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About Ailsa

I’m Ailsa and I have been teaching yoga since 2017 and practising since 2008.  I love creating yoga and Yoga Nidra offerings for students and I am passionate about sharing the mental and physical benefits of yoga to as many people as possible.  For me, yoga is not simply a physical movement of the body; it is a form of moving meditation, a tool for stress relief and a practice to help you manage your mind.  Yoga has brought me greater clarity with my thoughts, greater meaning to my life and a greater appreciation and understanding of life.  It gives me great joy to share these benefits with you!

I tried yoga for the first time in 2008 at the now closed Ashtanga Yoga Edinburgh when I was studying at Edinburgh University.  I knew I would love it before I tried it.  The level 2 class (so not quite beginners but very close) was intense and I remember being unable to hold downward facing dog for very long but I loved it and I felt amazing afterwards.  At the beginning it was very much about getting an all over work out for my body and it was only several years later that I began to fully notice the benefits to my overall wellbeing.

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In 2013, I volunteered at the Suryalila Retreat Centre in the south of Spain (check out their Om Dome, it is a jaw-dropping setting for yoga) and I built the foundations of my yoga knowledge and fully cemented my belief that yoga can have a positive impact on anyone's life!  During my time at Suryalila, I fell in love with style of Vinyasa Flow Yoga offered at the retreat centre and the seed that I might become a yoga teacher one day began to be planted. 

 

Upon returning to the UK, I moved to Bristol and I was extremely keen to keep the momentum with my yoga practice.  I began attending a Hatha Yoga class at Bristol City Yoga and every week, I kept returning to this class primarily for the generously long guided relaxation at the end of the class.  This was my first experience of Yoga Nidra and the practice was so alien to me that I was not aware there was a name for it until several years later.  Despite my lack of knowledge, I found that I felt a sense of profound peace whenever I experienced Yoga Nidra.  Yoga Nidra was a haven for me amongst the drama of living through my twenties and the grind of the nine to five office working lifestyle that did not align with how I wanted to live my life. 

 

I had dreamed of becoming a yoga teacher since I left Suryalila in 2013.  A life leading yoga classes and offerings aligned with my values to make a positive difference in the world.  A business leading yoga classes and offerings aligned with the lifestyle I wanted to create for myself; I was keen to slow down, simplify my life but also build a business that I could call my own.  I had studied Ecological Sciences at university and after university, I had worked in marketing for the RSPB (an incredible and inspiring environmental charity), for a sustainability consultancy and for a scientific publisher.  These organisations aligned with my values but the lifestyle of working nine to five in an office, five days a week, did not align with how I wanted to live my life.  I wanted the freedom to make decisions about my work, more ownership and responsibility as well as more opportunity for creativity.   After four years of living in Bristol, I finally felt ready to pursue beginning my yoga teaching journey. 

 

I returned to Suryalila in October 2017 to train to become a yoga teacher with the Frog Lotus International 200 hour Yoga Alliance Yoga Teacher Training Certification course

At present, I am still living in Bristol in the United Kingdom and I teach several in-person weekly classes. You can find me leading Vinyasa Flow, Hatha Yoga and Yoga Nidra classes and my weekly in-person timetable is on the Bristol Yoga Classes page.  Online, I share on-demand Vinyasa Flow, Hatha Yoga and Yoga Nidra.  All the yoga and Yoga Nidra that I offer is designed to help you relax, rest and sleep.  On-demand yoga and Yoga Nidra are hosted here on my website and you can find out more on the Memberships & Yoga Courses page

Thank you for joining me on my yoga and yoga teaching journey!  Regardless of whether you are here for a reason, a season or a lifetime, I welcome you here.  I truly hope that the yoga and Yoga Nidra that I offer can be a vehicle to tap into the fountain of inner wisdom within, your compass to navigate your life and your haven of peace and tranquillity.

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