WHY BE HAPPY YOGA?
There are many yoga classes across London, but there's only one Be Happy Yoga. We are a little bit different.
Be Happy Yoga is a local yoga club for the Kingston, Berrylands and Surbiton area and with a simple mission. Based in the heart of the community, we want to get people everywhere, from all walks of life enjoying the practice and lifestyle that is yoga.
Teachers, doctors, scientists, entrepreneurs, homemakers, cyclists, editors, runners, triathletes, swimmers all come to Be Happy Yoga classes and go home feeling energised, inspired and happy.
Isn't that what life's about?
"Yoga makes me happy and in peace. After a yoga class I feel like I can fly"
Feedback from a Be Happy Yogi
YOGA CLASS SCHEDULE
Be Happy Yoga offers mixed ability, vinyasa, hatha and restorative yoga classes throughout the week. We also run a unique outdoor practice by the River Thames.
All yoga classes are bookable online and check out our super value monthly memberships and 10 class saver passes.
For every 10 classes you attend and have recorded in your personal practice log, you will get one extra bonus class completely free!
NEW: LUNCHTIME YOGA CLASSES EVERY TUESDAY & THURSDAY
Lunchtime Yoga @ Rose Theatre, Kingston. 50 min classes designed for busy people. Book:
EVENING CLASSES IN BERRYLANDS SURBITON
Yoga classes are currently held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in Berrylands,
OUTDOOR YOGA IN KINGSTON
Weekend yoga classes are held outdoors on Saturday and Sunday mornings (weather permitting) at Canbury Gardens in Kingston.
JUST FOR YOU!
1-1/1-2 classes and Yoga at Work are also available, please contact me to book. Sessions can be booked on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, subject to availability.
WATCH THIS SPACE.....MORE SESSIONS LAUNCHING SOON
LUNCHTIME YOGA @ ROSE THEATRE KINGSTON
50 minutes of midday mindfulness & energising yoga. Be back at your desk or workplace within an hour!
Want to get a better work life balance? Become stronger, more toned and flexible? Generally feel more in tune with your body and emotions? Become better able to deal with stress and the everyday busyness of life? Would you like to feel happier and more contented?
Lunchtime Yoga @ Rose Theatre, Kingston is for you.
Starting on 21st January - NEW weekly yoga classes designed for busy people
50 minutes of vinyasa (flow) yoga finishing with a short meditation
Every Tuesday and Thursday from 12.30 – 1.20pm
Suitable for all levels and beginners are very welcome.
Classes are bookable in advance: BOOK HERE.
Try yoga and notice the big difference in how you feel both mentally and physically.
Cost: One off class £11 (£8 for concessions subject to eligibility) | 10 class saver pass £80
EVENING YOGA CLASSES
DAYTIME CLASSES LAUNCHING SOON
De-stress and re-energise after a busy day with an evening yoga practice. You'll be set up for the best night's sleep ever!
Weekly mixed ability classes feature new yoga postures and sequence themes every week.
This might be back bends (spinal strength and flexibility), standing balances (strength and focus), inversions (going upside down is very energising), hip opening (flexibility and mobility) twists (spine health and digestion).
All classes include pranayama breathing and a short meditation.
YOGA IN BERRYLANDS
Berrylands Location: Surbiton Methodist Tennis Club (between no 11 & 13, Manor Drive, KT5 8NE).
There is plenty of free parking outside.
Mats, blocks, straps and eye pillows are provided.
When the weather is warm we practice outside on the garden terrace.
Cost is £11 per class (drop in).
10 classes cost £80 - one extra bonus class for free. Pass valid for 12 weeks.
Dynamic vinyasa: Tuesday 8.00 - 9.15pm
Slow flow with restorative: Thursday 8.00 - 9.15pm
MORE DAYTIME CLASSES & RESTORATIVE YOGA LAUNCHING SOON IN 2020
Start your weekend with an energising yoga practice in front of the beautiful River Thames.
Classes are held in leafy Canbury Gardens, Kingston at the Victorian bandstand.
Enjoy a fresh coffee and breakfast at nearby Canbury Secret cafe afterwards - all yogis receive a special discount.
SATURDAY OR SUNDAY MORNING: 9.45 - 11.00 am - weather dependent
Free car parking on nearby river roads all day Sunday, walk or bike to the bandstand.
What's on offer from Be Happy Yoga over the coming months?
New courses, workplace sessions, workshops and more...
We take full advantage of good weather and practice outdoors whenever possible.
- NEW -
BEGINNERS YOGA INTENSIVE
3 WEEKS TO LEARN THE BASICS
14th, 21st & 28th January 2020 - 9.15 - 10.30 am
Ideal for complete beginners or people who wish to review the yoga asana and pranayama basics in a relaxed class.
3 weeks to develop a foundational knowledge of the basics e.g sun salutations, standing postures and balances, backbends, yogic breathing, meditation techniques.
Small group of 4 students only, to allow you to make lots of progress rapidly in a short time.
After attending this beginners intensive, you will feel confident about joining a mixed ability group yoga class.
Course cost: £40 per person - just 4 places available. All equipment - straps, blocks, eye pillows and bolsters provided.
Central Surbiton location
Enquiries: 07796 148400
- NEW -
HOME PRACTICE WORKSHOP
Want to develop your own daily yoga practice but never seem to manage it?
Saturday 18th January or Saturday 1st February, 2.30 - 5pm
Venue: Central Surbiton
This 2.5 hour workshop will give you the knowledge and motivation to make it onto your mat each day!
"For me, developing my practice of yoga has been life changing. A yoga class gives me time to fully concentrate on myself and how my body feels. No matter how busy my day or week has been, my to do list vanishes and my mind completely calms."
This was feedback from a previous attendee of the home practice workshop
WHAT YOU LEARN: Range of surya namaskar variations, how to build simple sequences and create your own daily moving meditation.
This workshop is also an opportunity to focus on more challenging postures and safely building them into your own home practice.
Finally, enjoy a wonderful restorative yoga practice to conclude the workshop.
Cost per person is £30 including refreshments. All equipment - straps, blocks, eye pillows and bolsters provided.
Places are limited to 4
Location: Central Surbiton
Enquiries: 07796 148400
1-1 OR 1-2 CLASSES
If you want to deepen your yoga practice, progress more quickly or focus on improving specific asanas, an one to one class is an ideal option.
Alternatively, try a 2-1 class. Sharing with a friend is a very affordable option and a real treat for both of you.
Cost: £45 for a 1-1 class or £60 for 2-1 class (2 people sharing). The prices reduce for block bookings. All sessions are 75 mins to allow time for pranayama and meditation.
YOGA @ WORK
CAN'T MAKE A CLASS?
I CAN COME TO YOU!
Practice yoga with your colleagues before, during or after the working day.
Improve team dynamics and create a more inclusive, supportive organisational culture
Group classes for up to 10 from £11 per person
1-1 classes are also available @ your workplace.
"A huge thank you for coming to Brighton and working with the team yesterday. I’ve already spoken to a couple of those who took part, who loved the experience."
Mark Carter, BBC
"Lesley is a really kind, knowledgeable teacher and her classes are all about wellbeing rather than competition. She goes above and beyond to ensure her yogis have a good experience and is careful to provide modifications in case of injury. I can highly recommend her classes."
Susie, GP and Yogi
"Lesley is a great teacher who will happily adapt to suit the needs of her class. She is very professional and clearly passionate about yoga and teaching others. I would highly recommend her classes to all."
Clover, Accountant & Yogi
"The yoga class at the bandstand in Canbury Gardens run by Lesley has become one of my absolute highlights of the week. To be able to enjoy the most beautiful environment of the riverside position and also reflect and stretch out in such a peaceful way is completely liberating.
"Lesley is calm, encouraging, gentle and gives good, clear instruction. Her class really has become one of my weekly mainstays. I hope we can carry on well into the winter!"
Rachel, Lecturer & Yogi
"I've been learning yoga with Lesley for 6 months. It has been the perfect way to manage a number of injuries and ailments I've picked up from cycling and to counter the effects of being desk-bound all week. She is very knowledgeable and attentive and always pitches her classes at the right level for students. I would highly recommend giving her class a go."
Steve, Performance Cyclist, Yogi & IT Consultant
"Lesley's classes are very creative and a great way to set you up with a positive mindset for the weekend."
Erika, French Teacher & Yogi
"I have joined Lesley for riverside yoga each Saturday and enjoyed every class. I am always so much more relaxed and nicely stretched after every session and really love being outdoors to practice."
Shu, Retail Buyer & Yogi
"Lesley's yoga classes are a must in your life. Especially Saturday mornings on the bandstand with the beautiful surroundings - you can't help but relax and tune out. Lesley is an amazing teacher, both helpful and encouraging. Give it a go and you will become addicted like me! Thank you Lesley!"
Keren, Teacher & Yogi
WHAT TO EXPECT
Everyone's different and every yoga teacher has a different style.
Here's what you can expect at one of my yoga classes.
FUN YOGA SEQUENCES
'Vinyasa' yoga means 'to place in a special way' or sequence in Sanskrit and these classes are carefully designed so that the asanas we practice flow as a sequence. Each class has a different theme - back bending, balances, core strength or just a fun flow.
You'll quickly widen your repertoire of asanas as we focus on practicing a different 'peak posture' in every yoga class.
MEDITATION & PRANAYAMA
Breathing and moving with the breath is fundamental to vinyasa yoga. Every class starts and finishes with pranayama (yogic breathing) exercises to energise the body, calm the mind, lengthen the breath and prepare for asana practice.
After 'savasanna' we finish the class with a short breath meditation - it's very simple and yet the effects are so powerful.
MIND & BODY BALANCE
Yoga is one of the best ways to stay healthy - from the inside out. Physical practice and mastering asanas is fun and you'll feel stronger and fitter than ever. But the real benefits of yoga come from within.
A regular yoga practice will help you to sleep better, have improved digestion, flexibility and most of all, you'll learn to be more content and mindful.
Hello, I'm Lesley Muir and a Yoga Alliance Qualified Teacher specialising in fun, energising Vinyasa style yoga classes.
I love yoga and I want to inspire others to love it too and feel the benefits. Practicing yoga has certainly made me stronger, fitter and more flexible. Importantly, it has also helped me to discover how to really be happy and live in the moment, which is something I think everyone can relate to today.
After enjoying a daily practice for many years, I decided to train as a teacher and completed my YTT course in July 2018. It was one of the best things I ever did. I am very focused on continuous learning and development and recently attended an additional yoga anatomy intensive course run by Melanie Cooper and Stu Girling. I plan to add restorative yoga to my teaching practice very soon.
My yoga classes are designed to combine asana practice with the chance to re-balance and de-stress. They are suitable for everyone to enjoy and practice at a level that suits them.
Tailored for all abilities, each class starts and ends with pranayama breathing and a short meditation to calm the mind and help you to develop a greater ability to focus and concentrate.
I always teach in small groups to ensure that all students can benefit from adjustments and a very personal environment.
Current & Forthcoming Teaching Certificates
Yoga Alliance 200 YTT - Krishna Yoga completed 2018
Additional Anatomy for Yoga - completed at Yogacampus 2019
Backbends & inversions CPD - completed November 2018
Restorative Yoga TT - scheduled for Autumn 2019
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AT A BE HAPPY YOGA CLASS?
Each class lasts for 75 minutes, which allows enough time for limbering to warm the body before we start to practice yoga asanas. Each class is different, designed with a special theme and will include a combination of standing, seated and balancing postures, plus some arm balances and an inversion to conclude the class.
We finish with pranayama (yogic breathing) to help improve concentration and a short meditation to help quieten the mind and improve mental clarity.
DOES IT MATTER IF I AM A BEGINNER?
No, every class is designed for a broad mixture of abilities. Some of the people who attend my classes are very experienced yogis, whilst others are new to the practice.
I offer modifications and alternatives throughout to accommodate those that want to be challenged and welcome beginners.
If you currently have some injuries, let me know before class and we can adapt the practice to suit your capabilities.
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR A CLASS
The classes are active and you will very quickly feel warm so it's best to wear layers.
It's always advisable to practice yoga on an empty stomach so I recommend either having a light snack a minimum of 2 hours before coming to class or waiting until afterwards to eat.
Just bring some water and an open mind.