Who Am I?
I’m Lucy. I live in Yorkshire, in the beautiful Aire Valley near Bradford.
As someone who has no physical superpowers or saintly demeanour, that doesn’t bend easily, isn’t skinny and has never been ‘sporty’, I might not fit into your classic idea of a ‘yogi’!
I have had (and occassionally still do) a lot of problems with my wellbeing due to chronic pain, fatigue and Auto Immune Disorders. I’ve learnt the hard way that having a healthy back is a life-long work in progress.
The reason I love, and share, yoga is because of all of the above. Yoga makes me a better person, physically and mentally. Inside and out. And I want to share that with you. If you are a bit skeptical, a bit (or very) inflexible, unfit or feel you are overweight then you might not have considered yoga. But I’m here to say that you should, and you are very welcome at my upbeat but gentle Dru Yoga classes.
How Did I Start Yoga?
I came across yoga when I had nerve damage in my face caused by Shingles at the tender age of 23. I was looking for ways to cope with the pain. I was pretty impressed by yoga but it took me another ten years (or more…) and the discovery of Dru Yoga, to get really serious about it.
It was a particularly bad bout of back pain and stress that was improved significantly by my Dru Yoga practice that finally convinced me that I needed to make yoga a fundamental part of my life.
Now I am passionate about helping people to find the benefits of gentle yoga like I have, to reduce stress and anxiety and to ease back pain. But also to be more rounded and stable as people, to cope with life’s challenges as best we can.
What Did I do Before Teaching Yoga?
My ‘other life’, the one before I swapped over to the yoga mat full time, was contemporary art; my first degree is a BA (Hons) Fine Art: Sculpture from Glasgow School of Art. I also have an MSc in Electronic Imaging (they’ve renamed it to something a bit cooler now, in the early years of this century it was all still a bit new!) from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art at Dundee University.
After working a portfolio career of creating, curating, writing and teaching in the arts I moved into being an editor of Digital Media at The National Gallery in London. It was at this point I found myself stepping away from my career and focusing on wellbeing. I am now more creative and happier in my work than ever before.
You’ll find that this love of art and disrupting everyday ‘normality’ is present in all my work as a yoga teacher and healer. Whether it’s running Rooftop Yoga Peckham on the top floor of a multi-story car park or taking you on a silent mindfulness walk through a woodland, it’s all interwoven with my work as an artist.
And due to my ‘past life’ working with digital media I set up a sister business for Lucyoga, Om Line Training: Friendly Digital and Social Media Training for Yoga Professionals.
What Else Makes Me Tick?
Yoga is the great love of my life, alongside art and culture. I also have a (not particularly secret) passion for Roller Derby, a full contact sport played on quad roller skates. In fact I love all things roller skating!
As you may have seen already I am actively involved in climate activism and justice. Working out ways to make an impact as individual, as well as wider-scale activism is a key focus in both my personal and professional life.
And if that wasn’t enough I adore to dance. Turn up the bass and you’ll be very likely to find me down the front!
What yoga do I share?
1. What is Dru Yoga?
Dru Yoga is a beautiful flowing form of yoga that will help you to relax, unwind and stretch out your body. It can help revive tired muscles, reduce back pain and combat stress. Dru Yoga gives the mind and body much needed rest and relaxation, to help you find a still point in a busy world.
The therapeutic nature of Dru Yoga means that they are also good for those who might otherwise feel unable to attend yoga classes. They are ideal for beginners and no prior knowledge or experience of yoga is required.
For those who have more yoga experience Dru Yoga can offer an alternative perspective to an existing yoga practice. As well as using physical asana, Dru Yoga works with the mental, emotional and spiritual layers of yoga.
It can sit very comfortably alongside other traditions, particularly those of a more physical nature, or allow you to take a new direction into this very rich and layered approach.
2. Why choose a Dru Yoga class?
A lot of my clients have never tried Dru Yoga before they attend a class with me.
Wondering if it is the right style for you? A few years ago I asked one of my Rooftop Yoga clients Gail Schock what it was about Dru Yoga that had her coming back week after week. I was particularly interested to know her perspective as Gail has tried many different forms of yoga, mindfulness, meditation and fitness.
Gail’s response was so eloquent and beautiful that I want to share it here.
“Dru Yoga adds a remarkable stillness to life… this practice is one that will challenge in ways perhaps a little more unusual to yoga.
It’s not a practice that demands immediate strength, the content isn’t rounds of sun salutations and repeated warriors, leaving thighs burning and a nose that drips with sweat. This practice is gentle, soft and slow, movement is measured and teases tension from the body.
Dru encourages a heat in the body, it builds increasing flexibility and gentle strength. It feels a little like a mixture of T’ai Chi and dance. Flowing sequences enable the body and mind to relax, release tension and to shift energetic blockages.
This might be one of two things, those that believe in the auric field might sense a shift, those that recognise shoulders wrapped up around the ears and a cramped lower back will feel space in the muscles as the class unfolds.
Dru Yoga is a wonderful practice to compliment other styles and there are movements which can easily be incorporated into day-to-day life.
Whatever your pace of life, give Dru a chance, it might surprise you.”
3. What are your classes like?
My classes are friendly and suitable for all abilities, body shapes, sizes and genders.
Dru Yoga classes are centred around the practice of Energy Block Release sequences, traditional yoga postures and sequences, along with lively activations and deep relaxation.
When you arrive you should place your mat so that you can easily see the teacher without turning your head. Then sit or lie down and relax, or chat, until the class starts.
When the class begins we will usually start by activating the body and warming up, and then progress on to a series of flowing movements and traditional yoga postures, along with various exercises that will prepare your body for the postures. At the end of the class there will be relaxation, which is an essential part of the class.
4. What's unique about a Lucyoga class?
Having been told many times that my classes are unique, I thought it might be worth having a go at explaining why.
I thought maybe it was the carefully crafted playlists I create (which promise to be pan-pipe free!) or the venues I use (I’ve been known to have some pretty unusual places to hold my classes), or the themes for my workshops. Or perhaps its because of my Yorkshire accent and down-to-earth sensibility…
Apparently not (only that) though! I asked some of my students to explain what they find unique about Lucyoga. Here is what they said:
“…it is so much more than yoga and you give so much more than teaching a class. I first came completely overwhelmed with anxiety (amongst other issues including pain), and left feeling at one, welcome, understood, encouraged, supported, not alone, normal, and I was smiling and laughing as I always do in your classes, love them, they and you are a breath of fresh air! It’s a safe space and the time you take with individuals to get to know them and you intuitively always know how to help, support & encourage us, is priceless.” – Joanne
“Your passion and joy to teach. A great teaching style, we learn the moves but more than that, the benefits, the alternatives. How you notice everyone and care, it makes me feel present in that moment. A sense of belonging in the class. More than just yoga, but a spiritual, meditative, mindful, calming, gentle and fun class” – Rachel
“I suffer from a progressive neurological disease, so it is important to live in as centred, grounded and mobile way as possible. Your Dru Yoga sessions have helped me with this immeasurably” – Andy
“It’s been a while but your classes really stuck with me. Super down-to-earth and welcoming. And you have a unique way of guiding a group class through a series of asana (with appropriate modifications) at the same time as encouraging an individual exploration of emotional/energetic intentions. I always felt very energised after leaving class.” – Holly
“[It’s your] personal individual attention within the group, and adjustment of the program for individual needs and abilities.” – Beverley
“Like a big hug along with feeling stretched and toned” – Zoë
“I love the structure of the closing… The quotes that nourish my whole week and support my mindful practise.” – Denise
These answers totally blew me away and illustrate perfectly why I feel sharing yoga is my life’s calling. Thank you to everyone who helps me continue this!
5. What qualifications do you have?
- 200 hours Dru Yoga Teacher Diploma
- Dru Yoga Postgraduate Back Care Foundation Course
- YogaBeez Children’s Yoga Foundation Course
- Advanced Practitioner: Mudras
- Reiki Levels 1 and 2
- Plant Spirit Healing Apprenticeship with Suneet Goomer (current)
Selected CPD (Continuing Professional Development)
- ‘Core, Pelvic Floor and More’ with Louisa Thomas (Restore Your Core)
- ‘Safer Backbends’ with Isabel Carter
- ‘Dru Yoga to balance the Auto Immune System’ with Isabel Carter
- ‘Moon Dance and the Wisdom of the Yogis’ with Mona Fairholme and Louise Rohan
- ‘Ignite your Inner Fire with Agni Sarav’ with Mona Fairholme and Nanna Coppens
- ‘Attuning to the five Elements’ with Mona Fairholme and Nanna Coppens
- Dru Professional Network Member
- Fully Insured
- First Aid Certificate
- Enhanced DBS Checked
- Music Licence holder
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Want to see what this yoga is all about?
Want to try some yoga with me before you come to a class? Have a go at some simple Activations on my YouTube channel LucyogaTV. We use movements like these at the start of the class, accompanied by my carefully selected playlists featuring music that might include Donna Summer, Bob Marley, ESG, Tom Tom Club, Led Zepplin or The White Stripes, or something else entirely!