A Yogi for 20 + years, I discovered yoga on my travels around the world in my early 20's. I chose to travel alone as at times I preferred my own company, quietly contemplating life and escaping from Trauma, I found so much healing in Yoga and Meditation. On my return I became a regular student at some well known studio's in London where my passion for yoga grew. It wasn't until much later though in 2009 just before I started a family I decided to take my journey further and qualified in Vinyasa flow 200hr TT in Ibiza with Still flowing yoga teacher training.
As a teacher I'm always learning and am inspired by so many teachers. I continue all the time attending regular workshops and training so I can share the journey that yoga offers with all my students.
My style of teaching keeps growing and developing over the years, every class I teach can be different, I often wait and feel everyones energy and adapt classes to suit the mood, one week might be quite dynamic and flowing, another might be slower and more alignment approached, throwing in the odd longer held Yin pose or a longer guided meditation at the end..!! No session is the same and thats why I love the freedom of Vinyasa flow.
I began my yoga journey over 10 years ago attending local classes, a few years later I really caught the yoga bug and started to explore my practice further. The stillness of my mind and the balance of energy flowing through my body after yoga and meditation intrigued me enough to delve deeper into the mind body spirit connection that my yoga practice was enabling me to achieve. This lead me to becoming a certified mum and baby, toddler and children’s yoga teacher and now training with Sandstone Yoga in Birmingham to achieve my 200hr yoga teacher training.
I’m passionate about teaching yoga and that the practice should be accessible to everyone. I believe yoga is a personal journey as unique as each individual practicing and an experience that can have many positive impacts not only physically but mentally too.
Over the years Yoga has been a constant companion in my life, through happiness, depression, stress and motherhood yoga and meditation have been my guides, weaving me their own path towards healing.
When you begin a yoga practice you begin a journey that doesn’t end, a story that you can write for yourself, you get to decide how yoga works for you and that’s why I personally love the practice so much. I’m always evolving, always learning, from both my teachers and my students. I look forward to meeting everyone very soon and I can’t wait to further my learning and teaching journey with you all at Lisa Valentine Yoga.
During my journey of health and wellbeing, I initially came across Reiki whilst travelling around New Zealand. This was my first introduction to mind-body connections and how this can impact on one’s wellbeing.This led onto training in Reflexology with the Philip Salmon School of Reflexology. I was intermittently attending yoga classes, but it was one stand out class that spun me into realising just how healing and powerful yoga can be. I floated out the class feeling so incredible that I wanted to bottle it!I qualified as a yoga teacher in 2008 with the Chi Yoga School.
I want people to “feel good” within themselves, after years searching to achieve this myself; which yoga, meditation and holistic therapies have certainly helped to facilitate for me personally. My body was hyper mobile which meant that my body lacked strength and was very weak in an overly flexible way! I am therefore always delighted when people say they are inflexible as this is a great starting point in yoga and how the body feeds back to you to gain better flexibility over time. I continue to learn that this is all a journey and by no means a destination. I believe yoga is for everybody and is important to do the right yoga for your body not mine!
I look forward to welcoming you
Vinyasa is a sanskrit term often employed to describe a broad range of yoga styles. It symbolises a flowing, dynamic form of yoga.
Vinyasa flow is a fusion of various styles of yoga.The style concentrates on breath synchronized movement, one movement one breath creating a union between the two sides, energetic in ways and simply flowing creating a beautiful balance, leaving you feeling invigorated yet with a deep residing peace.
Our classes will lead you into a dance with your breath, body and mind.
In this style of yoga expect to work hard and get warm as we stoke the inner fires and send energy pulsating through the body.
Yoga has many healing benefits for your mind, body and soul. Like all styles of yoga, Vinyasa has both mental and physical benefits. Physically, sweat expels toxins and re-energizes your body. Mentally, the synchronized breathing relaxes your mind and helps to release any blockage of energy flow throughout your body.
Yin Yoga is a style of yoga practice that activates the connective tissues of the body in order to open restrictions physically and energetically. Using passive longer held postures the tissues of the body become more flexible and the energetic channels open.
Learn more about Mindful Yin Yoga
Hatha yoga can mean a lot of things. One widely-used definition of hatha is "movement," so any asana class is a hatha class. There is a subset of classes specifically labeled hatha, which is characterized by a focus on gentle asana without any flow between poses. Hatha is endlessly adaptable to each teacher's personal style and each student's needs. For that reason, it can be hard to generalize about. This Hatha yoga class can be for all levels, the classes will be typically gentle so also ideal for complete beginners, post natal ladies and gentlemen entering into the world of yoga
1-2-1 Yoga Therapy
These sessions are are tailor made for the individual, and are held in my tranquil home studio in Upper Boddington, Daventry, Northants. They can be specifically designed to support certain aspects of your physical health, such as low back pain vulnerability, stiff shoulders and neck etc. Or they can have more of a focus on mental and emotional wellbeing to help you through an illness.., or a combination of the two, as they are very often connected. The sessions can be spread out over weeks or months. Please do get in contact to discuss your options
Recent Qualifcations (Lisa Valentine)
As well as being a fully qualified Vinyasa Yoga Teacher with a 200hr Europeon Yoga Aliance certificate completed in 2009, I have also recently qualified as a Pre and Post Natal yoga teacher, having completed my TT in Oct 2016 with Bliss Baby Yoga.
I completed a Mindful Yin Yoga course in February 2017, and a 50 hr TT Yin Yoga with Sarah Lo in October 2017. I continue all the time attending inspirational workshops and training to share with my students and to develop my own practise and awareness.
1-1's and small group class's are held at my home studio "The Yoga Lounge" in Upper Boddington, Daventry, Northants.
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