Yoga Leicester are Zoë Martin and Gary Ward. Our training and main inspiration is rooted in the tradition of T Krishnamacarya and TKV Desikachar, Chennai India. Honouring the teachings of old, whilst creating and cultivating new ideas moment to moment we share the spirit of yoga in practical, accessible ways - through talking, listening, observation, movement and stillness, breath and sound work.
We are certified and highly skilled yoga teachers & yoga therapists, we have both completed the Professional Practitioner Yoga Teaching & Therapeutic Healthcare Training Programme with Centre for Yoga Studies (cYs). As yoga therapists we are registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).
We both studied with Paul Harvey and are hugely grateful to him for his generous guidance. We are currently exploring yoga with Sylviane Gianina, Ranju Roy & Dave Charlton.
Some of our latest work.
FROM THE BLOG
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placeSeek out a space where you can lie down without being disturbed. Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet on the ground. Rest your palms lightly over the centre of your chest.This feels lovely.Settle …Let yourself be cradled by the earth beneath you.Now, gently guide your attention to the centre of … Read More
what is prāṇāyāma?prāṇāyāma (regulation and mastery of the breath) is defined in the Yoga Sūtra of Patañjali, as interrupting the natural movement or flow of the breath by becoming deeply aware of it.Each day set aside some time to breathe with awareness.Sit comfortably with your spine tall, this may take a little effort to begin with.Gradually … Read More
b r e a t hBreathing is the essence of yoga. The breath has four phases or aspects.exhalationspace inhalationspaceTry this. Lie on your back, bend your knees, bring the soles of your feet to the ground. Have your feet comfortably close to your buttocks and about hip width apart. Bring the arms a little away from the … Read More
OUR CUSTOMERS LOVE US
I very much appreciate Gary’s detailed, well-timed and gentle instructions. The yoga leaves me feeling refreshed, energised and relaxed. I would highly recommend his classes.Caroline
Having now been practicing yoga for almost a year with Gary I would like to say how much it has made a difference to the quality of my mobility and life. Gary has allowed me to develop my practice at my own pace. I have never felt under pressure to take more lessons then what were feasible to me and never felt obligated to continue the practice if it didn’t benefit me. I have particularly enjoyed the person centred approach making me feel he’s only teaching me and no one else. He’s always been available to discuss any problems with my practice and given immediate feedback.Tanvir
Zoë’s calm disposition enhances her teaching. My practice has developed not simply with her guidance on the ‘poses’ but deepened with an emphasis on breath work and meditation. Classes are peppered with carefully chosen quotes, readings and insights into the theory of yoga and āyurveda, meaning by the end of the class, both body and mind have benefited from a ‘work-in’ as well as a ‘work-out’!Jennifer