My name is Laura Wills and I am a yoga teacher and mindfulness therapist based in and around Alton Hampshire. My classes are suitable for beginners and those with more experience. I also off one to session in yoga and Mindfulness My sessions offer you a sanctuary every week - with influences of Seasonal yoga, lunar cycles and the elements. Each class starts with a gentle warm up, followed by yoga flows designed to work the meridians for that season - we focus on the physical, mental and energetic bodies - developing greater awareness and learning to work with the mind through meditation. I also enjoy working with and teaching via the chakras; energy centres in the body.
I aim to have a nurturing, playful and gentle approach to yoga practice and welcome all those who are curious about yoga and meditation practice.
Seasonal Yoga is inspired by ancient Chinese and Indian health systems and is a gentle practice specifically designed to send energy flowing through the meridian lines (energy pathways of the body). From a physical view point the practice re-vitalizes our systems and organs which have energies corresponding to different seasons of the year - putting the mind and body where it is supposed to be - in harmony with nature.
We are a part of nature, so to continually work against these natural rhythms can create both stress, disease or indicate we are out of balance.
The ancient Chinese people believed in working with the cycles of nature - each of our organs, senses and systems also resonate with certain seasonal energies.
Practicing Seasonal Yoga on a regular basis improves flexibility, balance and physical strength. It helps people to control and manage their own energy levels and also improves physical and mental awareness.
Mindfulness allows us to pay attention to, and see clearly what is happening in our lives. Whilst it cannot eliminate life’s challenges, the practice helps us to work with the present moment rather than dwell on the past or over worry about the future.
Being more aware of the present moment can help us enjoy the world around us more and understand ourselves better. Mindfulness is a practical way to notice thoughts, sensations, sights, sounds and smells. The practice may be simple, but because it is so different to how our minds normally behave, it takes practice. Mindfulness might simply be described as choosing and learning to control our
focus of attention.
It can be easy to rush through life without noticing what is going on. Stressful lives often lead to living on ‘automatic pilot’. When this becomes a habitual state, it can be associated with a number of stress related health problems including stress and anxiety. Being more aware of the present moment can help us to enjoy the world around us more and to develop a better understanding of ourselves while having a deeper sense of well-being.
I am also co founder of Club Morgan ~ Seasonal Yoga for Children ~ www.club-morgan.com
And run a programme for actors and performers giving them yoga and mindfulness based tools to help them combat stress and anxiety ~ www.castinglight.co.uk