About yoga/about me

Hatha yoga - a system for life

Hatha yoga is the yoga of physical action and postures, breathing practice and relaxation and is practiced in most western yoga classes.  It is a system for enhancing our health and for fitness and relaxation. 

With yoga practice we...

  1.     Let go of tensions from our body, breath and mind

  2.     Become stronger and more supple

  3.     Improve our breathing and balance our energies

  4.     Enhance the health of our body and its organs

  5.     Quieten our minds, improve our concentration

  6.     Enjoy better sleep

  7.     Feel happier, more positive and peaceful

The benefits of regular yoga practice reveals itself not only in how we feel and look but in every aspect of our lives: we find ourselves better equipped to deal with life’s events because we are supported by the improved mental and physical qualities of strength, flexibility and balance. Everyone can practice yoga. Yoga helps us to deal with stress or when we are recovering from illness or injury. There are classes for pregnancy, for the less-abled as well as strong classes for the experienced and physically fit.

These days it is easy to find a yoga class and there are many teachers and a variety of styles - you need to find out what is right for you. Try it and experience the positive effects yoga can have on your life.

Coming to a yoga class

Different classes will have a different emphasis – some being more physical, some focussing more on relaxation, breath work and meditation. It's worth speaking to a teacher about their approach before you sign up for a class.

Wear clothing that you find easy to move and stretch in. Bring an extra top and socks so you can stay warm during relaxation. Most yoga is practiced on non-slip mats – I have spare mats but check with the teacher to find out if they will be provided. Be sure to tell your teacher if you have a medical condition before you start your class.

You should always work at your own pace, without strain.  Yoga is non-competitive and is about your personal practice.  If you have any health problems or injuries then it is a good idea to speak to your doctor about coming to classes bYoga is an excellent system for your health

Health and safety

It is a non-competitive system in which the individual develops their safe and comfortable practice.  The body should never be forced in a direction it is not ready for.  Yoga is about developing a personal practice where we become far more aware of both body and mind. 

If you have any concerns about your health and fitness but would like to see if yoga is right for you, then please get in touch with the teacher firstnIt is also a good idea to speak to your GP  It is always best to learn yoga practices from a qualified and experienced teacher

I am a yoga teacher by profession, living near Uxbridge in Middlesex.  I have been teaching classes for over 30 years since training with The British Wheel of Yoga, I am also a Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals.

I love to practice, study and teach. 

I teach hatha yoga - a practice of mind, body and breath.   My teaching is informed by my own practice as well as that of my students and I have benefitted from some wonderful teachers. Always learning, I am influenced by a variety of styles and methods old and new.  I run weekly breathing and relaxation classes



Yoga and well-being with Lesley Doveton