• My Story

    Hello. I am Lou Hart.

    Having practised Yoga now for 21 years and teaching for 9 years of that, I consider myself a Human being Yoga. I don't do yoga, I live and breathe yoga, on and off the mat. Whether it be singing thanks to the sunshine each morning as I walk my dog dylan, or climbing my favourite tree barefoot to sit in deep meditiation, feeling like a rainbow bridge between Earth and Sky, yoga has become the best way to describe what letting light flow through me feels like.

     

    A few years ago someone close to me said, "You're an escape artist!"

     

    Rather than taking it as an insult, I took it as a compliment.

     

    Yes, I am grateful to have escaped a lifestyle that was making my mind, body and soul sick.

    But, no I do not use Yoga to "spiritually bypass" the horrors of this world. To the contrary, my daily practice is a resource for cultivating resilience and navigating the seismic shifts that Mother Earth and humanity are navigating at this tumultuous time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. It's time to wake up and step into our collective power so that we can become the custodians of this beautiful planet before she kicks us off forever.

     

    In 2009, I escaped corporate America after a Thanksgiving retreat at the Sivananda Ashram on Paradise Island, in the Bahamas. The liberation process had started years before that, but after switching off my Blackberry for ten days and getting up at 5am each morning to meditate, chant mantra, practice asana for two hours, then repeat each evening, I can pinpoint the exact moment when yoga became my priority.

     

    A group of us were taking a silent walking meditation on the beach with the Swami.

    We sat beside the crystal turquoise Caribbean sea in silent meditation for quite some time and I experienced my first visualisation - the most exquisite magenta lotus floating in my mind's eye.

    As we were walking back to the ashram I asked the Swami what my vision meant.

    He replied simply, "You are loved."

     

     

    A few years later, after over a decade using my fluent Japanese working as a marketing executive in Hollywood, Yoga gradually became more and more important until eventually it became my way of life. After spending so long promoting other people's stories I woke up to the realisation that it was time to tell mine.

     

    My journey over the last decade has been about investigating my own story, which brought me back to my childhood home of idyllic Dedham, on the essex/suffolk border in East Anglia. 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 converted Tudor candle factory in the heart of the village. My whole being wanted to leave LA and come back to my roots. It was the perfect space to set up a yoga retreat centre, offering midweek classes to for the local community and residential retreats for groups of up to 8 people at the weekends and during the holidays.

    And so Dedham Retreats was born.

     

    My exploration of yoga has taken me through practising many different styles but when I discovered YogaWorks I knew I had found the perfect balance of alignment-focussed Iyengar and energising Ashtangha Vinyasa Flow.

     

    In January 2015 I completed a 200-hour teacher training with Yogaworks and received the RYT-200 certificate with the internationally recognised Yoga Alliance. By the Autumn of 2015, I opened my yoga and meditation studio in a beautiful room at The Tallow Factory in Dedham. I deepened my philosophical knowledge of the practice by completing the 500-hour diploma with the British Wheel of Yoga in 2017.

     

    In 2018 I added Thai Yoga Massage to my training and later that year I also discovered the ELDOA™ Method of myofasical stretching invented by osteopath Guy Voyer, D.O. In 2019 and 2023 I completed ELDOA™ Levels 1, 2 and 3 with Somatraining, UK.

     

    In 2023, I moved my yoga studio into the home of my Welsh grandma Harriet Mair Tahany, who named it Tegfan, which she told us meant "Happy Place" in her mother tongue. the new space at Dedham Yoga is cosy, but we can still comfortably accommodate groups of up to 8 people which allows me to give each client the attention they deserve. Dedham Retreats is still running as a four bedroom holiday cottage at The Tallow Factory, where we offer bespoke yoga, writing, art, and photography retreats to include use of the new yoga studio, which is just up the high street.

     

    Over the past few years,, my daily meditation and yoga practice has connected me with more miraculous teachers, supporting my soul growth with Craniosacral Therapy, Crystal Reiki Healing, kinesiology, ayurveda, kundalini and Vedic astrology. I have integrated all of these teachings with deep gratitude while also strengthening the voice of my own inner teacher to develop a unique practice focused on reducing tension in the body while bringing us more in harmony with the natural rhythms of the Earth, moon, planets and stars, tuning into a vibrant flow of life force within and without.

     

    My intention is always to honour and embrace each of my clients' search for holistic well-being by providing the highest quality yoga and meditation classes to people of all ages and from all walks of life.

     

    As the mantra of my Alma Mater states, 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.

     

    I am filled with gratitude for all of my Angels, Spirit Guides and 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, Wendy Shubin, Peter Bodi, Kate Pryor, Paula Rose, Cheryl Fenner-Brown, Maggie Dewis, Linda Goldman and Alexis Cox.

     

    Let your inner light shine,

     

    Lou

    xoxo