My name is Loreta Keburyte and I have practiced yoga for 19 years and love helping others reconnect with themselves through a mixture of yogic breathing (Pranayama), meditation, and yoga poses (asana). Although specialising in mindfulness and Pranayama, I also teach flowing yoga (Vinyasa) for whole body workout. I adapt sessions to suit your needs, giving you a friendly, relaxing space to quieten your mind, connect inwards, restore your energy flow, and improve flexibility, mobility and balance. Let’s work towards feeling healthier and more peaceful together!
If you are looking for a yoga teacher in Canary Wharf, Isle of Dogs, Island Gardens, London and online, or Yoga in the Park at summer season, get in touch with me to book your first session.
“Excellent classes with Loreta. As a runner they really help me to stretch out my body and make me feel strong. Loreta keeps the lessons interesting by adding variety. Highly recommended.”
“I have been practicing yoga with Loreta for many years now. She is a superb and very genuine teacher who creates a friendly, relaxed atmosphere in her classes. I am also very happy that, thanks to Loreta, I have been able to continue my yoga practice online throughout the pandemic.”
“I have been taking Loreta's classes for the last few years. What I like about Loreta is her caring attitude, kindness to students and the human touch she brings to her classes. Loreta's classes are never the same and she likes proposing different Vinyasa sequences and providing students with a range of classes they can choose from.”
❝I find that your way of leading classes is perfect: you are very calm, always smiley, the tone of your voice is not too loud or too low, the pace and the type of the moves is adapted to the audience. You give me a real feeling of peace, tranquillity, relaxation, and wellbeing after each session. Thank you.❞
❝A warm and welcoming environment. Loreta is a fantastic teacher who considers every need/ ability.❞
❝I used to attend Loreta’s classes and would always look forward to her lovely energy during the class. Thanks Loreta!❞
❝I love Loreta’s classes! She’s very patient to teach, such a kind and sweet soul.❞
❝Loreta teaches wonderful and very thoughtfully prepared yoga classes. She creates a warm and encouraging atmosphere. Loreta guides us on a lovely flow of moves as well as relaxation, meditative or other techniques according to the type of session chosen. Loreta's online classes have been a great support throughout the Covid-19 lockdown. Once lockdowns and the coronavirus are behind us hopefully in 2021 I look forward to Loreta's yoga retreats as well.❞
❝Loreta is a brilliant yoga teacher. She adapts the poses to suit all ability levels. I look forward to her classes every week and always leave feeling very refreshed, relaxed and happy!❞
❝I appreciate your yoga classes very much and always look forward to them. Every class improves my state of mind & body for the evening and for the week. Thank you!❞
❝Loreta gives a clear explanation and makes sure we adopt the right posture through her constant attention. But it is not only about her good pedagogy, she is also sweet, smiling and generous with her time and knowledge. She shares her yoga philosophy so everyone can experience the sensation of well-being and serenity!❞
❝I very much like Loreta's yoga practices. Her guidance is clear, well explained and caring. After her lesson I always feel relaxed, calm, content as well as vital. Loreta offers a wide range of yoga styles to choose from, which is great.❞
"Your workshops are lovely and very relaxing! The way you structure them is brilliant and each section flows seamlessly into the next.
I am surprised that almost 3 hours seem to go by so quickly. I find the longer Yin stretches very useful and your talks very informative. I’d definitely be up for another workshop."
Yoga has the power to positively change all aspects of our lives. Anyone can practice yoga, and it is never too late to start! Regular yoga sessions, including breathing techniques and meditation, will help you feel stronger in the body and mind, more peaceful, providing the perfect platform for a healthier, happier lifestyle. My yoga classes can help you:
Destress, relax, calm and uplift the mind
Boost energy levels and immunity
Let go, connect inwards, be present
Strengthen and tone muscles
Improve posture and flexibility
Build stamina, endurance
Improve focus, concentration and balance
Induce healthy eating and better sleep
Release muscle tension in the body
Soothe the back pain
The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit (an ancient Indic language) Yuj meaning to yoke, join or unite. It is the union of all aspects of an individual: body, mind and soul. Traditionally, yoga is a method of joining the individual self with the Divine, Cosmic Consciousness or Universal Spirit. The roots of yoga can be traced back roughly 5000 years. Originally, yoga was passed on as an oral tradition through a lineage of gurus and disciples working closely together to preserve the sacred teachings.
Yoga is a science, art, philosophy and physical system which leads to health in the body, peace in the mind, joy in the heart and liberation of the soul.
Yoga is not a religion or renunciation. It does not demand that one is a vegetarian, should give up smoking, drinking alcohol and so on, although for obvious benefits these are suggested to prevent disease and maintain good health and peace of mind. Yoga incorporates physical exercises, relaxation, breathing and energy components, along with awareness of the self, physically, mentally and spirituality. When practice yoga regularly, amazing thing happens: you naturally want to start eating healthier, to drop your bad habits, and such.
Swami Vishnu-Devananda, the author of “The Hatha Yoga Pradipika”, one of the main scriptures of Hatha Yoga, puts it simply: the five points of yoga are:
These days people take yoga classes to learn all about the various techniques of asanas, pranayama, and meditation. But yoga is more than that. Yoga is a way of life. How to live yoga even when you are not doing asanas, pranayama, and meditation? How to practice yoga in the grocery store? How to live like a yogi with your family, in your workplace, when you are stuck in traffic?
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali brought yoga to the masses. These ancient scriptures are dated between 200BC and 200AD.
According Patanjali, 'Yoga is a state of being and the practices asociated with it.'
The Yoga Sutras list the eight limbs of yoga. The Sanskrit word 'Ashta' means eight and 'Anga' is translated as limbs.
Yamas - ethical standards and moral restrains:
Achimsa - non violence to yourself and others in thought, word or deed. Consideration and compassion for all living beings including yourself. Very related with intention.
Satya - truthfulness, living with honesty in behavior, thought and intension.
Asteya - no stealing, no jealousy, cultivating a less materialistic view.
Brahmacharya - moderation - chastity. One way to look at this - faithfulness to one person.
Aparigraha - non attachment to things. Appreciate all that you have such as health, happiness, family, time, love...
Niyamas - observances and disciplines, our attitude towards ourselves:
Saucha - purity, physical, mental and environmental cleanliness.
Santosha - contentment: 'just enough' - sleep, eat, work, talk... a positive outlook and uncomplaining attitude.
Tapas - austerities - purifying practices, self control and discipline with enthusiasm for life.
Swadhyaya - spiritual studies, self study, mindfulness, reflection and self discovery.
Ishwara pranidhana - practice of awareness, accepting there is a higher force. Being happy with not knowing, with no outcome.
The concepts of Yama and Niyama can be summed up as, “Do good and be good”, - These moral and ethical principles, these laws of the Universe affect us whether we believe in them or not. (Puya Swammji)
Asanas - physical postures. The body is the temple of the spirit. Practice of asana brings discipline and concentration, both necessary for meditation.
Pranayama - control of life force or energy through breathing techniques.
Pratyahara - sensory detachment/withdrawal of senses, control of the mind to focus within. Conscious withdraw an attention and energy from the senses. A deep willingness to turn inwards. It doesn't mean disinterest, it means: I don't want to be distracted by whatever arises.
Dharana - ekagrata - concentrating mind, focus, narrowing your consciousness. Silent repetition of a sound, focusing on a deity or energy point in the body can help.
Dhyana - meditation/contemplation, an unbroken flow of concentration leading to meditative state.
Meditation creates a bigger gap between stimulus and reaction, and we'll find liberation, happiness in this gap.
Samadhi - enlightened state of bliss and being at one with the Divine or with the Universe.
There are many different styles of yoga all over the world today. Most of the popular styles stem from Hatha yoga. In Sanskrit, the ancient text of India, Ha means sun and Tha means moon, and is often translated as forceful or physical. Various yoga schools teach different approaches. It often depends on a class teacher’s interpretation as well. Below are short descriptions of yoga styles I teach.
The classes are based on the classical Hatha Yoga postures being linked together by the breath. You will get the benefits of strength, stamina, flexibility and relaxation and have an opportunity to learn breathing, meditation and relaxation techniques. It is Yang style: active, forceful.
Similar to Hatha Flow but more dynamic. A class starts with warming up, a standing sequence, moving in and out of the posture with the breath, followed by some mat work, and finishes up with the guided relaxation. The same benefits as Hatha Flow but feels more like workout.
Mostly seated and lying poses are being held for 3-10 minutes allowing to open the body through passive stretching. This slow meditative healing practise gently stretches the connective tissues while also toning, lengthening the muscles and quieting the mind. At the deeper level Yin Yoga nourishes and gently stimulates meridians - energy channels in the body (nadis in Indian system). They are related to particular organs and emotional states. This style is especially suitable for people who want a relaxing, healing class and who want to work more on flexibility.
It is total relaxation in lying poses using lots of props: blankets, cushions, bolsters, blocks.
Is a state of conscious complete relaxation induced by a guided meditation, practiced in a lying position. It provides a relief for stress, depression and anxiety, it's a total physical rest, helps to get a better sleep.
Most of my classes are suitable for beginners. If you have an injury or health condition, speak to your doctor and let me know before taking a class.
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I have been a yoga teacher in Canary Wharf, Isle of Dog, London and internationally for ten years, practicing a holistic approach that revolves around mindfulness, relaxation, and helping people learn proper breathing through targeted pranayama (leading to increased oxygen amount to the body which is crucial in order to stay healthy) as well as become stronger and more flexible through practicing asanas (physical yoga poses). By focusing on breathing and restoring a sense of inner balance, I help people let go, clear their mind, and gain greater flexibility and mobility, along with improved posture and strength.
My career has always been related to health. In Lithuania, where I am originally from, I was an editor for a holistic health magazine, and after that I worked for a British health company. But it was my interest in holistic therapies that set me on the path to yoga. After holistic massage helped cure my long lasting shoulder pain, I was so amazed by this that I decided to train as a holistic therapist and set up a part-time business. Soon after, I discovered yoga and Pilates and realised that yoga is like self-massage. At this point – 19 years ago – I started to develop my regular diligent yoga practice, inspired by many great teachers and learning from many styles: Hatha, Iyengar, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Yin Yoga.
My first Vinyasa teacher was David Lefebvre Sell, who gave me a big love to this style of yoga. Also I am grateful to Amanda Wright and Angelika Grohmann for inspiring and teaching me Yin Yoga and Meditation.
In addition, I hold an ITEC Diploma in Holistic Massage, a Postgraduate Diploma in Aroma-Stress, and Certificates of Professional Training in Ayurvedic Therapies, Reflexology, Stress Relief Massage and Reiki.
I always bring this varied knowledge and Ayurvedic holistic approach into my yoga teaching. I teach Hatha Flow, Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative Yoga, Pranayama (breathing techniques) and Meditation. Excessive training and practice allows me to create my own style. I invite my students to connect their mind and body through the breath and to practice awareness and mindfulness, to feel their energy flow. I share my experience and knowledge with passion, thoughtfulness and empathy.
Yoga is the answer to all my questions, and my main cure physically and emotionally. I am amazed how yoga philosophy and psychology reflects the human condition, how they relate to our daily lives and simple activities.
Yoga always helped me through the difficult times of my life. It has saved me from the back pain and helped to deal with severe stress. I have gained a lot of physical strength and flexibility as well as inner peace, calmness and optimism. I learned to live in the present moment and enjoy it. I wish everyone found the great path of Yoga!
If you are from outside London, or simply cannot make it to in person sessions I offer a number of live online streamed classes throughout the week that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home. You can also access recordings of all classes if you cannot make a session.
I offer groups, corporates and private yoga online.
Visit my Yoga Classes Online page to learn more.
We will practice together from the spacious river side studio in the Isle of Dogs, Calders Wharf E14 3PS.
Yoga in the Park is very popular from May to September at the beautiful backdrop of the Island Gardens E14 3EB
Corporate, private one-to-one and to small groups sessions are available as well and can be personalised to your exact preferences.
Visit my In-Person Private and Group Yoga Classes page for more information.
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