Jody Lawrance

I began practicing Ashtanga Yoga in 1991 with Raffi, and have been teaching Yoga in East Grinstead since 1999. I now teach Hatha Yoga, although with my Ashtanga/Atma Vikasa/Kundalini background I teach a more physically challenging class than some types of Hatha yoga. After training in Yoga therapy in 2016 I am loving teaching ‘Gentle mature’ classes for anyone wanting slow paced stretches and gently working the body.

I also teach pregnancy Yoga which is a joy and a privilege to be involved with these ladies during such a precious time. I continue with these ladies to baby 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.

Since 2002 I have enjoyed teaching on regular Yoga holidays to Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey, Italy, Egypt, The Gambia and India. Please see our ‘Holidays’ page for details of trips in 2018 and 2019.

I return to India as often as possible to study with my teachers, Acharya Venkatesha 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.

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 am one of the co-founders of Yoga Akasha, and it’s current director. It is wonderful that we have such a beautiful space to teach and share yoga with our students.

You are welcome to drop-in to my classes, or if you come to more than 1 class per week it would be more cost effective to purchase a monthly membership, details here.

I specialise in 1-1 yoga sessions, either in the comfort of your own home, or at Yoga Akasha. I have one client whose home I go to early before he starts work continuously since 2002! The cost is £50 per hour, £10 for each extra 15 mins. If 5-10 mins from East Grinstead please add £5, if 10-15 mins please add £10, if 15-20 mins please add £15. This is a wonderful way to learn, the classes being tailor made just for you and your requirements.

I have 3 beautiful children and 6 gorgeous grandchildren, each a precious gift, from whom I learn much.

To contact me please email

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For details of my teachers in India

To buy a dvd by my teachers please click here

For information on the Buddhist Centre in Brighton

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

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