About

Laura offers classes in Yoga, Pilates and Dance in and around the Bournemouth area. She trained as a dancer at the prestigious Laban contemporary Dance school in London, where she gained an excellent understanding of the body, health and fitness, as well as her degree in performance.

After performing with MapDance company she then went on to qualify as a secondary school Dance teacher, later becoming Head of department in a school in London. She is now also a qualified Yoga and Pilates instructor and offers classes in a range of techniques, accessible for all ages and abilities, whether you want to improve fitness, relieve stress or just have fun. She teaches weekly classes held at the YMCA, Jameson road, Winton, but she also offers 1 to 1 home visits for a class in a technique of your choice anywhere in the Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch area. 

Yoga

Yoga is the physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India about 5,000 years ago with a view to attain a state of permanent peace. It is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. The sanskrit word for Yoga means 'to unite' or 'intergrate'. Yoga is about the union of a person's own consciousness and the universal consciousness. Ancient Yogis had a belief that in order for man to be in harmony with himself and his environment, he has to integrate the body, the mind, and the spirit. For these three to be integrated, emotion, action, and intelligence must be in balance. The Yogis formulated a way to achieve and maintain this balance is done through exercise, breathing, and Meditation.

Why Do Yoga?

Yoga is a safe and effective way to increase physical activity, especially strength, flexibility and balance. Regular yoga practice can be also beneficial for people with high blood pressure, heart disease, aches and pains – including lower back pain – depression and stress..

Classes

Laura teaches Yoga classes which are open to all abilities and ages, which are based on the physical aspect of yoga, aiming to improve flexibility, strength, and balance. Her classes ususally consist of a gentle warm up, sun salutations, stretching poses, and a relaxation at the end.

Pilates

Pilates is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates who called his method "Contrology". It is a body conditioning routine that can help build flexibility, muscle strength, and endurance in the legs, abdominals, arms, hips, and back. It puts emphasis on spinal and pelvic alignment, breathing, developing a strong core or center, and improving coordination and balance. Pilates' system allows for different exercises to be modified in range of difficulty from beginning to advanced. Intensity can be increased over time as the body conditions and adapts to the exercises. The original six principles of Pilates are concentration, control, center, flow, precision, and breathing.

Why Do Pilates?

Pilates can help improve posture, alignment, muscle tone and flexibility, core strength and joint mobility, as well as relieve stress and tension. Pilates can also provide pain relief to people with non-specific lower back pain. Pilates is a gentle, low-impact form of exercise.

Classes

Laura teaches Pilates classes suitable for people of all ages and abilities. She teaches matwork classes based on the original Joseph Pilates exercises, which include core strengthening exercises and stretching.

Dance

Laura is a trained dancer, who studied at the prestigous contemporary Dance school in London, 'Laban'. She trained in Ballet and contemporary dance, and went on to teach Dance in secondary schools. She now teaches contemporary dance classes to children outside of school.

Other Classes Available Include

  • Classes to adults or children in ballet or contemporary
  • Wedding dance choreography
  • Fun classes for hen parties
  • Contemporary dance workshops for schools

Yoga or Pilates?

The difference between pilates and yoga is that Yoga's emphasis is on the unity between the mind and body. The main components of yoga are postures (a series of movements designed to increase the strength and flexibility of the whole body) and breathing. Pilates also uses breathing, but its exercises focus much more on precise movements to target specific parts of the body. However both classes have a focus on developing strength, balance, flexibility, posture and good breathing technique.

Private Classes

1 to 1 classes are available in Yoga or Pilates, which can be a home visit or in the studio. The class is tailored to your individual needs and if requested an individual exercise plan can be made for you to follow alone in your own time.

1 to 1 classes are charged at £30 per hour.

Laura is also available for private group Yoga sessions such as, hen parties or company staff sessions.

Locations

Let the class come to you ; Laura is happy to travel anywhere within Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch, Wimborne, the New Forest and the immediately surrounding area.

For further information and bookings please get in touch:

 

Timetable

Monday

Yoga - All Levels
09.15 - 10.15
Shiva Shakti - Clarence Park Road
Pilates - All Levels
12.20 - 13.20
West Hants Club (Members Only)
Prenatal Pilates
15.00 - 16.00
St Aldhelms Church, Branksome
Yogilates
16.00 - 17.00
St Aldhelms Church, Branksome

Tuesday

Pilates - All Levels
09.30 - 10.30
Ferndown Leisure Centre
Dance - 12-16 years
16.30 - 17.30
Winton YMCA
Pilates - Beginner
17.30 - 18.30
Winton YMCA
Pilates - All Levels
19.30 - 20.30
New Milton

Wednesday

Gentle Yoga
17.00 - 18.00
Winton YMCA
Yoga - Beginner
18.00 - 19.00
Winton YMCA
Yoga - Beginner
19.00 - 20.00
Winton YMCA
Ballet Fit
20.00 - 21.00
Winton YMCA

Thursday

Pilates - All Levels
10.35 - 11.30
Virgin Active (Members Only)
Pilates - All Levels
17.15 - 18.15
Bournemouth House (B.U. Sport)
Pilates - All Levels
19.00 - 20.00
Winton YMCA
Yoga Intermediate
20.00 - 21.00
Winton YMCA

Saturday

Dance - 9-12 years
09.30 - 10.30
Pavillion Dance

Sunday

Yoga - All Levels
09.15 - 10.15
The Beehive, Southbourne
Yoga - All Levels
11.00 - 12.00
BU Sport

All Classes Cost £6.50 per class, or £33 for 6 classes.

Testimonials 

I have suffered with back pain for many years, and also been recently experiencing stress related issues. I have tried every possible treatment but with no prolonged effect and I did not want to go down the medication route, so I went along to Laura’s Yoga class. When I woke up the next day, it felt like the straight jacket I’d been wearing for years had been removed and I was free to stand up straight immediately, instead of the normal stooping and stiffness that I normally had when getting out of bed. I also noticed that over the next few weeks the stress related issues I had been suffering from seemed to have dissapeared and I feel more in control of these things. I really look forward to Laura’s class every week and would recommend it to anyone
— Sean, Bournemouth
Having suffered with muscular pain in my back, neck and legs for many years, finding Laura’s Yoga class has been a godsend, and I now feel I have the tools to make some lasting changes to my health.
— Matt, 37 : Wallisdown, Bournemouth

Contact

lauraspinneyfitness@gmail.com

Laura Spinney Fitness, YMCA 7 Jameson Road, Bournemouth BH9 2QD

07889969180