inner radiance autumn retreat


    Saturday 10th November








    with Heidi Pascual + Lou Hart

    food by fig+Rye

    "There is a place in the heart where everything meets.

    Go there if you want to find me.
    Mind, senses, soul, eternity, all are there.
    Are you there?

    Enter the bowl of vastness that is the heart.

    Give yourself to it with total abandon.

    Quiet ecstasy is there -
    and a steady, regal sense of resting in a perfect spot.

    Once you know the way
    the nature of attention will call you to return, again and again,
    and be saturated with knowing,

    I belong here, I am at home here.”

    ~ Radiance Sutras ~

    translated by Lorin Roche

    Inner Light Shine

    Yoga can help calm the mind and body which in turn reduces stress. You can read more about how yoga helps with managing stress in my blog.


    View my schedule and book your space by clicking on the button below ~ you MAY need to scroll through the weeks to find the next available class.

    Dedham Retreats

    Yoga Studio

    Come and practise yoga and meditation in our beautiful studio in a magnificent Tudor room in The Tallow Factory. Our studio is fully equipped for yoga and pilates classes for up to 10 people ~ Meditation groups of up to 20 people. This autumn we have a full schedule of midweek classes as well as our monthly community meditation night on first tuesdays. Join my next day retreat with Heidi Pascual on Saturday 10th November ~ Inner radiance autumn retreat ~ ♥

    Essential Oils











    SPILL || pause ||

    Adventures in meditation and mindfulness
    26 Oct – 3 Nov 2018

    Lou is taking part in SPILL Festival of Performance, sharing techniques for contemplation, relaxation and self-discovery.


    Every morning of the Festival, from 10-11am, you can join us for a free meditation class at the SPILL Central venue (next door to Ipswich Town Hall).

  • Guided Meditations

    My goal is to help you develop your own personal yoga and meditation practice.

    Please enjoy some guided meditations in the comfort of your own home.

    join our community meditation night on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:30pm.


    If you enjoy listening to my guided meditations and want to show your support then please click below to make a donation. Please know that whatever you offer is received with much gratitude!

  • Yoga With Lou Hart

    Whether you are a complete beginner or a seasoned practitioner, it always helps to think about the foundation of what Yoga is all about. What does Yoga mean to you? For me, Yoga is breath. Yoga is about allowing oneself to truly be present. Yoga is letting go of attachment to desired outcomes. Yoga is about cultivating acceptance, patience and compassion for oneself, which then extends to our loved ones, and eventually to all living beings.

    Yoga is union of the mind, body and spirit.


    Yoga is in fact a very broad term covering an entire science and philosophy, rich in history with its roots in India. The physical practice that often brings new students to Yoga is actually only a small part of a seemingly endless journey towards self-knowledge. What is commonly known as Yoga in the West is technically Hatha Yoga. Hatha (ha="sun" tha="moon") Yoga practitioners aim for the union of mind-body-spirit though a combination of asanas (physical postures), pranayama (breathing exercises), mudra (body gestures) and shatkarma (internal cleansing). These body-centered practices are used to purify the body and cultivate prana (energy) to activate kundalini, the subtle energies of the body. It is possible to focus primarily on the physical yoga postures if the more spiritual side of the practice does not appeal to you.


    Yoga is not a religion or a competitive sport. A posture that may seem really easy for one person will be very challenging for another. It is natural to look around the room when you first start Yoga to see what other students are doing; to watch and learn. However, it is recommended that you avoid comparing your own practice with others. This will only lead to frustration. If you focus on your breath and allow the body to open up through a steady and comfortable practice, you may be amazed by what you will become.


    Yoga works for every body. And every body is different. So be kind to yourself and use props when needed to allow the body to ease into poses. There is no hurry. You are always exactly where you need to be.


    January 5, 2018 · Crisis,Christmas,Homelessness,football,yoga
    This year I volunteered for Crisis at Christmas with the intention to teach yoga and meditation, but I ended up playing more football. When the activity leader asked me to play footie I laughed and said I would be happy to be a cheerleader... but he wouldn't take no for an answer. "The thing is,"...
    When was the last time you looked down at your belly and gave it a pat and a rub and just said ‘Thank you’~? We live in a culture that celebrates tight abs, but if we hold ourselves in too tightly, we can sabotage our breath and the flow of intuitive wisdom that comes from this integral part of...
    "I'm an old man and I have known a great many troubles. But most of them never happened." ~ Mark Twain It is impossible to live life without stress. Yet the concept of stress has only actually been in our collective consciousness since the middle of the twentieth century. Hans Selye, was...
    As we come to the end of summer here in England, I'm setting new intentions to maintain my positive energy throughout autumn and winter. That's why this is the perfect time to open our yoga studio at The Tallow Factory in Dedham. It is a lovely big room with plenty of head space provided by a...
    While preparing to teach basic breathing and relaxation as part of my British Wheel of Yoga 500 hour diploma this past weekend, I discovered a beautiful reading that was written by YogaWorks teacher Haruyo Matsukubo to help teachers teach "Savasana". Savasana is the ultimate resting pose that...
  • My Story

    Hello. I am Lou Hart.

    After over a decade working as a marketing executive in Hollywood, I moved home to live in the beautiful English countryside to teach yoga and run Dedham Retreats. My lifetime exploration of yoga has taken me on many adventures with different styles but when I discovered YogaWorks I knew I had found the perfect balance of alignment-focussed Hatha yoga and Vinyasa Flow. YogaWorks' mission is to honour and embrace each student’s search for personal growth, well-being, and fulfillment by offering the highest quality yoga programmes to people of all ages and from all walks of life. Yoga works for every body. Literally. So if you think that you're "not good at yoga" or "not flexible enough to do yoga" then come to one of my classes and I will show you how to make a start on the journey. It's by no means a quick fix solution, but with regular practice and dedication you will see improvements to your physical, mental and spiritual health.


    In late 2014 I was offered a once in a lifetime opportunity to take over the management of our family home The Tallow Factory, a beautiful Tudor candle factory in the heart of the idyllic village of Dedham. My whole being wanted to leave LA and come back to my roots... and I came up with the idea to set up a yoga studio and host retreats in the heart of unspoiled English countryside. So here I am.


    In January 2015 I completed a 200-hour teacher training with Yogaworks and received the RYT-200 certificate with the internationally recognised Yoga Alliance. In Autumn 2015, I opened a yoga and meditation studio in a beautiful room at The Tallow Factory in Dedham. I have since been teaching in the Colchester area for three years while completing my teacher training with a 500-hour diploma with the British Wheel of Yoga in 2017.


    Soon after I arrived back in Dedham, I noticed a poster advertising the first ever Mindfulness meeting in the village. I was thrilled to see that other people in the area are interested in creating a more positive community here. So, I went along and met some fantastic new friends and joined the founding committee of the Dedham Mindfulness Group.


    In 2018 I have added thai yoga massage to my training and have also become a wellness advocate for doterra essential oils. So I am now integrating these healing practices into my teaching.

    I am filled with gratitude towards all of my teachers, and their teachers, who have inspired me to reach where I am today,


    Stephanie Phelan, Dearbhla Kelly, Amy Lafond, Janice Chiou, Jasmine Lieb, Elaine Fletcher, and Heidi Pascual.


    Let your inner light shine.




  • october 2018 Schedule


    My classes are nurturing in a warm and comfortable studio with all of the props you need to feel supported. Suitable for all levels ~ including absolute beginners.


    weekly Yoga class prices are as follows:

    Single class ~ £15


    6 Class Pack valid for use in any of the weekly classes for two months from activation date ~ £75



    9:30am-10:45am Rise ad Shine Yoga (Mixed Level)


    6:00pm-7:15pm Restorative Hatha Yoga (Level 1)


    first tuesdays only

    7:30pm-8:30pm community meditation night (donation only)



    8:00pm-9:15pm Restorative Hatha Yoga (Level 2) with Lou Hart


    special event on 17th october


    7:30pm-8:30pm sing your hart out birthday kirtan with Sarah Savriti-yoga

    (donation only)




    9:30am-10:45am Rise and Shine Yoga (Mixed Level)



    yoga classes are limited to 10 people so we regularly have waiting lists. As a courtesy to the teacher and other students we require 24 hours notice for any cancellations.


    Private 1-2-1 CLASSES available upon request

    1 Hour ~ £60

    90 MIN ~ £75


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