Jody Lawrance

I began practicing Ashtanga Yoga in 1991 with Raffi, and have been teaching Yoga in East Grinstead since 1999. I teach Hatha Yoga, although with my Ashtanga/Atma Vikasa/Kundalini background I teach a more physically challenging class than some types of Hatha yoga.

I also teach pregnancy Yoga which is a joy and a privilege to be involved with these ladies during such a precious time. I offer ‘baby friendly’ Yoga classes so Mums have a class they can come to once their ‘bump’ has become their ‘baby’! I also teach regular baby massage courses which has so many wonderful benefits. I am also qualified in Thai Yoga Massage which complements Yoga so beautifully.

I return to India as often as possible to study with my teachers, Acharya Venkatesh and Acharye Hema, who founded the Atma Vikasa school of yoga, with whom I found a new depth to my own practice, now focusing more on Yogic philosophy and Meditation. My desire to access the stillness within led me to live in a Buddhist community in Brighton for 8 months and continue to attend classes, courses and retreats there regularly. I enjoy the harmony and balance that Yoga and Buddhism bring to my daily life and believe they can help us all get closer to true contentment and inner peace.

From 2002 I have taught on regular Yoga holidays in Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey and Egypt.

I love teaching all abilities, to me it’s not where you are in a posture that counts, what’s important is how you are – inside, while in the posture. To watch your breath, quietening your mind, letting go of tension, be in the moment, come back to the constant that is the breath. To find contentment, to be at peace, to draw closer to the stillness. That, to me is what matters. That is why I practice Yoga, that is what I want to share with you.

I have 3 beautiful children and 5 gorgeous grandchildren, each a precious gift, from whom I learn much.

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For information on the Buddhist Centre in Brighton

A Daily Mail article including myself about ladies over 50 doing the splits!