our teachers & yoga method
Lely brings warmth and focus to body, mind & heart in the morning Mindful Vinyasa classes, easing us into our innermost intelligence and enlivening our Yang qualities of creativity and engagement. Afternoon sequences are restorative Yin-style yoga to re-hydrate connective tissue, juice up the joints and balance us out by opening up our contemplative, receptive & intuitive qualities.
Always curious to uncover new and ancient ways to embody our yoga so that it may support us both on and off the mat, Lely infuses her classes with yogic nutrients that inspire & motivate , balance & recalibrate, whilst developing our attention (our most powerful ‘muscle’), so that we can enliven prana & hold space for the diversity within & around us.
Lely initially trained as a yoga teacher 20 years ago with the Sivananda school in India and today continues to train with Godfrey Devereux in the Dynamic Yoga Method and with Sarah Powers Insight /Yin Yoga. And of course our greatest teacher, life itself.
A regular yoga practice can dispel anxiety, doubt and depression
Many people are initially introduced to yoga for stress relief. The cause of stress is an inability to cope with activity. Intuitively the stressed person will usually attempt to regain control by thinking and working faster, but this burden of additional activity causes the mind to become even more estranged from the physical body, thereby increasing their inability to cope with activity. Whereas the thinking mind can be a mill of ideas and worries, our body always speaks to us clearly and without speculation. Our thinking mind can relax more easily when it is tethered to our physical body – during yoga posture practice we achieve this via the breath. By linking the body & breath in a smooth sequence of mindful yoga postures, we start to relax, then we begin to experience greater intimacy with people around us, in a completely natural way, and our levels of stress begin to recede.
Yoga teacher & Thai Yoga Practitioner
Arantza (pronounced Ar-an-cha) was raised in the Basque region of Spain and has traveled the world.
She is a graduate of Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre in Kerala and has also studied yoga with BKS Iyengar and Dynamic Yoga with Godfrey Devereux. Her vinyasa yoga classes are invigorating and powerful, delivered with no-nonsense simplicity and down-to-earth wisdom.
Our yoga method is concerned with how we do our yoga rather than what shapes we make
We teach you to experience yoga not just as exercise/stretching, but as meditation-on-the-move. This is a method of yoga, not a ‘style’, the seeds of which will help you to practice any other kind of yoga. The method will also give you support in daily life. Practicing yoga with this method creates a special quality and depth of awareness that can re-calibrate the habitual ways we use our body and mind, triggering a deeper intelligence that helps us to live with more integrity and intuition.
This yoga method works inwards through the body, from the outside in. By broadening, lengthening, grounding and softening wherever we can, we learn to synchronise our movements on the natural breath, creating a steady, lively foundation from which inner surrender and openness are cultivated. This is what the yoga postures are designed to do.
Leah has practiced yoga for over 20 years and has taught since 2003.
By preparing the ground for an inward yoga journey, she encourages the direct experience of how mindful practice can bring inner peace and balance. Leah employs a mixture of traditional teaching methods that encourage you to practice intelligently, enabling you to build a daily self-practice. With Leah, you will explore the inner landscape of body, mind, and breath, discovering and relishing deep peace within the very core of your being. Influences: TKV Desikachar, BKS Iyengar and Vanda Scaravelli and alternative approaches to movement and body awareness including Feldenkrais, Qi-gong & dance.
Professional life: Before yoga, Leah was a human rights lawyer representing clients in court and delivering training for new recruits on relevant law and procedure.
Developing the quality and breadth of awareness is the key to an inner inquiry
This method can reveal tensions or disassociations that we were not yet aware of and that we are constantly creating due to pernicious habits. In yoga, we seek to cultivate presence within each subtle movement. Unlike habit, presence is always fresh, it never hides and it’s deep wisdom undermines any unskillful patterns of behaviour, leading to personal freedom.
The repetition of a sequence of postures has various functions: (1) it prints the sequence into our memory so that it can be easily adopted as a self-practice; (2) it forms a tangible framework that makes the subtle nature of Awareness more tangible; (3) the rhythm of your movements synchronising with your natural breath becomes a moving meditation that soothes the wandering mind and dissolves tension in the core of your nervous system.
Jenni excels at helping students of all ages to engage and connect more satisfyingly with themselves and with all aspects of life. She shares her love of yoga with students like a keen gardener – planting seeds, tending them and encouraging development. Always seeking balance, she will challenge and support you, providing a safe space for enquiry and experimentation. In each class she encourages students to practice yoga in a compassionate and light-hearted way, combining the somatic sequencing of the Dynamic Yoga Method with elements of Ashtanga and Vinyasa flow.
Jenni’s classes are suitable for beginners/novices as well as experienced practitioners. All you need to bring is an open mind.
How deeply you are able to dive into this moving meditation does not depend on the variety of postures
It depends on developing the ability to focus with sensitive, honest, open and non-judgemental awareness on your inner experience. Many “advanced” students are able to twist themselves into all sorts of wonderful impressive shapes, but they will be more nourished by a simple sequence of slow, repetitive, mindful vinyasa, thus experiencing a new depth of awareness and its meditative consequences. The desire for more variety really comes from the seeking mind, but the dynamic yoga method quickly reveals that variety is not nearly as exciting as the juicy, sharp clarity and energy that come from experiencing the inner presence of your real self.