I am a qualified Yoga Therapist, and am currently adding to my training with the Minded Instritute in Integrated Yoga Psychotherapy, which I will be offering soon.
But what is Yoga Therapy and what makes it different from 121 yoga?
"Yoga therapy is a self-empowering process, where the care-seeker, with the help of the Yoga therapist, implements a personalized and evolving Yoga practice, that not only addresses the illness in a multi-dimensional manner, but also aims to alleviate his/her suffering in a progressive, non-invasive and complementary manner. Depending upon the nature of the illness, Yoga therapy can not only be preventative or curative, but also serve a means to manage the illness, or facilitate healing in the person at all levels." - TKV Desikachar & Kausthub Desikachar
People tend to seek Yoga Therapy to support themselves with their mental and physical health conditions through the science and ancient wisdom of yoga and its practises and other lifestyle measures. After a detailed intake is given, a plan is co-created in collaboration between client and therapist, practises are explored within the session, and between sessions a home practise is prescribed. This mix aims to help empower the client with tools to improve their own wellbeing and minimise suffering.
The word holistic is often misused and certainly misunderstood. A holistic treatment is one "characterised by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the symptoms of a disease." Because Yoga Therapy views the person from a holistic, person centred approach, it allows therapist and client to work together to see the broader picture, and uniquely tailor sessions to the individual, which might involve working with several conditions simultaneously.
Conditions that can be worked with include:
Depression, Anxiety, Stress, PTSD, Schizophrenia, ADHD, Eating Disorders, Addictions, Post Natal Depression, Bipolar
Musculoskeletal conditions, Diabetes, Hypertension, Parkinson's, Asthma, COPD, Cancer, HIV, Alzheimer's, MS, Autoimmune Conditions, IBS, Heart Disease, Insomnia, Arthritis, Osteoporosis, ME/CFS, Chronic Pain
Email me today to enquire about starting your Yoga Therapy journey. I offer a free 20 minute consultation to see if you think we would be a good fit.
I am also keen to start working with community organisations and other businesses who are looking for an in house yoga therapist, or who are interested in offering yoga therapy as a company benefit, so feel free to start the conversation by dropping me an email.
As well as my corporate offering, I work with a number of individuals on a 1-2-1 basis. I'm available to lead personalised sessions with both individuals or small groups (such as friends, family and neighbours) both online, and if based in South West / Central London, in person
If you would like to deepen your practise , working 121 with a yoga teacher can offer a truly personalised experience from the comfort of your home. Suitable for all, below are just a few reasons you might want to work together
You want a more personalised experience than a studio class can offer
You'd like to practise in your own home, to be more comfortable or to work around a busy schedule
You're a beginner and are looking to gain confidence to join a group setting
You're looking to include more breathwork and/or meditation in your practise
You're working with injuries
You're pre or post natal and need something that fits with childcare arrangements
I teach the specific below practises which can be uniquely tailored to your individual needs and requirements
I have several clients who I have worked with consistently for over a year and have established a great rapport with. Below is a testimonial from 'E'
"I've been working with Leanne for a year; My twice weekly sessions have become an integral part of my life and gave me something to look forward to, especially during the pandemic months.
Leanne teaches with clear instruction and positive encouragement; I love her down to earth approach and how she continues to meet me where I'm at to provide a safe and challenging practice. She has helped me develop a greater awareness of my body and my abilities. Oh - and she always has a great playlist for our sessions. Thank you Leanne."
Rates start from £55 for 60 minutes for online. I offer a free consultation session either on the phone or zoom, for people looking to work with me privately - email me now to book yours in
In 2022 I co led my first weekend yoga retreat with Lorna Fisher. I am hoping to start leading more retreats in the future and am open to collaborating with other yoga and wellbeing practitioners.
To keep up to date with future retreats and workshops, click on my EVENTS page.
121 / SMALL GROUP YOGA
HATHA AND VINYASA
Hatha yoga is a broad umbrella term for a variety of styles of yoga. Expect a hatha yoga class to involve a set of physical postures, combined with breathing techniques and meditation. The practise is typically slower and contains more static postures than Vinyasa.
Vinyasa yoga is a type of Hatha yoga, broadly recognised as a more flowing style where there is an additional emphasis on the transitions between the postures. My vinyasa classes will always involve breathwork and meditation
Slow paced and mainly floor based, the longer held postures in Yin yoga help to target the deeper layers of connective tissue such as the fascia and joints.
It's a practise that really works with your body's nervous system to give time for the connective tissue to open and strengthen.
It also helps to improve the flow of energy around the body and a you'll finish a yin practise feeling relaxed yet revitalised
PRE AND POST NATAL
Yoga can play an integral part in a pregnant or post natal person's health and wellbeing.
As a qualified pre and post natal yoga teacher I am qualified to help you establish or maintain a yoga and relaxation practice throughout
pregnancy and beyond. Pre natal yoga works to strengthen the body and build resilience in a low impact and nurturing way, paired with breathwork to prepare for labour.
Post natal yoga helps to realign posture and to restore wellbeing. Read all about why you might want to take Pre or Post natal classes with me
MEDITATION AND BREATHWORK
The physical practise of yoga is in itself a moving meditation which incorporates both breathwork (pranayama) and meditation. But these practises can also be worked on in isolation.
As a mindfulness teacher I teach both practises from this perspective as a way of keeping the mind-body in a present and mindful state. Practises within these areas are an amazing way of getting 'out of your head' and back into your body and have empirically proven therapeutic benefits