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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Please see above for what I can offer, this could work as a cost-effective alternative to a one to one session.
"Lena creates some kind of magic in her yoga class. It is a beautiful experience where you come out energised and at peace with yourself and the world. The lunchtime class is a nice way to begin if you have never experienced yoga before. What better way is there to spend a lunch time. "
- Debs, Google Review
Lena believes that yoga is for everyone and caters for all levels, she checks what your doing for safety and will adjust your positioning or change the move slightly to fit your level of flexibility.
I love the fact that your asked to set an intention at the start of the class and you come back to that. Mine is the same almost every week ' Be the best I can be'. Your reminded it's not a competition and not to overexert yourself and that 'you are your own teacher', she teaches but it's your job to listen to your body. I'm not keen on exercise, but I love this so much that I have continued for over a year now.
The classes and the music vary every week, so your not just doing the same tired routine. And whilst she takes what she does seriously, she does know how to bring fun to the class. I suffer with insomnia and Tuesday night is the only night I usually get 4 hours sleep because my body and mind whilst being revitalized are rested. Oh and last but not least when I get on my bike the day after I can cycle like a demon because I'm just more bendy world. The lunchtime class is a nice way to begin if you have never experienced yoga before. What better way is there to spend a lunchtime.
- Frances Pascoe, Google Review
"Hi Lena just wanted to give you some feedback.Very good class & my intention for class tonight was 'strength'.I brought my focus back to my intention & left the class feeling strong & relaxed.Hope to come to class next week"
- Victoria, Email Review
"Hi Lena just wanted to give you some feedback.Very good class & my intention for class tonight was 'strength'. I brought my focus back to my intention & left the class feeling strong & relaxed.Hope to come to class next week"
- Louise, Facebook Review