Yoga in Leigh
With Yvonne Booth and Mike Elliott
For regular classes, see our timetable and just pop along, no need to book.
Yvonne and Mike offer small and friendly, authentic Yoga and Mindful Meditation classes and private one to one sessions in Central Leigh-on-Sea.
Yvonne and Mike believe that the physical postures of yoga are just a small part of what it has to offer – that’s why they offer a rounded practice of physical postures, breath work, meditation and philosophy.
Yvonne gently encourages everyone to work to their own ability and so provides simpler or more advanced versions of the practices depending on each students experience and how they feel from week to week.
Classes are small, relaxed and informal and suitable for every ability, including absolute beginners.
They take place at the Friends Meeting House, 18, Dundonald Drive, Leigh on sea, SS9 1NB – a beautiful, warm and quiet space overlooking a lovely garden, which we sometimes use in the summer.
Yvonne offers one to one’s and morning and evening drop in classes for Men and Women of all abilities. She is a Hatha yoga teacher, qualified with the British wheel of Yoga and the Independent Yoga Network and has been practicing yoga and meditation for over 25 years and teaching since 2005.
Mike is a Mindfulness Meditation teacher (PGQ Bangor) with over 25 years experience; he offers meditation 1-1’s and meditation, relaxation and gentle movement, morning and weekend classes.
“Yvonne’s classes are more than just a fitness class – she introduces you to the background and the true meaning of yoga and the classes are friendly and relaxed.
The classes have an even gender split and people are encouraged to work to the best of their ability without feeling inadequate.
All of this results in comfortable, non exclusive classes – a testament to Yvonne’s non competitive, unpretentious approach.”
“A very helpful class for taking yoga and mindfulness principles off the mat and into our everyday lives. Mike’s inclusive approach means that everyone can benefit – much wisdom there”
£8 drop in
£6.50 with a 10 Class Pass – £65
Class passes are suitable for any class and have a time limit of 3 calendar months – (also suitable as a gift card)
One to one yoga or mindful meditation – 60 minutes £35
One to one yoga and mindful meditation – 90 minutes £40 (2-1’s are also available for an additional £5)
Next Slowdown Sunday – Feb’ TBC 4.30pm – 6.30pm, and (£16 bookable in advance.)
Next 8 Week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course – Starts Monday 18th February 2019
Taught worldwide, this clinically tested, renown course by Jon Kabat-Zinn runs consecutive Mondays 7pm – 9pm (£160 waged / £110 concessions)
Next Day of Silent Practice – For those who have taken the MBSR or have a long meditation practice? Next day of silent practice TBC. (£30 bookable in advance.)
Class Pass/or gift voucher – 10 drop-in classes are valid for 3 calendar months – £65, (saving £1.50 per class)
The system of Yoga originated in India 5,000 years ago. The Sanskrit word ‘Yoga’ translates as ‘Union’.
My classes unite physical postures (Asana) with breath practices (Pranayama), relaxation and meditation.
Some of the benefits are:
Yoga Asanas (postures) have an all-pervading effect on the physical, mental and subtle functioning of the body. In yoga postures, we experience this effect moment by moment. As the body unfolds organically we cultivate a strengthening, stretching and relaxing the of skeletal, muscular, digestive, cardio-vascular, glandular and nervous systems.
Although breathing is a natural function, tension tends to interfere with the breath. So first we can learn to listen to the breath without trying to change anything. Then using pranayama (yogic breath techniques) we learn to direct the breath, feel it in different parts of the body and in the global sensation, in this way we calm the mind, stimulate and direct the body's energy and prepare it for meditation.
As the postures, breathing and meditation become experienced and understood, there is a gradual and natural unfolding of a quite and a peaceful mind, and with it a new alertness and sense of balance. Meditation shifts your focus from thinking to just being, allowing more awareness of yourself and everything around you to naturally arise.