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Find Your Inner Resilience

Welcome! I'm Lucy, teacher of both dynamic and gentler approaches to postural yoga (āsana) as well as breath mastery (prāṇāyāma) and meditation (dhyāna). I help students to develop strength and suppleness of body and mind.


Frequently Asked Questions

Where did you train and what style of yoga do you teach?

My mother has been a yoga teacher for as long as I can remember. I caught the bug from her! For my first teacher training in India with the Shiva Shakti School (Yoga Alliance 200 Hours), I studied general Hatha Yoga then progressed to teaching mainly Vinyasa Flow in London. For my advanced teacher training (Yoga Alliance 500 Hours +), I specialised in the Vajrasati approach, which is strong on anatomy and philosophy with widespread roots digging into the Iyengar school, Buddhism, Tantra. I am fully insured with Yoga Alliance Professionals.


Are your classes suitable for all levels of experience?

As a teacher, it matters to me that every student is as safe and welcome as possible. My instructions are designed to be progressive, suiting all levels of experience. My advanced teacher training has taught me how to use yoga props and modify poses in order to include everybody. At the same time, intermediate to advanced practitioners may get an extra nudge, there is no pressure to conform to a set standard.


What is yoga about?

You know when your mind is racing, like you're running around the same track again and again even though it never gets you anywhere? Yoga helps us to step off the track and be an observer. It is the holistic practice of 'stilling the fluctuations of the mind' (Patanjali ~400 BCE). This state is attained through conscious behaviour in everyday life. How can contemplation, meditation and bliss become a spontaneous state? Yoga proposes that we learn to be present in poses through introspection and awareness of breath-energy (prāṇā).


So it's the intention that makes a practice yogic. The key is breathing, feeling, and focussing with one-pointed awareness. Some days that isn't possible. So the best thing we can do is just show up for ourselves. Ultimately, a great practice is about the release of physical, emotional and energetic tension so that we can surrender to the present moment. It requires honesty, kindness, sometimes laughter!


Will yoga make me bendy and toned?

Dedication to a more 'athletic' yoga practice will develop strength and suppleness with a seemingly paradoxical caveat: if your main intention is to become bendy and toned, then it is not yoga. Real talk!


Yoga is not about achieving 'results' or performing poses for outward approval. Refining the alignment of your anatomy in yoga poses is only important insofar as (A) you are safe from injury, and (B) energy can keep moving around your body. The true seeker will learn to accept their physical nature, regardless of function and form. Many of us need reminding from time to time because the temporary rewards of being bendy and toned are disproportionality real in our society. But if we attach these aspirations to our identity, any happiness they bring is fleeting and fragile.


The only place in which you can let go of habits is Now. Yoga is Now. When fear, ignorance, attachment, aversion and ego dissolve, you realise that you are already whole.


Classes

Group Classes


Vajrasati Yoga, Fridays 9.30-10.30 am

Phoenix Community Centre, BN29NB

All levels welcome, equipment provided


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Private / Workplace Yoga


We all experience physical symptoms from the stress of trying to 'be somebody', whether it's back pain or anxiety. A regular private yoga class helps to bring stillness and presence back into your life.


Guide Prices for Brighton and Hove

  • OM – 60 MINS – £40
  • SHANTI – 75 MINS – £50

Gift vouchers available. Block of 8 or more classes = 10% off.

Reviews from Private Clients

"Lucy has a relaxed and approachable style to her teaching and has helped me in my recovery from a shoulder injury." Sarah, London E3.

"My lessons with Lucy are centred around me, and what I want to achieve that week. Lucy is very positive which encourages me to go that little bit further." Jan, London E3.

"Lucy taught me 1:1 after a car accident. She was great to work with, adapting everything to my needs. Practising yoga with her helped my recovery enormously. She was very easygoing and even included my 7-year-old in a session one week. I’m actually in better shape now than I was before the accident!” Keziah, London E3

. . . from Public Classes

"Ahh. That was just what the doctor ordered. My back feels so much better, after just one class!" Dave, London E8.

"You are very good at sensing the energy in the room and responding to what people need.” Shah, London E8

"That was THE BEST "Nurturing Flow" class I've ever been to. The perfect mix of deep stretches and relaxation." Rebecca, London SW2."

"You have a lovely way with words. Let me know when you are teaching here again. I thoroughly enjoyed it." Siobhan Power, Founder of Children's Tree Yoga.

"It’s like you’re reciting poetry when you teach.” Harry, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Artist.

"She was super helpful. The flow was great and the help with postures was really good too." – How would you rate today's class? "Everything was perfect!" Hotpod Secret Shopper 124.

"I felt welcomed. She seemed super attentive to new clients making them really comfortable... super attentive to everyone and kept a close eye on everyone's style, which was great." Hotpod Secret Shopper 101.

Articles

A keen writer, I've contributed to leading industry publications including Yoga International, OM Yoga & Lifestyle magazine (print December 2016), and Sivana East.


I am particularly interested in the relationship between conscious breathing and environmental awareness. This subject was the crux of my postgraduate thesis at the Royal College of Art.



Contact Lucy

Please get in touch using the form below.
Alternatively, send your enquiry to lucysabinyoga (at) gmail.com. Namaste!

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