Atma Alchemy

Yoga, Massage, Meditation, Reiki

Beginners Yoga Friday Afternoon Farnham

YogaLisa Upton

Starting 6th Septmber for 8 weeks, beginners friday afternoon yoga course 1.30-2.30PM

Booking open now and class restricted to 10

The Sands Room Course 1.30pm-2.30pm Fridays (Term Time Only)

New Class start September 6th September -25th October (8 weeks) 2019-register an interest for more info

Classes are based on complete beginners of any age, fitness & ability.

Mats and props provided

Please bring a blanket & a bottle of water

Wear comfortable clothing (leggings and t shirt)

Friday beginners yoga farnham

Wonersh Memorial Hall September Yoga Course

Lisa Upton

The Wonersh Lunchtime Course

Wonersh Beginners Yoga Courses (term time only) 1.30-2.30pm

Wonersh Memorial Hall, Complete beginners

New Classes start 11th September 2019-9th October 2019

register an interest now for the course, booking open end of August

for more info


Class restricted to maximum of 10

Please book in advance to ensure a place.

Classes are based on complete beginners of any age, fitness & ability.

Mats and props provided

Please bring a blanket & a bottle of water

Wear comfortable clothing (leggings and t shirt)

Learn the art of moving meditation and breath

Learn the art of moving meditation and breath

Staycation-yoga classes in Seale Farnham & Central Guildford

Yoga, NewsLisa Upton

Staycation?-Come learn yoga over the Summer holidays

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Wednesday Nights-Seale Farnham

Summer term 24th July-21st August 2019
5 week course for £50.00

Covering the fundementals of yoga
Breath, Bandhas,focus points, & the concept of moving meditation

All ages and abilities welcome

Beginners 6.30-7.30pm

Beginners Men only 8.30-9.30pm

Seale Village Hall School Hill off A31
for more info

To book 6.30pm class

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Central Guildford

Summer term for beginners Yoga 5 weeks 22nd July-19th August £50.00

Monday Nights 6-7pm Beginner yoga

To Book 6pm class

Seale & Sands Summer Show

Lisa Upton
Seale and Sands Show

Seale & Sands summer show 6th July 1-5PM

Come say hello! to the Atma Alchemy stand to learn about Kahuna massage, Angelic Reiki energy treatment, Yoga and so much more

Elliott and I will be at the stand on Saturday 6th Juy

There will be Divine goddess yoga apparel to look at and information on yoga classes near you

Plus to the first 20 customers giving away a 15% off voucher to be used in conjunction with a Kahuna Lomi Lomi Massage or an Angelic Reiki Treatment from September-October 2019 Monday-Friday 9.30-2.30am

Come find out about

Angelic Reiki

Kahuna Lomi Lomi Massage

Beginners Yoga

Ashtanga Yoga

Divine Goddess yoga apparel & yoga mats

Beginners Yoga

Yoga at Work - The Revolution

corporate, News, Private Yoga, workLisa Upton

A successful business relies on passionate, reliable staff who communicate well and enjoy what they do. But, for many people, whether you’re a secretary or a project manager, working life can be stressful - both physically and mentally. Even with the most inspiring colleagues in the world, we can all struggle to stay motivated. Corporate yoga could be the wellness package ypu are looking for to support your staffs daily working lives and inspire high achievers.

Yoga at Home - An affordable wellness package at a time that suits you

News, One to One, Private Yoga, YogaLisa Upton

Benefits of Private Yoga Lessons

There are many reasons that you may decide to take private yoga lessons in your own home. Perhaps you are looking to create a personalized schedule or have been advised by a physiotherapist to take up a yoga practice to facilitate healing. Private one to one yoga lessons may offer a valuable solution. No matter where you are on your path, you can begin a journey into the heart of yoga with private instructions in the comfort of your own home. Your yoga practice is very personal to you and you may wish to keep it this way. Let’s look into some situations where private one to one yoga instruction would be a perfect fit.

For the complete beginner

Understandably, a complete beginner can feel overwhelmed or intimidated by group yoga classes, and for this reason private instruction is a great place to start. Everyone is unique and requires different guidance and support in their yoga practice. If you are looking to get started and want to practice the basics in the safety of your own home then one to one lessons could be the best option.

It is advisable (if not imperative) to start your personal yoga practice with the guidance of a professional yoga instructor. This will make sure that you have the foundations of your practice firmly in place and are doing the asanas correctly (An asana is a yoga posture). Each asana is very precise and a qualified yoga instructor can gently correct your posture to make sure that you get benefit from your yoga practice and ensure that you are performing the postures safely.

Private lessons offer a space to develop strength, flexibility and confidence prior to taking part in group classes, should that be the direction that you want to take. No matter where you want to take your yoga practice, private lessons will help improve form and give you a thorough understanding of yoga.

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For the Advanced Student

Yoga classes are aimed at a general level and for this reason, exclude more complex asanas, routines or pranayama exercises that the more advanced student may wish to study. For the more advanced student, one to one lessons can offer valuable time to improve your practice. Each yoga student has different personal yoga goals, and may not be able to accomplish this without some expert private tuition.

Private lessons offer an experience to delve deep into personal goals and create a custom routine that can help develop your practice at a much more advanced level.

Private Lessons offer Flexibility

For whatever reason, it is not always possible to make it along to a local class. Perhaps your busy schedule conflicts with class times or you are not currently living close to the class of your choice. Private lessons allow you to practice at a time and place that suits you.

Draw the teacher to you

If you have limited mobility, are rehabilitating after an illness, operation or disease or suffer from anxiety. Bringing the teacher to you while you build up strength can be invaluable. This is also a great option for pre or post natal yoga students. Often a physio suggests taking up yoga, however a trip to the yoga class may be impossible for some students for whatever reason. Being able to request the yoga teacher comes to you is a really wonderful opportunity to get involved in yoga from the security of your own home.

What to expect

Relax; there is no need to get prepared in advance. Everything will be organised for you, all you need to do is wear some loose fitting sports trousers and a comfortable top. All of the equipment that you require for your yoga lesson will be provided.

The initial consultation is £75 and thereafter we can arrange a block booking where were can create a practice that will evolve with you at your own pace.

Should you wish to practice in between your lessons, then a complete personalized guide will be provided for you to follow in PDF format via email.


Private yoga classes available for

  • Pregnancy

  • Post Pregnancy

  • Ashtanga Vinyasa

  • Complete Beginner

  • Mum and Baby groups


Hawaiian Kahuna Massage – From the Land of the Rainbows

Lisa Upton

Hawaiian Kahuna Massage – From the Land of the Rainbows

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Step into the tropics, where waves roll majestically and lap at golden sands, rainbows are plentiful and the sun bathes you in warmth. This is the land of Hawaii, and the birthplace of the Kahuna massage.

In fact, Kahuna is more than a massage, it’s a deeply nourishing and wonderfully intense system of bodywork, tailored explicitly to the needs of your body.

Originally developed in Hawaii to remove blocked energy and to heal underlying issues on all levels, it was used as a rite of passage to enable the chieftains to govern wisely. It was the role of the Hawaiian shaman to carry out this bodywork. ‘Huna’ means ‘secret’ in Hawaiian and encompasses a wide system of bodywork, massage and energy flow.

I am trained  to a level five Kahuna massage therapist at the renowned Mette’s Institute in Australia. My training has allowed me to understand the relationship between my client’s minds body connection & I’m also a qualified yoga teacher, Angelic reiki master which gives me a deeper understanding of energy flow

A Kahuna bodywork session involves long, flowing, rhythmic massage strokes. I use my hands, forearms and elbows to perform these massage techniques and focus on areas of the body that need it. Kahuna bodywork concentrates on how the body functions, and the role that energy plays in this. I’m trained to tune in to your physical and emotional needs, without asking you to explain what they are. It’s an intensely spiritual practice and the rhythms of the massage are likened to dancing, said to be inspired by the aloha spirit that is so naturally a part of the beautiful Hawaiian people.

A Kahuna massage stimulates many systems of the body, including the lymphatic drainage systems, and that of the heart, lungs and stomach. I develop a close and deep connection when I’m performing a Kahuna massage, with my aim to facilitate your healing by restoring your harmony and balance. By helping you to remove tension, toxins, aches and pains, your natural harmony will return. I begin Kahuna bodywork with a prayer to invite in the highest level of healing, and then perform the massage in silence, only breaking the silence to give thanks at the end.

You will benefit from a release of energies, a reduction in stress, an improvement in sleep and a quicker healing of damaged muscles and tissues. Throughout your treatment, you’ll be lifted to a higher plain, feeling like you’re riding gentle and loving waves. I’ll focus on your highest level of healing and will place my total focus on you. I don’t follow a set pattern or sequence, instead I focus on what I can feel that you need and where you need it.

My Kahuna massage is yours, make it whatever you want it to be. It’s a deep tissue massage like no other and the head to toe flowing movements will give you a deep release unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before. This isn’t New Age, its steeped in deep and meaningful Hawaiian history, passed down through generations and I’m delighted to be able to offer it to you here in Farnham area, just of the A31 near Guildford/Farnham


After birth...Me, Baby & Ashtanga Yoga Practice

News, Motherhood, Yoga, ashtangaLisa Upton

Or how to cope with being a new mum and continuing your practice of yoga

You have practiced yoga alone at home or in a shala/class for years, and then that wonderful day arrives, and your baby is in your arms.......This is a joyful wonderful experience...yet you have been thinking how do I practice my yoga now.

Elliotts Birthday

I am going to try and keep this blog I have hardly any time to write and I know new mums have any time to read(especially if your baby doesn’t sleep)

For me, having this baby signifies a spiritual experience, a gift, a soul lesson for which every day I look to the new lessons to learn. I have found my physical yoga practice less demanding even if I do full primary as my expectations have changed towards my mat.

So you’re into 7th Series Ashtanga Yoga,  suddenly you have to cope with the organic, messy and unknown thing called unconditional love & a new soul.......and there is lots of exploding nappies, projectile vomit and washing to lack of sleep and healing from giving birth (how ever that was for you) being kind and gentle with yourself is a must.

Firstly I can only advise what I did, and I followed my instincts.....firstly drop any judgement of yourself and try to focus on what feels right for you...everyone will give you an opinion on how to raise a baby & everyone will approach getting back to yoga differently, find out what's right for you.

Heal.....I had a emergency c section at the age of 46, breast fed and had an infection in the first few weeks of the new arrival Elliott plus Recti Diastasis (tummy muscle split right up to my ribs).....I was exhausted and ill, so I took care of me, baby & partner...and that was enough...

Elliott had a tongue-tie as well, so I was back and forth to hospital, doctors and Breast-feeding clinic, finding lifts from kind souls who could drive me, as I couldn't drive for 6 weeks. (C-section)

By 13 months Elliott was assisting me and we had such a giggle.

By 13 months Elliott was assisting me and we had such a giggle.

I didn't practice physical yoga until 12 weeks, and then it was 1 salutation at a time per week increasing as time went on. I wanted to take it slow, and take the opportunity to restart my practice with my new mamma body, your have muscle memory from the pre mamma body and then you have the hidden potential with this new body...I stayed positive. There is change and some is for the better. -I ignored the baby belly, the wrinkles the stretchmark’s & let yoga take care of me...the physical and non-physical.

By 6 months I was doing standing poses, and Elliott varied in his feeling towards my practice....he wasn’t crawling at this stage, but he was vocal.

I put Elliott first, if he kicked off I would stop and tend to his needs & abort the practice if necessary...once he started crawling..The new game of yoga with a clinging, crying ,giggling baby occurred, I would stop and take care of him when needed, again giving up when necessary as he was my priority. Yoga is now a messy organic crazy place while Elliott is with me...its different but Im still practicing yoga.

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I decided to enjoy, relish in every moment, practice being present & watch Elliott...he can be my moving meditation, every action, noise etc. there is so much joy and him being a baby will be fleeting

I starting having private lessons at 7 months every 6 weeks and took Elliott with me (Lauren Munday Ashtanga Yoga London) the only way I could be in a shala.

*I had no one to look after the baby (5.30-6am is a tough babysitting call), couldn't find a yoga studio local who would allow me to bring a 3-6 month old baby to morning Ashtanga yoga. (He was not crawling at the time

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Elliott is now walking and it is extremely funny practicing yoga, the joy he has watching and interacting with me during yoga class is a whole new dimension to the practice.

The yoga I did try to practice through out pregnancy & beyond was the 8 limbs of Ashtanga Yoga, with great focus on the Yamas.

Non attachment (Aparugraha) to my life before birth and my yoga practice afterwards.

Non Violence (Ahimsa) to myself and those around me allow healing to the body.

Truthfulness (Satya) honesty to myself and how to develop my practice. Not pushing myself and not being lazy, finding the middle ground. some days mother hood is hard, talk to friends, family and other mums for support, don't put on a brave face x

Non Stealing (Asteya) Didn't take time away from my new born to practice, he always came first, so practice was when he slept or when he could cope with mummy on the mat. Baby time is important

Brahmacarya/Grihastha......this is first.x

So my advise, enjoy your baby, live in the moment, practice the 8 limbs of Ashtanga yoga the best you can and let yoga happen when you & baby are ready


I now am hoping to start morning Mysore/Ashtanga class for families with young babies (non crawling) so that everyone can come practice Ashtanga Yoga with me in Seale, Farnham 5.30am-7am in the future

i hope in time I can support new mums back to the ashtanga practice and happy for them to bring baby to practice (I am qualified yoga teacher and pregnancy/post pregnancy)

Contact for info.

Recommended Reading

Ashtanga Yoga Anusthana R Sharath Jois

Yoga Sadhana for Mothers Anna Wise and Sharmila Desai

The Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali by Sri Swami Satchidananda




Now supporting Guildford Rubgy Club

Lisa Upton

Atma-Alchemy enthusiasm for all things yoga has supported Guildford Rugby Club and advertising for Men's Yoga classes in Guildford & Farnham in their programme s well at private one to one classes.

As I previously Blog stated yoga is a complimentary therapy for sports, to add training, well-being and gain greater mental focus its a no brainer for anyone who takes their sports seriously.

Bringing clarity of focus
Longevity of training
Prevent injuries
Wellbeing and relaxation

Thank you to all those who are supporting me and making this possible 🙏🏻


Get more men to Yoga

Get more men to Yoga

Yoga for Men and Sports Improvement

Lisa Upton

Yoga for Men and Sports Improvement

Many of today’s large-scale western yoga classes are made up of a female majority. Yoga was originally developed in India for the majority of men and some women, but it wasn’t until the early to mid-20th century that Western women started to teach & practice yoga. This movement is attributed to Indra Devi, a devout student of the renowned yoga guru Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya.

But given the popularity of my new men only yoga class in Farnham, I believe men in the West are beginning to turn to yoga for its mental and physical benefits.

Yoga is a beautiful art that has been taught for generations to ensure a long and healthy life and I’m so pleased to be able to offer a men only class. I trained as a yoga instructor in India among many well-respected, amazing and inspirational teachers. These teachers were all from the Ashtanga lineage and can trace their roots back to Krishnamacharya and beyond, their experience and knowledge passed on through each generation. I’m honoured to have learnt from such valued heritage and continue to practice and teach yoga with Indian authenticity, which has the healing of the mind, body and soul at its heart.

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Men’s Yoga Classes

Giving men a chance to try yoga in the company of other men allows them a space to realise just how flexible they can be. I teach men only classes at a beginner level, very similar to my mixed beginner’s class but with more emphasis on strength. I focus on arm and core strength and areas that need to be stretched and straightened - posture is a big area of concern for all of us, with bad posture caused by driving, sitting at a desk all day and using laptops and mobile phones.

In my men’s class, I work on strengthening the back, opening up the chest, shoulders and hip flexors and the hamstrings. Slouching has robbed us all of height, so strengthening the back plays an important role.

I also add in some arm balancing exercises, and there have been many who have surprised themselves with how much they can achieve. I’m almost certain that these poses have been demonstrated outside of class, in pubs and on football pitches. The very fact that men can come and enjoy my yoga classes in a non-judgemental space and take their learnings to their colleagues, friends and family members delights me.

Each class ends with a savasana, or corpse pose; ten blissful minutes of calm breathing and laying still, completely relaxed. It’s not unusual for students to fall asleep during savasana. I also teach simple poses to carry out at home, so that my students can continue to gain strength and de-stress between classes.

The Benefits of Moving Meditation

The breath leads the way in Ashtanga yoga, and getting the breath right is key to this beautiful art. Over time, perfectly synergistic breathing and movement allows something magical to happen. A seamless moving meditation unfolds, enabling you to learn about yourself and your relationship with this world. You’ll begin to notice you’re more able to focus on work and your home life. My biggest benefit from regular yoga practice has been to become a kinder, more loving person to myself, and to others.

I instil the same faith within all of my students – that with yoga there is an absolute connection between mind and body. If you tell yourself that you’re stiff and inflexible, then you will be stiff and inflexible. I encourage positive thoughts first and foremost, and the rest will follow. A better connection between mind and body and a renewed flexibility has profound consequences. Work will become more productive, relationships more rewarding, you’ll be able to reach more fitness goals, recover better and even become more resilient to exercise injury and pain.

Yoga and Sporting Performance

One of my male students is a keen footballer. Many of his team members have commented on how much his game has improved, and he’s noticed a much stronger core and upper body, with more flexibility. He’s also able to play football three evenings a week without muscle aches and pains. He attributes all of this to regular yoga.

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It may surprise you to know that the New Zealand All Blacks Rugby team practice yoga, as do Manchester United and Manchester City football teams. Interviewed in the Daily Telegraph on 6th August 2017, Ryan Giggs, lean, athletiec and still playing Premier League football at the age of 40 gave an undisputed gold star to the benefits of yoga to keep him feeling young and able to compete:

“Yoga strengthens your muscles, improves flexibility, but also keeps you fit and gets you out on the training pitch so you can train every day. You want to be out there so you need to get your body robust and ready for anything. If I do a yoga session the next day (after a game), I’m nowhere near as stiff and I’ll be back training at the right level a lot quicker”. Ryan Giggs

In Summary,  Yogas benefits:

Prevents injuries

Men often experience various aches, pains, and injuries, whether they’re athletically active or spend hours at a desk. Yoga can help prevent injuries in numerous ways.

Yoga improves flexibility and range of motion, which helps lengthen muscles and eliminate tightness and strains. Yoga also improves joint durability by strengthening connective muscle tissue. It also gives you better awareness of your body so you can recognize subtle issues, such as poor posture, and correct them quickly. 

Builds Muscle

Yoga uses natural body weight and resistance to build lean muscle mass. Yoga lengthens muscles and tissue, which improves blood flow. Better blood flow means more oxygen to the muscles, which helps them recover faster so they can grow.

Enhances productivity

People have improved memory and inhibitory control, which enables them to maintain focus, retain information, make confident work decisions, and have more energy.

The meditation aspect of yoga also helps to improve focus.

Boasts Wellbeing

Strengthens cardio system including blood pressure, supports your immune system, nervous system & digestive health

Reduces stress, Anxiety, aid sleep & relaxation.

Relaxation, focus, fewer aches and pains, strength and a better game - why not see what yoga can do for you?

My classes for men are 8.30-9.30pm at the Seale Village Hall in Farnham and beginning on September 11th 2017, 8-9pm in Quarry Street in Guildford.


Pre-booking is essential as I have limited space. I also teach one-to-one classes at my yoga space or in the comfort of your own home.


New Yoga Courses Central Guildford

YogaLisa Upton

Starting September 11th 2017 Email to register an interest & receive further details.

Beginners Yoga and Post Pregnancy 6-7pm

For those who would love to try yoga, any age or fitness level,

This is gentle stretching and breath work, ideal for new mums (6 weeks after baby) for repairing C section (12 weeks after baby), recti diastasis, for those who wish to improve core strength, general flexibility, aiding relaxation, reducing Stress and can help a good nights sleep.

Ashtanga Yoga for Beginners 7-8pm

For those who wish to learn a sequence which they can incorporate into their lives anywhere,

This yoga starts with primary series and sun saluatations and its teaching are direct from India. This course will empower you to practice yoga anywhere, as often as you like to gain stamina, fitness, flexibility and strength while reducing stress levels & learning to breath.

Men's after work yoga 8-9pm

Men only Yoga classes after work, so you can gain fitness, strength and flexibility while learning to do this form of moving meditation.

Reduce stress, learn to relax while becoming healthy.

Yoga is Good for the Mind Body & Soul.

Consecutive Course of 5 - £45.00

Register an interested as course numbers restricted to small group.

Please email me for further details as classes are pre-booked, drop in spaces may or may not be available.

Private One to One Classes

Meditation, Yoga, News, Private Yoga, One to OneLisa Upton

Too busy for a class, need a time that suits your schedule, perhaps un-socialable hours due to work commitments or just want to learn in the comfort of your own home (or in my beautiful treatment room in the Surrey Hills)

I offer private yoga classes for beginners, Ashtanga Yoga, Pregnancy Yoga, Prenatal Yoga & meditation.

The first class is 90 minutes including a consultation and there after 60 minutes.

Ill bring mats and props so you can try yoga before you commit.

I offer a course package which will be specific to your needs, helping gain in fitness, flexibility, reduce anxiety/stress, aid sleep/relaxation, strength core & aid long term existing conditions such as arthritis

I am a dedicated, enthusiastic teacher, who is committed to continuous professional development & I am passionate about supporting my clients to reach their full potential






Men Only Yoga Class Trial Night June 14th 8.30-9.30PM

YogaLisa Upton

Coming to Seale village hall just off A31 between Guildford and Farnham

No matter what age, ability or fitness level.

Fancied trying yoga but would like a small class of absolute beginners to do it?

Next Wednesday could be that night

Cost £10.00

Come and see if yoga is for you

Strengthens core & builds muscle strength, lengthens & stretches muscles, relaxes and de-stresses the body.


let me know any health issues / ask as many questions as you like

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