Yoga is magical!
And at Freedom Yoga we believe that keeping moving and breathing on your mat can be the catalyst to living the life you dreamed of.
Vinyasa flow can be one of the more challenging styles of yoga and Freedom Yoga classes will always include sun salutations, balancing, back-bending, twisting and much more. Once you’ve got to grips with this wonderfully dynamic discipline, its fluid quality and breath driven movement can lead to some of the most rewarding and monumental evolution in terms of physical change and personal growth.
The 60 minute weekly classes are suitable for all levels of yoga practitioner, from the yoga virgin to the seasoned professional!
Starting with the simplest expressions of each pose you are invited to add layers of complexity or challenge as and when you feel ready. Your evolution on your mat, like most things is driven by commitment and dedication. Although this practice is pretty physical, the benefits far exceed touching your toes. The experience of synchronising your breath with the un-rushed movement of your body becomes meditative, allowing you to connect deeply into yourself – what makes you tick, what coaxes strong reactions and how you can deal with everything that is revealed. Patience is key. The process of understanding your body and the practice of vinyasa flow yoga often travels from awkward and clumsy at first to comfort and effortless. Throughout your path you can guarantee flashes of clarity and moments of pure joy. This is your process, your journey of discovery and it is one of the most wonderful ways to bring understanding, confidence and connection to your life.
She’s a peace loving, happiness seeking, yoga devoted Mummy!
Sophie came rather reluctantly to yoga in 2004 after her life as a professional dancer had left her pretty physically broken. It was yoga or bust as her osteopath kindly put it!
The thought of chanting round a candle seemed way out of the comfort zone of a thirty something used to a life of dynamic movement! But surprise, surprise, who knew yoga would actually be fun and challenging and exhilarating?! She started with Bikram Yoga – No hippies in sight, just a room full of like minded people, looking to better their health breathing rhythmically and sweating their toned butts off!
There was certainly a physical transformation very quickly, but more than that, the mental clarity and focus that came along with the practice was completely unexpected.
After 5 years of dedicated Bikram practice and having retired from her professional dancing career, Sophie completed a yoga teacher training course with YogaHaven where she discovered vinyasa flow yoga and her mind was officialy blown! A consistent vinyasa flow practice has been physically freeing, mentally joyful and emotionally liberating for Sophie – a real life saver and game changer!
It was from this unfolding that Freedom Yoga was born.
Sophie’s passion now is in designing effective, creative sequences and making them accessible to ANYONE and EVERYONE who walks through the door. Sophie has built such a wonderful yoga community through Freedom Yoga with her students and also reaching wider into the yoga teaching community through her more advanced classes at Freedom Yoga club and the beautiful annual community event that is Festival Freedom.
Fiercely committed to continuing her yoga education, Sophie regularly attends workshops and courses to keep deepening her knowledge and to stay fresh and inspired.
The seriously fabulous teachers that she has moved mountains to study with since the start of her yoga journey include Kathryn Budig, Taylor Harkness, Bryan Kest, Liz Lark, Stewart Gilchrist, AAdil Palkhivala, Amy Ippoliti, Sean Corn, Jason Crandell, Cat Alip-Douglas and Doug Swenson.
Sophie offers a challenging class full of compassion, plenty of encouragement and a dash of humour.