Yoga has been part of my life forever and I’m delighted to be able to teach it via Zoom and bring it into your lives too.

The pandemic has destabilised many of us and the yoga that I practice and teach has really helped me and others during this difficult time. Yoga offers so much to us all.

In my Beginners’ Yoga class on Thursdays at 6 pm, we practice calming breathing techniques, perform gentle postures to improve strength, endurance and flexibility, and learn the basics of meditation and relaxation – if you think this beginners’ yoga is for you, do come and join me on a Thursday evening.

On Fridays at 7.30 am I teach Freestyle Fitness Yoga class – this is an exciting, contemporary yoga programme that mixes traditional yoga postures, stretches, and balances with fitness principles. A great way to end the week! The class is 40 mins long and a lot of fun.

Coming in September:  An early morning Yoga and Stretch wake-up class, and two evening sessions to include: a Restore and Relax Yoga class that can help rebalance, de-stress, and even improve our sleep, and a Yoga Strong conditioning class. I’m planning to run some one-off weekend sessions which will include: a Runners’ Release class, a Yoga conditioning session, a complete beginners’ guide to all that is Yoga class, and a Pilates sweat challenge!

 

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What’s the difference between Yoga and Pilates? A question I’m often asked! 
 
Briefly, Mat Pilates is quite modern, coming into fashion during the sixties in New York, as a way to help injured dancers and athletes. Of course, over time, it has evolved, but essentially it is a great form of exercise for all, that improves posture, strengthens core muscles, and is often prescribed for rehabilitation after injury or for those with back problems.  Whereas Yoga, in all its glorious forms, is an ancient practice that was originally created as a path to spiritual enlightenment. 
 
Nowadays, though, you can find all sorts of different types of Yoga styles to suit your needs. Yoga teaches postures that improve strength, flexibility, and balance, alongside an integral and important breath practice called pranayama. This encourages the lungs to expand to their full capacity and along with the postures relieves tension and stress, can lower the heart rate and even help us sleep better, and improve depression and our immunity.  It can also increase energy and connects our bodies and minds – something that in today’s frenetic world, I feel is very important.

 

And while breathing correctly is taught in Pilates also, it’s not as powerful as the way we use it in Yoga.  There isn’t the esoteric aspect that can be found in most Yoga classes either, which can be an added bonus and very life-enhancing. Some Pilates moves are similar to Yoga but they are definitely different disciplines and the best way to find out more is to try both!

 

Overall, Yoga has a massively uplifting influence on the mind and body and can affect your whole life in a truly wonderful way – at least that’s my experience and I hope it will be yours too.

“If, like me, you’ve never really got on with various Yoga classes (too slow, too fast, too serious, too…I could go on), then do join Freestyle Fitness Yoga with Harri. You’ll have the chance to (re)discover Yoga in a supportive environment with a flowing class built on good technique and in-depth knowledge while remaining accessible and approachable. It’s certainly a challenging class, but Harri creates a supportive and caring environment. She is a skilled and generous teacher, aware of people’s limits while encouraging everyone to progress. It’s definitely inspired me to continue with Yoga for the first time.” Debbie, London.