I first came to yoga in 1993 as, what was then, a weekly interlude from an over busy work and family life. Juggling bringing up 4 young children, a divorce, career change and house moving I soon recognised that my yoga was the one stabilising factor in my life and was giving me all sorts of benefits in terms of general health and wellbeing.
By 2000 yoga had become more than just a weekly class and I was attending as many classes, workshops and retreats as I could fit into my time. I was very fortunate and met in that time my main influences Gary Carter and Peter Blackaby who have remained and are currently my main source of teaching inspiration.
I was persuaded by my own tutors to train as a teacher and I qualified with the BWY in 2004, and quickly developed into having a teaching week of 12-18 classes. These are currently made up of leisure centres, private venues, one to ones with specialist needs and at my own studio, Yoga for Harmony in Windsor, which I established in 2006.
With early origins in Iyengar Yoga, I have experienced a wide range of teachers and yoga ‘styles’, and continue to be interested in furthering my own knowledge and experience so that I can pass on those experiences to my students. My yoga today has become an evolution of over 20 years of practice and study.
My aim is to help bring back and maintain balance into my student’s mind, body and lifestyle. My interest is in working with traditional postures, but with the view to ‘showing’ the body a useful pattern of movement, one which is natural to its developmental history to bring the body within a range of ‘normal’ for them as an individual. I believe that with an ‘attentive’ approach to the movements and postures, as well as attention to the breath, the whole body and mind can be brought to a state of balance, and lead the student on the path to a state of well being that can take them through young, middle and old age.
It might not be about how good we become a ‘performing’ a posture, perhaps moving away from ‘external’ evaluation of the postures and moving towards an ‘internal’ sense of the postures. It could be seen as moving away from the more used traditional approach of systemised yoga to a more experiential approach; moving toward being comfortable in our physical and mental selves and experiencing how yoga can help us to achieve this potential.
My intention for my classes are for students to have the opportunity and the time to look at aspects of their practise in depth and to develop an approach of self enquiry and self knowledge. The classes are adaptable and encompass students of all levels of experience and ability. Whilst looking at traditional Hatha Yoga postures and pranayamas I like to encourage fun and freedom within the traditional structure, and above all to enjoy yoga.
‘The Yoga for Harmony Studio’ Windsor
This is a yoga venture that I was fortunate enough to be able to establish in 2006. It was born out of a desire to have a facility that was dedicated and sympathetic to the practise of yoga. I was able to invite some respected colleagues to take some classes and I also invited some of my ‘favourite’ tutors to share their knowledge with my clients and students. It is now a well established yoga studio offering over 20 weekly classes and numerous monthly workshops.
Do come along and try some of the classes.
Where and when I teach
As well as running and teaching at my studio ‘Yoga for Harmony’ www.yogaforharmony.co.uk I also teach weekly classes at other local venues. See classes below
- 11.30-12.45pm @ Norden Farm, Maidenhead, SL6 4PF | Cost: £42 for 6 termly or £10.00 single class if available ( all classes must be prebooked with venue norden.farm)
- 6.30-7.45pm @ Yoga for Harmony, Windsor SL4 1RU | Cost: £10.00 drop-in
- 9.30-10.45am – Yoga for Seniors @ The Maidenhead Community Centre, York Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1SH maidenheadcentre.org.uk Cost: 8.00 drop-in/£32.50 for 5 classes prepaid
- 11.30-12.45pm @ Yoga for Harmony, Windsor SL4 1RU | Cost: £10.00 drop-in
- 2.00-3.15pm @ Yoga for Harmony, Windsor SL4 1RU | Cost: £10.00 drop-in
- 6.15-7.15pm Introductory Yoga for Complete Beginners @Yoga for Harmony, Windsor, SL4 1RU | Cost: £10 drop-in
- 7.30-9.00pm Intermediate Hatha Yoga@Yoga For Harmony, Windsor, SL4 1RU | Cost: £12.00 drop-in
- 9.30-10.45am Intermediate Hatha Yoga@ Norden Farm, Maidenhead, SL6 4PF | Cost: £42 for 6 termly classes ( all classes must be prebooked with venue norden.farm)
- 11.00-12.15pm Yoga for new comers and those returning to yoga following a break of for those with specific injuries or medical conditions @ Norden Farm, Maidenhead, SL6 4PF | Cost: £42 for 6 termly or £10.00 single class if available ( all classes must be prebooked with venue norden.farm)
Private / Personal Tuition
I offer one-to-one yoga classes, focused on individual needs, beyond that which can be achieved in a group class setting and are ideally suited to people recovering from or living with an injury or illness. My approach is to understand and support your individual needs through applying yoga techniques of asana (postures and movement), breathing and relaxation to alleviate your specific illness or injury and helping your body to move in a more balanced and effortless way.
One to one classes provide an opportunity for clients to ask questions and explore their yoga, so that they can develop self-awareness and a ‘sense of feeling’, leading to a better understanding and discrimination of useful and non-useful movement habits.
One-to-one yoga classes are suitable for those new to yoga and more experienced students. Conditions suitable for this approach include both long-term illnesses and specific injuries.
Costs and Booking Conditions:-
Each 60 minute class costs £45 – £50, payable on the day of the class.
Classes are held at the Yoga for Harmony studio, 143a Arthur Road, Windsor, SL4 1RU or at the client’s home.
24 hour notice is required to cancel a one-to-one class. Classes cancelled within 24 hours will be subject to a 50% cancellation fee.
Corporate classes for up to 15 people @£45 per hour, by arrangement.
Yoga Holiday in Turkey with Julie
29th June to 6th July 2020 at Eco Yuva Yoga Retreat, Faralya, Turkey.
Situated about 10km from Oludeniz on the beautiful Turquoise Coast in South West Turkey.
Costs are £625 per person excluding flights, transfers and additional excursions