Hazel Yoga Teacher, BWY
Hazel Yoga and life: teaching is about love of Yoga. Firstly as a teenager & later became vital after developing back pains. She has developed her Yoga professionally with Maarten Vermasse, both Foundation course and the British Wheel of Yoga Teaching Diploma at the City Literary College in Holborn, London. 2014 marks her tenth year of teaching yoga and built up classes in & around Oxford. She also runs weekend breaks and retreats. Hazel continues to explore and develop her yoga with regular training days and workshops with eminent yoga teachers.
It has been such a pleasure now teaching the deeper exploration of Foundation in Yoga with the BWY accredited course. If you are interested please get in touch for application and details for the next course in 2016.
Yoga and Relaxation CD
“Hazel’s voice is so calming, so much easier to relax and let go. I use the CD to de-stress from work and sleep” June, Marston
“Moing abroad I so miss class, now I can take Hazel’s voice with me.” Liz, France
“This is a great introduction to yoga and relaxation. Hazel explains how to relax and meditate in a very straight forward but highly effective way. I find it very helpful, particularly after a hard day” Phil, Oxford:
Unable to make a regular class or interested in doing some yoga, breath work and meditation at home. Hazel’s CD offers a calm and clear voice to lead you through choosing to do a section at a time or the complete 58minute programme. Please download the CD order form from the downloads page
Please do phone Hazel for more information or to book; or by email from the contacts page.
Other Teaching Opportunities
Hazel is pleased to share teaching and meditation with her local peers at the Oxford Yoga Teachers Group. She also teaches as one of many teachers with Robin Lipsey at his monthly workshops, please email for his programme. The next date is 11 June 2011. Each year there are Summer Classes offered in the school vacation with a different teacher each week, Hazel teaches for Wolercote and Witney Summer Schools. It is a great way to try different teachers locally.
For three years, October 2009 to 2012, Hazel held the voluntary role of County Representative for Oxfordshire, within the British Wheel of Yoga South. Her intention was encourage more folk to take up yoga, and develop more events for members, while continuing to promote the Wheels high standard of teaching and diverse styles on offer in our area. Introducing members yoga days grew out of this and continue to be offered across the National body.
Details of the weekend yoga break and weeks yoga in Italy are detailed on Yoga Holidays page with the Saturday workshops scheduled throughout the year.
Hazel has come from a teaching background, having taught Ceramics within Adult Education and privately for 14 years. She ran her own Ceramics business for 10 years, specialising in hand painted bone china and really enjoyed making pieces for special occasions and one off projects. Life brought changes and she moved into administration and office managing for 6 years. Hazel is now working as Yoga teacher and Reiki healer in the Oxford area.
Handpainted Bone China
In 2009 Hazel was able rekindle her creative side with painting English bone china. She began to fire kilns again, after a few intrepid customers had sought her out to paint pieces to replenish their bone-china sets. Hazel has found it is great to be handling colours and brushes again after 10years absence from china painting. Thanks to those that have gently nudged her, especially a friends kindness to upgrade the electric fuses so no longer has to fire in the kitchen. She has designed a range of mugs, tea & dinner sets and decorative pieces. Come and see the new designs or commission something special at the monthly local Appleton Farmers Market but now inside the village hall as the temperature plumets! Added incentive of great cakes and teas/coffees on offer in the hall.
If you would like to commission china to match my designs of former years or discuss a new design to suit please get in touch. Presents with names and dates for special occasions are available, items range from fluted mugs at £7.50 to fruitbowls and platters at £45. Personalised with date or name added at £5, a 50% deposit required with order. Balance on completion. Collection by arrangement or postage charged at PO special delivery rates.
As a teacher I always remind students to “drop your shoulders, breathe and smile”, the theory being to loosen the tension we habitually hold in our shoulders; breathe and smile because if you are grimacing you won’t be breathing; smiling reminds the body and mind to relax and lengthen into the pose rather than strain or push. Breathing smoothly and evenly allows the mind, body and soul to reconnect.
Students comments about Hazel’s teaching In October 2008 I did a feedback form asking all my students in the variety of classes how they found the classes:-
“Benefited from alternative postures… Also your [Hazels’] ability to structure a mixed ability class so that all achieve and all are challenged, without singling out any individuals.” ~ Sharon Green, Botley
“For me as a novice it has been a fantastic experience, I simply can’t get enough and can’t wait for the next course.” Dr Peter Dwyer, Old Headington
“Keeps my back stronger – haven’t had many problems since I started Yoga.” ~ Marilyn, Eynsham
“General calm throughout the week and sometimes I use the breathing exercises to help me sleep.” ~ Lizzy, Old Headington
“A good mix of different poses – enough to be interesting but not enough to be bamboozled! Good to recap over some poses.” Emma, Office held workshops
“It has helped with my posture, I am more supple. I always hear Hazel’s voice when my shoulders are by my ears!” ~ Anna Price, Old Headington
Some earlier comments that describe the classes:
“I enjoy most Hazel’s approach to the class which has the right balance between serious and light hearted” ~ Nicola
“I like the mix of postures, relaxation and the (slow) pace of the class but I still feel I work hard.” ~ unsigned
“Yoga with Hazel has been great. She blends a good mix of routines with relaxation and is very clear and thorough. It’s the only exercise class that’s made me want to go back for more!” ~ Vicki