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Avani School of Yoga

Avani Yoga

  • 12 Westboat Cottages, Warden, Hexham NE46 4SJ, UK.

About Avani Yoga

Avani Yoga combines Hatha Yoga, Yoga Therapy & Nature Therapy. Strengthening and rebalancing body, mind, emotions and life energy for inner peace and well-being.

Each class begins with guided relaxation to release stress and bring your awareness to your body, your breathing and the present moment. This enables you to practise Yoga consciously, greatly enhancing benefits of the practices. Warm-up exercises and yoga postures (asana) improve core stability, strength, flexibility, balance and concentration. Breathing techniques (pranayama) help you to focus on (in!) your body, calm the nervous system, expand vital energy (prana), unblock and balance energy channels (nadis) and release deeply-held physical and mental tension. Guided visualisations/meditations help you to gently focus attention in the present moment, harmonising the different aspects of yourself for inner peace and well-being. The whole practice is gentle, unhurried and mindful.

Private Yoga Tuition:

A tailor-made yoga routine to suit your individual needs, lifestyle and ability. Weekly one-to-one or one-to-two classes consisting of yoga exercises and postures (asana), relaxation techniques, breathing practices to expand vital energy (pranayama) and balance the nervous system, advice on healthy eating, mindfulness and meditation.

Yoga Therapy:

Yoga Therapy responds sensitively and holistically to each client’s individual health issues –
creating a sustainable personal yoga practice to improve health and well-being. This begins with a one-to-one consultation with a yoga therapist, which may include assessment of posture, physical mobility, breathing, emotional well-being and lifestyle. Client and therapist then work together to create a yoga routine that fits the client’s needs, lifestyle and abilities.


‘As a children’s nurse with a back problem that had kept me from working for 4 months I came to Gilly hoping for some improvement. My expectations have been far exceeded and I am delighted to be well enough to return to my busy ward. I saw Gilly individually at first and have now joined a group and Gilly has been incredibly supportive and encouraging throughout. My strength and flexibility are hugely improved, I feel toned and more energetic. I am taking far fewer pain killers and feel much better able to relax. I feel more connected to my physical and spiritual self and am thoroughly enjoying the practice. Gilly has enabled me to manage my back in a positive way and has given me the tools to continue to improve. I have put off the spinal surgery I have been offered for the meantime. I would recommend her yoga teaching to anyone, and will be encouraging all my nursing colleagues to try it! I cannot thank you enough Gilly!
Jo Raglan

‘We started our yoga practice with Gilly 18 months ago and in every positive way it has absolutely changed our lives.’
Christine & Michael Heppell

‘I came to the Avani School of Yoga for private tuition following some health problems that made class work elsewhere sometimes a bit difficult for me. I have to say it was the best move ever as Gilly has provided perfect asanas for me and complemented this with inspirational extras like chakra focusing and sound healing. I think she is an exceptional teacher in bringing yoga back towards mind body union… Northumberland is so fortunate to have such an enlightened school.’
Dr Elaine Perry

‘For me, the school is a wonderful oasis of calm. That I’ve also seen real improvements to my long standing back problem as a direct result of the work with Gilly is a massive extra benefit.’
Will Dracup

‘We were, to a person, enormously grateful for Gilly’s work with us – and week on week foster carers returned with examples of how they had used the exercises to reduce their own stress reactions, to aid rest and to manage difficult situations. In their own words…

“I feel really privileged to have been part of this group working with Gilly – I go home feeling really content” Sara

“ Last weeks’ session seemed to last right through from Wednesday until Sunday – I was sleeping better and I can feel I’m more chilled. Sunday we had a bit of a set-back and I went into the bedroom and spent some time doing the breathing. My heart stopped hammering and I just felt better about things – it helped clear my head. Now I’m really looking forward to my next ‘top-up’” Rachel

“ I know myself when I’m stressed I tend to withdraw. Now I still withdraw – but I do the breathing and some of the movements and you know what, I can go back out there and I’m just cooler, more confident. Thank-you so much Gilly.” Mary

‘…Gilly also demonstrated how, within the bounds of safe care, some techniques that could safely be used with traumatised children, something one carer found enormously helpful with a young person who finds settling to sleep very difficult due to her traumatic past. The work Gilly has done has received such positive and heart-felt feed-back, the decision was made immediately to invite her to return and continue working with us – and luckily for us, she can! I am really looking forward to continuing to work alongside Gilly and would recommend her without a moments’ hesitation to anyone interested in a gentle, kind and thoughtful introduction to yoga therapy.”
Susanne McGarry, Psychotherapist, Foster Care Associates

‘I was new to yoga when I first met Gilly 18 months ago. Through her caring, supportive and giving teachings I now feel like a confident yogi. Gilly has guided me patiently through my personal journey of enlightenment into the body, mind and spirit. Yoga has taught me how to relax my mind, breathe deeply and find a balance within myself I have never been able to find before. Avani yoga studio is much more than learning yoga poses and having a flexible body, it has been a truly life changing experience for me, and Gilly has helped me find my “light” again.’
Christine Nugent

‘Gilly is a wonderful Yoga teacher! She is highly experienced and offers a welcoming, supportive environment for any level of Yoga enthusiast. We are a Mum and Daughter with completely different levels of yoga fitness and yet we are quite able to attend the same yoga class. Gilly has the ability to help everyone adapt each position to their own individual level and always remembers who needs a little bit of extra help or who has a problem with a knee or a wrist or a back. For me, one thing that makes Gilly stand out amongst other yoga teachers is her good sound knowledge of human anatomy. This is invaluable when teaching someone who has any form of injury – my partner had several weeks of yoga with Gilly to help with a back problem, without Gilly’s knowledge he could have done more damage than good and over a period of time Gilly designed a program of positions for him to follow which built his strength up gradually and safely.’
Justine and Pat Hayhurst

‘Practising yoga with Gilly always restores my mind, body and spirit. Her warmth and serenity, depth of knowledge and classical approach to yoga combined with the beautiful location make the yoga sessions a highlight of my week.’
Lynn Ritchie

‘My yoga sessions with Gilly are always a treat. I can arrive feeling stressed and tired but always leave feeling both relaxed and re-energised. I love the way she blends the physical with meditation and relaxation and there is always something new to learn from such an experienced teacher!’
Joan Grant

‘Gilly creates a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere in a beautifully tranquil setting. Her classes are both therapeutic and fun and there seems to be sunshine in her yoga room.’
Tina Hind

‘I had not done Hatha Yoga before and was apprehensive, my fears were unfounded – the teaching is fantastic and Gilly immediately gives you a sense of confidence, sharing her vast knowledge and experience with you. Gilly’s approach to teaching Yoga is warm, relaxed and welcoming. No matter what your age or ability you will fit in immediately. I feel great after every course and look forward to the next.’
Sarah Fitton

‘Gilly offers a place of warmth and intimacy in which I can be gently guided into relaxation through the yoga and meditation practise, which is soft and subtle and enables me to take time with myself to reach the postures and enjoy being in them……………….much focus is given to the breath to allow for softening and gradual reaching of the body……………a slow pace enables a deepening level of breath and body work which leads to the stilling and gradual silencing of my mind……………..and for me Gilly, your voice is a powerful tool in this process……………….it creates the space which soothes and stills……………..slow, soft, authentic and deeply relaxing………………and an energy of awareness and acceptance allows me to be, to trust and to feel safe so that unwanted energy can slowly stir, shift and release itself as the conditions facilitate.

A space set in the beautiful countryside of Northumberland, somewhat hidden and inextricable from nature and its natural healing energy…………………combining your yogic style with the earth, the elements and the seasons to bring the yoga practise in harmony with the natural world………………. reconnecting us to our breath, our bodies, our presence and our pulse in the universe………………..the matrix of which we are all a part……. thank you for the love and the work that reconnects.’
Zoey Gibb


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