WELCOME TO MY 'WORLD OF YOGA'
Yoga has always been really big part of my life but as a new mum it has taken a very different turn and been an important element of birth preparation, my own postnatal recovery and bonding with the new bundle of joy in my life.
My journey into yoga began with Freestyle Fitness yoga, Sun Power Yoga, hot yoga and a strong vinyassa / ashtanga approach and I have been teaching this since 2013. Then in 2016, when I became pregnant and could no longer teach my weekly hot yoga classes I took a number of specialist teacher trainings to develop my knowledge and begin this journey into a very restorative and nurturing style of yoga that you will find on this website.
Therefore at Susan's World of Yoga, you will notice that I specialise in Yoga Nidra meditation (guided relaxation), gentle yoga, Restorative Yoga and Yin yoga. These techniques and practices have many applications including:
- dealing with stress
- reducing anxiety
- people having problems sleeping
- pregnancy and birth preparation
- postnatal recovery
- general mental wellness
I run face-to-face classes, private tuition, online courses as well as one-off workshops. My group classes include sessions for yoga nidra (relaxation), pregnancy yoga, postnatal yoga, gentle hatha yoga, baby yoga and baby massage.
Please browse through the website to find out more or click on the links below.
WHAT IS YOGA?
Yoga is a practical philosophy and a system of asanas (postures), promoting physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing. It is an effective antidote to the stresses of modern lifestyle and encourages a fit and supple body. Yoga is a ‘science of the mind’ and philosophical system that originated in India thousands of years ago. Yoga, stemming from the Sanskrit work ‘yuj’ to yoke or join, is often interpreted to mean just this – to join or yoke or a union. Usually assumed to be the union of the mind, the body and the breath. Yoga is not just about a few ‘gentle stretches’ and you do not have to be ‘flexible’ to attend a class.
WHAT HAPPENS IN A YOGA CLASS?
A typical yoga class will last between 60-90 minutes. Yoga is very accessible in that you really don’t need much equipment (or even shoes!) to give it a go – just a yoga mat, a bottle of water and a class to attend.
The teacher will usually begin by setting the intention for the session, welcoming students and focusing on establishing correct breathing. This can be as simple as a sentence or two to calm the mind, to a series of exercises designed to control, regulate and elongate breathing patterns (pranayama). Then the teacher will start moving the class through a series of postures (asanas) by demonstrating or talking students through it. The postures often start with a flowing sequence called Surya Namaskar (sun salutation) that warms the body up and moves the spine through its natural series of curves. Then the asanas include standing postures, balances, seated postures that work on areas such opening the hips or lengthening the hamstrings as well as sometimes inversions (basically, we turn ourselves upside down). A yoga class varies hugely from teacher to teacher and from school to school. Some string together flowing patterns of postures, some are more static focusing on correct alignment and some are in a heated room between 30-40º (hot yoga).
The types of classes I teach include:
Relaxed Hatha Yoga - A gentle flowing style of yoga that is suitable for all levels.
Yoga Nidra - I run a number of specific classes and courses that use Yoga Nidra meditation, or yogic sleep. Think of it like a guided meditation. Yoga Nidra can be used therapeutically for healing, as well as to enhance creativity and productivity and to improve sleep and general health. I also include short Yoga Nidra meditations at the end of my relaxed Hatha classes and pregnancy classes.
Yoga for Insomnia and Sleep Recovery - Learn how to get better sleep at night and incorporate energy restoring practices into your day during these special classes and workshops with Susan. Susan has studied with Super Sleep expert Lisa Sanfilippo at Yoga Campus to provide lectures, experiential learning and yoga practice to incorporate into your daily routines.. :Learn the Simple Sleep Sequence - an easy to remember yoga sequence you can do at home to help you calm down, feel more grounded, and sleep better. Troubleshoot your ‘sleep sabotage’ to re-work your habits and ‘sleep proof’ your day. Learn how sleep works: how much you need, why you’re waking up in the middle of the night or finding rest elusive. Learn yoga poses to ‘mop up’ if you have a bad night’s sleep – so you feel alert and calm during the day. Plus, learn easy breath practices to re-balance your nervous system and get you to sleep.
Mummy and Baby Yoga - Postnatal yoga is a fantastic way to focus on your own physical and mental wellness after having a baby. From just 6 weeks postpartum you can start to regain your strength, repair your pelvic floor, remove those niggling aches and pains but importantly take time to connect with the new baby in your life!
Pregnancy Yoga - Nurturing classes for pregnant women from 14 weeks onwards. Includes a relaxing flow of postures (asanas), breathwork (pranayama) and relaxation techniques (yoga nidra) to help calm the mind and relax the body.
Baby Yoga - Baby yoga is based on traditional yoga movements and uses various poses and positions to promote baby’s general health and support baby development. My baby classes include simple postures and stretches for baby as well as songs, massage, some stretches for mum and a touch of relaxation.
Baby Massage - Baby massage is a wonderful way to bond with your baby and learn techniques for easing things like colic and teething pain. I teach this as a 4 week course either in person or online that shows you everything you need to know about massaging your baby including what types of oils to use, when to avoid massage, cues for a happy baby and of course the massage strokes themselves.
AND WHY SHOULD YOU JOIN ME?
Well, where do I start? Do you want to de-stress and become more energised? Do you want to sleep better and get good quality rest? Do you want to become stronger, more flexible and toned? Yoga brings a massive wealth of benefits to the physical body. Even when practiced just once per week people see great benefits in their overall heath and fitness, let alone the benefits to their overall well-being.
People often say “oh, I can’t do yoga, I’m not flexible enough!” I disagree – the point of yoga is to develop your flexibility and progressively improve your body. Yoga is and should be accessible to everyone; young old, male, female and for all body types. I’m not saying that it will be easy for all and each person will have their own personal battles to work through within their practice. A posture you may find easy, I may well struggle with (trust me I have my nemesis pose!). But this is half the fun – becoming self-aware. Aware of the strengths and weaknesses of your body, aware of what you need to work on and aware of the way your mind works to adapt and improve.
Yoga is so helpful at those times in life where the body is going through massive changes such as when you have a baby. It can help you prepare the body and mind for birth as well as close down and regain strength afterwards - oh and babies can do yoga to!
Yoga also complements other sports and exercise brilliantly. It can help to strengthen areas that may be weak from overuse or injury, can improve your stamina and mental toughness as well as stretch out achy muscles.
However sometimes it just gives you that time away from a stressful work schedule or busy family life; that all-important ‘me-time’. Increasingly I am working with people wanting to reduce stress, tackle anxiety and depression or get better quality sleep.
Yoga for Insomnia & Sleep Recovery
Yin & Restorative Yoga
For more information about any of the yoga classes I teach please click on the button below to email me:
Yoga Teacher, Susan Yeates
Susan is a yoga teacher, mum and founder of Susan's World of Yoga – an online yoga space for anyone looking to get better quality rest and relaxation. Blending expert yoga tuition with specialist knowledge in the field of pregnancy and postnatal yoga, restorative yoga and guided relaxation (Yoga Nidra) she provides a unique perspective on how to find deep relaxation and reconnect with yourself. Join Susan to nurture your body and soul, relax your mind and indulge in essential 'me time' - perfect for tired mamas!
As well as teaching regular hatha yoga classes for adults, Susan has a number of yoga specalisms:
Pregnancy Yoga | Postnatal Yoga | Yoga for Insomnia
Baby Yoga | Yoga Nidra (guided relaxation) | Baby Massage
These are taught as regular classes, courses or booked on a 1-2-1 basis.
Yoga Therapy for Insomnia and Sleep Recovery with Lisa Sanfillipo at Yoga Campus - Nov 2019
Rest and Restore (Restorative, Yin and Thai Yoga Massage) CPD course with Laura Green Yoga - 2018
Baby Massage and Baby Yoga Course with Blossom and Berry - 2017
Postnatal Yoga Course with Yoga Mama – Oct 2016
40hour Total Yoga Nidra Course with Yoga Campus – Dec 2016
40hour Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training with Womb Yoga (recognised by the Independent Yoga Network) – Sept 2016
200hours qualified with Sun Power Yoga (200hrs CYQ / Yoga Alliance USA). Sun Power Yoga is a Modern Contemporary School of Yoga that specialises in deep intensive training through their teacher training centres. The founder Anne-Marie Newland has trained and studied many of the traditional forms of yoga practice including Sivananda yoga in which she is qualified working with Swami Vishnu Devananda back in 1984, Classical Hatha yoga (though not as a teacher) and studied the art of Astanga from various well known teachers here and in the States. Sun Power Yoga is an eclectic mix of three styles: Dynamic Hatha for Alignment. Sivananda Yoga for Subtle Mind and Breath work. Astanga Vinyasa for Heat, flexibility and stamina. July 2014
Freestyle Fitness Yoga training course(Group X Training) – Oct 2013
Sports First Aid qualification (St Johns Ambulance) – Feb 2013
Emergency First Aid at Work qualification – May 2016
Level 3 Anatomy and Physiology training (CYQ) – July 2014
NEED A YOGA TEACHER?
Now that I am back from maternity leave I am available to hire for teaching yoga classes, courses workshops and retreats. Please feel free to contact me if you are a:
- Gym or yoga studio looking for a yoga teacher (locally near Woking)
- A yoga studio further afield looking for specialist yoga workshops in Yoga Nidra, Pregnancy and Postnatal workshops or Yoga for de-stress and relax.
- Business looking for corporate yoga or relaxation classes
- Yoga teacher or retreat centre looking for a teacher to teach on a retreat
- Anyone looking for a Yoga Nidra specialist
- Festival organiser looking for yoga teachers
- Pregnant or postnatal mama looking for private classes in your own home
- Baby-related business looking to partner up with a postnatal yoga teacher
Just click on the button below to email me.