"We're all just walking each other home"
Twisty Twirly Yoga & Reiki
Teaching connection and joy with heart-centered practices to bring you into states of peace and harmony.
I'm Laura Hayward and I'm a Yoga and Yoga Nidra teacher and a Reiki Master/Teacher.
Using these transformational techniques and other healing modalities it is possible to guide you towards bringing about positive changes and transformation in every layer of your life and to bring awareness of your true nature and a clarity of purpose.
Yoga for Healing
Yoga is an ancient form of general healthcare for body, mind and spirit that brings life and movement into the body, a stillness to our minds and peace in our hearts, amongst many other effects of the different aspects of this many thousands of years old practice.
Yoga can help us in lots of physical ways to bring strength or mobility, flexibility and acceptance as we take each posture in a mindful way, moving with the natural flow of the breath and working gently with the energetic body.
We create a deep connection with the body, mind and breath as they work together to bring unity to the inner worlds and a belonging in the outer world with awareness of our part in the Whole, Being in this now moment and all the healing that brings.
A regular yoga practice effects with the mind chatter and brings stability to the emotions , encouraging a more calm state, awareness of one's actions and reactions and one’s relationships not just with the other people in our lives but with all life. It can support us with all sorts of mental health conditions including anxiety, grief and a sense of disconnectedness.
Yoga is a deeply transformational practice that can bring about great inner changes if taught and practised safely and correctly. It was originally taught in India without the written word and was passed down through many generations orally from master to student in a 121 setting. It was fully recorded 4000 years ago and the Sutras (threads of knowledge) are taught today most notably as Patanjalis Yoga Sutras and many yogis and sages have written commentaries on this great work.
The yoga I teach is from Patanjalis 8 limbs of yoga and includes Pranayama, the practice of breathing consciously, which is a whole science of it's own, bringing balance to the whole energetic system and a consciously directed flow of healing Prana.
To be able to sit quietly for meditation is the final goal of doing the physical practices - asana, the ability to hold or rest oneself in a place of comfort while the mind is brought to a point of stillness or other aspects of oneself are brought into focus. A consistent practice can bring about positive changes in brainwave activity.
Yoga Nidra is sometimes called Yogic Sleep and as such is available for anyone to practice regardless of their conditions. The body is invited to fully relax, allowing it to rest in a comfortable place, while the mind stays present and aware. I have trained to teach this practice safely with the Yoga Nidra Network and sometimes there are snorers ;)
Reiki is relatively new and brought into being by Mikao Usui. The word reiki is derived from two Japanese words: rei and ki. Rei means "higher power" or "spiritual power." Ki means "energy." Put together, reiki can be loosely translated as "spiritual life force energy." Ki is also known as Prana or Mana but there are lots of other terms for it throughout the world.
Reiki healing works by the practitioner allowing the flow of Ki to pass through them to the client using the hands to guide the flow within the client. These gestures manipulate the flow of universal energy (Ki/Chi/Prana) through the energetic body and chakras to promote physical or mental healing.
In these sessions I often smudge or cleanse the aura and offer a gentle meditation and visualisation to relax into the space of the body.
Shamanic practices have existed for many thousands of years as our ancestors aligned themselves with the natural world in all it's forms, the seasons, the environment, relationship to each other and connection with their inner knowing.
A great many indigenous people around the world hold the belief that objects, places, and creatures all possess a distinct spiritual essence. Animism perceives all things —animals, plants, rocks, rivers, weather systems, human handiwork, and in some cases words — as animated and alive.
Shamanism brings a map of otherworlds, ancestors, guardians, trees, angels and many other connections to the unseen.
The route we take to commune and build relationship with the unseen is a personal choice and some take substances to do that.
I do not teach nor take any psychedelic substances, I have found I can journey anywhere I need by drum, intention, prayer or ritual and the spaces I hold my drum circles in are joyous, prayerful, healing and protected.
Many drummers are women as we are drawn back to an ancient calling of hope and healing for ourselves and our communities.
Everything in life can be perceived as a circle or spiral and when we sit in sacred circles we are part of a whole team of like-minded individuals who bring their medicine to that space to be seen, heard or felt.
I sit in many sacred spaces, drum circles, womens circles, singing circles and they are held in a circle so that no-one is the cheif and where all are respected. This is invaluable in our society to create healthy communities, co-creating ways that we can thrive and our young people can grow into healthful beings of loving kindness.
I started a cat sitting business early last year (2022) and it forms part of my Bhakti yoga practice.
I love this part of my life journey, it is my joy and pleaseure to visit your adored kitty while you are away. I am fully insured and highly recommended on the Cat in a Flat app. You can book with me on the app or direct through this page.