Purple Lotus Yoga
Spirit, Mind & Body
For peace within
My yoga journey began in the 1990s. At the time I was working within a large organisation that involved long hours, travel, not feeling challenged & stressed. My very first tentative steps on the mat held mixed wonderings. After many years of high impact exercise I was rather confused by the slow movements. After continued practice & finally immersing myself in my own yoga practice, it lead me to train to become a yoga teacher. A decision which has been & still is so rewarding & fulfilling in so many ways.
I did my foundation training with the British Wheel of Yoga & my Teacher Training with the Devon School of Yoga 500 hour course. I continue to participate in other training including Restorative Yoga with Adelene Cheong a worldwide recognised teacher who herself trained with Judith Lasiter; Fiona Agombie – Yoga for ME, Doug Keller – Yoga Therapy, Mindfulness Yoga, Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs, & Yoga Nidra. I also attend other workshops for different styles of yoga enabling me to use my knowledge & experience to influence my own style within my classes. I love teaching & watching people develop, & nurturing them as they grow in confidence on their mats.
Yoga is a beautiful lifelong learning experience & the practice of yoga is fundamentally an act of kindness towards oneself. This idea is often forgotten. My teaching style is warm & non-judgemental & my students often comment that I continue to bring variety, creativity & challenge to the class. I pride myself on teaching smaller classes & am a hands on teacher who watches, listens, focuses on individuals & adjusts students where I think necessary. I am always mindful of people’s ailments, illnesses & ability. I teach from a place of kindness, safety & wish to create a feeling of positive wellbeing.
Come along with an open mind & your body will follow. What we learn on our mats we then take out into our everyday lives.
Lesley’s yoga classes are a joy. Such a variety of planned movements every week demonstrate the preparation & thought that are put into the class. SO beneficial. Thank You.Jayne
Practising yoga has enabled me to walk tall, and pull my stomach in, so improving my posture & making me feel more confident.Sarah
What is YOGA?
Yoga first appeared in ancient sacred texts more a 5000 years ago. Its history can be mysterious & fascinating & the word ‘Yoga’ very simply means the union of the breath, mind, body & soul. It originated in ancient India & has been taught for many years in modern – day civilisations.
It is not a religion, political movement or a dogma. It is a way to bring harmony, peace & stillness in our ever changing, frenetic paced lifestyles. Yoga brings together the practice of physical postures & movement (asana), breathing techniques (pranayama) & meditation (Dhyana) leading to a more balanced lifestyle. Nothing is forced but gradual & significant changes happen both physically & mindfully simply by practising yoga on a regular basis. It helps to improve health in so many ways…
Benefits of Yoga
Improves balance, coordination & self confidence
Creates greater flexibility
Increases endurance & stamina
Improved respiration, energy and vitality
Maintaining a balanced metabolism
Improved athletic performance
Improves strength of muscles & bones
Relieves stress & anxiety
Helps you to feel more calm & centered
Cardio and circulatory health
Protection from injury
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Ottery St Mary
Gentle Yoga and Stretching
Mondays 10:30 to 11:45am
Tuesdays 6:15 to 7:45pm
Thursdays 9:15 to 10:45am
Fridays 9:30 to 11:00am
Ottery St Mary Classes take place at either The Institute (19 Yonder Street, Ottery St Mary, EX11 1HD) or at Feoffee Hall (Brook Street, Ottery St Mary, EX11 1EZ)
Mondays 5:45 to 6:45pm
Woodbury classes take place at Woodbury Church Rooms, Greenway, Woodbury, EX5 1NA.
Clyst St George
Tuesdays 12:15 to 1:15pm
Clyst St George classes take place at the Parish Hall, Woodbury Road, Clyst St George, EX3 0RE
Restorative yoga is a deeply relaxing style of yoga practice in which you are ‘held’ in a yoga posture by props. (bolsters, blankets, yoga straps, cushions & blocks). It places an emphasis on going slow & relinquishing physical effort by using passive poses. Postures are held from five to thirty minutes. When you are in a posture you are completely supported and can profoundly relax. When you practice this style of yoga you can ‘let go’ both physically & mentally. A great analogy is to imagine that you are a flower & will grow & blossom with the addition of sunshine & nourishment from the soil & water. You are that flower that needs to unfold & became the best version of yourself & restorative yoga provides the environment in which to achieve this transformation.
Yin yoga is a yoga practice that is slow, simple & mindful in which postures are held for longer periods of time to allow you to physically & emotionally unwind, & create energetic balance, physical harmony & peace for the mind. Postures can be held for up to five minutes & sometimes longer. This allows for safe stretching of muscles to keep them healthy but subtlely challenged. It cultivates a stillness to allow our minds & bodies to settle & be quiet & to enjoy being held in the present moment.
The workshops are held bi-monthly & will either be both Restorative & Yin Yoga combined or will be solely Restorative Yoga.
Please refer to my Gazette articles under the ‘archive’ title for pictures.
These classes will be advertised on my website.
What People Are Saying
I’ve been taking yoga classes with Les for several years. Les is extremely knowledgeable & all of her practices are varied. She is an excellent ‘teacher’ knowing our individual strengths & weaknesses & suggesting alternative poses for those who might need them. I have benefitted enormously from her classes. Les has a good sense of humour & we are very lucky to have her as our yogi.
I was diagnosed with a burn out in November 2016 and advised to take up yoga on a weekly basis. As I am quite an energetic person preferring doing energetic sports, I wasn’t sure about yoga though I decided that if I wanted to change things, I had to change the way I lived my life. Yoga with Lesley transformed my life to an extent that I am really disappointed if for some reason I cannot attend. I choose the Tuesday evening as it is almost straight after my work and set me up for the rest of the week. It has improved my health in many ways on a physical and mental level. Lesley’s class is all about you and how far your body allows you to go. I regained balance in my hectic life. Thank you
A lovely start to the week. (Monday morning class). It is great for my rounded back & the breathing and stretches are wonderful for my general health & relieving stress. A supportive, calm & friendly teacher who has a great repertoire & adapts all movements to our individual physical quirks. I call it the ‘Old Gits’ class – we are gently coaxed to extend ourselves!
I recently wrote an article in the November edition of the Gazette re my classes & had a great response. I would therefore like to continue the theme of how yoga can help us in so many ways. It is so rewarding as a teacher to see so many people exploring different...
My name is Lesley & I have been practicing yoga for 15 years & after a career change I have been teaching yoga in Ottery since 2010 & have many inspiring students ranging in ages from 13 to 90! Yoga enriches my life in so many ways & I am always striving to pass this...
Beginners are always welcome. I also offer One to One yoga in your own home.
Please contact me prior to attending a class or with any questions, either by calling me on 07791 563674 or 01404 812577 or by emailing email@example.com