I believe that everything happens for a reason, I discovered Yoga whilst recovering from a very serious back injury which required spinal neuro surgery in 2009, whilst living in Australia. I really believe that when life is at its most challenging times, that is when we find our true path, even if we can't see or understand it at that time. The last 10 years for me have been deeply transformational, unexpected, and magical, I would never have believed what could happen within 10 years.
So, if you are reading this and it is your first encounter considering Yoga, it is probably the right time, I like to think that the universe guides us to what we need at the right times in our life. Yoga is often discovered at the right time, to help you, and it can be used in so many ways to enhance your life, on the weeks when you are really good, and equally, importantly, when you are struggling, Yoga is always going to make you feel better. You should never think I can't go to Yoga today because I'm not feeling on top of the world or strong, this is EXACTLY when you should be going, and as with most things, its practice, its not Yoga perfectio, it is for you to feel better in every which way possible, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually for some.
Yoga is about sharing knowledge, my Yoga is spiritual, non dogmatic, Yoga is not a religion, everyone is welcome, you do not have to do every part if there is something you are not comfortable with. It is not too challenging physically, more of a nurturing, holistic approach, a real encouragement to listen within, welcome back to yourself, to feel more grounded, and back in touch with yourself, balanced, and to give you tools for coping in every day life, to help live a more peaceful and fulfilling life, which is really useful with how life is these days.
I have experienced quite a lot already on my life journey, I am 47, including divorce, bereavements, miscarriages, parental challenges, surgeries, to name a few, and the emotions such as anxiety and depression, life events can really throw you off balance, but, for me, Yoga always brings me back, in fact it has saved me, multiple times, and this is why I love it so much, I know that when Yoga is in my life, I feel good, when its not, I do not feel so well.
I enjoy using my life experiences to help others. And, many people say that my voice is naturally soothing, calming and relaxing, I am known for continuous positivity, uplift and creating a safe and welcoming space to practise Yoga.
Since 2011 I have been teaching Yoga to groups within the community, in and around Stamford and Bourne. The style of Yoga that I teach is Hatha, nice and slow, thorough, mindful, nurturing, following Patanjali's philosophy of the 8 limbs of Yoga, so each class includes Yama's (Ethical Considerations), Niyama's (Self Observation/Discipline), Pranayama (Breath control/Control of Life Force), Asana (Postures), Dharana (Concentration), Pratyahara (Sense Withdrawal/Turning inward), Dhyana (Meditative Absorbtion), Samadhi (Enlightenment/Peace). I enjoy weaving colour into sessions, working with the Chakras and plenty of guided visualisations, some Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation), I am Reiki 2 attuned, quite intuitive, and I often include uplifting readings from poems or insights too.
I named the business 'Svatantrya Yoga with Laura' about 5 years ago when I felt strongly about sharing what I feel my Yoga offers...….. the word 'Svatantrya' means, in Sanskrit, (a few different interpretations of it)...….'Self-dependency', or 'free will'...…..…. 'an energy that emanates from the supreme'...……... 'the unbounded freedom from standing on your own true path......….'your true self'......Yoga has helped me a great deal over the years in finding my true self, feeling more comfortable with who I am, and knowing my true path in life, and I hope to share this with others.
I enjoy running Yoga Day Retreats, at Essendine Village Hall, the days include Breath work to help get focused, gentle Yoga which is really nice and slow, long held stretches, relaxing Yoga Nidra meditation, and we usually include a Reiki Drum Journey Meditation which is deeply relaxing and healing, and you might even meet your Spirit Animal or Guide(s), it's bring your own lunch, a we usually include a Chakra balancing/cleanse meditation and a beautiful Gong meditation to end the day, with teas and coffees available all day. The cost is £50 per person, 9.30am-4pm, a nice gift for someone too, I can offer a voucher, valid for 1 year. Places are limited to ensure safe distancing. For more info and when they are on please drop me a message.
I have a passion for travelling and have lived in California for a short time as a child, Crete in Greece for 4 years in my young 20's, Australia for 3 years in my 30's. I feel vibrant and more alive when I am by the ocean and in the sun, I like simplicity, I like cooking, I like time alone...…..I feel it is really important to be comfortable with time alone, it is deeply healing, silence......I went to Rishikesh, India 'The homeland of Yoga' in 2019, something I had always wanted to do, just myself, for 2 weeks, and although initially it was daunting, I was soon OK, and had the most amazing time, staying at a Yoga school, I joined a group that were doing their month long Yoga teacher training, and I spent 2 weeks with them, the classes were very varied, quite strict, and it is interesting to see how it is taught by 'real' Indian teachers, and noticed the big difference in how we teach Yoga in the East, I also visited some beautiful temples, sat in an amazing, huge waterfall, where I can't even begin to explain what that did thundering down onto my head, neck and shoulders, spiritually unexplainable!, the monkeys, the birds, the river Ganges, the people, the cows, the local cheeky children, the driving, the tuk tuks, the food, the simplicity of life, the whole experience was life-changing, it did take me some time to feel adjusted when I came back to home, and normal life, I highly recommend a trip like this to anyone considering it.
Gongs - another thing I did not expect I would be doing for my 'job'! whilst I was at a fun Yoga festival with friends a few years ago, we had the opportunity to attend a 'Gong Bath' which we were giggling about and didn't really know what it was all about, then when I walked into the area it was being held at, Wow, just seeing them all there, this lady had about 16 planetry Gongs, they were just amazingly beautiful, lots of people wanted to ask her things and touch them, and their mystery and science really got my attention, I settled in and made myself comfortable for the evening session, afterwards I slept so thoroughly, and felt positive, uplifted the next day, the following 2 days I got more experiences of the Gongs in a Kundalini Yoga class, and other sessions, so by the end of the festival, I left thinking I will be looking up where I can attend another one of these Gong baths when I return home, which I did, but could not find any, but, I kept coming across a training course for it, and particularly for Yoga teachers, and it was near me, and quite soon, so, cut a long story short, I ended up doing the course, when I arrived I did think what am I doing, I don't know anything about these Gongs, but after a residential week long course, with a great teacher, we had studied them day and night, I left there, raring to go, in awe of the power of the Gongs, and couldn't wait to buy my first Gong, which I did, and was very soon running basic Gong meditations for small groups, which has grown, as has my Gong collection, most of my earnings from the last 3-4 years has gone back into buying the Gongs, to build a collection that offers a range of sounds, I have a Paiste Sun Gong, Meinl Flower of Life Gong, Paiste Mercury Gong, Nepalese Chau Gong which is made from melted down old singing bowls in Nepal, a Sun Wind Gong, and a Paiste Brilliant Symphonic, they are all different, and they all offer us different things, the great thing is you don't usually get the same experience in a Gong meditation, the planets, Sun, Moon all have an effect on your experience too, so if you haven't been to a Gong session yet, I'd highly recommend. I run the sessions with my husband Jonnie who has also completed the same Gong training as myself, he is well known for playing the Shruti box, an ancient Indian traditional instrument, a beautiful sound, to welcome you in and out of the session, and we both drum, the drum is used often at the beginning once everyone is settled in, to start your grounding and begin your meditational journey, other things we use in our sessions are Singing bowls, traditional and Crystal, bells, chimes, Rain stick, shells, the frog!, and smaller sound healing tools that we collect when we are travelling. I direct Reiki energy through the Gongs in our sessions, I am thankful for the last 5 years of my life with the Gongs, I invite you to book on a session, please read the Contraindications before you book, to be safe.
The venue we use, Essendine village hall, is half way between Stamford and Bourne, it has a large car park so it will be easy to get all of your things in from the car, you need to bring a mat (preferably padded or a Yoga mat with some kind of padding under it, or 2 mats!, a small pillow, blanket (s),or in cooler months some bring a sleeping bag/ or small duvet, an eye pillow if you have one, or a light scarf to cover your eyes, water to drink, and wear whatever you like, something comfortable that you can relax in, and not too tight
Reiki Drumming Journeying Meditations are included within the Retreat days which are quite unique and interesting.
I have always been interested in psychology and the power of the mind and from studying certain aspects of it already in Yoga Nidra teacher training, a lot of the Yoga Nidra teacher trainers are also Hypnotherapists, so this had led me to study and train to be a Clinical Hypnotherapist and Psychotherapist, which I completed in 2021.
I have a therapy room in Bourne town centre, I offer Hypnotherapy which can be used to help many areas of life including anxiety, stress management, fears, phobias, self-confidence, weight management, pain management, smoking cessation, life events and life guidance, bereavement, earlier years trauma.........Hypnosis is used now for many reasons and from my training I know how powerful it is, my training also includes some NLP and Psychotherapy techniques, to help people move forwards, I also studied extra courses during 2020 and 2021, making the most of lockdown times and have certificates in Mental Health Awareness, Counselling Skills, Mental Health First Aid, Neuropsychology and Eating Psychology.
I am qualified in Traditional Indian Head Massage and Indian Foot Massage (Kansa Vatki) and these sessions can be combined with Reiki.
I have a special interest in Breath work, and the power of it, In 2019 I completed a specialist course in Yoga breath work techniques and their application, you can expect plenty of Breath work in my Yoga sessions and Day Retreats. I believe breath can help us heal and help us live a much healthier life and it should be part of our every day.
I have completed a Yoga Nidra Meditation Teacher course and these are often included in weekly Yoga classes as part of the relaxation and also on the Retreat Days.
I have completed the Yin Yoga Teacher Training course which is Yoga Alliance certified.
I look forward to working with you, or seeing you at one of my Events in the near future, don't hesitate in dropping me a message on email or Text if you wish to know more or to book onto anything.
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