Creating Happiness

Practices to create a life that is full of joy, fun, ease and contentment

“Happiness is an inside job. Don’t assign anyone else that much power over your life.” ~ Mandy Hale


The biggest realisation for me is that we create our own happiness. It doesn’t matter what we’re going through, what our past was like and what we think the future holds us for, each of us is capable of creating long-lasting happiness. 

Happiness to me is a form of inner strength. It’s about saying YES to life despite all the imperfections, the mistakes, regrets, grief and sorrow. It’s about using those experiences, that pain and feelings of helplessness, as fuel for creating a life that is full of joy, fun, ease and contentment.

I want to share with you some of the major turning points for me, how I approached the sometimes overwhelming feelings and thought patterns that held me back. 

My Creating Happiness Program will be an eight-week journey exploring how we can all invite in more happiness regardless of what might be happening around us and within us.

Enjoy three months access to this course from the date of purchase.

Here's what you can expect each week

  • Week 1 - Intro to Creating Happiness

    This week will be an introduction to the program where we will begin to set or reaffirm the mind-set that happiness is not a destination nor is it in the future or outside of ourselves. The responsibility sits firmly with ourselves. We will practice poses, breathing techniques and meditations that take back the power of how we feel each day.

  • Week 2 - Letting go of what stands in your way

    With the right focus, attention and intention happiness is available to us anywhere, anytime. This week we will explore what is holding us back from allowing happiness to permeate every area of our life and learn to let go of what stands in our way. Physically we will explore a practice that is releasing and creates freedom in the breath, body, mind and heart.

  • Week 3 - Self-Criticism becomes self-Compassion

    We all have habitual ways of thinking, recurring themes and stories that we tell ourselves. Some of them are not so helpful and even detrimental to our wellbeing. In this week’s classes we will shine a gentle light of awareness on our thought patterns, particularly our self-talk and move into a place where we understand that we are not our thoughts, we are the awareness between our thoughts. Physically we shall explore practices that open the heart and invite in self-love and compassion as an antidote to the inner critic.

  • Week 4 - Self-Doubt becomes Self-Confidence

    Our minds are often on loud hailer while our inner knowing whispers in the heart or belly. During this week we will take some time to get quiet and still so we can really listen to the wisdom within. We will explore the thinking habit of self-doubt and explore the impact it can have on us and how we can invite in self-confidence that lives deep within.

  • Week 5 - Blame becomes Acceptance

    Acceptance is a powerful practice that lets us see clearly how things really are, beyond the constructs of the mind and awakens us to present moment awareness. This week will focus around how blame and resentment feels, how it holds us back from living this one true precious life. We’ll work towards inviting in a sense acceptance towards ourselves, our relationships and our lives.

  • Week 6 - Expectations becomes Appreciation

    Appreciation is the fuel for happiness. It helps us see all the beauty and wonder that is available to us in any given moment. Expectations of ourselves, people in our lives and experiences is often what prevents us from seeing that beauty. Our classes this week will focus on how we can let go of expectations and invite in appreciation.

  • Week 7 - Saying YES to Life

    For me ‘Saying Yes to life’ is about showing up every day, on purpose, with purpose, endeavouring to share my uniqueness and gifts and give meaning to all that life has given me. I believe suffering has meaning and a message and its down to each individual to explore what that is and how they want to show up in the world. This week we’ll come home to that place within us where we can allow our uniqueness to grow, to truly know what our values are and allow them to shine through.

  • Week 8 - Walking your path of Happiness

    This week we’ll bring together the past 7 weeks, be reminded that happiness is a journey not a destination and that we have choices. We’ll explore a practice that lets this really land within our bodies, mind and heart and invite in a felt sense of happiness, contentment, grace and ease amongst the challenges and stresses of modern life.

Your Teacher

'Yoga gives us peace and clarity in order to see the beauty and wonder that is all around us'

Louise Neicho

I have been practicing yoga for over 20 years and teaching for 8 and have completed around 1000hrs of teacher training. I can honestly say that yoga has saved my life on more than one occasion and I don’t think I would be the person I am today if it wasn’t for my practice. My fascination with the human brain has also started to seep into my practice and teachings and I’m excited to be studying an MSc in Mindfulness and Neuroscience. To bring all of this together is simply a dream come true and I hope you will join me and our like-minded community soon.

What others are saying about Louise's teaching

'I love the variety and convenience'

by Sally Bond

I am so glad I decided to join your yoga classes online. I can’t tell you how beneficial I have found them. I love the variety and convenience of the classes and more than anything the spiritual side and mindfulness that you bring to the classes. I have found the last few months difficult to deal with but your classes have helped me so much.

'Positively affect my day'

by Lindsey Hamilton

Taking time out to think about your wellbeing (both physical & mental) shouldn’t be a luxury but we almost treat it as such. Lou’s classes make me focus on my whole well being, the sunrise yoga classes help me set my mindset & positively affect the quality of my day.

'Balanced classes'

by Liz Timpson

The courses are a wonderful balance of discovering the physical sensations of yoga alongside meditation and mindfulness. I really look forward to the online sessions and still feel connected to a community. The latter is created by Louise who has been fantastic at developing her clients’ ability.

Your Questions Answered

  • How is this different to other yoga classes?

    This course is designed to take you gently and slowly into the deeper layers of the mind, each week building on your understanding of the workings of the mind and the tools and techniques that you can use on and off your mat. The difference to regular yoga classes is that we focus on one particular emotion or area of the mind, as well as a physical focus in the body each week. You get to explore this theme for a whole week on and off the mat, building your awareness and focus.

  • Which class should I choose

    There 4 different styles to choose from each week and how you choose will depend on whether you have practiced yoga before or not and what you would like to gain from your practice. If you are new to yoga or haven’t practiced in a while, I would suggest starting with the Gentle & Restorative, Yin Yoga and Flow & Reflect on a Monday PM. If you are familiar with vinyasas then you’ll love the Flow & Reflect classes on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings and if you’re looking for more stillness, deep physical stretches and meditation techniques then Yin Yoga will be for you.

  • What do I need to begin?

    You will need a yoga mat and comfortable clothing that you can easily move around in, PJ’s work well for this! For some of the classes you will need some props, but we have been experimenting with household pillows, cushions and blankets in place of traditional yoga props. I will let you know at the beginning of class what you need.

  • Other questions?

    If you have any other questions that are not answered here, then feel free to contact me on louise@woodlandyoga.co.uk.

Full Course Content

  • 1

    Intro to Creating Happiness

    • Sunrise Yoga, Week 1 - Intro to Creating Happiness

    • Yin Yoga, Week 1 - Intro to Creating Happiness

    • Gentle & Restorative, Week 1 - Intro to Creating Happiness

    • Flow & Reflect, Week 1 - Intro to Creating Happiness

  • 2

    Week 2 - Letting go of what stands in your way

    • Sunrise, Mon AM, Week 2 - Letting go of what stands in your way

    • Flow & Reflect, Mon PM, Week 2 - Letting go of what stands in your way

    • Yin Yoga, Mon PM, Week 2 - Letting go of what stands in your way

    • Gentle & Restorative, Wed AM, Week 2 - Letting go of what stands in your way

    • Yin Yoga, Wed PM, Week 2 - Letting go of what stands in your way

    • Flow & Reflect, Wed PM, Week 2 - Letting go of what stands in your way

    • Sunrise, Fri AM, Week 2 - Letting go of what stands in your way

    • Flow & Reflect, Sat AM, Week 2 - Letting go of what stands in your way

  • 3

    Week 3 - Self-Criticism becomes Self-Compassion

    • Sunrise, Mon AM, Week 3 - Self criticism becomes self compassion

    • Flow & Reflect, Mon PM, Week 3 - Self-criticism becomes self-compassion

    • Yin Yoga, Mon PM, Week 3 - Self-criticism becomes self-compassion

    • Gentle & Restorative, Wed AM, Week 3 - Self criticism-becomes self-compassion

    • Yin Yoga, Wed PM, Week 3 - Self-criticism becomes self-compassion

    • Flow & Reflect, Wed PM, Week 3 - Self-criticism becomes self-compassion

    • Sunrise, Fri AM, Week 3 - Self-criticism becomes self-compassion

    • Flow & Reflect, Sat AM, Week 3 - Self-criticism becomes self-compassion

  • 4

    Week 4 - Self-Doubt becomes Self-Confidence

    • Sunrise, Fri AM, Week 4 - Self-doubt becomes self-confidence

    • Flow & Reflect, Mon PM, Week 4 - Self-doubt becomes self-confidence

    • Yin Yoga, Wed PM, Week 4 - Self-doubt becomes self-confidence

    • Gentle & Restorative, Wed AM, Week 4 - Self-doubt becomes self-confidence

    • Yin Yoga, Mon PM, Week 4 - Self-doubt becomes self-confidence

    • Flow & Reflect, Wed PM, Week 4 - Self-doubt becomes self-confidence

    • Sunrise, Mon AM, Week 4 - Self-doubt becomes self-confidence

    • Flow & Reflect, Sat AM, Week 4 - Self-doubt becomes self-confidence

  • 5

    Week 5 - Blame becomes Acceptance

    • Sunrise, Mon AM, Week 5 - Blame becomes acceptance

    • Flow & Reflect, Mon PM, Week 5 - Blame becomes acceptance

    • Yin Yoga, Wed PM, Week 5 - Blame becomes acceptance

    • Gentle & Restorative, Wed AM, Week 5 - Blame becomes acceptance

    • Yin Yoga, Mon PM, Week 5 - Blame becomes acceptance

    • Flow & Reflect, Wed PM, Week 5 - Blame becomes acceptance

    • Sunrise Fri AM, Week 5 - Blame becomes acceptance

    • Flow & Reflect, Sat AM, Week 5 - Blame becomes acceptance

  • 6

    Week 6 - Expectations becomes Appreciation

    • Flow & Reflect, Mon PM, Week 6 - Expectations becomes appreciation

    • Yin Yoga, Mon PM, Week 6 - Expectations becomes appreciation

    • Gentle & Restorative, Wed AM, Week 6 - Expectations becomes appreciation

    • Yin Yoga, Wed PM, Week 6 - Expectations becomes appreciation

    • Flow & Reflect, Wed PM, Week 6 - Expectations becomes appreciation

    • Sunrise, Fri AM, Week 6 - Expectations becomes appreciation

    • Flow & Reflect, Sat AM, Week 6 - Expectations becomes appreciation

  • 7

    Week 7 - Saying YES to Life

    • Sunrise, Mon AM, Week 7 - Saying Yes to life

    • Flow & Reflect, Mon PM, Week 7 - Saying Yes to life

    • Yin Yoga, Mon PM, Week 7 - Saying Yes to life

    • Gentle & Restorative, Wed AM, Week 7 - Saying Yes to life

    • Yin Yoga, Wed PM, Week 7 - Saying Yes to life

    • Flow & Reflect, Wed PM, Week 7 - Saying Yes to life

    • Sunrise, Fri AM, Week 7 - Saying Yes to life

    • Flow & Reflect, Sat AM, Week 7 - Saying Yes to life

  • 8

    Week 8 - Walking your path of Happiness

    • Sunrise, Mon AM, Week 8 - Walking your path of happiness

    • Flow & Reflect, Mon PM, Week 8 - Walking your path of happiness

    • Yin Yoga, Mon PM, Week 8 - Walking your path of happiness

    • Gentle & Restorative, Wed AM, Week 8 - Walking your path of happiness

    • Yin Yoga, Wed PM, Week 8 - Walking your path of happiness

    • Flow & Reflect, Wed PM, Week 8 - Walking your path of happiness

    • Sunrise, Fri AM, Week 8 - Walking your path of happiness

    • Flow & Reflect, Sat AM, Week 8 - Walking your path of happiness