mark and their Labrador cross, Rosie, in the beautiful area around Valley View.