Welcome to Yoga with Suzanne
I teach traditional Hatha Yoga to people of all ages and abilities in Chippenham, Calne, Melksham, Devizes, Bromham, Derry Hill, and Pewsham. Mixed classes take place in community buildings, such as schools and social centers. I want to make yoga available and accessible to people within the everyday context of ordinary life: work, family, relationships, home. I also teach one-to-one classes, school groups and corporate lifestyle and wellbeing courses.
Hatha Yoga is believed to have originated in India circa 2000 BC. The word 'yoga' is a Sanskrit word that means 'Union' and it is often interpreted as meaning 'the union of mind, body and spirit'. In the practice of yoga the ultimate aim is one of self-development and self-realisation.
Why try Hatha Yoga?
- The practice of yoga leads towards a stronger and more flexible body and can improve the functioning of the respiratory, circulatory, digestive, and hormonal systems.
- Working with the body, the breath and our awareness Hatha Yoga improves our ability to prioritize, to solve problems, and to be creative. We become more authentic.
- Many people practice yoga to achieve greater emotional stability and clarity of mind. For others, yoga simply brings the joy of calm and space to help us cope with the daily stresses and problems of life.
- We stop reacting to external forces, learning instead to genuinely respond to the situations in which we find ourselves. Hatha Yoga helps us adjust the balance between the flow of the world around us and our ability to influence it.
Regular practice of yoga can help you face the turmoil of life with steadiness and stability.
I started practicing yoga in 1999, and have been teaching since 2003 when I qualified as a teacher through the British Wheel of Yoga. I started yoga when my two children were very young because I needed to find time for myself and I wanted to get fit. I needed something that would also nourish me on all levels. What I noticed most was how my yoga practice improved my stamina, physically, emotionally and mentally. I felt more confident about dealing with the daily demands of a very full and busy life. Now my children are 22 and 24, life continues to be full and I am more grateful than ever for the balance yoga provides.
I have been an English teacher, a hockey coach and football coach, educational author and consultant. I have worked with young disabled people to get them into education and employment. I have always liked working with people. I love yoga and I love seeing people benefit from practicing yoga. Teaching yoga feels like the most natural thing in the world for me to do.
I used my background as an English teacher to co-develop a number of emotional intelligence programmes which are currently used successfully in schools throughout the UK: It’s OK Being Me: Emotional and Social Skills for Learning at KS3; Discovering Me: Emotional and Social Skills for Learning for Small Units.. I bring my experience from education and emotional intelligence into my yoga teaching. These skills help me to communicate yoga philosophy and yoga practice in a meaningful way to people who live real lives with everyday demands and responsibilities.
In classes and one-to-one sessions I have worked with sports people, runners, retirees, mothers, fathers, teachers, teenagers, business owners, gardeners, soldiers, accountants and artists. I have worked with people suffering with back injuries, PTSD, cancer, ME, depression and osteoporosis, stroke, asthma, and other difficult challenges.
Anyone can practice yoga regardless of age, sex, ability or fitness level. Yoga is for all those who would like to feel better or are looking for some relief from the sometimes chaotic pace of life, within themselves and in the world around them.