Luisa RennieI have been practising yoga for over 20 years and teaching for 14 years, specialising in mindful, alignment-based, breath-led dynamic yoga.
The focus of my study and practice has been ashtanga yoga, vinyasa yoga, yin yoga, yoga therapy and vipassana meditation, and I have been blessed to study with some of the world’s leading teachers, including Mukunda Stiles (yoga therapy), Shiva Rea (vinyasa flow yoga), Tias Little, Uma Dinsmore-Tuli (pregnancy yoga and yoga nidra), Sarah Powers (yin yoga and meditation) and John Peacock (mindfulness and Vipassana meditation).
I am a British Wheel of Yoga Teacher, a Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance UK, a pregnancy and post-natal yoga teacher and a Birthlight Baby Yoga, Level 2 teacher. I have been a mentor on the Yoga Campus teacher training course, assisting new teachers with their yoga teacher training, and marking essays. I have also worked with the Prison Phoenix Trust, teaching yoga and meditation to prison populations. I taught for five years at one of London’s top yoga studios, The Life Centre in London as well as teaching yoga to Oxford rowers, and specialist workshops on stress relief to Oxford University students. I have run UK based and international yoga retreats, which I will start up again in 2019 (now I’ve had my babies!).
All my yoga classes, workshops and retreats include detailed instruction, energising and relaxing sequences and a special focus on the breath. My teaching is all-inclusive and non-dogmatic but is firmly grounded in the philosophy of yoga, especially the practice of 'ahimsa' – non-harming, 'santosha' – contentment and 'svadhyaya' – self-study.
My yoga classes are also infused with the Buddhist vipassana, or 'insight' meditation I practise, and often carry a strong therapeutic focus.
For more on all things yoga, enjoy links below.
The Life Centre (London yoga studio)
Yoga Elements (Bangkok yoga studio)
The British Wheel of Yoga (Southern Region) (UK accrediting body)
Yoga Journal (Useful web resource)
The Prison Phoenix Trust (Charity supporting yoga and meditation teaching in prisons)
Vipassana meditation (In-depth meditation training)
Yoga Campus (Yoga workshops and yoga teacher training)
Birthlight (Pregnancy Yoga, Mother and Baby Yoga)