Our Aims and Philosophy
Our aim is to make yoga fun and accessible for everyone, promoting health, fitness, happiness and well-being through the practice of yoga and yoga therapy. The majority of our classes are taught by Faye Koe, a fully qualified yoga teacher with a diploma from the British Wheel of Yoga and a qualified teacher of the Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs Course. We offer yoga online and live, and when back in the studio to groups of no more than 9 people, and to smaller groups and individually on a 1-2-1 basis.
With guidance you will quickly become stronger, healthier, fitter, toned and more aware of your physical body. In turn you may feel happier, your concentration will improve and you will be able to relax more easily and sleep better.
What is Yoga?
What is the meaning of yoga? To join—and is often interpreted to mean the union of mind, body and soul. Yoga is said to provide balance and harmony. One element of yoga is a physical workout, the postures. But it’s not just a workout; it’s a spiritual practice that makes the body stronger, more flexible, and generally healthier. We use the breath, pranayama, mantra and other yogic techniques and principles. The aim and purpose of yoga is to calm and still the mind from chatter, open the heart and stimulate your spiritual evolution!
Our classes are small and intimate, friendly and fun. We provide classes that are challenging, but we invite you to take the level that is appropriate for you. We always remind you to be kind to yourself and to rest if you need to; or conversely to push yourself deeper, by providing you with variations of the postures offered. Our group classes have no more than 9 students in the group at any one time, ensuring your safety in a friendly, relaxed and fun environment. And, because you pay half termly for the group classes, the same people will be in these classes every time, so you will quickly become comfortable and relaxed, knowing those around you. Please see our Classes page for a full list of everything we do.
Our Yoga Space
Yoga takes place in our small, modern home yoga space in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey. We have a comfortable yoga space, with wooden floors, discrete lighting, wood fires and yoga music, to take you out of your hectic life into the present moment; so you can escape the chattering mind and really focus on your yoga practice. We also teach yoga in Ibiza. Please see our Contact page for more information about our locations.
Align, Strengthen, Lengthen, Tone, Balance
During the posture/asana part of the yoga lesson, we focus on alignment of the whole body and spine. We work on strengthening the core; balancing the back and the abdominal muscles. We open the hips, which is key to mobility. We strengthen the upper body and lengthen and strengthen the lower limbs. We aim to balance, strengthen and tone the whole body and both left and right sides.
We help you learn to breathe more easily through your practice and with breath work, Pranayama. This can increase your lung capacity, to increase your energy levels and help you to relax more easily. Synchronising your breath with movement can also help you to increase your digestive fire to boost your metabolism and immune system and detoxify the body, helping you to maintain a healthy body weight.
We always end with a calming relaxation, in Savasana, to ensure your whole body reaps the benefits of the posture work you have been doing.
Faye is the Owner and Founder of Body Soul Yoga and has been practising yoga for over 18 years. She is a qualified and certified British Wheel of Yoga teacher with a British Wheel of Yoga Teaching Diploma, under Cathy-Mae Karelse, (January 2009 – February 2011). She also trained with Calm for Kids under Christiane Kerr (November 2008). Faye was taught pregnancy yoga by Janet Balaskas and Wendy Teasdill at the Active Birth Centre in Highgate, North London, (2004 – 2006). She has also completed her YHLB—Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs—training at the YHLB with Alison Trewela, (2016-2017). Faye is a registered Emergency First Aider, holds a DBS certificate and is a Chaperone for the Surrey Council Child Protection and Education Unit.
She has a law degree and a diploma in legal practice and was a city lawyer for 16 years until becoming a yoga instructor and business owner. She is also a mother of two children; so she understands the need for yoga, balance, relaxation and meditation to de-stress and allay anxiety, build inner strength, boost the immune system and keep grounded in an ever demanding world. Her yoga classes are taught with an emphasis on health and fitness; encouraging her students to challenge themselves whilst at the same time emphasising the non-competitive nature of yoga.
Faye teaches: Hatha Flow Yoga & Vinyasa Yoga, Gentle Hatha Yoga, Yoga for Beginners, Pregnancy Yoga, After Baby Yoga, Yoga Therapy, Restorative Yoga, YHLB (Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs 12 week approved course and YHLB Workshops), Mens’ Yoga, Childrens’ Yoga in schools, Pranayama, Mantra, Meditation and Yoga Nidra/Relaxation.
Laurence Koe is a qualified Yoga Alliance 200 Hours Teacher. He is available on a private basis and also teaches beginners and intermediate yogis. He teaches Sports Yoga on a Monday night at Body Soul Yoga.
Yoga styles: Hatha Flow Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Sports Yoga, Beginners Yoga and Fire Yoga.
As an inflammatory arthritis sufferer, I decided to seek out yoga on recommendation of my specialist. I’m now a couple of years down the road going to Faye’s classes twice a week and I have gone from being stiff as a board and constant pain, to having much more flexibility and stamina. I have even reduced my pain meds by two thirds. Faye has such an encouraging, gentle manner and truly cares about her students. If only I could take up residence at Faye’s and do yoga every day, one can dream! Not only good for the body but good for the soul
Thanks for another wonderful year of Yoga! I’ve loved every class and always look forward to coming to see you and practice my yoga.
I want to thank you for being such an amazing teacher. I used to be so embarrassed doing yoga, trying to compare myself with everyone else because I couldn’t focus. Now I don’t remember the last time I bothered what anyone else was doing, as for so long it’s been such a great ‘me time’ and has helped to give me a break from my hectic life. From moving house to studying and wedding planning along with my working weeks I don’t know how I ever coped without it. You’ve really helped me with my strength, health and sanity and I’ve loved all your sessions. Thanks Faye.
Faye is very talented, I love her teaching style and her calming voice. There is a perfect balance in her class and I always feeling so much more opened and renewed after classes. If you are a yoga lover and haven’t try her classes then you are missing out. Thanks Faye.
Hi Faye random feedback for you—I felt like I had a really good sleep last night and I looked back at all the Tuesday nights in my Fitbit dashboard and they are all better nights sleep than any other day of the week! You must sleep like a baby every night ?? I don’t always sleep well so was interesting to see!!
Faye is a born teacher—calm, inspiring and patient. The yoga classes are geared to the perfect level of competence with a little bit of a stretch to attain the next level. I have always left feeling that I have done well and feel calm and relaxed. I cannot recommend Faye too highly. The perfect mix of the physical yoga together with the relaxing mindset of the more spiritual Yoga experience. Well worth a visit and completely addictive.
I started doing yoga with Faye a year ago and I’ve experienced both her Hatha Vinyasa Flow and her Pregnancy classes. Faye is an exceptional and inspiring teacher, she is very welcoming and she adapts her lessons to all levels. Her instructions are very clear and she knows how to make every student progress at their own pace. I thoroughly enjoy every minute of each lesson and always leave the class looking forward to the next one. I can’t recommend her highly enough!
I thoroughly enjoyed meeting Olivia in Ibiza today, the session was fantastic… Being able to do the session on her wonderful roof terrace was really lovely too. I have only been doing yoga for 4 months and Olivia pitched the level and pace of the class perfectly for me. I am returning to Ibiza in July and mentioned that myself and a friend would love to do a session with her, either as a private class or in a group class. Thank you very much Faye for providing such a stress-free, professional service and one which I would thoroughly recommend. Look forward to the next time!
Calm, Relaxing, Progressive and Something Different in Every Class. I’ve been personal training with Faye since November 2012 and love every class. My partner later joined the training from February and he too loves it now. We look forward to every class, and Faye puts us at ease while doing the poses and gently teaches us the techniques. We have seen the results now and me and my partner have gained more strength and can see our muscles bulging in our bodies, which I couldn’t achieve even in the gym. I’ll continue to work out with Faye for years to come. Last but not the least the yoga room is so calm and there is so much positive energy there, that once you step in there, it instantly lifts your spirit and calms your mood.
Doing Pregnancy Yoga is the best decision I made. Faye knows exactly how much to push me and guides me in a reassuring way. Being a young mum of two she has the experience of pregnancy and understands what I am feeling. She has given some valuable advice which at times I feel is even better than my midwife’s! What I love about my classes are that we do an amazing variety of exercises so it is not repetitive and a new challenge; also every week she gives advice as to what I should be doing at the current stage I’m in. As a teacher and person Faye has a warmth and incredible way of encouraging me. She really knows how the body works, she is able to explain what to do in a simple manner to ensure the exercises are done correctly. I like the way she explains the benefits of each exercise and just goes straight into an exercise rather than explaining it too much. I love the combination of exercise and relaxation. I cannot recommend yoga with Faye enough. Since starting I am now not afraid of labour as Faye has given me an abundance of reassurance and it will be her words I will be taking to the labour ward, I’m sure. A massive thank you for being such an inspirational and vital person during my pregnancy.
Having done yoga for the past 13 years I was lucky enough to find Faye’s classes when I recently moved to Walton. The classes are by far the best yoga classes I have ever been to. Faye keeps the classes varied and challenging and unbelievably relaxing. I can’t recommend Faye’s classes highly enough!
I have been taking yoga classes with Faye for only 5 months but have thoroughly enjoyed Faye’s classes. They are always varied, with different focus areas or aims. She leads a novice like myself with clear, calm instruction; demonstrates each position and gives easy to follow verbal descriptions as we go along. I come out from the class feeling more relaxed and have found the breathing strategies useful in everyday stressful situations.
We loved the class, it was fantastic! We are all pretty fit and do lots of exercise but found the pace perfect and felt beautifully relaxed and inspired when we had finished. It was a great way to spend a morning in Ibiza. Thank you.
Faye’s classes tick all the boxes for me. Not only do you get to clear your mind, focus on yourself and really stretch your body you also get Faye’s positive and encouraging instruction which helps you work on your technique no matter what level you are. My flexibility has improved immeasurably with regular classes and I’ve met some lovely local people along the way.
Challenging classes which have strengthened my body and improved my flexibility. Lessons are fun and friendly with the best relaxation sessions after all the hard work is done! One to one private yoga sessions, tailored to my individual requirements are brilliant and have improved my practice considerably. Faye is a knowledgeable and inspiring teacher. Highly recommended.
Faye Koe has been teaching me yoga in Walton-on-Thames for two years now; before, during and post pregnancy. She has helped me find ab’s I thought I would never find again and has made me feel physically and mentally strong. I often enter Faye’s classes feeling tired and stressed but leave feeling energized and relaxed everytime. I would recommend Faye’s classes to anyone. She ensures classes are varied and suitable for all levels of ability.
I can’t tell you how much your classes helped. Not just with the latter end of pregnancy but with the labour itself. I’ll definitely be back in a couple of months.
Yoga—Love It! Faye’s classes offer the perfect balance between challenge and relaxation. I experience the physical, emotional and psychological benefits each time I go, finishing each class with a sense of achievement and calm. The classes are warm, friendly, and relaxed, suitable for the beginner to advanced, as each individual is encouraged to work at their own level.
Amazingly relaxing yoga for all levels. For anyone looking for some escapism and wellbeing then Faye is brilliant. She balances the yoga capabilities of the group well, pushing the more experienced and coaching the novices. She has a very calm approach and I left every session feeling nicely mellow and stretched!
I love my yoga classes and you are a brilliant yoga teacher Faye.
Wonderful peaceful and educational class with, for me, just the right amount of hard work/exertion interspersed with easier poses.Faye has a different theme for every class, some are more flow and some more slow – never boring or same old. Renews and refreshes me each week. Thank you very much Faye!
Faye is a wonderful yoga teacher! Her classes are so well planned and the calm lovely surroundings make for a very positive yoga class and experience. I feel better mentally and physically since starting her classes in the new year!
Thank you so much for yesterday’s yoga class… I really enjoyed it and can feel that I’ve worked some new muscles today! I think the one-to-one sessions work very well for me and I hope to see you soon.
Thanks very much for organising our yoga session with Louise. She was lovely and provided just the right session for the group – very relaxing and therapeutic. Those who had not done yoga before were surprised at how much better they felt afterwards. Louise has a lovely manner and I would have no hesitation in recommending her.
Just wanted to say many thanks for everything! You’re the best yoga teacher ever! I get to be more flexible again and my right knee from my partial acl is not painful anymore too. Thank you!
Thank you for your really enjoyable, holistic, inspirational and fun sessions. I am converted to yoga!!
Hi both. Just a note to say thank you so much for this morning. It was so good to be able to focus on just one thing, and in such a friendly and supportive environment. Thanks so much for putting it all together, Rhiannon, and for the amazing goody bags! Faye – thank you for opening your home to us, and for a really fab yoga session. I’m converted.
Thanks Faye! I loved the class today. Feeling suitably chilled and energised…perfect!
Hi Faye, I wanted to share with you how much I am enjoying your sessions. I have done a few different ones over the years but never connected with any as much I have with yours. The last year I have had some health problems… Coming to your class is part of my recovery and getting to a more balanced healthy life. So thank you for that.