About Nessa

You are in safe hands! I have been teaching yoga for over ten years and qualified with FRYOG International School of Yoga in Northamptonshire. From 2006 to 2009 I lived on the east coast of America and practiced yoga with some very experienced and inspired yoga teachers from Europe, New York, California, and Washington.

I continue to develop and learn more about yoga at retreats and centres around the UK and I like to bring new inspiration and ideas to my students to ensure that my classes are varied, spiritual, positive, uplifting and themed. I understand that so many of us carry extra 'baggage'around with us everyday. My classes are centered on letting go and allowing us time to calm our minds.

About my classes
The hall at Nicholas Hawksmoor School is the perfect location for yoga. It is bright and colourful and decorated with some wonderful children’s artwork. The atmosphere is warm and inviting. At each class I like to offer thoughts on an everyday life situation or a thought provoking aspect of yoga philosophy and pride myself on offering a compassionate, spiritual and gentle class that is soothing and relaxing for all.
We start with a relaxation on the floor just tuning into your own well being for at least ten minutes and end with a complete relaxation and a guided meditation back on the floor to soothe the mind, body and soul - the benefit of which has to be practised and experienced for maximum enjoyment. Everyone is encouraged just to let go and relax.

What is hatha yoga?
Hatha Yoga aims to balance the mind and body with the exploration of steady slow-paced physical postures, breathing techniques and guided meditation. We will practice stretching and holding postures in order to concentrate and clear the mind.

Will I ever be able to achieve the postures?
With practice and gradual loosening of the muscles, most of the postures can be achieved in time. You must also have patience and listen to your own body. I encourage everyone to work at their own level – step by step and offer poses that can be adapted for everyone. (Pregnant ladies - I will guide you.) I offer regular group classes, (including teaching yoga to a well known Formula One team) holistic workshops and individual private lessons. I am very really pleased to offer a well balanced gentle class that is open to all. Please come along and join me. Memberships : FRYOG – Friends of Yoga Society

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Yoga Sessions

Preparing For Your First Class
Yoga practice should be taken at your own pace and with respect to your own body, instinct and physical ability. Here are some general tips to help you feel at ease as you prepare for your first class:- Preparation for a Class : General Points
• Please wear comfortable clothing. There are no rules. Simply wear comfortable trousers such as jogging bottoms, a t-shirt and long sleeved top such as a fleece to keep warm during relaxation.
• Yoga is practiced in bare feet, but bring along socks to keep warm during relaxation.
• In the winter months please bring a blanket (or sleeping bag) for the relaxation at the end of class
• Try not to eat a heavy meal just before class. Attending an hour after a meal is ok. It’s important to keep energy levels up so please have a snack/ banana etc if you are attending straight from work and try to drink water before and after the class.
• Yoga is practiced on a non-slip mat. Don’t worry if you don’t have one as Vanessa has some to borrow.
• Pregnancy - Please do not attend a regular class during the first 16 weeks of pregnancy. Breathing and relaxation practices are ideal during the first trimester. Expectant mothers over 16 weeks are very welcome to attend. Postures will be modified.
• What about my fitness and flexibility?. Postures will be modified to suit all abilities unless you are unfit to practice through injury or ailment. Remember the less flexible you are the more you benefit!

Why is yoga good for you?
Yoga combines mind, energy and body. It gives you true fitness and brings inner-strength, clarity and calm.

A unique type of exercise
Every time you step on to your yoga mat, you connect with the ultimate exercise and method of self improvement. Yoga offers a myriad of benefits physically, mentally and emotionally to help us live our lives to the fullest.

Health maintenance + illness prevention
• decreases blood pressure
• lowers the pulse rate
• massages all the internal glands and organs of the body in a thorough manner which prevents disease

Mental + emotional benefits
• reduces level of stress hormone, cortisol
• strengthens nervous system, reducing long-term stress levels
• increases neurotransmitter dopamine, which lifts the mood to create a feeling of happiness and calm

Weight management + muscle toning
• strengthens and tones the core
• increases muscle definition throughout the body
• stimulates weak or lazy muscles to shed excess flab
• increases metabolism so fat is converted to muscle and energy

Complete detoxification
• improves circulation by gently stretching muscles and joints and massaging the various organs
• transports nutrients and oxygen throughout the body
• flushes out toxins from the system

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This is a ‘Pay as You Go’ class.
Please call Vanessa to check availability

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"Vanessa, Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the yoga last night and I had the best night’s sleep I've had in weeks, thank you!"
Vickie of Towcester

"I loved the 'bird poses' in the class, by the way, I enjoy stretches and stretching bits I didn't know about!"
Caroline of Lillingstone Lovell, Bucks

"I would highly recommend Vanessa's yoga classes as it’s a very relaxed atmosphere and was made to feel very welcome. Having never tried yoga before I was unsure what to expect but thoroughly enjoy it with the added bonus of feeling a lot less achy.. It's amazing what a few stretches can achieve."
Nicki of Towcester

"Thanks for another great yoga session. I really enjoyed the stretches but really struggle with sitting cross legged and kneeling. My bones are just not very happy doing this ! Great that Judy and I can sympathise together. Once again you have pulled it out the bag with some interesting and different movements
But also slept really well, did not even wake up turning over ! Consequently I woke up really refreshed. Thank you."
Linda of Towcester

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