Winter Well-Being

Practices to welcome winters wisdom and create well-being

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

~ Henry David Thoreau


Are you the kind of person that dreads winter and the long nights ahead? 

I know I used to! 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. 

But then I spent 10 years planting trees (winter is tree planting season!) and observing the Celtic Wheel of the Year, and the changing of the seasons in a meaningful way. I came to the realisation that everything is cyclical, and every season has its lessons and I now actually look forward to this time. 

We're not meant to live life at the same pace all year long. When we reconnect with the natural rhythms around us this starts to make perfect sense. 

From studying mindfulness and neuroscience I also know that we have the capacity to rewire our brains for positivity and growth rather than relying on the habitual, often conditioned habits that keep us stuck in old ways of thinking, behaving and feeling. 

Discovering the wisdom of winter does not come easy for most of us in our 24/7 world. Just the thought of long, dark nights, harsh weather and bleakness can be overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be like that this year! 

In this brand-new Winter Well-Being Programme, I will share with you what shifted for me and practical ways you can embrace the winter ahead and create well-being.

Although fully practical and lived on the mat through yoga and meditation techniques, theory will be weaved in alongside our practices so that you can begin to take what you learn off the mat and into everyday life – I have found this is where real change happens.

 This course is for you if you’d like to:

  • Create change in your inner world to support your outer world
  • Tap into your innate creativity, wisdom, compassion and insight
  • Create space and time for yourself to focus on your own well-being
  • Learn tools and techniques that will help to reduce stress levels 
  • Promote quality sleep and regain your energy levels
  • Find ease and joy in everyday life 


This course starts on Tuesday 4 January 2022 and you have the choice of joining our membership or purchasing this one-off course giving you access for two months (1 Live class per week included in this option). 

 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. 

 With 6 classes to choose from, in 5 different styles throughout the week you’ll be spoiled for choice! See the full timetable of classes HERE.

'A unique approach to yoga'

by Liz Hobman

“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!”

Dates and Themes for each week:

  • Week 1 w/c 4 Jan - Mindset

    We'll begin our programme by exploring any mindsets we might have about winter and how we can recognise winters purpose.

  • Week 2 w/c 10 Jan - Rest

    Rest takes many forms - this week we will explore these and discover how we can discern which ones we need at any given time.

  • Week 3 w/c 17 Jan - Seeds

    Winter is not a time for action but a time for planting seeds in the darkness and trusting they will germinate and grow once the spring comes again.

  • Week 4 w/c 24 Jan - Love

    This week will be a reminder that love, compassion, kindness are crucial components on our journey inwards.

  • Week 5 w/c 31 Jan - Imbolc

    The ancient Celtic festival of Imbolc was a time to witness the very first faint stirrings of spring. This week we'll be reminded that change is only constant in our lives.

  • Week 6 w/c 7 Feb - Inner Sunshine

    Fanning the inner flame and recognising that inner sunshine lives within we will come to see that it doesn't matter what season it is, we can always access this inner warmth and glow.

'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."

What you can expect from this course:

  • A unique opportunity to pause, reflect and bring healing to your inner and outer worlds

  • Learn tools to reduce stress levels on and off the mat

  • Promote quality sleep through reminding your body how to slow down and relax

  • Receive expert guidance from a senior yoga teacher

  • A variety of insightful, interesting and varied classes that build on a new theme each week

  • Become part of a like-minded caring yoga community

'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!"

Your Teacher

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

Louise Neicho

Having spent the first 20 years of my professional life working in and with nature I feel a deep connection to the natural world that has promoted numerous benefits in my life. Combining this with a love and appreciation of yoga and mindfulness that spans two decades (9 of them teaching) has enabled me to share practices that help us connect more deeply with nature and ourselves. I have completed over 1000hrs of yoga and mindfulness teacher training and I’m excited to be currently studying an MSc in Mindfulness and Neuroscience. I can honestly say that yoga and nature 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. 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.

'Louise’s passion for yoga is infectious'

by Sonia Battaini

“Lou's 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. The classes have helped me staying in the moment and achieving calmness within”

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 yoga 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 theme, 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 5 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 and Yin Yoga. If you are familiar with vinyasas then you’ll love the Flow & Reflect classes on 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.

  • How does the membership work?

    As a member you are welcome to come to any of the classes on the timetable where we will explore these concepts and themes. All classes are recorded and uploaded to the Exclusive Members Area within 24 hours of taking place so if you miss your favourite class you can catch up at a time suit you. PLUS if you go on holiday, you can still access the live classes or recordings from anywhere in the world (as long as you have internet of course!)

  • How does the one-off course work?

    If you decide to invest in the one-off course instead of the membership, then you will have access to 1 in-person or live online class for the duration of the course (i.e. 7 weeks). You will also have access to all recordings from the course for 3 months from the date of your purchase.

  • Other questions?

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

'Insightful, interesting, varied'

by Sarah Hall

"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 resource"

'Louise teaches from the heart'

by Amy Dodd

“Lou's classes 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.”

Course Content

Classes start on Tues 4 Jan 2022 and will be uploaded within 24 hours of taking place

  • 1

    Week 1 - Mindset

    • Morning Meditation - Week 1 - Mindset

    • Sunrise, Mon AM, Week 1 - Mindset

    • Yin Yoga, Mon PM, Week 1 - Mindset

    • Gentle & Restorative, Wed AM, Week 1 - Mindset

    • Yin Yoga, Wed PM, Week 1 - Mindset

    • Flow & Reflect, Sat AM, Week 1 - Mindset

  • 2

    Week 2 - Rest

    • Morning Meditation, Week 2 - Rest

    • Sunrise, Mon AM, Week 2 - Rest

    • Yin Yoga, Mon PM, Week 2 - Rest

    • Gentle & Restorative, Wed PM, Week 2 - Rest

    • Yin Yoga, Wed PM, Week 2 - Rest

    • Flow & Reflect, Sat AM, Week 2 - Rest

  • 3

    Week 3 - Seeds

    • Morning Meditation, Week 3 - Seeds

    • Sunrise, Mon AM, Week 3 - Seeds

    • Flow & Reflect, Sat AM, Week 3 - Seeds

    • Yin Yoga, Wed PM, Week 3 - Seeds

  • 4

    Week 4 - Love

    • Flow & Reflect, Sat AM, Week 4 - Love