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Yoga To The Beat? Here’s What You Need To Know

November 2, 2018
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Yoga To The Beat? Here’s What You Need To Know

We caught up with Fenella Lindsell, one of the UK’s most experienced yoga instructors, to chat about her upcoming class Yoga to the Beat. From BBC’s Dragon’s Den to working with the NHS, Fenella experiences are as diverse as they are impressive. Her upcoming class, Yoga to the Beat, is an amazing mix of yoga and music that is guaranteed to get you, as the name suggests, moving to the beat! But who better to best explain this great class than Fenella herself. The following is our interview with Fenella:

How would you describe Yoga To The Beat?

Yoga to the Beat is fun, flowing yoga to world and contemporary music. It combines different and varied sequences to work on the whole body. It’s challenging but very enjoyable!

Where does it take place?

It takes place around every 2-3 months in addition to the scheduled classes at Hamilton House, 211 Balham High Road, London SW17 7BQ in the upstairs studio from 7-8pm.  

How long have you been teaching yoga?

I’ve been teaching and running yoga classes for nearly 30 years.

I have owned and run London’s largest complementary health and yoga centre, The Art of Health, from 1996-2003. I set up and ran a successful children’s yoga business called YogaBugs (featured 3 times on BBC2’s Dragon’s Den).

For the last 8 years, I have been the owner and primary yoga teacher for Yoga Forever in South West London. I teach around 140 people a week through a combination of Hatha Flow, Gentle Yoga, small group and individual classes. I also arrange and teach 5-6 UK and international yoga holidays for about 100 people each year.

What is your favourite part of the sessions?

I really enjoy empowering people to believe that they can find their own flexibility, balance, strength and ability to relax. The best moments are when I start to see this happening.

What inspired you to start Yoga To The Beat?

I was a gymnast when I was a child, but I also saw how damaging some of the sequences could be on a young body. I love yoga for the fact that you can take the body to some amazing places but much more safely. For me, Yoga to the Beat was my own creation and embodied the more dynamic aspects of yoga together in my own creative sequences and to some of my favourite music!

Who should come along to Yoga To The Beat?

People who are in good health, reasonably fit, with a good sense of co-ordination and some previous yoga experience.

What advice would you give to someone who’s never done yoga before?

You will be amazed at how quickly you feel the benefits from the posture work, breathing and relaxation techniques. It is not a competitive activity, nobody judges you, you will always benefit from a class and it will help you in so many other areas of your life.

Whether you are a bendy twig or a concrete bollard, yoga will bring you a greater feeling of wellbeing. It will complement your other sporting activities, increase your muscle tone, release areas of tightness and restriction which in turn improves posture, reduce injury, help your sleep and concentration and put a spring in your step!

Tell me more about your International yoga holidays?

I welcome all levels of ability on my yoga holidays. Those that have had more experience can be challenged, whilst those who are newer to yoga or returning to it after a break can enjoy modifications to postures, so they can still feel the benefits. You do NOT need to be a regular at yoga to attend a retreat, it is a chance to relax, unwind, share good food, company and fun experiences on and off your mat!

Please do contact me if you would like to arrange a private yoga holiday in the UK or abroad for a bunch of friends for tennis, hiking or combining yoga with relaxation, massages and a little sightseeing! I will happily arrange and organise it and have a background of 12 years in the travel industry!

Yoga holidays are also a lovely time to spend with family members and I have enjoyed some memorable times with sisters as well as mothers and their daughters….. a fun post exam present or a healthy break from term time routine!

Would you recommend everyone try Yoga at least once?

OF COURSE AND ALWAYS! I still enjoy it as much 30 years after starting and continue to learn so much from both UK and international teachers. Yoga is not just a physical practice. As BKS Iyengar says in his book ‘The Tree of Yoga’:

‘Yoga is more than physical, it is cellular, intellectual and spiritual, it involves man in his entire being’

The next class is Tuesday 6th November from 7-8pm. Pre-booking is essential, click here to secure your place.

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