Best yoga class I’ve been to – now I see why people like it so much.
I stumbled upon the YogaLife Project with just a vague idea about wanting to try yoga. Mick and Sue always create an atmosphere that is inclusive and welcoming. The classes are conducted with a sense of purpose and attention wrapped in warmth and humour and Mick’s teaching has introduced me to the powerful connections between physical yoga and meditation. Nearly a year on, I have naturally begun to embed both into my everyday life and it is enriching my thinking and my whole approach. Thank-you for the opportunity to experience this subtly life-changing practice!
Excellent value for money – the best yoga teacher I’ve come across in my 20 years of on/off yoga practice. I’ve been attending Mick’s classes in Chorlton for a year now and I’m already planning how to integrate attendance in my upcoming career choices. His passion for yoga is infectious and illuminating.
My first proper introduction to Yoga was through a recommendation from the doctor as an alternative to taking Prozac after a period of depression. Although it made me feel better, or perhaps because it made me feel better, I viewed it almost like medication, and thought since I’d completed the course I don’t need to do it anymore. I moved to London a year later, working in a high-flying advertising job which involved lots of schmoozing and boozing. There also happened to be weekly yoga classes at the company gym with teacher Mick Timpson, which I began to attend, thinking they would be a useful counterbalance in my hectic schedule. After the classes, throughout the evening and into the following day, I felt a kind of bliss and self-acceptance that I didn’t experience at any other time. Before long I was practicing on my own on an East End roof top I could access from my little inner city flat.
Mick’s classes are wonderful. A friend recommended them and since then, Mick has been a brilliant guide to my yoga journey. He is a natural teacher, assessing the level and needs of his students and nurturing our learning with great humour, knowledge and energy. His passion for both the physical and spiritual teachings of yoga are infectious and you leave class feeling energized and refreshed physically, mentally and spiritually. Mick’s style of teaching is spot on, with a warm, inclusive, gentle wit and manner he has guided me through a very difficult time. Recently a friend who teaches yoga in Mexico visited and attended Mick’s class and described his style of teaching and class as one of the best she had experienced, describing the balance between physical and spiritual as perfect.
No yoga posers, just yoga poses.
No feeling like we’re ‘not doing it right’.No forcing ourselves into 25 different poses in 10 seconds without any understanding of why we’re doing it as our backs snap!
No one gets judged and we’re all different shapes and sizes, ages and backgrounds – surely that’s what it’s all about.
Many of us will have been to different classes with different teachers and have classes that are nearer but we all come back and there’s a reason for that. It’s sue’s yoga cookies and scones.
I’m currently on your Yoga for Anxiety course on a Wednesday night and love it. I have recurrent depression and over the past 5 years I’ve read so many books, tried many different meds, been on a few different meditation and yoga courses, even a yoga teacher training and although they’ve helped I genuinely feel like something has changed since commencing your classes. I don’t know if it’s the cumulative effect or the content of your course, the way you teach it or if I’m just finally able to get it. It’s probably all of those factors, but I want you to know how grateful I am.
Many Many Thanks
I love my YogaLife classes because for 90 mins a week, it’s just about me – not my family, not my work… just me. Also Mick is a great teacher, he has opened my eyes to Yoga and all its positive benefits. I look forward to coming every week.
Mick’s classes helped me through a difficult time in my life by helping me to live in the present and to feel more centred, focussed and calm. Now I can’t imagine my life without yoga – thanks Mick!
I joined Mick’s Sunday evening class early this year. I’ve been doing various yoga classes over the last 15 years and really enjoyed this one the most. Mick made it easy to remember the sun salutation sequence so I can still do it at home.
The variety of postures keeps it interesting, and the relaxation and meditation really clears your mind. Add to this Mick’s nuggets of yogic wisdom and it’s the perfect balance!
Amazing to be back in the Yoga class this eve after a two year gap. I really enjoyed it. All is good in the world again 😉 thanks Mick for your patient teaching and inspiration.
Yesterday’s workshop was absolutely cracking. It was a real treat to take the time to really focus in on and assess the last year; how far we’ve all come, what we’ve achieved; and to take the time to look forward create a considered intention for the coming months. It was clear a lot of time and care had been spent planning the session, and it really was worth it. I loved it – and not just for the delicious pear and walnut scones – thank you Sue! In just three hours you’ve set me up for a positive, mindful autumn. And the leaves were a beautiful touch too. Thanks very much indeed – it was ace.
Charlotte on YLP’s Everything Changes Workshop
Just a quick email from us. We are on our hols in Bali and have spent a few days in Ubud which is full of new age / yoga types. Had a couple of classes in a beautiful yoga centre (great cafe) but were not overly keen on what we sampled-tried yin yoga which involved lying on tennis balls and then some Iyengar (not sure how this is different from Sivananda but we just did 4/5 poses in painstaking detail). We did enjoy a brilliant meditation class though so all was not lost!
Just writing to share our appreciation of your non-intimidating style which has such a good balance between rest and action!