P1050003“Smile, breathe, and go slowly” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

I so wish I would listen to this advice…it already seems we are nearly into February.  So many wonderful things happening and such a lot to look forward to!

All classes are now back to normal…details are on the classes page.  There will be a new class in Belper from 5th February…but please sign up for it.

Recently I went to my first WI (Women’s Institute) meeting to talk about yoga.  Asking at the beginning what everyone’s perceptions of yoga were, and the first voice said ‘boring’!  This took me aback really, but at the end even this lady said she found it really helpful.  We did some chair yoga and I guided them through a simple breathing meditation…a couple nodded off!  The feedback was really positive and I hope I can share more of this in months to come.

My master classes are becoming popular.  If you thinking of coming along please let me know, and pay your deposit so your place is guaranteed.  I may have to limit numbers.  The link to what they are is here.

 If you have trouble finding anything on here please let me know.  You can check out my Oakwood Yoga facebook page or you can find me on twitter @oakwoodyoga (links at the bottom of this page).


Yoga Retreat – 17th to 19th April 2015P1050897

Only 2 places left!

We will be returning to Wortley Hall in South Yorkshire for our annual yoga weekend in these beautful surroundings. There are only a couple of places left, so please let me know sooner rather than later if you intend coming along. There is more information on the masterclasses and retreats page or you can contact me.

Early Morning Class, Chestergreen

If you are interested in coming to this class Wednesdays (7am to 8am) please get in touch via the contact page. I have stopped the class for the moment, until enough people sign up for it.

One Voice

When I was training to teach yoga to those living with cancer, I worked with a group of ladies who were part of a study in how yoga can help when you have cancer. They have written a book called One Voice about their personal journey with a gynaecological cancer. Each lady has written a poem or couple of paragraphs sharing their experience in order to help others and bring some awareness to gynae cancers. If you would like a copy (£10, all proceeds go to the Gynaecological Research Fund at Royal Derby Hospital) please let me know. It is a beautiful quality hardback – and the photography of us all is beautiful! Even the teachers have a little bit in there!

Chair Yoga Class

This class (Tuesday early evening) is suitable for anyone who wishes a more gentle, theraputic yoga class. It is a mixed class, suitable to the beginner, those with cancer, ME, MS, fibromyalgia, arthritis… Yoga is available to us all, no matter what our level of ability or health condition. There is something for everyone.
The emphasis of our work together, is on gentle but strengthening movements, simple breathing techniques, visualisations, meditation and relaxation practices, including Yoga Nidra. The only requirement is that you can get on and off the floor unaided. If you wish to attend, or if you know of anyone that may be interested in coming along, please contact me for details.

Restorative Yoga for Everyone

EverestI get many enquiries from people wanting to come to a yoga class, but feeling a little unsure if yoga is the right thing for them and if my classes are suitable.
Yoga is beneficial to everyone…no matter what age you are or what your physical ability is. If you are breathing you can do yoga! It really is that basic! My classes are inclusive to all; there are no expectations other than you taking what you need at that very moment and enjoying it. Our work is balanced; making the connection between mind and body.
I provide a safe environment where everyone is supported.

Quote of the week:

Whatever comes, accept it.
Whatever goes, accept it.
~ Swami Satchidananda ~