Hi, my name is Cheryl Wimperis, and I'm a former professional ballerina and now yoga instructor Leicester and lifestyle coach.
I am based in Leicester, Oadby. Wigston is my home town, and after my international career as a ballerina, I felt drawn to return to my roots, not only within myself, but also location. So I packed my suitcase after working all over Europe from 18 and headed back to Leicester, my home town.
Not only do I have the experience as a professional ballerina, but also as somebody who has studied anatomy and physiology for many years. This enables me to understand how the body works, which helps me guide people safely through their yoga with correct body alignment.
My yoga group classes are popular and designed to make you feel good on every level – mentally, emotionally and physically.
If you are interested in taking one of my yoga classes, either in person or online yoga, please contact me today!
You can book a class through my website, and attend one of the multiple group classes per week.
Looking forward to meeting you and working with you as your yoga instructor in Leicester.
A larger Oadby yoga class of up to 50 students of all abilities welcome - 7:45 - 8:45pm Tuesday Evenings.
Unwind and reconnect after a busy day with this restorative class. You get time to reconnect with your body in this guided class. Following guided relaxation and a few dynamic poses tailored to your needs and abilities, you will feel energised and relaxed.
An inviting space for 25 students. All abilities welcome - 7:30 - 9:00pm Thursday Evenings.
Dynamic classes in Oadby that guide you back into your body help you re-energise and relax the body-mind connection. Nilesh Bhatha and I teach these classes together as your Leicester yoga instructors, so you can explore different styles and benefit from hand support to ensure that you are working correctly and efficiently.
A smaller intimate space for 15 beginners - 10.00 - 11.30am Friday mornings.
A steady pace with lots of time to practice and understand the connection between our body, mind, and breath. You can simply enjoy a simple guided yoga class that will help you tone, improve mobility, calm the mind and feel more at peace. I will be your yoga instructor in Leicester.
I have worked with the body and mind all my life. As a training ballerina at the Royal Ballet School, I soon discovered that it takes a lot of discipline to develop the skills required for a sustainable and healthy career as a ballerina. However, those years of working with my body gave me great insight into working with energy, anatomy, movement, fitness, mindset, nutrition and physical wellbeing.
I have always had a keen interest in the workings of the mind and body. Upon returning to Wigston, I completed a Masters Degree (MA) in choreography. My chosen topic for my MA was, in fact, the mind. It's interesting, isn't it?
When we reflect on our lives and see how one thing leads to another, I can now see how all those little steps have taken me on wonderfully personal and spiritual development?
My Master's Degree paved the way for my career as a teacher, with teacher training, which eventually led me to work in the dance and education sector in Leicester Universities, like Leicester College and De Montfort University, and co-founded a dance school.
I came across yoga in the middle of my career as a professional dancer. After trying my first yoga class, I was hooked! I loved how I instantly felt calm, centred, and connected to something much bigger than myself.
After that class, I soon dived deeper into my yoga practice and developed my teaching skills within this wellness area. I learned more about the benefits of yoga.
So in 2007, I completed my 200hrs Sun Power Yoga Teachers Qualification. That immersive experience opened me up to the greater knowledge within myself and my passion for personal development.
What yoga philosophy has taught me so much about myself, giving me a deeper understanding of who I am, how my body and all its systems work, how my energy body works, how to maintain my health naturally and realistically, how to detoxify my body and mind, and how to control my mind (rather than my mind control me).
These lessons improved my dancing and teaching and have supported me greatly, primarily through life's challenges.
I love being able to teach what I have been taught to the Leicester community. Passing on the tools that continue to help my health and my own mental/physical well being is such a wonderful experience to be part of.
I have taught many classes in Oadby and Leicester and have been part of some incredible transformational journeys using the medium of yoga, dance, mindfulness, coaching, and mentoring. It's something I will always be grateful to have been part of.
I teach yoga for beginners at the Leicester Squash Club in Leicester, on London Road, Leicestershire in the East Midlands.
This is a lovely, intimate setting for beginners, and a wonderful atmosphere for those who want to move at a pace that feels right to build confidence and learn new skills.
This Leicester studio is located near Leicester train station, close to the city centre of Leicester.
It is next to the delightful Victoria Park, the Old Horse and Leicester's popular Claridon Park area. This venue hosts lots of lovely boutiques and independent cafes to enjoy a nice smoothie or herbal tea after your yoga practice.
We have some beautiful studios here in Leicester. Nothing beats an inviting, calming space to relax and re-energise with a like-minded community.
Still, I also love teaching in our wonderful parks here in Leicester.
When the summer evenings are here, you will always find me teaching yoga classes under the sunsets in Knighton Park or Victoria Park. Keep an eye on my class timetable.
It's an extraordinary atmosphere and experience to practice yoga in nature.
Yoga classes I teach are popular and designed to make you feel good mentally, emotionally, and physically.
If you can't make one of my classes in person, I also offer online classes. Alternatively, I offer private yoga lessons.
Swami Ramdev - Yoga teacher and guru
Yoga is a way of life. There is a famous saying that "yoga is as much what we do off the mat as on the mat". Although the Asanas are a great way to connect our mind and body, improve strength, flexibility and mobility, it's our ability to control the "monkey mind" that will help people transform their habits, our thinking, our emotional state, self-love, physicality and our life.
Life On Pointe's work is based on the foundational pillars that help us improve our quality of life. When each of these pillars is addressed, organised, and practiced consistently, our wellbeing improves.
These areas of our health include:
Yoga moves beyond the mat and physical exercise.
The deeper we journey into our practice and yoga as a way of life, the more we understand that being successful means being in balance with all aspects of life.
We can all be of service in a way that is suited to our lifestyle and how we can be of service.
Whether assisting in your community as a mentor, donating to a charity, or sharing knowledge and experience are all acts of service.
Contributing to our community keeps our life in perspective and provides a solid foundation to build on.
There is a lovely saying that reads: Are you ready to receive as much as you give?
There's is so much research now that catching up with what the yoga gurus knew thousands of years ago about the benefits of yoga and our wellbeing.
The aim of any yoga practice, be it a class in Leicester, an online, in-person, or 121 mentoring yoga sessions, is to move our heads into our bodies, centre and quieten the mind so we can think and feel more effectively and thoroughly.
This body and mind connection helps relieve many other physical systems that stress is causing. And related to.
All of my students and clients during my classes in Leicester noticed improvements:
How about the "Life On Pointe Lifestyle" programme, which will take you through a 90 day lifestyle transformational yoga journey, addressing our nutrition, exercise routine, and mindset in a supportive and structured process, giving you all the tools you need to make sustainable healthy changes, and improve your quality of life?
90-day transformation programme. Developing life skills.
A holistic lifestyle means looking after our entire self, our mind, body, emotions, energy and spirit. It's understanding that all these parts affect the other. To expand and feel better, lighter and happier, I must consider all aspects of ourselves, not just one.
Holistic living is a mindset and way of life. When we are not feeling healthy, for example, maybe we are struggling with anxiety, overwhelm, high blood pressure or depression. We do not look at the symptoms alone, we consider all aspects of our lives, relationships, habits, behavioural patterns. We look at the bigger picture because we understand that everything is connected and many factors influence each other.
A holistic lifestyle includes daily focus on:
It's the sum of which creates a healthier relationship with ourselves. When our foundations within are strong and we love who we are, or who we are becoming, our external life begins to change because our internal world is organised, balanced, strong and centred in love, not fear.
Yoga is a philosophy, practice, and way of life to create inner calm, peace, and positive thinking. As we learn more about ourselves, our actions help purify the body and mind, creating a life of balance, values, and peace.
Yoga therapy optimises the function of every system in our body, from the muscles to digestion, circulation, and immunity. It's a philosophy, practice and way of life to create inner calm, peace and positive thinking.
Yoga sessions runs much deeper than just a workout or fitness exercise. The true depths of yoga and a holistic lifestyle help us completely transform ourselves, from our thinking habits to our generation codes and wounds to our sense of purpose and direction in life. It changes our physiology at a cellular level. It has the power to transform our mental wellbeing and appreciation for our life completely.
So let's look at a few components of a holistic lifestyle from a practical point of view:
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If you are a beginner at yoga meditation and want to learn how to relax your mind and body. Follow these simple steps to instantly calm and relax.
Flow yoga is when we move one pose (asana) into the next. I like to describe this as "transitioning like you are moving through honey". We lead with breath, which helps us shift our focus inwards and enjoy the present moment, rather than focusing on thoughts and external stimuli. When we lead with the breath, the body follows, and each pose is performed with fluidity and ease.
As a ballerina, I love flow yoga and create flow yoga sequences where ballet and yoga are integrated. It brings meditation into our moving routine and helps calm the mind, connects us to our inner dancers and allows us to feel creative, free and authentically expressive.
New students are always welcomed at the beginning of each class, explaining what to expect during our time together. This helps relax the student and lets them let go of any worries or anxieties.
I will continuously show everything. During my demonstrations, I will give 2 or 3 modifications to each pose. Therefore, the student can choose the intensity of their practice on a given day. Each class develops slightly from the last to ensure that students can revisit poses, improve them, and develop their training, gaining more strength and confidence.
I love embarking on a yoga journey with my students. Each practice is different. Still, the experience is that of moving out of our chatty heads and into our bodies and hearts.
Once we connect the breath and the body, I see my students' minds calm down. I feel their awareness heightening, and they become "present". Therefore, they feel more peaceful and centred.
Students in my classes learn about their energy bodies and discover more about themselves as they move through and rest in each pose.
I love witnessing the transformations that occur, whether in a 1-hour class or a 90-day lifestyle programme. There is always a shift to peace, clarity, and happiness. That is the path of yoga.
As the opposite of yang yoga, yin yoga allows us to focus on different aspects of our bodies. Where Yang yoga gives us a path to focus on strength, muscle and structure. Yin yoga is based on Chinese philosophies and Taoist principles. It provides a pathway to enter deeply into tissues, fascia, bones, connective tissues.
Poses can be held for longer periods, allowing deeper tissues and bones to be reached. Unblock, or Prana, so that it flows freely around the body as it is meant to.
Beginners always learn how to breathe correctly through a simple structure. This immediately alleviates anxiety, panic attacks, and general unease. Learn how to breathe, and you can build a solid and beneficial yoga training from there. You can practice these simple breathing techniques any time of the day or night.
There are many incredible yoga instructors out there, and also some who are not practising what they teach. You will know when you meet an authentic yoga teacher and don't think they have to look a certain way or embody a "style" of a yogi. Yoga is not a fashion statement. It's a journey back to Self, our most authentic Self, which follows no fashion or trends. It follows itself.
What is most crucial is that you resonate with your yoga guide. You feel safe in their presence, expertise, and experience. Of course, they guide you from wherever you are back into your true self, where you feel open, light, and peaceful.
"Kundalini" comes from the Sanskrit word "kundal," which means "circular". Yoga gives us tools to connect us back into our energy body, and at the base of our spine lies dormant energy. Imagine a snake coiled around and lying quietly.
Yoga gives us the tools and pathways to awakening the dormant kundalini energy, or "Shakti," enabling us to live more conscious and free lives.
I practised prenatal yoga, helping me at all stages of my pregnancy, birth, and recovery. The practice of prenatal yoga helps us release stress and anxiety. Giving us tools to stay calm and focused on our health and wellbeing as we carry our child. Prenatal yoga also helps improve our strength and mobility in preparation for childbirth and recovery. The poses suitable for pregnancy yoga also help soothe backaches, hip pain, and leg discomforts.
Are you a pregnant woman who wants to stay fit while waiting to give birth? Well, there are many weekly classes designed specifically for prenatal yoga. Find a teacher with whom you trust and feel comfortable. Wear light clothing when practising, because you might feel hotter than usual.
Do not over-stretch!
During pregnancy, the body releases a hormone that makes our body more elastic. This prepares the body for the tremendous change and childbirth it has ahead of it. Therefore, be careful not to overstretch, as this will eventually create weakness which we don't want during this time.
Relax and use prenatal yoga to connect deeply with your incredible body and your beautiful baby growing inside of you.
Visualise two heartbeats, four lungs, and little fingers. It's an incredible experience, and yoga mindfulness can enhance that experience and connection for you both, making you feel more relaxed and in control during pregnancy and beyond.
Eat something light. Do not do yoga on a full stomach or after eating a main meal. Try to organise your eating routine around your yoga practice. Before practice, fruit or juice will be enough to keep you feeling light, aware of your body and energy, and adequately energised. Always take a bottle of water into your class to rehydrate. Make sure you drink enough fluids after your practice to assist in the detoxification process you have just practised.
The Bikram studio might smell a little due to the hot nature of Bikram yoga. For this heated environment, it is best to wear appropriate clothing, since it's Hotpod yoga Leicester, which is a heated yoga studio you're going to get sweaty. Therefore, bring a change of clothes to go home in. Stay hydrated by drinking water before your practice. Like any yoga class, it is your time, and you can return to a comfortable pose whenever you feel your body needs that.
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Chair yoga is for those who need to stay seated during a yoga session. For example, suppose you are a wheelchair user. In that case, recovering from an injury, operation or finding standing and practising the full range of yoga poses is too demanding for your body.
A chair class can be practised together with a regular class, with an experienced teacher to provide modifications for each pose. Practising chair yoga will provide you with the same benefits as a regular class: breathwork, connecting back to the body, strengthening, flexibility, and opening up. You will feel equally relaxed and refreshed in chair yoga.
Sound therapy uses frequency and vibration to synchronise our brain waves and bring about deep relaxation and healing, balancing our vibration at a cellular level. This promotes relaxation, reduces anxiety, lowers blood pressure, releases trauma, and supports our healing at a deep level. Like yoga, sound frequences helps us move back into our bodies and heal on an energetic level. Therefore, combining both practices is a holistic way to regain our centre and step back into our power.
I became a yoga teacher because I felt drawn to this path. I wanted to learn more about myself, such as the body/mind connection, which I had always been interested in. You will learn about the depth of yoga as a system for life and personal development on a substantial teacher training course. Being of service is one of the limbs of yoga, so it is beneficial if you enjoy people and helping others.fore pursuing yoga as a career path, I recommend practising it for at least a year. You will also have a foundation to build your knowledge and deepen your awareness. A teacher training course is always a life-changing event.
Yoga coaching gives us tools to improve the quality of our life. It is possible to control and understand our minds through yoga. The goal of coaching is to transform our lives from a place of fear and worry to a place of strength and peace. This is because we are free from the chains of our ego and, instead, deeply connected with the most authentic version of ourselves.
Most people who start a yoga practice with me feel nervous about what others are thinking. Will they be flexible enough? Or will they know the moves?
It is essential to practise with a teacher with whom you resonate, and they make you feel you can relax and let go.
I will always put my new guests at ease and greet them as they enter the welcoming space, making them feel comfortable and orientated. I always give lots of options throughout practice, so that you can practise at a level that you find comfortable for you.
My most significant piece of advice is to remind ourselves that yoga guides us on an inward journey of discovery. Everyone is different and there for a different reason. Stay connected to the voice and guidance of your teacher, and allow yourself to relax and enjoy the start of this incredible healing and personal journey.
Forget everyone else in the room and fully tune in to yourself. Notice your thoughts and feelings as you are guided through each pose and connect to your breath. Everything else will slip away. You will leave feeling refreshed and different from when you arrived.
Yoga is a system for life, and it helps us manage life's challenges. A yoga lifestyle that includes regular meditation, purifying nutrition, mindfulness, and personal development can positively impact us and transform our lives. Our anxiety, sadness, depression, and worry can be transformed into feelings of happiness, health, and higher vibration. As well as reducing blood pressure, aches, pains, and inflammation, yoga can also improve insomnia and mental wellbeing. Yoga helps us to become more aware of ourselves and remember who we are. This process of self-discovery and self-healing gives us clarity and confidence to live with more purpose. Like Anything, the more you commit to regular practice and a holistic lifestyle, the more benefits you will experience, mentally, physically, and spiritually.
Life inspires me to engage with my yoga practice. Yoga, for me, is about assisting us through life: we are all souls having this human experience for a moment in time.
Yoga provides me with tools to tune out the noise of everyday life, administration, housekeeping, responsibilities, and worries and become silent, listening, and connecting with myself. This ability to move out of my headspace and quickly into my body inspires my yoga practice. Yoga is not about trends or following a strict guidebook. It is about becoming more of who we are and letting go of the negativity we hold on to from trauma and ingrained habits that no longer serve us. This will enable us to become more honest with ourselves, more centred, compassionate, authentic and connected. This inspires me to practise yoga.
I don't enjoy hot yoga, but many do! And that is wonderful. We are all different and must find what works best for us. I like to create the heat (my Agni) from within, which I enjoy. Hot yoga is effective for helping our muscles become quickly relaxed and supple, because the external heat warms us up and softens the body. It can get smelly, and sometimes I find the room was a tad dark. I love to do yoga outside in the sun's heat, in nature, or just quietly. I enjoy the "with self" aspect of yoga.
In power yoga, you perform high-impact yoga postures to build strength and flexibility in your body in a fast-paced, cardiovascular workout. Its definition varies depending on where you practice, but there are some core characteristics of strength-building, aerobic workout, a blend of Vinyasa-style poses, and aligns with Ashtanga style yoga.
My life was in transition in my relationships and my work, and I felt drawn to a yoga teacher training course I had found. My intuition guided me. The body is something I love. I have always worked with the body and mind, but I wanted to connect deeper and learn more about myself. Once I understood what a yoga teacher training course involved, it resonated deeply with what I was seeking.
"Ashta" refers to the number eight, while "Anga" refers to a body part or limb. Thus, Ashtanga yoga is the union of the eight limbs of yoga into one holistic system. There are eight limbs of yoga that represent the various branches of philosophy of yoga sutras that form the basis of Ashtanga Yoga. Ashtanga incorporates all eight limbs of yoga, which are Yama (moral codes), Niyama (self-discipline), Asana (posture), Pranayama (breathing control), Pratyahara (sense withdrawal), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation), and Samadhi (oneness with self). Ashtanga yoga is a very dynamic and athletic form of yoga.
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