I would like to thank all those students who have given me permission to share their words and thoughts for you to read.
Trauma Sensitive Yoga
Thank you so much for the course and your time.
It gave me the chance to stop and be still, which at times was difficult, but much needed. You can say Kim, bereaved mother, if you like, as it may resonate and encourage others to use yoga for grief as well as trauma.
Kim – Bereaved Mother
Trauma-Informed Yoga with Laura has given me a tool in approaching choice and empowered choice that I have never got from any talking therapy.
In using this tool to face deep rooted anxiety I have started a new dance class after being away from dancing for 11 years and faced social situations I have previously felt too afraid of. My mantra is: I have the choice to do this activity, I have the choice to go, I have the choice to leave and I have choice to do what feels right for me. The anxiety has not left, but how I approach it has changed. Laura’s approach has tapped into something quite powerful I would only have got from a body movement approach like her class.
Wow, Laura I want to say thank you so much, I really got a lot out of the sessions. It was such a wonderful positive experience. You made it that way. Thank you.
I actually felt quite emotional, but not in a bad or triggered way, in fact, quite the opposite. I loved the gentle approach with everything my choice, it was really beautiful. Also, I need to say that when my voices are really loud, or I feel panicky… I hear your voice inviting me to notice my feet in contact with the floor and it really helps.
I have been looking for trauma-informed videos on YouTube…
but I found despite them being trauma informed, many don’t give the choices or gentle encouragement to notice things like you did and I think that is what I benefit from the most. Aside from the trauma, I’ve had medical intervention all my life, but I’ve never had any choice in it, so it was good to experience something different.
Katy – loves rock climbing
Your trauma sensitive yoga classes are not only helpful for trauma!
As I have Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS, the fluidity and choice within the sessions, I have very much appreciated, as the ability of my mind and body vary.
Yoga Class Reviews
I just wanted to say a belated thank you for the yoga classes you gave over Christmas and New Year.
Like most people, life has been difficult for my family and me and it was an odd Christmas for a number of reasons that had nothing to do with covid. It was a huge help for me to be able to escape it all for a short time and have your familiar voice guiding me through. Many, many thanks.
I can’t recommend Laura highly enough to people!!!!
Laura’s classes help me so much and I feel not only more capable and stronger, but calmer.
Jo – Community Care Officer
Friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable instructor
Finally found a yoga class where there’s a friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable instructor who provides individual attention alongside a well-structured class. I have found the class incredibly beneficial as a rider (horses) and aspiring to be sprint triathlete. Must add here that work is still very much in progress on the latter! Now just signed up for my 6th lot of classes; it has given me the confidence to have a go at a new sport, as I feel stronger and fitter than I have done in years (not to mention helping me with my posture and body shape). Thanks Laura, you’ve certainly shown me “if you don’t use it, you lose it”.
Cara – Teacher
I really love Laura’s approach to yoga
As a keen runner I really love Laura’s approach to yoga and I have benefited so much from my one-to-one sessions with her over the past year. She is such an encouraging teacher and inspires me to put the effort in to improve my technique and see the results.
Linda – Director of Business & Innovation
I can highly recommend Laura for private yoga classes
Laura is a great yoga teacher! The thing that makes her such a brilliant teacher is her ability to plan a class to suit your needs. My past injuries were carefully considered and specific poses were added to the class to help with rehabilitation and to strengthen my shoulders, thus avoiding future injuries. There’s always the opportunity for a challenge in Laura’s classes, but this is done in a fun and safe way. I can highly recommend Laura for private yoga classes and I will be having many more with her in the future. I only wish I could make it to her group classes too.
Vanessa – Yoga Instructor
Tough, but not too tough!
I’ve been doing Power Flow Yoga with Laura for over a year and she’s got me hooked! Her classes are quite tough although you can always choose a slightly easier or harder option depending on how you feel. I feel so much more flexible and loose after a session and it has definitely increased my overall flexibility. My only criticism is that she doesn’t do more classes!!
Jacqui – Soft Furnishing Specialist
Give Penn Yoga a go. You won’t look back
I’m a slightly older lady (58) who has worked hard over the last few years to lose weight and regain fitness by running and lifting weights at the gym. Just over a year ago I realised that while I had probably achieve my objectives in terms of weight and fitness I probably now needed to shift focus to include improved flexibility and general wellbeing. I found Laura was teaching a strength yoga at my gym so started to attend weekly, and I have to say it’s now my favourite part of my fitness regime.
I initially had some concerns that I would find it a combination of too gentle (if I’ve gone to the gym I like to feel the virtuous glow of someone who has worked hard) and too hard (I was so inflexible I didn’t think I would be able to perform many of the poses). I was wrong on both counts; I find that most sessions I feel muscles burning, and Laura gives options to allow for all abilities in the class. Over the year I have improved so much I can now choose some of the more challenging options which is great as I can see that I am making progress. I’m much more flexible than I was and feel better too.
So if you are considering taking up yoga but are doubtful if it is for you then take my advice; give Penn Yoga a go. You won’t look back. Classes are fun, challenging and accessible.
Maggie – Psychology Lecturer
Laura never asks you to do anything beyond your limits
Laura is a very good teacher, friendly and helpful. Her instructions are very clear and she never asks you to do anything beyond your limits. Her class has a good variety of moves, warm ups and a short relaxation at the end. There is a very friendly and pleasant atmosphere and I enjoy it.
Celia – Retired Lady of Leisure
Laura’s retreat was everything I had hoped it would be
It was the perfect ratio of yoga and free time to relax and enjoy the stunning surroundings. I learnt a lot about my practice over the weekend and Laura was always on hand to give extra tuition. From the beautiful bedrooms and luxurious bathrooms to the delicious and nutritious meals, it was a blissful weekend.
Melissa – Domestic Goddess
I thoroughly enjoyed Laura’s retreat
As someone new to yoga, the retreat catered for all abilities and I fell in love with the practice of yoga and meditation. The food, the views and the accommodation were all first rate. Laura was an easy going, calm and very welcoming host. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this retreat to anyone.
Liv – Actor
Laura was brilliant, welcoming, attentive, couldn’t do enough for us
The venue was fabulous, modern, spacious, bright and airy. My bedroom was perfect, comfortable, light and clean. Our resident chef was amazing – delicious, freshly prepared vegan food, fulfilling, interesting and tasty. The other residents were friendly and easy to talk to. Each yoga session was different, fun, inspiring and relaxing. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole weekend and did not want to return to home life.