Hello lovely people,
I want to share with you a wonderful find I have made this week. How to soothe the mind and body with Stacey Landau Yoga.
It all started with a lovely lady called Jenny Soppet-Smith. Incidentally, Jenny, otherwise known as DigitalJen, is the mastermind behind my beautiful website.
Back in December 2016 when I first met Jenny to talk about the design and ideas for my website and blog, I touched on my interest in yoga and my failed attempts to keep at it. I didn’t actually think Jenny was paying attention because I was talking ten to the dozen as I always do when I’ve just met someone for the first time and I’m feeling slightly nervous.
Jenny being the social butterfly that she is, introduced me to an equally lovely lady called Stacey Landau who is a very unique yoga fanatic and more importantly, a yoga teacher.
Being the nosy person that I am, (I am practiced at researching people) I went straight to Stacey’s website and immersed myself in the world of yoga according to Stacey Landau.
The first thing that I noticed about her website is the striking purple flower in the background of the home page. It really brings to mind the freshness and raw beauty of being outdoors surrounded by nature and colourful flowers. I always find that images of outdoors and in particular – flowers, have a way of connecting you to them somehow. If you consider that a flower starts off as a seed and it has to go through a significant amount of changes before it can actually bloom to its full potential, it really is quite an amazing thing. Everything around it, whether it’s actually touching it or just influencing it in some way like the weather or the actions of someone, are important factors in helping the flower reach the end of its journey. The same could be said for the practice of yoga. It can be as simple or as meaningful as you want it to be. It’s your practice and it begins from the inside.
I didn’t want to make contact with Stacey until I’d had a good look at all of her website. Knowledge is power after all and even though my knowledge of yoga was limited to the few gym classes I’d previously attended, I wanted to read about why she chose to practice and teach yoga.
I instantly felt a connection and a need to contact Stacey when I read her response as to why she loves yoga. Words like stability, steadiness and positivity jumped off the page at me. Unlike a lot of yoga worshippers she didn’t talk about her desire for the ultimate ‘yoga body’ or the benefits of ‘sticking at it’ even if it’s not comfortable or achievable at first. Stacey uses the practice of yoga to influence how she goes about her life. Yoga touches on all aspects of her life including her relationships with others and more importantly her own self-development.
She talks about yoga as though it is something inside of her, almost spiritual. This really touched me for two reasons. I’m a religious person and my faith has guided me through some of the most difficult times in my life. I believe that if you put your trust and faith into something that you honestly feel will benefit you as a person, it can only make you a more positive person. Also, I am starting my yoga journey at this particular time in my life for a very personal reason and I want to take my time and pace myself. I’m the least flexible person that you could ever meet and even if I wanted to fast-track my yoga experience, my body would have something to say about it!
It pleased me no end to read that she works with clients who have specific needs such as stroke survivors, anxiety, chronic pain, etc. I have an old shoulder injury and seem to have developed a condition called ‘my body can’t move quickly anymore’ since having a baby. You could be forgiven for thinking that the noise when I get up off the floor is the floor boards creaking. It is in fact, my knees cracking. After reading about the classes she runs and her approach to one-to-ones, I felt confident that this was the person who was going to properly introduce me to the world of Yoga.
Well, clearly my instincts were bang on. Stacey came to my house this week for a bespoke one-to-one session. She made me feel at ease from the moment she sat on my sofa and spoke to me. Stacey has a very relaxing voice. It’s like listening to a hypnosis CD on loud speaker. We spoke at length about how I was feeling, my body ailments (and there were plenty), what I was hoping to achieve through the practice of yoga and the importance of the breath. I had an idea that breathing played a major part in yoga as my experience of attending yoga classes brought to mind people deep breathing (and farting) on a mat beside me. This was something that I never quite grasped and I suppose knowing now what I do about the importance of the breath, that’s probably the reason why I never stuck at it.
I wont say too much about my session with Stacey as its specific to MY body, my issues and it’s such a personal experience.
She has a way of making you feel very special and almost as though she knows you much more than your conversation has allowed her to. I think Stacey connects quickly with people who have similar beliefs. I’m so glad that she recorded some of our session (which the postman interrupted) as by the time she left, I was in such a relaxed state of mind, I had forgotten what we had practiced at the beginning of the session.
It’s not just about the time she spends with you during the session for Stacey. She contacted me numerous times after with further instructions, recordings and even pictures to help me remember what we did and how to continue it by myself until my next session. Which is already booked!
She is an incredibly honest and perceptive person. I felt myself opening up to her almost instantly and her positivity is so refreshing.
Clearly her reason for teaching yoga is because she wants to share her love of yoga and encourage you to practice yoga for the goodness of both your body and mind.
I cannot recommend her ENOUGH. If you are thinking of taking up the practice of yoga or you’re already a follower and seeking a teacher, then make contact with Stacey. You will not be disappointed and she is so easy to chat with.
I will definitely write again about my yoga journey when I feel I have more to say.
I would love to hear from anyone who loves yoga and tell me your story about what got you into it.