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Yoga Classes with Michelle

Health & Wellbeing

I have been practicing yoga for over 20 years. I welcome people of all abilities from beginners to advanced students to my classes.

“When the breath wanders the mind also is unsteady. But when the breath is calmed the mind too will be still, and the yogi achieves long life. Therefore, one should learn to control the breath.”

Hatha Yoga Pradipika

About Michelle

I have been practicing yoga for over 20 years. There are many different styles of yoga, my own preference is Hatha Yoga and this is the style I teach.

I qualified with a 500 hour British Wheel of Yoga (BWYQ) Level 4 Yoga Teacher Training Diploma in 2016.

I attended the Yoga Training Centre one weekend a month for 2 years – a truly inspiring experience.

I am also trained to teach children with Autism gaining certificates in the subject with Y4A and have a recently acquired diplomas in Meditation and Mindfulness.

At present I teach 9 classes a week with students that have a varying range of age and yoga experience.

I welcome beginners through to advanced students to my classes.

My Accreditations

The Benefits of Yoga

Strength Building

It can help improve some physical conditions and improve posture through correct practising of asana (postures).

Beauty of Body

It can increase mobility, flexibility, improve muscle tone and strength, improve balance and keep joints healthy.

Re-Engergize

It lets the relaxation response begin, which aids the whole body in healing and rejuvenation.

Stress Relief

It can help you with stress and anxiety through the combination of breathing practices (pranayama) and meditation.

Mind & Soul

It can bring more focus to your daily life through mindfulness and meditation.

Relax & Refresh

It can help with breathing problems and increase lung capacity through correct practise of pranayama (breathing exercises).

About Hatha Yoga

Hatha Yoga is an ancient philosophy or discipline which originated in India in the 15th century. The Hatha Yoga Pradipika lists 35 yoga poses and from this original list yoga has evolved to how we know it today.

There are many varieties of Yoga that have become very popular in the modern world, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Sivananda to name a few. Hatha Yoga is particularly popular with total beginners to yoga.

The word Hatha can be translated into two parts ‘HA’ represents the Sun and ‘THA’ the Moon. ‘HA’ represents the right side of the body and ‘THA’ the left. An easier explanation is YIN and YANG, Light and Dark.

The word YOGA means union or to join and during yoga practice we join mind, body and breath.

Hatha yoga is about finding balance. Through working with the physical body, releasing tensions and traumas stored in the body, you create space in yourself and, through that space and balance, you create the opportunity for spiritual growth. 

Hatha Yoga is a slow-paced class, consisting of asanas (postures or poses). It does not have the flow that you may might find in some of the more energetic classes but it’s a great place to start if you are new to yoga want to advance or deepen your practice.

The practice of Hatha Yoga historically, was used to prepare the body for extreme and prolonged meditation so it is designed to release tension and stress in the mind and body.

Why yoga

Improving your life and lifestyle

  • Lower stress and anxiety
  • Improve some physical conditions such as lower back pain
  • Improve sleep habits
  • Increase mobility, flexibility muscle tone, strength and balance
  • Help with breathing problems and increase lung capacity

Some of my classes

Testimonials

What People Are Saying

Having thought about taking up Yoga in the past, I just wish I’d done it years ago and am absolutely delighted Michelle is now holding classes in our village hall. Michelle is a total star and everyone who attends the classes has nothing but good to say about her. I also encouraged a wheelchair-bound neighbour to try it and whilst she was initially reluctant to ‘give it a go’, she is delighted to be part of our class and is gaining much more mobility. She is an inspiration to the whole class, as is Michelle, and I really can’t say enough good about them both.. I feel so much fitter, with improved mobility and general good health and fitness. I would urge anyone to at least try one of Michelle’s classes as I feel confident it will be beneficial to you.

Heather Q

I have been attending michelle’s classes for a year and they are fun, friendly and suit all abillities! The balance of stretch, strength excercises and relaxation are perfect and make for a truly enjoyable class and i would reccomend it to all!

Coralie Saunders

Excellent class with expert tuition f or starters such as me. A very patient approach to pupils.Also encouraging at all times. Just sorry I had to stop due to other medical issues which had arisen so not possible to carry on with her excellent tuition and guidance.

David

An excellent class with great instruction and demonstrations by Michelle. Definitely suits all abilities within the 90 minutes and wonderful relaxation technique at the end. Just right after a stressful day at work!

Ken

A really good class with a mixture of difficulty so it is accessible to every level. A light touch of adjustment helps greatly in improving postures. Pay per session is a very useful for those who are shift workers or can’t make every week due to commitments. Highly recommended.

Lesley

I absolutely love the class and I’ve done it for almost a year and they are just amazing!!

Craig Ling

Brilliant for beginners and the more advanced alike. With expert tuition from Michelle, students are able to progress at their own pace in these relaxed and friendly Hatha Yoga classes, strengthening the body and calming the mind – Try it!

Jo Goodluck

Yoga on a Friday evening with Michelle is a good way to stretch and relax at the end of a busy week. The class is a lovely mix of exercise, relaxation and meditation and Michelle is a great teacher. We can ask for help and discuss postures as we go which helps to understand what works for each person. There is no pressure and we are able to feel comfortable to do the postures as far as they feel right for us.

Anne Westover

Classes

Locations

Landmark House

Egerton Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 5PB Monday – 5:30pm – 7:00pm

The Village Hall

Mill Road, Eye IP23 7PL

Barking Tye Village Hall

Sidegate Lane Community Centre

Burness Parish Room

Diamond Jubilee Village Hall

Kesgrave Community Centre

Classes

Timetable

Monday

Sidegate Lane Community Centre Sidegate Lane, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 4HZ
10:00am – 11:00am

Landmark House, Egerton Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 5PB
5:30pm – 7:00pm

Landmark House

5:30pm – 7:00pm

Sidegate Lane Community Centre

Tuesday

Occold Village Hall, The Street, Occold, Suffolk, IP23 7PL
9:30am – 11:00am

Diamond Jubilee Village Hall, 48-49 All Saints Road, Creeting St Mary, IPSWICH, IP6 8NF
7:00pm – 8:30pm

Occold Village Hall

9:30am – 11:00am

48-49 All Saints Road

Wednesday

Barking Tye Village Hall, Barking Road, Barking Tye, Suffolk, IP6 8HY
4:45pm – 5:45pm
6:00pm – 7:00pm

Barking Tye Village Hall

Thursday

Sidegate Lane Community Centre Sidegate Lane, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 4HZ
10:00am – 11:00am
Kesgrave Community Centre, Twelve Acre Approach, Kesgrave, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP5 1JF
7:00pm – 8:30pm

Sidegate Lane Community Centre

Kesgrave Community Centre

Friday

Burness Parish Room, 38 The Street, Melton, Woodbridge IP12 1PL
6:00pm – 7:30pm

Burness Parish Room

Things to remember when attending your first yoga class

  • Yoga is a non-competitive exercise.
  • During class you work to your own level/ability in a non-judgemental and compassionate way.
  • Please arrive 5 minutes before start of class as this will enable you to find a suitable space to set up your mat and accessories.
  • Please return medical questionnaire before class.
  • Payment and registration is made before the start of class.
  • Eat a light meal 2-3 hours before attendance.

  • Bring your own yoga mat, strap, block and a blanket – ( mats and accessories are available if required).
  • Wear suitable clothing, (light, non-restricting and comfortable).
  • Bring a bottle of water as yoga can make you thirsty.
  • Yoga is usually done barefoot, if you have any foot problems please bring suitable socks (non – slip).
  • Mobile phones should be turned off or on silent.
  • If you arrive more than 5 minutes after the class starts you may be refused entry.

*During the class I may refer to postures by their Sanskrit name I will repeat in plain English. If at any time I am not understood please feel free to ask *

“Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.”

B.K.S Iyengar

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Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy 2018 – Yoga Classes with Michelle 

Any personal information held electronically is encrypted with a secure password.   

Paper health questionnaires are stored in a secure place. 

Yoga classes with Michelle does not use or share your personal information with any third party organisations. 

Information held that relates to any health conditions, contact details and any other contact details are stored in a secure place. Your information is collected for professional reasons as follows: 

  • Modifications maybe be necessary in class due to certain health conditions.
  • In case of a medical emergency.
  • Send notifications of class timetable changes.

Health questionnaires for students that have not attended yoga classes for three years or more will be destroyed. 

Students can request copies of their details or have them removed or destroyed at any time.