• My Approach

    Doing less to feel more

    My approach has evolved over 30 years to reflect modern biomechanics and neuroplasticity principles, so the movements I use are more natural and fluid compared to conventional Asanas (Yoga postures).

    Yoga to me is no longer an endeavour, a pursuit where I'm willing my body to achieve a physical shape or indeed a mental state. It's a meditation on the body. It's a way of gradually getting to know my body-mind, deeply and intimately, like I would a much loved friend. Both require the ability to listen, fully and without judgement, and to exercise patience. Patience, in my opinion, is a much neglected aspect in modern Yoga practice, which seems to be reflecting our society's obsession with doing, achieving and getting results quickly. There are no shortcuts in Yoga, as it's only the accumulation of daily, moment to moment attention to everything our body-mind does that creates change. It's the gradual deepening of our awareness that creates change. Forcing the body into performing extreme positions or breathing practices is totally counterproductive if our aim is to free the body and mind. As Krishnamurti famously said: "If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation".

    So how do we engage with this mindful form of movement? First of all, we need to do less in order to feel more. Smaller, deeper, slower movements, which will bypass our habitual patterns and restore more natural (and efficient) movement. As our holding patterns are etched in our nervous system, this undoing will also have an effect on our mind. Our parasympathetic (i.e. relaxation) response, rather than fight or flight, will again become our baseline, from which more options are open to us, including creative expression. This process of undoing, a gradual peeling off of layers of conditioning, is rooted in the body's ability to surrender to the ground and to the pull of gravity, and in paying attention to (and gradually freeing) the breath. As we embrace the restfulness that gravity affords us and explore the feelable yet uncharted landscape of our deeper body, we allow its intrinsic intelligence to come forth. We allow our central organ of motion and physical expression, the spine, to take over. The "bodywork" becomes a gateway to our free, unconditioned Self.

    Thanks to the gentle, natural and restorative quality of the movements we use, this approach is suitable for all ages and abilities, but I’ve found it to be particularly helpful for mature students or those suffering from chronic pain/illness, fatigue, stress and anxiety. My students often report a newfound sense of freedom and aliveness in their body, a clarity of mind, a peacefulness that allows them to sleep better and establish better eating habits. Their chronic pain (especially back pain) lessens in intensity and/or frequency and sometimes disappears entirely. A shift in their thought patterns can also happen, helping them become more adaptable and resilient individuals. My aim as a teacher is to facilitate each student’s personal journey, so anything I teach is conceived or adapted to suit and benefit the individual. The natural environment for this subtle, student centred approach is a small group or one-to-one setting, which is what my teaching has gradually evolved towards.

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Privacy Policy
Your privacy is extremely important to me. Please read this privacy notice as it contains important information on who I am, how and why I collect, store and use personal information, your rights in relation to your personal information and how to contact me and authorities if you have a complaint.

Who I am
As a Yoga teacher, I collect, use and am responsible for certain personal information about you. This is regulated under the General Data Protection Regulation which applies across the European Union, including the United Kingdom, and I am responsible as ‘controller’ of that personal information.

The personal information I collect and use
In my communications, I collect the following personal information when you provide it to me:

- For the purpose of providing you with information regarding Yoga tuition, your full name, email address, telephone number and, in the case of corporate classes, the organisation you work for and your job title.
- For the purpose of teaching in your premises, your full name, email address, street address, telephone number and, in the case of corporate classes, the organisation you work for and your job title.
- For the purpose of keeping you up to date with current or future classes or private tuition arrangements, your full name, email address, telephone number and, in the case of corporate classes, the organisation you work for and your job title.
- For the purpose of teaching you in a manner that is appropriate to your needs and requirements, any health issues you might have brought to my attention.
How I use your personal information
I use your name, email address and/or telephone number to contact you either to make arrangements for private tuition, or to provide you with information regarding current (or future) classes. Occasionally, I use your name, email address and/or telephone number to send you information regarding a topic we have covered in lesson. I use your street address to locate your premises when lessons take place there. I use any information you have provided me about your health to teach you in a manner that is appropriate to your needs and requirements.

Who I share your personal information with
I will not share your personal information with any third parties.

I will only share personal information with law enforcement or other authorities if required by applicable law.

How long your personal data will be kept
I will hold your name, email address and telephone number indefinitely, unless you specifically request for them to be deleted. Your street address (where applicable) and health information will be held for as long as you are having lessons with me.

Reasons I can collect and use your personal information
I rely on Your Consent (that you have given clear consent for me to hold your personal data for a specific purpose) as the lawful basis on which I collect and use your personal data.

Your rights
Under the General Data Protection Regulation you have a number of important rights free of charge. In summary, those include rights to:

- fair processing of information and transparency over how I use your personal information
- access to your personal information and to certain other supplementary information that this Privacy Notice is already designed to address
- require me to correct any mistakes in your information which I hold
- require the erasure of personal information concerning you in certain situations
- receive the personal information concerning you which you have provided to me, in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format and have the right to transmit those data to a third party in certain situations
- object at any time to processing of personal information concerning you for direct marketing
- object to decisions being taken by automated means which produce legal effects concerning you or similarly significantly affect you
- object in certain other situations to my continued processing of your personal information
- otherwise restrict my processing of your personal information in certain circumstances.
For further information on each of those rights, including the circumstances in which they apply, see the Guidance from the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) on individuals’ rights under the General Data Protection Regulation.

If you would like to exercise any of those rights, please:

- email me at laura@intuitiveyoga.org.uk or call me on 01923-226806
- let me have enough information to identify you (e.g. your name and email address),
- let me know the information to which your request relates
Keeping your personal information secure
I have appropriate security measures in place to prevent personal information from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way. I am the only person who has access to your personal information, which will be kept in strictest confidence.

How to complain
I hope that I can resolve any query or concern you raise about my use of your information.

The General Data Protection Regulation also gives you right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, in particular in the European Union (or European Economic Area) state where you work, normally live or where any alleged infringement of data protection laws occurred. The supervisory authority in the UK is the Information Commissioner who may be contacted at https://ico.org.uk/concerns/ or by telephone: 0303 123 1113.

Changes to this privacy notice
This privacy notice was published on 14th May 2018 and last updated on 14th May 2018

I may change this privacy notice from time to time. You should check this policy occasionally to ensure you are aware of the most recent version.

How to contact me
Please contact me if you have any questions about this privacy notice or the information I hold about you.

If you wish to contact me, please send an email to laura@intuitiveyoga.org.uk.