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My background as a yoga teacher

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 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. 

 

I love yoga and I want to inspire others to love it too and feel the many benefits. The picture above is one of my summertime outdoor classes by the River Thames. Practicing yoga has made me mentally and physically stronger. It taught me how to listen to my body and lead a more balanced lifestyle. It got me through the lockdowns, it has helped me recover from many physical injuries including a severed Achilles Tendon and it helps me to manage chronic Raynaud's Syndrome, scleroderma and intermittent IBS.

 

My regular yoga practice means I sleep very soundly every night and have a positive outlook on life and all its challenges. Yoga has allowed me to discover how to really be happy and live in the moment, which is something I think everyone can relate to today.

 

Through yoga therapy I have helped students to relieve symptoms of chronic asthma, chronic hip pain and knee injury, chronic lower back pain and spinal anomalies, like scoliosis and spondylolisthesis.

I have supported students who have experienced trauma, sleep problems and insomnia, anxiety, depression and chronic stress. I have experience of ADHD, eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia and the more the widespread practice of disordered eating.

 

Many of my students have found relief from menopause and peri-menopausal issues through yoga practices.

I have worked with students recovering from breast cancer surgery and post treatment rehabilitation, helping them to regain their sense of self, manage fatigue and move on to a new phase of life.

I have a special interest in supporting students with IBS and chronic inflammatory conditions and can offer very targeted practices to ease some of the symptoms these conditions create.

My teaching experience also includes working with POTS syndrome, cardio vascular conditions e,g. high blood pressure, and I understand the impact of neurological conditions like Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's Disease.

I have a detailed understanding of the complexity of managing chronic pain, the implications of brain injury through spinal injury, for example central cord syndrome and how yoga can help.

These are just some of the conditions I have direct experience of, but whatever your situation, I can teach you how to benefit from yoga - on and off the mat. Learn to feel better, become more self aware, contented and in tune with yourself.

Yoga Teaching Qualifications, Certificates & CPD

200 Hours YTT - Krishna Yoga - 2017

Additional Anatomy for Yoga - completed at Yogacampus 2019

Backbends & inversions CPD - completed November 2018

Restorative Yoga TT - completed Autumn 2019

Safe Yoga Adjustments - completed Winter 2019

 

Applied Anatomy for Yoga CPD - completed Summer 2020

 

Pilates for Yogis CPD - completed Autumn 2020

 

Yoga and Somatic Awareness - Yogacampus - Winter 2022

 

YogaCampus Yoga Therapy Diploma - 22 month intensive training course (equivalent to 600 hours YTT) completed Jan 2023

 

First Aid for Yoga Teachers - completed Winter 2023 and valid for 3 years

Fully insured member of Yoga Alliance Professionals

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