Mindful Compassion

Practices to bring compassion, love and caring to your inner and outer world

“Compassion is not religious business, it is human business, it is not luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability, it is essential for human survival.” ~ HH The Dalai Lama XIV


It is said that Mindfulness and Compassion are like the two wings of a bird and both are needed to create balance so the bird can fly with freedom, ease and grace. 

The same is true of us! Balancing awareness, wisdom and presence with kindness, open-heartedness and love, enables us to deal with life’s ups and down’s, uncertainties, set-backs, pain and disappointment.

In this brand-new eight-week programme we will explore how we can bring Mindful Compassion to our inner and outer world. Our brains are primed for love and compassion from the moment we’re born, but it’s a trait that needs developing and training, particularly towards ourselves.

We’ll explore practices that can be used on and off the mat and discover any blockages that may be preventing our Mindful Compassion from flourishing. 

There will be a strong, physical, alignment-based approach to the dynamic flow classes and an insightful, meditated quality to the gentler, slower paced classes. 

PLUS, I’m excited to be introducing a brand-new ‘Morning Meditation’ class which will balance soft, slow, mindful moment with longer sessions in seated meditation.

There’s also a ‘Back-to-Basics’ class for all those that are brand new to yoga, returning after a break or just want a recap on some of the fundamental poses and breathing techniques of yoga. 

With 8 classes to choose from, in 6 different styles throughout the week you’ll be spoilt for choice!

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

Here's what you can expect each week

  • Week 1 - Exploring Mindful Compassion

    Week 1 will be an introduction to the programme with an exploration of compassion throughout history, why it’s so important and the key components needed to develop this trait towards ourselves and others.

  • Week 2 - Evolution of our Brain and Compassion

    This week we’ll take a look at how cooperation and compassion have helped humans evolve to be the most successful mammal on the planet and how we can use this knowledge to strengthen our own neural pathways of love, kindness and caring.

  • Week 3 - Self-Compassion

    Kindness towards ourselves is not selfish, it’s essential if we are to truly embody Mindful Compassion. This week we’ll begin to explore practices that we can use on and off the mat that nurture this quality within us.

  • Week 4 - Your Future Self

    Self-compassion doesn’t come naturally to most of us, particularly in the West so this week we’ll learn a powerful technique that allows us to be on our own side.

  • Week 5 - Soften, Soothe, Allow

    This week we’ll explore the practice of Soften, Soothe, Allow as an antidote to difficult and painful moments that can bring us back into presence and prevent knee-jerk reactions.

  • Week 6 - Loving-Kindness

    This week will focus around Loving-Kindness, a beautiful practice that provides a deep recognition that all beings want to be loved and free from harm and suffering.

  • Week 7 - Widening the Circle

    Our Mindful Compassion practices are like sowing little seeds within and as they begin grow and flourish, we see clearly that we are all connected, we are all one.

  • Week 8 - Creating Emotional Resilience

    We’ll conclude our programme with a recap of our time together and explore how we can use these practices to create emotional resilience.

What others are saying about Louise's teaching

'An inspiration'

by Cathy Washbrooke

“Louise is a skilled yoga teacher. Her knowledge and skill in the various types of yoga she offers (flow, yin yoga and yoga Nidra) is highly developed and Louise offers much more as she weaves mindful practices into her yoga sessions to create a mind and body practice. Her latest programme, Mindful Compassion, is an inspiration, allowing me to fully relax and find a more compassionate relationship to myself and others.”

'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 Liza 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.

‘I can dip in and out at a time that suits me’

by Finola McManus

“To begin with I wasn’t sure if I would get anything from this course but had an open mind. Within the first two practices I was curious and started to put the ‘off the mat’ tools into practice. I found the four part breathing technique easy to do when becoming stressed at my desk, in less than two minutes I felt more relaxed and in control. I also explored observing emotions, recognising that there is communal suffering and I am not alone and then thought about how to give my mind and body what it needed. A simple cup of tea to myself or a while reading a book could give me the lift I needed. What I love most about Lou’s courses is that I can dip in and out at a time that suits me and I can decide at the time if I need a gentle or a more flowing practice. I know it works because on the rare days I miss a practice, I find myself less settled and more stressed. Thank you Lou for creating these courses. They are brilliant”

‘I’ve gained so much more than anticipated’

by Emma Scinaldi

“I have been joining Lou’s classes for over 2 years now and thoroughly enjoy each lesson. My motivation was to gain physical strength so I can keep working out as a get older, but I have gained so much more than I anticipated. Lou puts a lot of effort into theming each term, Lou shares her knowledge on the mat but also provides lots of resources ‘off the mat’ which can be accessed easily through her new website. We are currently working on Mindful Compassion, I particularly gained from ‘Self Compassion’ and ‘Future Self’, we are all so busy that we rarely take time out to think about how we can be kind to ourselves and how we want to be. As Lou takes as through our yoga poses she also takes time to share her knowledge and ask reflective questions which I have found really thought provoking.”

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 6 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, Morning Meditation, 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

    Week 1 - Exploring Mindful Compassion

    • Course Introduction Mindful Compassion

    • 'Off the Mat' Week 1 - Exploring Mindful Compassion

    • Sunrise, Mon AM, Week 1 - Exploring Mindful Compassion

    • Back-to-Basics, Mon PM, Week 1 - Exploring Mindful Compassion

    • Yin Yoga, Mon PM, Week 1 - Exploring Mindful Compassion

    • Gentle & Restorative, Wed PM, Week 1 - Exploring Mindful Compassion

    • Yin Yoga, Wed PM, Week 1 - Exploring Mindful Compassion

    • Flow & Reflect, Wed PM, Week 1 - Exploring Mindful Compassion

    • Morning Meditation, Fri AM, Week 1 - Exploring Mindful Compassion

    • Flow & Reflect, Sat AM, Week 1 - Exploring Mindful Compassion

  • 2

    Week 2 - Evolution of our Brain and Compassion

    • 'Off the Mat' Week 2 - Evolution of our Brain and Compassion

    • Sunrise, Mon AM, Week 2 - Evolution of our Brain and Compassion

    • Back-to-Basics, Mon PM, Week 2 - Evolution of our Brain and Compassion

    • Yin Yoga, Mon PM, Week 2 - Evolution of our Brain and Compassion

    • Gentle & Restorative, Wed AM, Week 2 - Evolution of our Brain and Compassion

    • Yin Yoga, Wed PM, Week 2 - Evolution of our Brain and Compassion

    • Flow & Reflect, Wed PM, Week 2 - Evolution of our Brain and Compassion

    • Morning Meditation, Fri AM, Week 2 - Evolution of our Brain and Compassion

    • Flow & Reflect, Sat AM, Week 2 - Evolution of our Brain and Compassion

  • 3

    Week 3 - Self-Compassion

    • 'Off the Mat' Week 3 - Self-Compassion

    • Sunrise, Mon AM, Week 3 - Self-Compassion

    • Back-to-Basics, Mon PM, Week 3 - Self-Compassion

    • Yin Yoga, Mon PM, Week 3 - Self-Compassion

    • Gentle & Restorative, Wed AM, Week 3 - Self-Compassion

    • Yin Yoga, Wed PM, Week 3 - Self-Compassion

    • Flow & Reflect, Wed PM, Week 3 - Self-Compassion

    • Morning Meditation, Fri AM, Week 3 - Self-Compassion

    • Flow & Reflect, Sat AM, Week 3 - Self-Compassion

  • 4

    Week 4 - Your Future Self

    • 'Off the Mat' Week 4 - Your Future Self

    • Sunrise, Mon AM, Week 4 - Your Future Self

    • Yin Yoga, Mon PM, Week 4 - Your Future Self

    • Back-to-Basics, Mon PM, Week 4 - Your Future Self

    • Gentle & Restorative, Wed AM, Week 4 - Your Future Self

    • Yin Yoga, Wed PM, Week 4 - Your Future Self

    • Flow & Reflect, Wed, PM, Week 4 - Your Future Self

    • Morning Meditation, Fri AM, Week 4 - Your Future Self

    • Flow & Reflect, Sat AM, Week 4 - Your Future Self

  • 5

    Week 5 - Soften, Soothe, Allow

    • 'Off the Mat' Week 5 - Soften, Soothe, Allow

    • Gentle & Restorative, Wed AM, Week 5- Soften, Soothe, Allow

    • Yin Yoga, Wed PM, Week 5- Soften, Soothe, Allow

    • Flow & Reflect, Wed PM, Week 5- Soften, Soothe, Allow

    • Morning Meditation, Fri AM, Week 5- Soften, Soothe, Allow

    • Flow & Reflect, Sat AM, Week 5- Soften, Soothe, Allow

  • 6

    Week 6 - Loving-Kindness

    • 'Off the Mat' Week 6 - Loving Kindness

    • Sunrise, Mon AM, Week 6 - Loving-Kindness

    • Back-to-Basics, Mon PM, Week 6 - Loving-Kindness

    • Yin Yoga, Mon PM, Week 6 - Loving-Kindness

    • Gentle & Restorative, Wed AM, Week 6 - Loving-Kindness

    • Yin Yoga, Wed PM, Week 6 - Loving-Kindness

    • Flow & Reflect, Wed PM, Week 6 - Loving-Kindness

    • Morning Meditation, Fri AM, Week 6 - Loving-Kindness

    • Flow & Reflect, Sat AM, Week 6 - Loving-Kindness

  • 7

    Week 7 - Widening the Circle

    • 'Off the Mat' Week 7 - Widening the Circle

    • Sunrise, Mon AM, Week 7 - Widening the Circle

    • Back-to-Basics, Mon PM, Week 7 - Widening the Circle

    • Yin Yoga, Mon PM, Week 7 - Widening the Circle

    • Gentle & Restorative, Wed AM, Week 7 - Widening the Circle

    • Yin Yoga, Wed PM, Week 7 - Widening the Circle

    • Flow & Reflect, Wed PM, Week 7 - Widening the Circle

    • Morning Meditation, Fri AM, Week 7 - Widening the Circle

    • Flow & Reflect, Sat AM, Week 7 - Widening the Circle

  • 8

    Week 8 - Creating Emotional Resilience

    • 'Off the Mat' Week 8 - Creating Emotional Resilience

    • Sunrise, Mon AM, Week 8 - Creating Emotional Resilience

    • Back-to-Basics, Mon PM, Week 8 - Creating Emotional Resilience

    • Yin Yoga, Mon PM, Week 8 - Creating Emotional Resilience

    • Gentle & Restorative, Wed AM, Week 8 - Creating Emotional Resilience

    • Yin Yoga, Wed PM, Week 8 - Creating Emotional Resilience

    • Flow & Reflect, Wed PM, Week 8 - Creating Emotional Resilience

    • Morning Meditation, Fri AM, Week 8 - Creating Emotional Resilience