Following the Wisdom of Winter

Practices to welcome winter and find beauty in stillness

"Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each." ~ Thoreau

Following the wisdom of winter does not come easy for most of us. Just the thought of long, dark nights, harsh weather and bleakness can be overwhelming. 

I know I felt the same before I started exploring the changing of the seasons in a meaningful way. I would relish spring and summer for the growth, ease and expansion it offered and autumn for its beauty and lessons of letting go, but winter was a season to ‘grin and bear’ and get through as quickly as possible, not really pausing to take in its wisdom.

  • Do you feel similar? 
  • Is winter something that feels like a battle to you? 
  • Do you feel a heaviness or sluggishness, find it difficult to stay motivated? 
  • Or perhaps experience sadness, the ‘winter blues’ and long for spring to arrive?


This unique programme of yoga and meditation aims to to help you cultivate a deep awareness, respect and love of winter (yes, it’s possible!). It's a seven-week journey to awaken within you, your innate capacity to be mindful of how winter can be a beautiful time of year to gather your inner resources and go deep within yourself as nature does, in order to show up fully to this one precious life.

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

Here's what you can expect each week

  • Week 1 - Intro to Following the Wisdom of Winter

    This week will be an intro to the course where we will explore any habitual thoughts or beliefs that we may be holding onto about how we feel about winter. We will begin to widen our perspective, to gain an appreciation for winter and see if there are any shifts we can make in our daily life so we can following the wisdom of winter rather than fight against it.

  • Week 2 - Balance & Harmony

    Balancing the yin and yang of life is so important for health and wellbeing. The two may be very different, yet they need each other in order for everything to harmonize and achieve balance. During this week we’ll exploring befriending the darkness and seeing it as an opportunity to become more conscious of the inner workings of our mind.

  • Week 3 - Reflect, Release, Renew

    Our busy lives often do not allow us to have even the smallest notion of completion. This week we’ll imitate the wisdom of the tree in winter by letting go of unnecessary baggage so that we have space to nurture and nourish that which is really important to us.

  • Week 4 - Clarity & Perspective

    This week will be all about allowing, not fighting reality and using techniques such as gratitude and loving kindness to open out our lens of awareness. In doing this we invite in true appreciation and optimism for this one precious life.

  • Week 5 - Natural Flow & Ease

    Winter teaches us to slow down, to pause and to enjoy the journey instead of rushing ahead and missing out on all the little details and intricacies that bring us joy.  This week we will explore how it feels to pause, even among the busyness and all the doing, and how we can bring this into everyday life to create a natural flow and ease.

  • Week 6 - Inner Glow

    This week we’ll stoke the inner flame by having greater awareness of our meaning and purpose in life and our values that ultimately lead to fulfillment. We’ll also come home to our unique selves and experience a natural sense of energy, inspiration, creativity and confidence.

  • Week 7 - Hibernation

    During winter we sense that nature has gone inside, she’s releasing back down into the earth, into her roots to strengthen from the inside out. This week we will focus our attention on being rather than doing so that we can enter the festive season feeling well and happy from the inside.

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

'fantastic programme of yoga'

by Amy Whidburn

Louise has guided us all through a fantastic programme of yoga. If you are worried that online yoga won’t be as good as the live event I would urge you to give it a try as it really is great to bring your practice home.

'Encouraging and supportive'

by Mandy Cairns

Louise’s style is really encouraging and supportive. She always offers options in the postures which enables me to feel confident with my practice.

'Supports mental wellbeing'

by Finola McManus

What I love best about your courses is that they not only give the benefit of a yoga practice but also deliver simple and practical ways to apply the weekly themes and help support mental wellbeing which is especially important at this time. Speaking as someone who struggled to make time for a single weekly practice, I am now getting to my yoga mat most days and it has become a ‘non-negotiable’ in my daily life and one which I make time for.

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 Mon 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

    Week 1 - Intro to Following the Wisdom of Winter

    • Sunrise, Week 1 - Intro to Following the Wisdom of Winter

    • Flow & Reflect, Week 1 - Introduction to Following the Wisdom of Winter

    • Yin Yoga, Week 1 - Introduction to Following the Wisdom of Winter

    • Gentle & Restorative, Week 1 - Introduction to Following the Wisdom of Winter

  • 2

    Week 2 - Balance & Harmony

    • Sunrise, Mon AM, Week 2 - Balance and Harmony

    • Flow & Reflect, Mon PM, Week 2 - Balance and Harmony

    • Yin Yoga, Mon PM, Week 2 - Balance and Harmony

    • Gentle & Restorative, Wed AM, Week 2 - Balance and Harmony

    • Yin Yoga, Wed PM, Week 2 - Balance and Harmony

    • Flow & Reflect, Wed PM, Week 2 - Balance and Harmony

    • Sunrise, Fri AM, Week 2 - Balance and Harmony

    • Flow & Reflect, Sat AM, Week 2 - Balance and Harmony

  • 3

    Week 3 - Reflect, Release, Renew

    • Sunrise, Mon AM, Week 3 - Reflect, Release, Renew

    • Yin Yoga, Mon PM, Week 3 - Reflect, Release, Renew

    • Gentle & Restorative, Wed AM, Week 3 - Reflect, Release, Renew

    • Yin Yoga, Wed PM, Week 3 - Reflect, Release, Renew

    • Flow & Reflect, Wed PM, Week 3 - Reflect, Release, Renew

    • Sunrise, Fri AM, Week 3 - Reflect, Release, Renew

    • Flow & Reflect, Sat AM, Week 3 - Reflect, Release, Renew

  • 4

    Week 4 - Clarity & Perspective

    • Sunrise, Mon AM, Week 4 - Clarity and Perspective

    • Flow & Reflect, Mon PM, Week 4 - Clarity and Perspective

    • Yin Yoga, Mon PM, Week 4 - Clarity and Perspective

    • Gentle & Restorative, Wed AM, Week 4 - Clarity and Perspective

    • Yin Yoga, Wed PM, Week 4 - Clarity and Perspective

    • Flow & Reflect, Wed PM, Week 4 - Clarity and Perspective

    • Sunrise, Fri AM, Week 4 - Clarity and Perspective

    • Flow & Reflect, Sat AM, Week 4 - Clarity and Perspective

  • 5

    Week 5 - Natural Flow & Ease

    • Sunrise, Mon AM, Week 5 - Natural Flow and Ease

    • Flow & Reflect, Mon PM, Week 5 - Natural Flow and Ease

    • Yin Yoga, Mon PM, Week 5 - Natural Flow and Ease

    • Gentle & Restorative, Wed AM, Week 5 - Natural Flow and Ease

    • Flow & Reflect, Sat AM, Week 5 - Natural Flow and Ease

  • 6

    Week 6 - Inner Glow

    • Sunrise, Mon AM, Week 6 - Inner Glow

    • Yin Yoga, Mon PM, Week 6 - Inner Glow

    • Flow & Reflect, Mon PM, Week 6 - Inner Glow

    • Gentle & Restorative, Wed AM, Week 6 - Inner Glow

    • Yin Yoga, Wed PM, Week 6 - Inner Glow

    • Flow & Reflect, Wed PM, Week 6 - Inner Glow

    • Sunrise, Fri AM, Week 6 - Inner Glow

    • Flow & Reflect, Sat AM, Week 6 - Inner Glow

  • 7

    Week 7 - Hibernation

    • Sunrise, Mon AM, Week 7 - Hibernation

    • Flow & Reflect, Mon PM, Week 7 - Hibernation

    • Yin yoga, Mon PM, Week 7 - Hibernation

    • Gentle & Restorative, Wed AM, Week 7 - Hibernation

    • Yin yoga, Wed PM, Week 7 - Hibernation

    • Flow & Reflect, Wed PM, Week 7 - Hibernation

    • Sunrise, Fri AM, Week 7 - Hibernation

    • Flow & Reflect, Sat AM, Week 7 - Hibernation