about

Thank you for stopping by to find out more about Breathe & Be Yoga.

My name is Louisa, and I now live in Dorset with my young family. We used to live near London. But our hearts led us here: to a life by the sea.

Hello, and welcome

I first began writing this blog when I initially embarked on a Yoga Foundation course with The British Wheel of Yoga, taught by Hayley Gumery at the Poole Yoga Centre in 2019.

At first, I wasn’t too sure where I was going with it. But I wanted to journal and blog about the experience because it was so profound and, as time has gone by, yoga has increasingly become an essential element of my life.

I am passionate about sharing what I am discovering, as a way of life – as a way of being – that produces a genuinely holistic sense of wellness; one that I believe benefits not only us, but the entire world around us.

There are no two ways about it. As far as I am concerned, yoga is a life-changing and life-enhancing practice.

So, how did my yoga journey start?

If you’re just looking for a flavour of where I’m coming from (and aren’t interested in my life story) then, simply, my journey to yoga began with practicing mindfulness, which lead to Meditation, and then on to Yoga.

I began regularly practicing Yoga in 2013, and in 2019 I embarked on the road to becoming a yoga teacher.

Et voila!

If, however, you’d like to hear more detail about this ride, please do read on…

As I previously mentioned, I originally came to yoga via mindfulness, a practice that I discovered during a particularly chaotic and challenging time in my life. This would have been around 2003/2004.

Inspired to become more mindful, by first reading books by the likes of: Eckhart Tolle, Anne Lamott, Jon & Myla Kabbatt-Zinn, Elizabeth Gilbert and John O’Donohue, they gradually revealed a path that encouraged me to try meditation.

Thanks to the wonder of technology, I eventually began accessing guided meditations via an app called Headspace.

Amazed by the results, I then began researching other guided meditation facilitators, stumbling across Ram Dass’ teachings, and it was here that I found the door to karma and bhakti yoga. This would have been back in 2013.

In hindsight, I first tried a few random hatha yoga classes back as a fresher when I started at university. As well as randomly, here and there, in the years after. Forever hopeful that it would do something.

But, for one reason or another, I never really ‘got it’; and I always came away from classes thinking that yoga just ‘wasn’t for me’ and that I just ‘wasn’t right’ for it.

But discussing the societal and cultural influences that were playing out then, as well as what was going on for me at that time? Well, that’s a whole other story.

To cut a long tale in half, my journey (like anyone else’s in life), has seen many ups and downs.

I’ve travelled along paths that I thought were leading in only one direction, and likewise, sometimes, found myself in previously unfathomable situations.

So, to now find myself where I am: learning and growing?

Well, it has to be the marvellous mystery of life in action.

Anyway, back to regularly practicing meditation, and it was a couple of years after the birth of my son (around 2016) that I really and desperatly needed to do something physical.

So, I tried again and I sought out another local hatha yoga class.

Except this time, I struck gold!

It all made sense!

And I am very lucky to be able to say that I have had many wonderful teachers in the years since.

With that in mind, I’d like to thankfully acknowledge my teachers: Lauren Bloxham, Jenna Rutherford, Leanne Jones, Mirja Ahti, Deborah Jones and Hayley Gumery.

I also currently learn regularly from the teachings of Tara Brach and YouTube’s yoga star, Adriene.

There are countless other influences on my practice, for which I am ever so grateful, and for the internet that makes some of them available to us all.

Where possible, it is my aim to share and credit all of my influences on my blog and in my newsletter, so please do connect with me and subscribe to learn more.

If you’d like to read a bit more about my background, please feel free to read my blog post My journey so far.

So, anyway, here we are, and I warmly invite you to come in to the now.

To let your world drop for just a moment.

To breathe, and be.

Louisa x

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