Classes where you can be part of a small online community
Monday 7.30 – 8.15 am – Start the week
Wednesday 7.30 – 8.30 p.m – Join the flow
And Friday 7.30 – 8.15 a.m – Wake up to the week-end
‘I started teaching on line during lockdown and just love our Yogandspice online community so much that I plan to continue indefinitely. The group is small enough for me to be aware of who is in the class and respond to feedback or requests but big enough to be a community.’
Introductory one to one
‘For students who sign up for regular classes I include an optional 30 minute introductory one to one. If you are new to yoga I can take you through the key postures or I can discuss any particular objectives or concerns about your practice. And you can book additional private sessions when you need them’.
The right class for you
I like to describe my classes as energetic but accessible and I truly see yoga as a mind body practice – much more than an exercise class but with all the benefits. My student’s comments include
‘I came to yoga late in life, but I find with Lorraine’s excellent teachings I now enjoy stretching out and feel less stiff in the morning’.
‘...a unique, holistic, whole body practice -which is highly enjoyable and often makes me smile‘
Vinyasa Flow plus
My style can loosely be described as Vinyasa flow, where the practice literally flows with the breath. But I weave threads of ‘Qi gong’, which means to move the energy, into the practice. If a posture needs explanation I may adopt a traditional ‘Hatha’ (which just means posture) approach. And sometimes I introduce a restorative or Yin session, where postures are held for several minutes, to relieve physical and mental tensions.
While I try to add interest and challenges for those who like them I, just occasionally, remind us all that yoga is not a competitive sport. Yoga is is less about how ‘well’ you do a posture and more about where your head is when you are doing it. And while many people simply come to the mat to improve flexibility, most leave having gained much more than looser hamstrings.
I teach Seasonal yoga, creating classes that work with the pre-dominant energy of the time of year. This concept is based on ancient traditions from Asia but I often adapt classes to suit the unpredictable UK weather or the, equally unpredictable, mood of the moment.
You can learn more about our seasonal themes in Seasonal yoga for life. The Chinese Meridian theory works with different organs of the body; Ayurveda focusses more on how the elements of nature manifest in our make up. For the more sceptical yogis among us, I also explain how different postures help with aches and pains or tension in the body. And I include breathing exercises and guided relaxation to help with stress related issues too
Need a stress buster?
Extended Yoga Nidra with gentle movement
Alternate Sundays 8 p.m
21 February; 7 March; 21 March……………………
This new class is accessible to all and recommended to anyone wanting to reduce stress, sleep better, and generally have some ‘me time’.
We start with either Yin Yoga or gentle movement. In Yin Yoga we use cushions and blocks to support you in a posture which we hold for several minutes. This helps to release tensions held in the connective tissue which can affect us mentally as well as physically. Most Yin postures are floor based and in this class there will be a maximum of five simple postures before taking a comfortable position for relaxation.
Yoga Nidra is a relaxation/meditation process where you find a comfortable and supported position, and are then guided in a state of relaxed consciousness between wakefulness and sleep. It is rejuvenating for mind and body. Many students report that it leads to much improved sleep; you can also use the practice to set intentions or change mindset; the benefits are individual and numerous.
There will be an additional cost for this class of £5 though if it is popular I will look at building it in to the monthly offering.
Pay what you can
When I started to teach on line my message was ‘pay if you can’. That has not changed. I suggest a cost of £5 for one class or £20 for the month (for as many classes as you can manage). If something different works better for you just get in touch.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or WhatsApp on 07962 505906.