‘As one opens a door with a key, so the yogi forces opens the door of liberation with Kundalini’
Authentic teachings made relevant for YOU the modern student
90min All Levels Class
Sundays 9.00-10.30 am (GMT)
The Ashtanga Journey class will lead you from Samastitih to Savasana with a breath- bandha led crescendo of systemantic postures designed to increasingly open the body and quieten the mind. Class structure will be more or less as follows-
-Warm up/ Words from Leanne and the scriptures about philosophy of practise
-Samastitihi and Opening Prayer
-Seated Postures from Primary/ Secondary
-Classical asanas with Pranayama/Meditation
-Closing prayer/ devotional gesture
Note these classes are not restricted or limited to a fixed vinyasa count or set sequence. Expect Leanne to vary and adjust the classes sensitively week to week with different areas of focus, technique, scripture, philosophy, energetic work etc. You may come for just 60 or 75 min, please let Leanne know at start of class.
More details, advice and words from the students below...
What is Ashtanga Yoga?
Ashtanga yoga is an ancient methodology of moving along the path towards the state of Yoga. The practise of Ashtanga Vinyasa incorporates this method through a set sequence and and unbroken connection to the breath which calms the senses and mind and alalows the practitioner to move from outward looking to contemplation and meditation. This physical practise also focuses strongly on Ujjayi pranayama and bandhas to wake up the body physically and energetically with focus on the spine.
Info and Booking
Leanne's own classes are provided live online through Zoom
Classes are currently still free or donation based, if you would like to contribute please do so as by Paypal to paypal.me/ashtangageek or or contact for bank details. Suggested -£5-15 for 1.5hr class
Online classes provided for MoreYoga are for members only, please check details on their website
*LEANNE IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR PRACTISE OR YOUR BODY, PLEASE PRACTISE SAFELY AND WITHIN YOUR ABILITY
*CLASSES ARE SUITABLE FOR ALL LEVELS PROVIDED THAT YOU LISTEN TO YOUR OWN BODY, IF THE BREATH IS NOT STEADY PLEASE TAKE REST
*WE DO NOT WISH TO EVER EXPERIENCE PAIN OR STRESS IN PRACTISE
*IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU TAKE SAVASANA ( LIE DOWN) TO CLOSE THE PRACTISE TO LET THE BODY AND MIND ADJUST AND SETTLE AND THE MUSCLE TISSUE TO RECOVER AND ADAPT
*DO NOT PRACTISE WITHIN THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF PREGNANCY, AFTERWARDS IT IS ADVISABLE TO DO SOME RESEARCH
"Leanne is a very gifted teacher who creates a very personal and spiritual experience during the class. I liked her inspirational quotes and readings and combined with a well designed playlist make the class special. I recommendation for yin devotees who want to relax after a stressful week!"
"Leanne provides opportunities for us to challenge ourselves and progress in our practise. She gives guidance and tips on how to move into a posture safely and powerfully. I always look forward to her classes"
"Leanne is a wonderful yoga teacher. She combines her vast knowledge with the soothing but confident tone needed to both relax her students and enable them to get the best out of every session. I really enjoy her Ashtanga classes because there is a set routine and so I can relax and get into the flow and I can get deeper into the postures is subsequent sessions. I also love Yin because it gives my body, especially my back the release it needs after being sat at a desk all week. Leanne's classes are meditational and she also has some powerful playlists that really help to calm the mind."
"Thank you so much, I needed that more than I thought I did and that final meditation felt so different, I was so light and my head was floating on my body. It was amazing!"
"Thank you so much Leanne, such a wonderful start to the day to have that time to just BE. It was a much needed change from working/ cooking/ cleaning/ home schooling/ shopping and I feel rejuvenated. Can't wait for the next one"
words from the students
"All the tips are useful and you get to the point! Probably helped with knoweledge of philosophy too to break things down in a a simple way!
Yin at the Emily Bowes student halls, Tottenham, London
the quiet approach
The great work
The Eight Limbs
leanne as your teacher
Leanne's mission as a teacher has been to find the way to teach authentic Yoga through today's standardised modern group yoga classes; To offer a yoga class that remains traditional, but is useful and adaptable to the student. After studying yoga scriptures and at the same time living in a very different world to the era and culture that produced them she has often come to question her faith in how yoga is now taught and her purpose as a teacher.
She has often felt torn and confused at how the word ‘tradition’ seems to suggest obedience, rigidity, blind faith and something set in stone; whereas the natural world we live in and it’s societies are constantly evolving and changing.
Neither wanting to be generic and wishy- washy nor strict and rigid in her teaching, she has developed a style that focusses on the core hatha yoga techniques ( which are not fancy poses at all) and the traditional 'Ashtanga Yoga' eight- limbed philosophy ( a methodical approach to the steps of yoga) which she transmits in a caring, encouraging and approachable way. She uses the Ashtanga Vinyasa system but allows freedom for adapting and altering the practise to better suit the varying goals, needs and limitations of each student.
She says that the modern yoga scene and it’s teachers aka representatives and guides must remain true to the yoga philosophy and welcome all without prejudice, and offering a safe learning environment where students may learn about themselves through their bodies and hopefully learn the fundamental techniques and tools which will guide them ever onwards, or ‘upwards’ along the yoga path if they wish to take it.
'The Self abides in the inner chamber of the heart, always at peace,
whatever forces of prakriti may storm outside'
- Bhagavad Gita
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Yoga should not be a luxury and should be available to all of those who want a healthier body, a calmer mind and a more enjoyable life. If you are new to Yoga know that it may not be what you think it is... it has come to be many things here in the West. Know that if you can breathe you can practise yoga! There is a vast myriad of yoga teachings and techniques and far more benefits and applications than you can imagine!
For those with an existing practise Leanne is happy to help and share knowledge 1-2-1 as this way she can be more effective and relevant to you! Technical advice and philosophical thinking is better handled outside of the flow.
Why not contact Leanne for an informal initial consultation or session?
15min initial consultation £10
(Rates are flexible for those who have reduced income)
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Contact Leanne and find out how she can help YOU on your very own yoga journey
Practise with Leanne from the comfort of your own home wherever you are in the world with online sessions! Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your unique personal situation. Rates are flexible for those in need.