Yoga with Julie Potter
I first came to yoga in 1993 as, what was then, a weekly interlude from an over busy work and family life. Juggling bringing up 4 young children, a divorce, career change and house moving I soon recognised that my yoga was the one stabilising factor in my life and was giving me all sorts of benefits in terms of general health and wellbeing.
By 2000 yoga had become more than just a weekly class and I was attending as many classes, workshops and retreats as I could fit into my time. I was very fortunate and met in that time my main influences Gary Carter and Peter Blackaby who have remained and are currently my main source of teaching inspiration.
I was encouraged by my tutor to train as a teacher and I qualified with the BWY in 2004, and quickly developed into having a teaching week of 12-18 classes.
I now teach yoga as a full-time occupation
Along with running my yoga studio Yoga for Harmony in Windsor which I established in 2006. I currently teach at my studio 5 to 6 general classes a week, as well as at other private venues, corporate classes, one to ones with specialist needs in students homes or in the studio.
With early origins in Iyengar Yoga, I have experienced a wide range of teachers and yoga ‘styles’ and continue to be interested in furthering my own knowledge and experience so that I can pass on those experiences to my students. My yoga today has become an evolution of over 20 years of practice and study.
My aim is to help bring back and maintain balance into my student’s mind, body and lifestyle. My interest is in working with traditional postures, but with the view to ‘showing’ the body a useful pattern of movement, one which is natural to its developmental history to bring the body within a range of ‘normal’ for them as an individual. I believe that with an ‘attentive’ approach to the movements and postures, as well as attention to the breath, the whole body and mind can be brought to a state of balance and lead the student on the path to a state of wellbeing that can take them through young, middle and old age.
I like to encourage fun and freedom
It might not be about how good we become a ‘performing’ a posture, perhaps moving away from ‘external’ evaluation of the postures and moving towards an ‘internal’ sense of the postures. It could be seen as moving away from the more used traditional approach of systemised yoga to a more experiential approach; moving toward being comfortable in our physical and mental selves and experiencing how yoga can help us to achieve this potential.
My intention for my classes are for students to have the opportunity and the time to look at aspects of their practise in depth and to develop an approach of self-enquiry and self-knowledge. The classes are adaptable and encompass students of all levels of experience and ability. Whilst looking at traditional Hatha Yoga postures and pranayamas I like to encourage fun and freedom within the traditional structure, and above all to enjoy yoga.
Where and when I teach
Intermediate Yoga @ The Parish Hall, White Waltham 9.30am to 10.45am
Gentle Yoga @ Norden Farm, Maidenhead 11.30am to 12.45pm
Following the Covid restrictions and to maintain adequate distance between our mats all classes need to be pre-booked:
How To Book:
To book my class at Yoga for Harmony and the Friday morning at White Waltham please use the link below
My classes at Norden Farm, Maidenhead need to be booked direct with Norden Farm in Maidenhead, either at their box office on on-line using the link below
Most classes are currently blended classes ie a combination of on-line and in-person Please look after yourself when participating remotely. By booking and making payment you are agreeing that joining the class is your own responsibility.
Private / Personal Tuition
I offer one-to-one yoga classes, focused on individual needs, beyond that which can be achieved in a group class setting and are ideally suited to people recovering from or living with an injury or illness. My approach is to understand and support your individual needs through applying yoga techniques of asana (postures and movement), breathing and relaxation to alleviate your specific illness or injury and helping your body to move in a more balanced and effortless way.
A ‘one to one’ class provides an opportunity for clients to ask questions and explore their yoga, so that they can develop self-awareness and a ‘sense of feeling’, leading to a better understanding and discrimination of useful and non-useful movement habits.
One-to-one yoga classes are suitable for those new to yoga as well as more experienced students. Conditions suitable for this approach include both long-term illnesses and specific injuries.
Costs and Booking Conditions:
Each 60minute class costs £45 – £50, payable on the day of the class.
Classes are held at the Yoga for Harmony studio, 143a Arthur Road, Windsor, SL4 1RU or on occasion at the client’s home.
24hour notice is required to cancel a one-to-one class. Classes cancelled within 24 hours will be subject to a 50% cancellation fee.
Corporate classes for up to 15 people @ £45 per hour, by arrangement.
‘The Yoga for Harmony Studio’ Windsor
This is a yoga venture that I was fortunate enough to be able to establish in 2006. It was born out of a desire to have a facility that was dedicated and sympathetic to the practise of yoga. I was able to invite some respected colleagues to take some classes and I also invited some of my ‘favourite’ tutors to share their knowledge with my clients and students. It is now a well established yoga studio offering over 20 weekly classes and numerous monthly workshops.
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