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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

 

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 brief...as 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 do.......plus lack of sleep and healing from giving birth (how ever that was for you)...so 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 easy...family 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 lisa@atma-alchemy.com 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

 

 

 

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.

Lisa@atma-alchemy.com

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.

email Lisa@atma-alchemy.com

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

Post Pregnancy Body- The doorway to Earth.......

Yoga, NewsLisa Upton

Having spent my life looking after my body and health, the post pregnancy body was a little bit of a surprise.

At peak fitness due to dedicated ashtanga practice June 2014

At peak fitness due to dedicated ashtanga practice June 2014

I am now living with 34G boobs (yes-breast feeding is the cause...i never thought i would wear a bra that size) and a tummy which could be mistaken for yet another baby....accept its not...its the left overs.

I was not expecting a flat tummy after producing my gorgeous son, but the 1st week taken by surprise by suffering from Oedema....No one warned me about this and suddenly my legs, ankles and Tummy turned inflatable.

My tummy was bloated full of wind(trapped air from the C section opening me up ) & water retention, having an emergency C section & being filled with drip fluids didn't help this post pregnancy state.....

12 weeks later, finally allowed to exercise "officially", I have begun a recovery program.

4 weeks ago, i started my ashtanga yoga practice, with 1 sun salutation A...per day, but avoided any plank type poses....not only did I have a c section to recover from by separation of my belly muscles, Diastasis recti,  these issues plus the standard stretch marks (i was so stretched) i felt a long way off where i had come from.

 

near then end, and breathless with walking, but happy May 2016

near then end, and breathless with walking, but happy May 2016

I increased weekly my sun salutations by 1, so by week 12 I was doing 5 As and 1 B.........

I did my best to do some exercise during pregnancy, much less than before, as I was always tired, out of breath due to squashed lungs(your organs move upwards to make way for the baby belly),

I was lucky to get pregnancy, not suffer greatly from morning sickness....just lack of sleep due to not feeling comfortable, normal hemorrhoid problem as baby weight was on my lower colon, especially at the end when i could feel my tummy muscles separating.......I wondered if i would burst instead of give birth.

My Tummy after birth, hormonally discoloured,, stretched & scarred

My Tummy after birth, hormonally discoloured,, stretched & scarred

Recovery program continuing to slowly increase my Ashtanga practice, as I am publishing this blog at week 16. I will be doing 5 sun salutations A , sun saluations B and thats it.....week 17 I begin the standing poses.....

I am however not just doing my Ashtanga practice, I have a belly to repair, so i am doing post pregnancy yoga, I am doing all the things I need to do to knit my muscles together & there's more......I have joined the Gym., having replaced my ashtanga practice to pregancy yoga for 9 months (a gentle more feminine form of yoga) muscle wastage occurred, I have lost my body strength, so i am weight lifting to build muscle tone/strength as an adjuct to yoga, all very helpful supporting my work as a Ka huna Masseuse & yoga teacher.

I have always home practiced my Ashtanga yoga so now it fits in around baby sleep time,....

Having had the amazing experience of having a baby, I feel there is a need to change my view point of my body & any mothers

Women's body are a vessel to carry their soul & also to welcome other souls onto earthly reality, if they are so blessed in this lifetime.

My Son Elliott

My Son Elliott

Keeping fit & healthy means we have a chance to experience all of this & more, no matter what age we are, Although my body has changed, never to "springing back" into its youthful shape, it has grown a beautiful, healthy baby and been a door way for my son to enter planet earth....how blessed are we mothers for this amazing & spiritual experience.

 

 

 

 

Octobers an exciting month!

Massage, Yoga, MeditationLisa Upton

Returning from Maternity leave & an additional 85 hour Yoga alliance course, I am excited & refreshed to beginning Yoga lessons, meditation groups & sharing the lovely Kahuna Massage.

Check out the website for further details

Please call or email for details and class times

 

Small friendly classes in the center of Guildford, please MSG, email or call to book as space, as class sizes are limited.

Small friendly classes in the center of Guildford, please MSG, email or call to book as space, as class sizes are limited.

Divine Goddess Winter Collection Arriving October 2016

Active wear apparel, active wear Yoga Apparel, News, YogaLisa Upton

Beautiful textures, patterns & batik in black & shades of grey, Winter warmer Sweaters, "New" 3/4 length and full length leggings, bespoken, hand dyed & designed, each one unique.

Crisp cold mornings with the change in seasons, White cropped tops, white leggings & white long sleeved tops "I am Love"  made from bamboo. Stand out from the crowd in these beautiful active-wear clothes

  • Not on the high street
  • No mass produced
Winter textures & patterns in shades of black & grey

Winter textures & patterns in shades of black & grey

Winter whites

Winter whites

Mother & Baby Yoga

YogaLisa Upton

After 8-12 weeks spent at home (*please check with Doctors that you are ok to start an exercise routine) with your new baby, post recovery from birth & adapting to having  a new soul to care for, this classes will aid you gaining strength, building up flexibility and and aid post labour recover.

Pregnancy Yoga Classes

YogaLisa Upton

Safe effective classes for mums to be & their growing babies in their 2nd trimester

Adaptive classes for each individual mum according to her fitness, wellbeing, injuries or common pregnancy ailments such as back injuries or pelvic girdle pain

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