Jules Mackenzie

Yoga Teacher

You’ve heard about the mind and body benefits of practicing yoga, and how you might feel when you are more patient, stronger and flexible. I’m really glad that you’re now searching for a yoga teacher because it is my aim to inspire and help you on your yoga journey.

I teach traditional Hatha and Yin yoga in a guided step-by-step style which helps you to understand how the postures are benefiting your body, and I provide you with easy to follow handouts for you to practice safely when you’re away from class.

 

At a Jules Yoga class*, you will learn techniques as you practice on the mat and find yourself using some of them in everyday life. From your very first class, you'll discover how to use your new skills to increase your strength, improve your flexibility, and control and calm your breath.

We also have a bit of fun on the mat every now and again, in a safe way, of course, creative classes have included: chocolate meditation, ball-massage, ice-cream, cake, beer (non-alcoholic), summer and Christmas holiday specials (not all in the same class of course!)

 

The website is here to answer your initial questions about my style of teaching and what my students think about my classes. Please give me a call, or email to get the conversation started, and then you can stop thinking about how you might feel when you start yoga and start to enjoy the benefits this week.

I look forward to welcoming you on the mat and guiding you on your yoga journey.

Jules

 

"On this path effort never goes to waste, and there is no failure. 

Even a little effort towards spiritual awareness will protect

you from the greatest fear.

The Bhagavad Gita 2:40 

 

*From 17th March 2020, during Covid-19, all classes will be held online until further notice.

 

Classes

Hatha Yoga

A yoga class described as ‘Hatha’ will typically involve a set of physical postures (yoga poses) and breathing techniques, practiced more slowly and with more static posture holds than perhaps a Vinyasa (faster) flow or Ashtanga (stronger) class.

  • Monday-Wednesday-Saturday - 7.30 to 8.30 am

  • Thursday 6 to 7.15 pm

In a Jules Yoga class, you will experience:

  • Pranayama – breathing techniques

  • Asana – yoga postures

  • Concentration on the path to meditation

  • Guided relaxation - including visualisation

 

Benefits of a Hatha class

  • Increased strength – using your active body to contract muscles while you maintain your balance and hold a posture

  • Increased flexibility – allowing your body to work through a full range of motion

  • Improved circulation – by moving through postures you’ll be bringing more oxygen to your cells as your blood pumps around your body

  • Lowering heart rate and stress levels – with the combination of breathing practices, physical postures, concentration/meditation, and guided relaxation

  • More focus and control – learning techniques to control your breath to leave you feeling calmer and more centred on and off the mat.

* NEW Foundation Hatha yoga class starts on Tuesday 20th October *

A six-week yoga foundation course is ideal for complete beginner's and students that have been away from the mat for a while. Your body and mind will benefit from the same aspects of a regular class (as above) explained in detail as you progress through the stages.   

Weekly: Tuesday - Time: 6 to 7.15 pm - Cost: £8 per class or £42 for a six-class package.

Please contact me for more details and to join the course. 

Yin Yoga

Yin yoga is for you if you are tired and craving energy or you’re over stimulated and have too much energy.

While Yang yoga practices (Ashtanga, Vinyasa) physically target the ‘superficial’ muscles, Yin yoga targets the deep connective tissues of the body – the ligaments, joints, bones, and deep fascia networks. A Yin class usually consists of a series of passive floor poses held for up to three to five minutes or more, that mainly work the lower part of the body – the hips, pelvis, inner thighs, lower spine. These areas are especially rich in connective tissues. 

You will experience a breathing practice, asana, and a 15-minute guided relaxation. Occasionally I include a Yoga Nidra* as our relaxation lasting between 20 to 40-minutes (students advised of duration in advance.)

  • Thursday 7.30 to 8.45pm

Benefits of a Yin yoga class

  • Calms and balances the mind and body

  • Reduces stress and anxiety

  • Increases circulation

  • Improves flexibility

  • Releases fascia and improves joint mobility

  • Balances the internal organs and improves the flow of prana (breath)

 

Visit this link to learn more about Yin Yoga from renown teacher and author Bernie Clark  https://yinyoga.com/

*Yoga nidra (or yogic sleep) is a lying down guided relaxation where you consciously relax your mind. The practice uses guided visualisation, allowing the body to rest blissfully while the mind stays awake.

How to join

Prior to class, for health and safety reasons, you are required to complete and return a health questionnaire, and so that you are familiar with my useful class guidelines please read introduction to classes.

As part of your welcome package we will meet online at least a day before your first class to ensure the technology works with your laptop or mobile.

You do not need yoga ‘equipment’ to join the class. However, if you choose to become a yoga student your practice will improve greatly if you purchase a mat (“6mm sticky mat is the style to look for.”)

Booking your place and payment is required prior to class. You can choose to purchase classes below via PayPal, or I can provide you with my bank details.

 

PRICES

  • 75-minute class - £8 for ONE class or £22 for THREE classes

  • 60-minute class - £5 for ONE class or £15 for FOUR classes

1 Class - £8

1 Class - £5

3 Classes - £22

4 Classes - £15

 

Reviews

Hatha: “Being a hairdresser, I get a lot of stiffness in my shoulders and neck, and this has been eliminated since I have been doing Jules yoga classes. So much so that I have not had to visit an osteopath since I joined over two years ago. I highly recommend her classes, whatever level you are at give it a go, you won't be disappointed." Paula

Yin: Jules plays a very supportive role and encourages students to feel achievement. Her teaching style helps in raising self-esteem.

It's a class where I don't feel that I am being judged because of my weight and size." Sonia

Hatha: “Wherever you're at physically Jules provides a safe, energising and restful space to develop at your own pace full of support and encouragement. I look forward to every class."  Keith

Hatha and Yin: “Yoga forms a bedrock for my freediving and my cycling.  I also find the breathing and meditation aspects very useful generally. I’m fitter, more flexible, and I know the yoga provides an underlying calmness to my life. Jules's class is one of the highlights of my week. I always leave feeling a sense of achievement, and a sense of quiet." David

Hatha: "Jules has guided us through essential wrist exercises and provided us with a handout which I do at my desk. I take my yoga off the mat and do a backbend stretch while waiting for the microwave to ping!" Laura

Hatha: “As someone who is completely new to yoga I am learning not just about postures and stretching, my mind and body is learning how to breathe, relax and meditate and to be more mindful. A Jules yoga class is one of the highlights of my week where my stresses and worries melt away. A well-paced, informative and friendly class - highly recommended!" Mel

Hatha: “I feel much calmer post-yoga which is something I wasn't actively seeking out/achieving whilst not practising weekly. I leave Jules's class not only feeling better physically and mentally, but I also gain knowledge about each posture, why it's beneficial and how to practice it safely at home." Catriona

Hatha: “I had the fortune to attend a few Jules's classes during our freediving trip in Egypt. In each session, I felt guided in detail and gentleness. Jules showed us how a 'micro' movement within the body can affect our 'macro' flow of energy and experience. Her dedication and focus are led by genuine love for yoga and life." Marco, musician and freediver

Hatha: “I really enjoy the vibe, and find it useful to join a class (rather than just Google some stretches and do them at home). Jules's class gets me in the routine of doing yoga, pushes me to hold the posture a bit longer and stretch deeper. I also get to learn how to do the posture properly and the different levels to them." Sam (footballer)

Yin: “I feel physically and mentally better after class. It's rare (and precious) to have a teacher that explains postures in detail and gives time to achieve correct placement. The class feels like a safe, non-judgemental environment." Keren

Hatha: “Under Jules's guidance my yoga practice has continuously improved and my confidence has grown. I always enjoy attending Jules's yoga class; her joyful enthusiasm for yoga is infectious!" Katherine

Hatha and Yin: "Jules Jules's method of teaching is one of the best I ever experienced. She combines yoga and breathing exercises, meditation, guided relaxation, philosophy (to understand the meaning of the yoga poses and mudras - hand postures). After each class, my body always feels rejuvenated, relaxed and lighter. I certainly am more flexible than I was a year ago and a lot of my body pain has diminished (so long as I continue the yoga practice). Thank you Jules – you are one in a million." Kaush

Hatha: “Jules is a calm and friendly teacher. I felt energised directly after her class, and the following morning." Claire

Yin: “Just to say again, that was the most relaxed I have been in since I last went for a massage, and the class was really enjoyable as well. You are a natural. Well done!"   Karen

 

About Me

Welcome and thank you for stopping by.

 

My first experience of yoga began in 2008 in a large two-roomed studio where I could sample various forms of Hatha yoga. I chose Ashtanga yoga because of the discipline and sequence of the postures in the Primary series and stayed with the practice for two years.

 

I then became curious of the type of yoga that was going on in the ‘hot room’, and my passion for the Hot Yoga (105-degree heat) began and had me hooked for three years. One of the craziest yoga challenges I ever signed up for was six 90 minute Hot Yoga classes in one day, from 6.30 am to 8.30 pm. I raised just over £1000 for Children in Need – an initial mad idea which turned into a hugely beneficial outcome.  

 

I had never thought of myself as a yoga teacher, but when the opportunity arose in 2015 to join the BWY Teacher Training 500-hour programme, I signed up on the spot. I began teaching in February 2016 and my passion to share the life-changing benefits of yoga took off. On my 59th birthday, 1st December 2018, I became qualified with a BWYQ Diploma in Teaching Yoga at Level 4. 

 

As well as practicing a variety of styles of yoga over many years, I teach Hatha and Yin and in addition practice Ashtanga. I also find time for cycling holidays, and I am a freediver.

   

My journey into freediving began in 2013, and the breathing and relaxation techniques I have learned through my yoga practice, have greatly improved my ability to relax and enjoy the calmness of the sea, even down at 20 metres on a single breath.

By learning to practice yoga with me, your body and mind will benefit from your very first class. I am positive that you will find yourself using skills that you’ve learned on the mat and being more aware that your body is stretching in a different way while going about your daily life, simply because it makes you feel so good.  

Please find a few minutes to get to know my style of teaching by reading the student Reviews page. I very much look forward to welcoming you on your mat very soon.

 

​​Jules

 

Qualifications

  • BWY Foundation Course (25 hours) – Bob Insley (2015)

  • BWYQ Diploma in Teaching Yoga at Level 4 (500 hours) – Zoe Knott DCT and Bob Insley (2015 to 2018)

  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) for Yoga Teachers Modules 1 and 2 – Antonia Boyle (2016)

  • Children’s Yoga Modules 1 and 2 (42 hours) – Calm for Kids Christiane Kerr Teaching yoga from ages 3 to 5, 5 to 7, 7 to 12 years (2019)

  • BWY Yoga for Pregnancy module (80 hours) – Judy Cameron (2019)

  • Meditation Module 1 (5 hours) - Dipika Jinabhai (2020)

  • I am First Aid trained and fully insured to teach by the British Wheel of Yoga

 

Useful links

  • British Wheel of Yoga  – The governing body for Yoga in England, recognised by the Sports Council.

  • Calm for Kids – Teaching yoga and mindfulness to children from ages 3 to 18

 

Contact

jules@julesyoga.co.uk

07973 753014

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