60 Sun Salutes Charity Challenge

. . . ANNOUNCING . . . 


Need some renewed focus and motivation this September?

I’ve got just the thing, introducing the ‘60 Sun Salutes Charity Challenge’, in partnership with Solent Mind & supported by the whole Laura Green Yoga Family of Teachers. This is a great opportunity to get fit, get focused and fundraise to support positive mental health.

Our Goal is to raise £3,000 for Solent Mind, a tall order but as they say ‘don’t aim low you’ll miss the mark, aim high and you’ll be on the threshold of bliss’ BKS Iyengar. To hit our mark we need 100 people to participate in this challenge so please join today and encourage your yoga buddies to join with you! Read on for details:

Yoga Sun Salute Southampton Surya Namaskar


Your challenge is to join with 100 other yogis on Saturday 14th October and be guided through 60 Surya Namaskaras aka Sun Salutes. The Sun Salutes will be broken down into rounds of 10, each round being guided by one of the Laura Green Yoga family of teachers. But it’s not just about 1 day:

6 Week Training Programme:

The 60 Sun Salute Charity Challenge also includes a 6 Week Training Programme which you can join anytime from the 4th September – 13th October to build your physical and mental strength and train to complete 60 Sun Salute Challenge.


60 Sun Salute Charity Challenge Event: Saturday 14th October 2017

Time: 13:30 -15:30

Venue: Richard Taunton’s College, Southampton


The Laura Green Yoga community is committed to a strong yoga practice which supports mental health. We invite you to partake in this challenge to help you get fit, focused and fundraise for a good cause. Experience for yourself how a yoga practice can help to ease stress and anxiety and improve mental health and well being.

About Solent Mind:

Solent Mind supports over 12,000 people each year in Hampshire. They provide information, guidance, advice, and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem in Hampshire. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. They refuse to give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect.

What’s Involved in the 6 Week Training Programme:

To train your body, mind and soul for this challenge:

  • Collect a 60 Sun Salutes Training Tracker card available at class from 4th Sept to keep a track of the classes you attend and receive rewards and incentives to help motivate you.
  • Attend as many yoga classes as possible each week with the Laura Green Yoga Family of Teachers to increase your strength, stamina & learn more about the ancient sequence Surya Namaskara.
  • Commit (try really hard!) to complete 6 Sun Salutes daily, a new video will be available weekly on Facebook and YouTube to guide you through.
  • Watch the weekly 60 seconds interview with Laura Green Yoga Family of Teachers to get the know your challenge hosts better.
  • Book out the challenge event date in your diary Saturday 14th October 13:30. If you can’t make this date of venue, the challenge will also be filmed so you can do it at home!

Challenge Hosts:

This programme is hosted by Laura Green Yoga and the full family of Laura Green Yoga Teachers:

Laura Green Yoga Teachers Southampton

Join the challenge today for a £30 donation, all money raised  goes directly to Solent Mind.

Email laura@lauragreenyoga.co.uk to sign up for this challenge and you’ll be emailed a Just Giving link to donate.

Get Fit, Focus your Mind, Fundraise for Charity



Is Yoga for You? 5 Surprising Fact for Yoga for Beginners

Thinking about starting yoga but not sure it’s for you? Read our Teacher, Gemma Witcomb’s advice.


There are loads of misconceptions about yoga that stop people giving it a go and they are all just that, MISCONCEPTIONS!

These are not really helped by the world of social media, size 4 models in eye-watering poses that make the average person feel somewhat intimidated and self-conscious.

It gets easier once you realise that these are not a representation of real life. It’s advertising! Most people in a yoga class are just normal people, with busy lives, busy minds and bodies that have a whole range of aches and pains. Just like YOU!

People also worry about the spiritual side of yoga, the chanting, meditating etc. That might not be your thing! It’s true it is a big part of yoga, in fact the goal of yoga in its traditional form is to reach spiritual enlightenment. However, that was yoga studied with gurus over years of exclusive practice and in one class a week, reaching enlightenment might be more of a stretch than splits!

A yoga class will help you quiet the mind, deepen your breath, and begin to introduce you to some of the concepts of the traditional texts, but we are not here to preach. If you want to find out more, you can take a workshop, read a book and your teacher can guide you. It’s up to you where you take it, it’s not going to be forced on you.

Still not convinced? Have a look at my 5 Things Yoga Beginners Should Know to see if I can change your mind.

1) You don’t need to be flexible to do yoga. Lack of flexibility is the most common reason people give for not starting yoga. Whilst practising yoga will develop your flexibility, yoga is a just that, a practice. We practice the stretches to improve flexibility and strength. Everyone is different in different areas of their bodies and flexibility is not the goal, it’s a bonus!

2) A yoga class is a really friendly place. I know it can be daunting starting a new class but yoga is non-competitive, non-judgmental and encourages more openness and acceptance, both of yourself and others. You will find a real community of like-minded people within the yoga world. We are generally a super friendly bunch!

3) You don’t need specialist equipment. So you don’t have the latest brightly coloured leggings…who cares?! Yoga is not about what you look like, it’s about what’s going on inside. All you need are comfortable clothes you can move freely in, some layers to make sure you are warm during the relaxation at the end and that’s it! You may eventually want to purchase your own mat but your teacher will have some you can use to begin with.

4) You will always be able to modify the poses. Everybody is different and at the beginning you may need a modified posture to allow you to feel comfortable in the poses. That’s ok! When you first start yoga there can be challenges, you spend a lot of time putting weight on the hands, kneeling and doing things with your body that you haven’t done for years. You will always be encouraged to work with your body, to listen to it and modify poses. Like anything, it takes regular repetition to get stronger, more flexible and more in tune with yourself – it will come, be patient.

5) Your life will change! It’s a big claim, but if I didn’t believe it, I wouldn’t be teaching this amazing practice. It’s not just an exercise class. The ability to deepen and control your breath, find mental clarity and focus, freedom and ease in your body will spill over into your life. You will find it easier to deal with stress, have a restful night’s sleep, be more present, be kinder to yourself and more aware of what you really need to be the best possible version of yourself.

Have I convinced you?
If so try my 6-Week Beginners Yoga Course for the perfect way in, introducing you to all the basics and giving you the confidence you need. I can’t wait to start this journey with you. This Course is 09:30am Thursdays in Hedge End, starts Thurs 2nd March – email laura@lauragreenyoga.co.uk to book.


6 Week Beginners Yoga Course – Hedge End, Southampton

6-Week Beginners Yoga Course – Hedge End
Starts Thurs 12 Jan at Turnpike Pavillion in Hedge End

Beginners Yoga Course, Hedge End, Southampton

This 6-week Beginners Yoga Course in Hedge End, Southampton is perfect for complete beginners and for anyone looking to brush up on their yoga basics. So if you are new to yoga, or simply curious this is a great way to get started.

With step by step, clear & safe instruction, you’ll learn all the fundamental yoga postures for improved strength and flexibility, as well as breathing and meditation techniques for stress relief and tension taming. You’ll get to experience all that yoga has to offer in a supportive, encouraging and fun environment with yoga teacher Rochelle Parkes at this 6 Week Beginners Yoga Course.

The benefits of starting yoga are vast including easing stress and anxiety, improving postures, strength and flexibility, to lowering high blood pressure and easing back problems. Yoga has existed for over 5,000 years and the main reason for its longevity is quite simply because it works and has stood the test of time. But trying something new can be a little daunting so even though you’ve heard of its benefits maybe you haven’t tried it yet. This Beginners Yoga Course will ease you in gently so that you can build up your courage and confidence with yoga.

This course is being run and organised by me, Laura Green, and taught by the lovely Rochelle Parkes. Rochelle has been a student of mine for nearly 7 years and is now a great Yoga Teacher in her own right and I’m truly delighted to be hosting this course for her.

So if you’ve been wondering what all this yoga malarky is about, now is your chance to experience it for yourself – you won’t regret it. Yoga can’t help but have a massive positive impact on your daily life.

For all you experienced yogis, please can you share this post with anyone you think would be interested?

This course is £46, booking and payment required in advance to confirm your spot. Email me laura@lauragreenyoga.co.uk.