Private yoga classes are available for children who are looking for a personalised practice in their home environment. These sessions are also a great way to involve a sibling, or a small group of friends.
Classes are available throughout term time and school holidays.
Due to COVID-19, all classes are currently online. Little Yoga Studio teaches family yoga one Saturday every month. A fun 45-minute session for you and your child/ren to enjoy together. Booking essential.
Boreham Village Hall, Main Road, Boreham, Essex, CM3 3JD
Little Yoga Studio is currently teaching little yogis at Howbridge Infants School in Witham, Essex. If your child is a pupil you can enquire through the school to book your child’s place. Classes run term time only.
Howbridge Infants School in Witham
Children’s Yoga Class in Colchester
Unity Primary, Colchester
Little Yoga Studio is currently teaching little yogis at Unity Primary in Colchester, Essex. If your child is a pupil you can enquire through the school to book your child’s place. Classes run term time only.
Unity Primary, Colchester
Every Thursday (term time only)
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I’m finding it hard to believe that in just one week’s time I will be able to look up from my mat and see OTHER YOGIS in the room! 🎉
I’m very excited to say that as of Wednesday May 19th we can all gather and practice together for Mindful Vinyasa 8-9pm at @beaulieucommunitycentre.
Spaces will be limited to ensure we can all comfortably distance and COVID-safe procedures will be in place around the centre.
Of course, moving back to in-person yoga won’t be for everyone, and some of you may be very comfortable with #zoomlife. So classes will continue to be live-streamed and available as on demand recordings, enabling you to practice in whatever way works best for you.
The rest of my timetable remains online for now. Can’t wait to see you, and practice with you, next week 🙏🏻
All details are in my bio or feel free to drop me a DM with any questions.
‘Let us be still for a few moments,
without moving even our little finger
so that a hush descends upon us.
There would be no place to go, nor to come from, for we would have arrived in this extraordinary moment;
there would be a stillness and silence,
that would fill all of our senses,
where all things would find their rest.
Everything would then be together in a deep connection, putting an end to ‘us and them,’ this against that;
we would not move in these brief moments, for that would disturb this palpable presence;
there would be nothing to be said nor done,
for life would embrace us in this wondrous meeting, and take us into its arms as a loving friend.’
~ Christopher Titmus
Sharing these beautiful words in honour of #mentalhealthawarenessweek. We have all faced difficulties and hardships on some scale over the past year... It’s been a challenge for sure. Feeling it all can be hard and finding an outlet, a mode for expression; things that bring you joy, are ways that we can become more in rhythm with our experiences.
For me, nature, poetry and yoga have been absolutes through this time. So this week I ll be sharing some of my favourite poems and words to ease you into a quieter space in classes this week.
‘The source of love is deep within us and we can help others realise a lot of happiness. One word, one action, one thought can reduce another person’s suffering and bring that person joy.’ ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
These beautiful words never fail to remind me of the power our direction of energy, both outwardly and inwardly, truly has. We know our words have the ability to hurt or heal, but how often do we stop ourselves from acting/speaking because we think we can’t make a difference?
Human interaction, compassion and empathy are so essential to us all. After the last year, we might be feeling a bit starved of that too. Let’s never underestimate the power of love ♥️
We’re heading back into the studio on May 19th. I’ll still be on Zoom for those who prefer the online life too. I’m so excited to be back in a room full of people sharing yoga. What a joy that will be!
We talk a lot about an ‘inner sanctuary’ in yoga and meditation. That space within where we can find some comfort, some rest; a sense of peace. You might feel the edges of it in Savasana; find you drop into it thanks to a blissful meditation, or even feel it’s presence with a few focused breaths.
But when the other ‘stuff’ gets a bit much, anxiety or that sense of disconnect is rising and you’re needing some help tuning in to the deeper parts of your Self, knowing those ‘places’ you can go to is a real comfort.
It might be a physical place, like somewhere you like to walk perhaps, or in your favourite joyful activity - drawing, singing, yoga - or it might be in a really great cuddle (see above). Either way these ‘happy places’ can help us connect with the universal energy around us and in turn, find the route back within.
We’ve been exploring grounding practices in classes of late. Connecting with the subtle body and Muladhara Chakra (root chakra) as we earth, ground and find safety. These are practices I regularly come back to, to reassure, nurture and support my whole system.
We’re back tomorrow 8-9pm for more. Join us live or on-demand via the link in the bio.
Back from an unplanned Instagram break. It seems interesting that after spending a few weeks teaching practices around #vishuddha, the throat chakra and our centre of communication and truth, I’ve gone from having lots to say, to nothing at all...
Of course, that’s the point. The past week and a half I’ve felt the need to step back and do some inner listening. Connecting to what needs to be heard and felt. And while it hasn’t been an easy ride, it’s reminded me that these fallow times are as vital as the fruitful ones.
I’m tentatively dipping a toe back into the Insta world with a note that tonight’s 8-9pm practice is all about grounding. It’s a tonic right now I feel. Love to all. Class details, as always, in the bio.
‘The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places that you ll go.’ ~ Dr Seuss ✨
One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever received was shortly after I’d finished my YTT a few years ago. My dear teacher and friend encouraged me to keep reading to expand my knowledge and spark my creativity, rather than thinking I had to take every course available to appease the imposter syndrome that was blooming.
Being a natural bookworm, this stuck quite easily. I could lose myself for hours in a book given the opportunity so my bedside table frequently has little space for anything else 😉 Here’s my current stack I’m making my way through. If you’ve got any recommendations, I’d love to hear them. Book club anyone? 🙋🏼♀️
‘How do you feel today?’ is a question I ask myself every time I come to my mat. What’s coming up? What is asking to be listened to, to be felt? Am I open to leaning in to all the sensations, feelings, emotions - all that is in this moment - with self-compassion, with a sense of welcoming?... (mostly, not always 😉)
We’re exploring the throat chakra - Vishuddha - in class this week. The place from where we speak, sing, listen, both inwardly and outwardly, and where we align with our truth; what makes our heart sing.
Feeling into the chakras, these energy centres is always a transformative practice. One that has something new to teach us every time. There’s a reduced timetable this week but we’re back to normal as of next week. Have a good week all 🙏🏻
‘This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.’ ~ Rumi
Holding these beautiful words from Rumi - a reminder to try to welcome in it all; the moment to moment ‘stuff,’ the challenges, each new day, each transition... as we explore the energy of Spring ✨
Class continues tonight 8-9pm from Zoom. A chance to welcome in it all, from my little corner of the cosmos to yours.
Following on from the Spring Equinox at the weekend, we’ll be exploring the energetic shift of the seasons this week.
Spring is the season for fresh opportunity. Much like the natural world starting to bloom around us, that energy can be felt within us too. Perhaps you might feel called to spring clean; get out in the garden; put some dreams and big ideas into action. Perhaps you might explore your yoga practice some more, or make a return to the mat.
Join us for some breathwork, reflection and yoga this week:
There’s so much joy to be had when we let go of perfection 💫
Today marks one year of #zoomlife. One whole year of online yoga classes beamed from my little studio into your homes.
There’s something I never thought I’d be brave enough to do.
I’m so very grateful to everyone who’s joined me for a class over the past year - you know who you are. To all of you who’ve embraced the necessary digital switch; showing up often with a furry friend or small human in tow.
Wow it felt like a huge step and one that if I’d have given my inner critic too much time to think about, probably would never have happened.
And while there have been WiFi dropouts, many many a time forgetting to hit ‘mute all’ and then, when I got a little bit confident, booming at you through my new microphone, it’s been a wonderful learning curve.
And honestly, a saving grace to see you all each week. I’m so grateful to have this opportunity to connect with you.
Here’s to letting the perfectionist ideals peel away and seeing what happens when we show up with heart.
It’s a question we so easily ask others, yet one we can so easily neglect for ourselves.
If you’re feeling a bit flat this week, I hear you. It’s still a lot isn’t it? And while the slog can be well, a slog, noticing it is the first step to being aware of what you really need.
This week in class we’re focusing on creating an inner pause. Using the breath to anchor our intention; to create some space around a thought, a pattern of thinking.
And importantly, noticing how we feel. What do we need? How can we create more joy, both in the movement and beyond?
For the past week, I’ve been naming the daily joys in my journaling practice. A great way to reflect on the bigger picture, rather than our brain’s natural tendency to favour the ‘negative,’ or what we perceive to be so.
I ll be bringing some mid-week joy, should you so want it, online for the foreseeable. And you can tune in live or on demand. Because sometimes yoga in pjs in your bedroom is more joyful, right?
🌈Mondays - Meditation & Mindfulness (back from March 22) - 8.30-9.15pm
🌈Tuesday - Find Your Flow - 12-12.30pm
🌈Wednesdays - Yoga For All - 8-9pm
I’d love to know what’s brought you joy this week? Comments very welcome.
I’ve always loved how images of natural beauty have the ability to reflect our own inner landscape. When I look at these waves, I’m reminded each moment is all we have, then it passes - a new opportunity paving the way for the next. A reassuring thought when times are difficult - nothing is permanent.
Our interconnectedness with nature means it plays a huge part in mindfulness practice. In class this week we reflected on the cycle of nature, the changing of the seasons as we head towards Spring. The rise and fall of the breath; the inhalation a new opportunity, the exhalation a chance to release and let go.
Visualising the waves with the breath might resonate with some of us. Breathing in as the water rises to the peak of the crest, breathing out it crashes against the shore.
If I really focus, I can hear the sounds of the waves, the smell of the salty air, the wind on my face. Magic.
*TIME CHANGE!* ✨ Find Your Flow✨ will now run Tuesday lunchtimes 12-12.30pm!
I’m really excited to be offering a NEW 30-minute yoga class from next Tuesday, March 9th! ‘Find Your Flow’ is a short and sweet practice that will help gently wake up the body, connect with your breath and start your day with intention.
If you often find you leave time for yourself until the very end of the day, where it can get forgotten or sidelined (🙋🏼♀️) this class will ensure you transform that to prioritise YOU. A lot of positivity can happen in 30 minutes ✨A great way to to centre yourself in your day, ready to tackle whatever lies ahead with renewed energy and vitality.
Class is just £5 and will run live via Zoom. This is a term time only class, with the first block taking us up to the Easter school holidays.
I’d love to have you join me. And as a special gift after lockdown, you can bring a friend for FREE to the first class. So nominate a friend who you think would benefit from 30 minutes of intentional movement and breath work and they ll get the class as a gift from you to them.
Feel free to drop any questions in a comment or DM, or you can book via the link in the bio.
Hello 👋🏻 I don’t think I’ve ever introduced myself on here, so for anyone that’s new/interested, here goes!
I’m Nicola, a yoga, meditation and mindfulness teacher. I share practices with adults, families and children in small, friendly and welcoming groups.
Like many others, my journey to here started very differently. My ‘career’ began as a national journalist and editor, working in a very busy, demanding environment. I loved it, but found I never quite shook off that sense of imposter syndrome. Long hours, big pressure, an exhausting sense of never feeling good enough and no time for myself took its toll.
I’d dabbled in yoga for a long time, after my mum introduced it to me at 16. Finding a few great teachers in my 20s, it became a regular part of my life. Cut to my foray into parenthood, a shock redundancy and a serious health diagnosis, it became something more.
With many years and an ongoing process of working on myself, healing, understanding patterns and tendencies, it all feels a lot more joyful now.
And that’s really what my practices, classes, workshops are all about - rediscovering the joys; the stuff that makes us feel good.
Writing is still something that I love too, and I hope that will become more of a prominent feature along with mindfulness coaching as time goes on.
For now, it’s balancing the creative output with looking after two small children 😉 You can join me for a class, workshop or event via the link in the bio. Signing up to my newsletter will get you some free practices and a heads up when some new offerings arrive.
‘When your world moves too fast and you lose yourself in the chaos,
introduce yourself to each colour of the sunset.
Reacquaint yourself with the earth beneath your feet.
Thank the air that surrounds you with every breath you take. Find yourself in the appreciation of life.’
Our Mindfulness and Meditation Mondays continue this evening, 8.30-9.15pm. A nurturing, gentle practice devoted to taking time to sit with the stuff. We’re exploring the theme of CONTROL this evening and how to meet it with compassion.
There’s still time to join our friendly group, either for a one off class or for a discounted block. Head to the bio to find out more.