August News. There will be no Thursday classes running on the 10th. Saturday Class on the 12th is cancelled and being moved to Sunday 13th at 2.15pm at Clifton Church. The second yoga retreat is running on the weekend of the 25th-27th August, therefore there will be no Saturday class on August 26th.
Hello, welcome to Lemon Tree Yoga!
I am often asked what the appeal of yoga is. What can a person expect to gain through practising?
It is a straight forward question to ask a yoga teacher and people are genuinely curious. I, however, always hesitate. I simply don't know where to start. I could keep it short and place all the benefits under the banner of improving general health and well-being.
In all honesty though, everybody comes to yoga for different reasons and whatever they gain is completely personal to them. Yoga is all about working with and for yourself.
So, let me turn it around. If you are reading this then you already have an interest. So, what would you like to gain from yoga?
Do you want to improve your flexibility and increase your mobility? Do you want to strengthen your core? Do you want to improve your posture? Do you suffer from a "bad back?" Are you under pressure, stressed out, anxious, depressed? Do you suffer from a breathing disorder and want to learn how yoga can increase your lung strength and capacity? Do you struggle to sleep well? Do you need some time out each week to come to a place where you can truly relax?
That's a lot of questions, and yoga can truly help with all of the above. After all, it has been around for thousands of years, helping thousands of people all over the world.
So, now what do you think of when you consider joining a class?
Do you think everybody can effortlessly bend themselves in two, stand on one leg and balance on their heads? (all at the same time maybe?!) Well, think again.
Here, in nutshell is what you can expect from my classes and retreats.
Movement, stretching, breathing, relaxation (lots of the latter, I am a huge believer!) - oh, and a sense of humour...if you can't have a giggle in a yoga class then really, when can you?
My style of yoga is Hatha mixed with a sprinkle of Yin Yoga. In my experience, these two styles perfectly complement each other.
The class always, always starts with a small relaxation. If you have dashed to class from a stressful day, what better way to separate yourself from that day and take a few moments to release everything and tune into yourself.
We then move on to take some yogic breathing exercises, again, always, every week. The majority of us are shallow breathers. We breathe automatically without thinking, yet each breath keeps us healthy and more importantly alive. So it makes sense to breathe deeply and strengthen our lungs. Yogic breathing can be used to calm the nervous system, increase energy levels and detox the mind and body.
Next we can move, we can stretch, balance (yes, on one leg!) and strengthen with a variety of postures. By mixing the two styles of yoga together, sometimes we can flow from one postures to another and sometimes we can be still, settling the body into a posture to go deeper into the connective tissues, stretching and strengthening the joints and muscles.
Every two weeks we change this part of the class. This keeps it interesting and allows us to explore as many postures as possible.
Finally, it's time to relax - at least 15 minutes of guided relaxation to allow the body to rest and nourish itself from the physical practice. Here is where you learn to let the mind soften, gaining the ability to release all the annoying thoughts which overload the brain. This is precious time to completely let go, leaving you feeling peaceful and replenished. Snoring allowed as long as it's not too loud!
So who can join in? Well, anybody! Regardless of gender, size, physical condition, age and the ability to toes your toes! (If you are under 16 then please get in touch as some boring rules apply here)
So if you can relate to any of the above and want to try yoga out please feel free to contact me by phone or by clicking on the Contact Us link. I promise there are wonderful benefits to be gained if you are willing to take them.
Yoga has given me a greater understanding of my body’s capabilities. Improved flexibility, balance and core strength are the main benefits with the bonus of enjoying a good relaxation at the end of class.–Carole G
I love Lemon Tree Yoga. Elizabeth’s classes have changed my view of yoga. I am not expected to turn up happy. Just to be present. It doesn’t matter if I am put together or a mess. I can arrive with a jumbled mind and a heavy heart. It doesn’t matter if I can’t touch my toes or meditate for hours. It simply asks that I show up and then the magic happens. Time for me, I have finally learned to relax.–Ester P
Elizabeth’s classes are not only an enjoyable form of exercise, but they improve concentration and help with stress relief. The stretching and breathing techniques even helped me during my pregnancy and the labour of my child! The classes provide a relaxing environment to completely cut out day-to-day stresses and focus on yourself. I am usually so relaxed that I fall asleep in class! I have been going to Lemon Tree Yoga for over 3 years now and would highly recommend it for all ages and capabilities.–Samantha M
I love yoga because it’s my time, for me, to re-balance my mind and body. I get rid of aches, pains, headaches and feel strong in my whole body. The relaxation at the end of the session gives me a great night’s sleep. Three years with Elizabeth has realigned my body and mind.–Emma C
I will always answer any yoga inquiry emails sent to me. If you don’t receive a response within 24 hours please check your junk/spam folder. Thanks Elizabeth...
Mats Mats Mats!
Please bring your own mat to class as I do not provide them. I have 2 spare mats – these are for first time students and emergencies! If you would like to borrow one please get in touch before class and I will put a mat aside for you. If you are attending class for the first time please try to arrive early as you will need to fill out a participation form and it gives me the chance to have a quick chat with you about the class before we start. Many Thanks Elizabeth...