I feel I have learnt so much from you, in such a short space of time. THANK YOU for all that you’ve given in the classes and helped me to experience. It has made me feel hopeful and full of wonder which is no mean feat after a few very dark years.
I can tell you that I only went to 2 classes but I remember them so often in my daily life! You have tough me to listen carefully to my body and to notice every single muscle, movement and much more.
I first went to Hayleys vinyasa flow/ asana class 3 years ago. I felt that something was different about this class – I’d not been to a class quite like it before. Hayley creates a space where kindness, gentleness and patience with yourself are the norm, you learn to enquire and pay attention to yourself from this place. Hayley’s style of teaching has helped me to cultivate independence and confidence in my own practice – Hayley’s classes are full of practical tips and throughout the class she encourages you to do the practice which feels right for your body
Hayley’s yoga nidra and meditation classes are led in a similar atmosphere of gentleness, patience and kindness and for me this has led to acceptance. Hayley’s classes are full of practical tips which seem to embed themselves in your subconscious and pop up when you need them! I can’t count the number of times these have helped me during meditation and when sitting long courses. Another amazing thing is how relevant the teaching is in the moment it is given and how it resonates with such a mixture of people and experience.
Recently an Occupational Therapy colleague helped me appreciate the influence my practice with you has had. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it to you before but I work for the NHS in pain management and helping people sit with or ‘accept’ their pain is often something I find myself assisting with. I also help with our pain management programme and in this we introduce group members to mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. At the start of every session we do a 3 minute breathing space and I sometimes step in to cover for a Psychologist colleague when she can’t do her programme. A couple of weeks ago my OT colleague was telling me how she uses mindfulness of the breath when her head is busy at night time and she can’t sleep. She said she would say to herself ‘remember what Kim says’ and I was initially flattered that she had embodied my version of the practice rather than my (more senior!) colleague. I found myself thinking about it more afterwards and the differences that come from just talking about/teaching and actually practicing/doing. My colleague’s comment almost immediately connected me to my own practice with you and the experiences I’ve had some Sundays trying to just sit with difficult thoughts, emotions and sensations. That has been a big challenge at times and I see it as something valuable to continue to visit and re-visit at work but also personally. I’m very grateful for your guidance and support (which you maybe didn’t even know you were giving!) at a difficult time at the beginning of this year and for the atmosphere you’ve created in class. It means a lot that I might be sharing some of that and those lessons with others myself.
I first attended Hayley’s yoga nidra and meditation class simply looking for some quiet time and a bit of grounding. I got this, in bundles, but also found something much more affecting and valuable, which reaches far beyond the hour each week in the room. A means of balancing and accepting ourselves that I think we all need more and more in an increasingly busy and warped world. Hayley is a wonderful teacher, with a unique ability to read a room, say just what needs to be said and help everyone to take their practice where they can. I would recommend the class to everyone!
“Hayley has brought her whole life into the kirtan, it is her calling and in response
Having great teachers throughout your journey is such a wonderful blessing. Hayley you have not only been a fabulous teacher in my life, but an amazing friend too. I always leave your classes feeling rejuvenated, content, and ready to face the world with my head held high. Your presence brings me inner joy, a peaceful state of mind, hence why I embraced the opportunities to attend whatever classes/workshops/retreats you had going. Yoga and your vision of how you see yoga translates in your classes, so beautifully. I pray you will continue to develop spiritually. I am going to miss you, know that whenever I practice yoga, I will think of you.
‘A wonderful way to give some time to yourself. The way this class works takes over your whole mind, focusing it in the present, great if you have times when you have poor concentration. Each class leaves me feeling more at ease with myself in my mind, peaceful and refreshed. With this style of Yoga you are stretched and challenged on all levels, adjusting instructions according to your own capability. A great all rounder for strengthening the body and soul.’
‘Since I started practising yoga I have felt as if I am a much more
‘I love yoga because it allows me to be at one with my body and mind. I feel I can truly let go and relax whilst strengthening my body.’