Lena Grace Bristol based Yoga Practitioner / contact me on 07786 832884

Lena Grace Yoga Bristol

MY YOGA: MY JOURNEY

From the moment I first discovered yoga it has become and remained one of the constants in my life. In some respects, I discovered yoga by accident. I’ve always been an energetic person with the need for physical activity, especially after a day of being sedentary in an office.

Over time I’ve tried my hand at many physical pursuits including Martial arts, Kickboxing, Aerobics, and Pilates to name a few. It was whilst at a gym that I tried my first yoga class, and from that moment I was hooked. This introduction to yoga has now been my passion for many years. I found yoga, or perhaps it found me?

I feel privileged to have trained with an amazingly inspiring woman called Nicole. She has been a major influence in my decision to embark on my teacher training; she in fact told me years ago that I would become a teacher. At the time, I was bemused by this as it was never my intention however here I am teaching years later. I absolutely love it.

I’ve been practising yoga for more than 10 years and have had the opportunity to be taught by many. My love of yoga and the desire to deepen my knowledge has led me to try different styles including Kundalini, Ashtanga, Bikram, Vinyasa flow and Hatha yoga from which all styles originate.

I want to share my passion for yoga with as many of you as possible. I want to share the many benefits that yoga can give. Yoga is my journey of self-discovery.

My mission is to make yoga assessible and with that in mind I provide yoga in the workplace, also one to one sessions, which I’m happy to facilitate in your home. I’m available for short or long-term sessions to groups or Organisations, as well as my regular weekly classes. Also, if there’s a small group of you as friends or colleagues who would like classes in a mutually agreed space, I’m also happy to consider this.

I like to take a creative and flexible approach to teaching, so if you’ve got an idea just run it by me, together we might just be able to make it happen.

TAILOR-MADE SESSIONS

I believe in making yoga accessible. The demands of our lives can sometimes make it difficult to invest the time we deserve. This time can help contribute to our health and well-being.

I can offer you tailor-made sessions, tapping into specific asanas that help relieve stress or help bring focus. There are breathing exercises that can help energise or instil a sense of calm, many of these you can practice at home or in the workplace to continually experience the benefits. And of course, practices that target specific areas like the back, core and hips for example.

TRAINING

I completed my initial 200 hours teacher training in 2016 With Soma Yoga and Medicine School. I was privileged to be taught by the amazingly inspiring Nicole Aarons. Her style is eclectic, this knowledge she imparts in her training. My yoga journey is an ongoing one, and with that have completed another 50 hours level 2 which includes Shamanic Journeying, Yoga Nidra and an Introduction to Soul Retrieval. I will resume regular training with Nicole from September 2017.

With a keen interest in learning and absorbing as much as possible when it comes to all things yoga, I attend classes when I can as I believe there is much to be learnt from others. I also keep my eyes open for suitable course and workshops.

ADDITIONAL TRAINING

The Art of Adjusting which enables me to adjust students safely without risk of causing harm or injury, as well as understanding the principles and ethics that come with adjusting.

An Introduction to Thai Massage An understanding of massage techniques can enhance the yoga experience.

I am qualified in Emergency First Aid at Work

I have insurance with BGi.UK which includes Public Liability

I’m a member of Independent Yoga Network (IYN)

I’m also a qualified counsellor. I completed my degree at the University of Leicester

FEELING GOOD

Anyone needing to take some time out, and recognises the importance of investing time in themselves. There are numerous positives to yoga: it can leave you feeling invigorated and rejuvenated. It can instil a sense of calm, relieving stress and anxiety. An in addition to the way it can make you feel, you will also increase your stamina, strength and poise.

MY SERVICES

I can offer yoga to large and small groups, also one to one sessions in the home or in the workplace, or other suitable venues.

SOMA YOGA AND MEDICINE SCHOOL
Soma yoga is holistic in approach bringing together the ancient and the modern wisdom. Soma Yoga engages all the senses. It provides healing and transformation through asana, mantra, meditation and mudra.

It brings together aspects of Ayurveda, Shamanism, Western developmental psychology and Thai massage.

Soma Yoga and Medicine school teaches us as practitioners to be instinctive, tapping into the creative aspects of ourselves and using this to develop practices that are unique to us. This is a small facet of Soma is about. Soma is a journey.
WHAT YOGA CAN DO FOR YOU
With regular yoga practice, you’ll build inner and outer strength. You’ll feel rejuvenated and energised, you’ll manage situations differently.

You’ll have time to catch your breath, find your stillness, replenish your zen. I think this is especially important in the fast-paced society we live in today.

Having those moments of stillness is an important part of what I like to put across. I always encourage you to give yourself permission to let go and be nourished.

I combine elements of ashtanga and usually include sun salutations as part of the practice sequence. Once familiar, sun salutation could easily become part of your daily routine as they have many benefits.

I also use elements of kundalini, with lots of breathwork and mudras. I’m ever developing as I believe everyone should be, and am including more chakra based work using the healing and supportive qualities of Ayurveda-the science of life which takes an holistic approach to supporting your being on many levels.

I have several running themes throughout my practices I share with you as the student, one of which is to remember that you are your own teacher and learning to listen to your body, after all yoga is not a competition.

Yoga is about you, your breath, your mat. Another theme of mine is accepting yourself as you are in this present moment. Yoga simply helps you to be the best version of yourself
WEEKLY CLASSES
I provide weekly classes for different levels of experience from general level to improvers. I also welcome beginners. I can offer modifications of some of the poses or asanas if you are less experienced, suffering from a medical condition or injury.

My classes are vinyasa flow and is about connecting with the breath through movement and stillness. I have been told on more than one occasion that mine is a deceivingly strong practice, you’ll find yourself easing into poses or asanas without realising it. You will flow without being aware of it.

I combine elements of ashtanga of which sun salutations which often form the cornerstone of my classes. Once you’ve mastered Sun Salutation or Surya Namaska, it can easily form an invaluable part of your own home practice.

I also use elements of kundalini, lots of breathwork and mudra. I also like to incorporate the 5 elements of Ayurveda: earth, fire, water, space and air which form three the 3 body types or doshas: vata, pitta and kapha, and form practices based on this.
ONE TO ONE SESSIONS
I can come to your home, or a mutually agreed space including the Attic in Stokes Croft, which I have available to me every Tuesday. We can arrange something outside the hours of my regular weekly classes which take place at 12.10-12.50pm, 1.10-1.50pm and 5.45-7.00pm.

I can work with you if you’re looking to build strength and flexibility after an injury. I can work with some medical conditions. Assessments are always carried out beforehand. Perhaps you’re looking to increase your fitness levels, or deepen your yoga practice or focus on specific asanas that you’d like to work on?

Whatever your reasons, I’m happy to discuss with you beforehand to see if I can accommodate your needs.
WORKPLACE YOGA
I can come to your place of work for a time-limited period or as an ongoing arrangement. Yoga can be incorporated into your Workplace Wellness program, or as part of your keep fit or keep well programme that you as an Organisation are currently engaged in, or thinking of putting in place.

I can come to you at the time of day that works best for you: pre-work, lunchtime or as an after-work activity.

Sessions can be tailor made according to personal needs, requirements and abilities. There are specific asanas to hips ease lower back problems, open the chest and open to combat being hunched over in daily tasks, help manage stress and anxiety. Some asanas can help with focus, which in turn can increase productivity. Happy staff are productive staff.

I believe yoga in the workplace is a worthwhile investment. Statistics show that some of the main reasons for both long and short-term sickness resulting in time off work include stress, mental ill health such as depression and anxiety, and time off for bad backs.

Yoga can help reduce these issues, and at the very least help you in managing them.
FRIENDS & COLLEAGUES
Is there a small group of you that would like to do yoga together? Again, I can come to your home, or a mutually agreed space.

Please see above for what I can offer, this could work as a cost-effective alternative to a one to one session.
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