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Lisa Wooley

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My name is Lisa Woolley, and I was around 40 when I began to practise yoga.  This was at a point in my life when I was unfit, overweight, totally inflexible and completely burned out.  Yoga really helped to make a big difference in my general well-being, so much so that I decided to become a teacher.  I was very lucky to train at Integral Yoga, (IYI) which is an ashram in the middle of Manhattan.   IYI was founded by Swami Satchidananda in 1966 and it’s yoga lineage flows from the teachings of Swami Sivananda.  The overall teachings of IYI are to facilitate an easeful body, a peaceful mind, and a useful life.

After teacher training, I taught basic Hatha yoga for several years and also led frequent workshops for complete beginners.  I loved helping people develop the confidence to attend regular yoga classes and seeing the difference that it made.  Also in New York I qualified with Karma Kids to teach children’s yoga, which is why you will sometimes hear me do an accidental “moo” in “Cat/Cow”.  The Yoga name given to me by IYI, is Lila, which means divine play – a reference I believe to always bringing a sense of humour to a situation.

I’m really excited to be teaching at In The Moment.  The Centre has a really special atmosphere and the space is wonderful.  Please join me on Tuesday evenings for some Yoga respite from the city and leave your day to day stress and worries aside.

From 6.00pm to 7.00pm there is a class for absolute beginners or for those who may have tried yoga before but lack confidence to join other classes.  This will be at a very relaxed pace, and will include asana (postures) demonstration and the opportunity to stop and ask questions.  There will be extra individual attention to make sure that everyone is confident to adjust each pose as necessary to suit themselves.

Between 7.00pm and 7.30pm there is time for a cup of tea if you have the time and want to meet your fellow yoga students, compare experiences and ask additional questions.

At 7.30pm to 9.00pm there is a longer class based on the format of a traditional Integral Yoga class.  A comprehensive, balanced class with a steady flow, relaxation between asanas, and guided instruction throughout.  Each week will follow the same outline, even though the asana sequence may vary.  The class will include Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutations), which are twelve positions flowing from one to the next in addition to holding certain poses longer in order to deepen them.  There will also be time for Pranayma (breathing exercises) Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation ) and Netra Vyayamam (eye movements ) as well as a little meditation and chanting.

You are welcome to come to either class or both, and to arrive early or stay later and have some tea.

Pricing is as follows:

Class 1 – 6.00pm to 7.00pm:  £6 – New beginners.

Class 2 – 7.30pm to 9.00pm:  £8 – A mix of experience, beginners welcome.

Both classes 6.00pm to 9.00pm:  £10

Anyone can practice Yoga – you don’t need specialist equipment or clothes, just a desire for a healthier, more fulfilled life.  You are never too young.  You are never too old.  You are not the wrong shape.

Please contact me directly with any questions.