Yoga for every body
Yoga therapy, 1-1 yoga instruction and small group classes
There's no such thing as a "yoga body".....yoga is a practice that is suitable for every body and can benefit everyone.
Current Group Class Programme
NEW CLASSES FOR JANUARY 2024
Yoga and pilates fusion: Monday and Friday at 10am
Chair yoga: Monday and Friday at 11.30am
Teen Yoga Club: Monday at 4.45pm
Hatha yoga class: Thursday at 7pm
Vinyasa dynamic yoga classes: Tuesdays at 6pm and 7pm
Saturday slow flow vinyasa and family / teen yoga at 8.45am and 10am
One to One Classes and Yoga Therapy Sessions
Available throughout the week - contact me to book.
Yoga therapy & yoga classes for all abilities in Surbiton & Kingston
In person classes in the Garden Room studio or in the comfort of your own home with Zoom.
Yoga practices include a wide range of the most beneficial and accessible yoga postures, breath work (pranayama) and a short meditation. Enjoy a full spectrum practice that targets the entire body and mind, ending with deep relaxation.
Classes are based around key themes - spinal health, energise and invigorate, hip health, integrated core strength, sleep better, upper body strength, improved digestion and detoxing, managing anxiety and they all combine an interesting range of yoga postures.
IF YOU ARE COMING TO A YOGA CLASS FOR THE FIRST TIME, YOU WILL BE INVITED TO COMPLETE A CONFIDENTIAL HEALTH QUESTIONNAIRE AND OUTLINE ANY HEALTH CONDITIONS IN ADVANCE.
What are the benefits of a regular yoga practice?
Here's some recent feedback from my yoga students
"Lesley is a brilliant yoga teacher, personable, and reliable and focused on what she does"
"I love the sessions we've had together. They have been of huge benefit to me and restored confidence in my ability to return to my practice."
"I never thought I would ever get into yoga but thanks to you it's become part of my routine now and has helped me immensely - from ending my plantar fascitis and easing back pain and other injuries. to helping with digestion and winding down at the end of the day. It's a one stop shop for so many things! "
"So my smartwatch is telling me that my heart rate for the last hour was 45bpm.
It never gets so low when I am awake. Your yoga class definitely did the job. Thanks Lesley."
Yoga Therapy and Class Options
Be Happy Yoga offers personalised yoga therapy and small group classes.
Practices offered include mixed ability vinyasa, hatha and restorative yoga classes throughout the week. In addition, you can book one to one yoga classes or courses of yoga therapy.
There's something for everyone, all ages and abilities are welcome. View the current timetable below.
Dynamic style of yoga
All levels practice
More suited to physically active people
Focus on building strength and flexibility
Some holding of postures
Short meditation to begin and finish
Conditions suited for yoga therapy: living with cancer support, MS, joint and back pain, arthritis, asthma, depression, anxiety, stress, insomnia, IBS, peri and menopause...and many other chronic health conditions
Special yoga therapy packages - include detailed postural and movement assessment, deep relaxation.
Book a time to suit your schedule
Learn the different yoga asana at a pace that is right for you
Make rapid progress and safely explore the more challenging asanas
Practice pranayama and yogic breath practices
Learn how to meditate and develop your own personal meditation practice
Develop the skills to enjoy a daily yoga practice at home
Sessions offered for adults and teens
Book a time to suit your schedule
One to One Yoga Classes
Warriors & Eagles Teen Yoga
The benefits of Yoga in helping people to feel good from the inside out are well documented. Having the chance to develop a yoga practice as a teenager is a lifelong skill - like riding a bike.
Yoga helps to improve your emotional and body confidence. It is beneficial for young people with learning difficulties, students on the autism spectrum and to reduce the difficulties associated with conditions like dyspraxia or ADHD. It can also be also beneficial for teenagers with eating disorders, helping them to improve their self image and develop body positivity.
Just as occupational therapy and counselling is invaluable in these situations, yoga is also highly beneficial.
Having a regular yoga practice helps teenagers learn to become more resilient and tenacious. It helps with concentrate and improves mood. Teenagers can learn to regulate their emotions. It helps to reduce anxiety and to deal with stress and life's ups and downs. Yoga is also a lot of fun and students can learn all sorts of challenging postures. Why not give it a try?
Hello, I'm Lesley Muir and a Yoga Therapist and Teacher specialising in offering yoga practices that emphasise the full health and wellbeing benefits of yoga. I teach from my home studio, a fully equipped space surrounded by nature. I offer courses of yoga therapy designed to target physical and mental health problems and small group yoga classes - energising Vinyasa flow yoga, calming Hatha yoga and relaxing Restorative yoga classes.
Every class is different and always tailored to be accessible to the students attending.
WHY BE HAPPY YOGA?
Be Happy Yoga is a small, boutique yoga studio in the heart of the Surbiton and South Kingston community. We are a little bit different. I'm a Yoga Therapist and as well as working with students one to one, I take a very therapeutic approach to all my yoga classes, emphasising the health benefits of the different practices included in a class.
Based in the heart of the community, my goal is to help people everywhere, from all walks of life to enjoy the practice and lifestyle that is yoga.
Classes sizes are very small, students receive a lot of personal attention, the practices offered are always accessible and students are made to feel very welcome. It's a very personal experience and there are always a range of options offered so that everyone comes away feeling the energetic effects and benefots of a yoga practice. Whether it's a yoga therapy session working towards personal transformation, a class to calm the nervous system or a morning practice to give you energy for the whole day.
Teachers, doctors, scientists, entrepreneurs, homemakers, cyclists, editors, runners, triathletes, swimmers all come to Be Happy Yoga for private one to one yoga therapy sessions and classes. When they leave my studio, they go home feeling serene, positive, energised, inspired and most of all, happy and contented.
Isn't that what life's about?
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.
What are people saying?
The best way to find out if my classes are right for you is to come along.
But for now, here's what other people have to say about my classes and style of teaching - on Zoom and in the yoga studio.
"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."
"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."
"Lesley is calm, encouraging, gentle and gives good, clear instruction. Her class really has become one of my weekly mainstays."
"Thanks for a really lovely yoga class this morning - I feel really energised now and the level of challenge was just right."
"Lesley's classes are fantastic and she's a great teacher. It's like stepping into another world, away from the dreary evenings where the candles make it warm and inviting. I have really felt the benefits from the hip openers, warrior poses and vinyasa flows. She provides modifications for easier poses or for additional challenge and you get great individual support. It is definitely the most relaxing time of my week and I always feel so calm and refreshed afterwards.
"I've been learning yoga with Lesley for 2 years. 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."
"I've been to a number of yoga classes over the years, and Lesley's is one of my favourite. Saturday mornings are a beautiful way to start the weekend on the right foot. Lesley is a great teacher and she makes the classes varied, so we're working on different things each time, and she challenges you (in a good way!). Classes are always fun and friendly. Highly recommended!"
"So my smartwatch is telling me my heart rate for the last hour was 45bpm....It never gets so low when I am awake.....that yoga class definitely did the job. Thanks Lesley."
"You've done a great job with the Zoom classes they work really well. I appreciate them more than ever after being sat down all day and also to unwind and relax. It's also noticeable how my core strength has improved over time. Long may they continue!"
How to joinYoga classes are bookable online - see the Classes page for more information or click the 'Book now' button to view the full schedule and book classes. The class booking is set to accept 6 people only to a practice. If you cannot book you can join the waitlist and maybe get in through a cancellation. Any problems, get in touch with me via email firstname.lastname@example.org