Our Yoga classes are for those who want to improve their health, mindset and quality of their life. Through gentle yet rejuvenating classes, we will help you calm the mind, connect within and improve your wellbeing and health.
Hello! It's nice to meet you! I'm Cheryl Wimperis. An ex-professional ballerina now coaching lifestyle and yoga in Oadby, Leicester and online.
As well as group classes, I also offer an online class, as well as private one-on-one yoga tuition.
If you are interested in taking one of my yoga classes, either in person, privately or online, please contact me today!
Alternatively, my website allows you to book a class and attend a group class or online class.
I look forward to meeting you and working with you as your yoga instructor.
In times of darkness and confusion, yoga helps us move into a space of abundance, knowledge, wisdom, and presence, and then we feel like ourselves again, more aware, self-aware, and happy.
Centred and fully present, we feel light, inflow, connection to ourselves, and the world seems easier to navigate. We are drawn to opportunities and experiences, and we live in flow with our surroundings.
Yoga has many aspects, and when practised in its most complete form, the ultimate aim is to discover the "Self" and improve the quality of our lives.
There are eight limbs to yoga, creating a "wheel of practice" and four paths, teaching us how to be successful in life and manage the mind.
Many people think about standing on a mat and performing poses when the word yoga comes to mind. Still, the physical aspect is only 1 part of this incredible system that supports us through life's challenges.
Yoga is about what we do 'off the mat', as it is about what we do on the mat. Read a little more about the main components of yoga practice: The exercise part of yoga (the asanas) helps us balance the body and mind.
When we live a sedentary lifestyle, disease and misalignment can become a problem and manifest as aches, pains, and illness in the body and mind.
Yoga is an inclusive practice that recognises that we are all different and have different needs and starting points. However, yoga practice can help us manage and reduce stress with the proper guidance.
Breathe is life, and Prana, flowing through our breath, is our life force. We are not taught how to breathe correctly, but yoga practice provides simple and practical tools that enable us to become more aware of our breath.
This helps us better deal with stress, so that there is less tension and discomfort within the body. There are many breathwork exercises (pranayama). They all have different functions and purposes.
Still, we learn through pranayama how to use the lungs to their maximum capacity. We also exercise the heart and respiratory system correctly, which keeps us full of vitality and improved mental health.
Many of my students have reported improvements in:
Learning to relax and unwind properly is another crucial element in our yoga practice. Our modern lifestyles have caused us to find quick-fix ways of relaxing, such as drinking alcohol, using recreational drugs, not sleeping, and being busy to avoid stillness. Being busy doesn't allow our bodies and minds to rest properly.
Stress is caused when our nervous system activates our "fight or flight" mode when we are not actively resting adequately. Chronic stress and fatigue can develop, leading to different diseases in the body and mind. Deep and intentional relaxation is what we learn through our yoga practice. This is called restorative rest.
My yoga students always leave my classes feeling energised, but equally rested. Self-awareness and meditation enable us to live with more clarity, peace, trust and understanding about who we are. Everything starts with our thoughts!
When we deeply understand our body, we then deeply understand our mind, leading to understanding our lives. Meditation is a powerful and straightforward tool that improves concentration, emotional awareness, balance, focus, and calm and spiritual awareness. Meditation helps us calm the mind, chatter, step back, gain perspective on life, and enjoy the true meaning.
Join us on this journey!
Emma Howard - Online yoga student
Yoga is for everyone. This is the beauty of practising yoga. You can be a wheelchair user, pregnant, recovering from an operation, a child or the elderly. Yoga is designed for all body types and abilities.
I always ensure that I give lots of modifications in my classes, meaning all poses are adjustable to suit needs and everyone feels included in the class.
Yoga is ideal if you struggle with stress, high blood pressure, inflammation, high cholesterol, or heart problems, because the flow can have a steady and low impact on the body while healing our bodies from within. Yoga benefits range widely.
If the pace of your yoga is steady and slow, I would advise integrating mindfulness walking, swimming, or cycling to support cardiovascular fitness and weight management. This can be built into your support for the Life on the Pointe Lifestyle Programme.
Sometimes we don't know where to begin to make healthier changes to our lives.
During my 90 day transformational process programme, I'll guide you through movement, mindfulness, energy and breath work, nutrition, exercise and more.
At the start of your practice, you will find a comfortable position on your mat and give yourself time and permission to become present and ready for your practice. We let go of the day and step fully onto our mat with our minds, breathing, and bodies in alignment.
Under my guidance, we scan the body for tension and stress. We then engage in our first breathing exercise, whereby we "follow the breath" and establish deep diaphragmatic breathing.
We would then slowly wake up the body with poses that allow us to open up, twist the detox organs, bend, stretch and strengthen whilst seated. Some of these might include:
I will always demonstrate each exercise and offer modifications, so you can start at a level that is suitable for your experience and needs.
Once we have completed our 30 minute floor-based warm-up, we will feel warm from within and ready for stronger poses that require more leg work, core strengthening and balancing.
You can change every pose, so if you are unable to stand, use a chair to either sit on or support you. We also have lots of support aids to make your practice more comfortable and accommodating. Some dynamic poses might include:
Again, I will always demonstrate each exercise and offer modifications, so you can start at a level that is suitable for your experience and needs.
After our standing sequences, we will return to the mat and practice our inversions and core work before our final deep relaxation. Some inversion sequences might include:
I will continuously demonstrate each exercise. There are so many variations for each pose, and I would never expect a beginner or intermediate practitioner to do a headstand in my first class.
We would build our strength and start at the correct level until you feel ready to move on with safe and effective techniques. Headstands and shoulder stands are sometimes not advised to accord to health conditions, so practice with knowledge and correct guidance.
Everyone loves this part of the class. If you have practised with commitment and intention, finishing your practice with a full-body, deep, guided relaxation is one of the healthiest gifts you can give your body.
Deep guided relaxation techniques allow your nervous system to relax fully, allowing your body and mind to centre and heal appropriately. We rarely give ourselves permission to sit and be still for 10 minutes each day. When we are stressed, this is exactly what the body and mind need. Peace, stillness, and our ability to listen to our body.
How we practice Yoga Nidra:
This is a beautiful guided practice, and there is no other healing practice like this one. If you struggle with stress, insomnia, anxiety, and feeling grounded or focused, I highly advise you to start this practice once a day, maybe before bed.
Yoga classes are an investment in yourself. Having realistic goals over a realistic time period allows you to see the results, enjoy the benefits, and maintain them through a happy and healthy lifestyle in the future.