H.E.A.L.I.N.G Through Yoga

Practices to bring healing to your inner and outer world

“Healing is an art. It takes time, it takes practice. It takes love.” ~ Maza Dohta


A brand-new 7-week programme, H.E.A.L.I.N.G Through Yoga that was inspired by the poem by Kitty O’Meara (see below) and one of my beautiful students, a recognition of where we are on this pandemic journey and the need for time and space to process what we’ve been through. 

This will be a unique opportunity to pause, reflect and take stock of almost two years of living through an historical time that has changed the way we live, feel and think. It will provide tools and techniques to reset that overworked nervous system, reduce stress levels, promote quality sleep and soothe mind, body, heart and soul.

Healing takes many forms from physical, emotional, mental and then ultimately soul healing – we will focus on this holistic approach to healing and explore ways on and off the mat that you can use to reclaim your well-being

So, if this has been a challenging time and you’ve been looking for a way to process this crazy period of our lives, this is for you! 

This course starts on Monday 6 Sept, so you have the choice of joining our membership or purchasing this one-off course giving you access for three months (1 Live class per week included in this option). 

With 8 classes to choose from, in 6 different styles throughout the week you’ll be spoiled for choice! See the full timetable of classes HERE

 

'Louise has a very unique approach to teaching yoga, drawing learning from nature, neuroscience and nourishing spiritual teachings! I love the variety in her programmes, which combine mindfulness practices, movement and postures, readings and poetry, with wisdom and warmth. I am learning so much about how the mind, body and spirit can work together to cultivate compassion, strength and resilience for ourselves and those around us.' 

~ Liz Hobman, working from home in South London


Kitty O'Meara Poem:

 “And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.

And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.

And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed." 

Here's what you can expect each week

  • Week 1 w/c 6 Sept - H = Holistic Healing

    “Every step taken in mindfulness brings us one step closer to healing ourselves and the planet.” ~ Thich Nhat Hahn

  • Week 2 w/c 13 Sept - E = Energy – Restore, Renew, Revitalise

    “Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it.” ~ Tori Amos

  • Week 3 w/c 20 Sept - A = Acceptance & Appreciation

    “Healing may not be so much about getting better, as about letting go of everything that isn’t you – all of the expectations, all of the beliefs – and becoming who you are.” ~ Rachel Naomi Remen

  • Week 4 w/c 27 Sept - L = Laughter and Lightness

    “Laughter is important, not only because it makes us happy, it also has actual health benefits. And that’s because laughter completely engages the body and releases the mind. It connects us to others, and that in itself has a healing effect.” ~ Marlo Thomas

  • Week 5 w/c 4 Oct - I = Inner Strength & Resilience

    “Healing doesn’t mean the damage never existed. It means the damage no longer controls your life.” ~ Akshay Dubey

  • Week 6 w/c 11 Oct - N = Nourish Yourself

    “The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.” ~ Caroline Myss

  • Week 7 w/c 18 Oct - G = Growing as part of Healing

    “Every problem you face is an opportunity to learn something. The biggest lessons in your life have been learned from the darkest days.” ~ Tracy Malone

What others are saying about Louise's teaching

'Classes are a life-line'

by Cathy Washbrooke

"Louise’s classes are a life-line! I find myself being able to calm my anxiety, find a new purpose and most importantly accept where we are as a country and continue my daily life. Louise is a very warm, nurturing and knowledgeable teacher. She also integrates elements of mindfulness through various readings, poetry and insights to deepen the practice and allow deep rest to take place. I always feel lifted, yet grounded after each of Louise’s yoga sessions."

'A unique approach to yoga'

by Liz Hobman

“I’m loving being a member of Woodland Yoga. Louise has a very unique approach to teaching yoga, drawing learning from nature, neuroscience and nourishing spiritual teachings! I love the variety in her programmes, which combine mindfulness practices, movement and postures, readings and poetry, with wisdom and warmth. I am learning so much about how the mind, body and spirit can work together to cultivate compassion, strength and resilience for ourselves and those around us. I always feel calm and uplifted after a class. Informative, insightful and inspiring - thank you Lou!”

'Louise is so kind and caring'

by Emma Scinaldi

"I started as a complete beginner and was worried I would not be able to follow the moves, but Louise is so kind and caring, plus really knows her stuff so is able to give very clear, supportive guidance. There is never any pressure as Louise always offers alternatives. With care and kindness she has encouraged me to really develop my practice. I always feel really energised after a session with Louise but I am also starting to notice a higher level of peace and tranquility in my day to day life. I feel strong and calm at the same time!"

'Louise’s passion for yoga is infectious'

by Sonia Battaini

“I have been doing yoga with Louise for a few years now and I can honestly say she is an amazing teacher. Her passion for yoga is infectious and her knowledge is incredibly vast. I have been doing yoga for a long time but I am always amazed at the fact that I am still learning something new with Louise’s very detailed explanations. Through the pandemic I have been doing two lessons a week on zoom with her and they have helped me staying in the moment and achieving calmness within”

‘Insightful, interesting and varied’

"Louise's classes are always insightful, interesting and varied as she brings her knowledge and ongoing training and research into each one, combining useful 'off-the-mat' mindfulness tips with yoga poses appropriate to the unique theme for the week as well as catering for individual requirements where needed. They are packed with lots of good advice for day-to-day living as well as for practice on the yoga mat. Now that everything is online and recorded there is the added benefit of being able to participate in Louise's classes wherever you are in the world and the enormous library of recorded classes is a treasure trove of resources. If you like a certain class and the security of knowing what you will be doing then you can access the recording at any time to repeat it. If you like variety and never doing the same class twice then you will be spoilt for choice with the number of different classes available in the library!"

'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 well-being 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."

'I've seen a huge benefit on my mental health'

by Keely Williams

“I joined Louise's classes a few years ago and thoroughly enjoyed them, particularly being outside in the Forest. At the start of lockdown I had a break and rejoined about 6 months ago. Lou has done a fantastic job of moving the classes online and I can honestly say I'm enjoying yoga more than ever. Her teaching style is encouraging in an extremely kind, warm and supportive way. I know that Lou simply wants us all to feel great and that really comes across in her classes. As well as increasing fitness and flexibility I've seen a huge benefit on my mental health. Somehow I end the sessions feeling cool, calm, collected and invigorated all at the same time.”

'Louise teaches from the heart'

by Amy Dodd

“Lou's classes y have been a real anchor for me amongst all the uncertainty of the past year. I do like being able to log on to the website and do the recorded classes at any time. The classes cover a specific topic each term, and I’ve found that having a subject to focus on really enhances my yoga practice, off the mat as well as on it! Lou brings some wonderful insights into each class and you can tell she really teaches from the heart.”

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.

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 are six 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 Back-to-Basics, Gentle & Restorative, Morning Meditation and Yin Yoga. 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.

Course Content

Classes start on Monday 6 Sept and will be uploaded within 24 hours of taking place