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Simply Love Yoga

Aim for progress not perfection

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About Me

My love affair with Yoga

Hi, my name is Samantha Lavery and I teach Yoga and Qigong, I'm also a Transformational Mind-Set Coach.

In 2011, my family and I moved to Sumatra, Indonesia. Until then my exercise of choice was running, but running in such a hot climate did not work for me, so as an alternative exercise my friends introduced me to Ashtanga and Flow Yoga. Like many people I was drawn to Yoga for the physical aspect but it was the benefits to my emotional and mental wellbeing where I found greater reward. This was the start of my love affair with Yoga.

After three years, we returned to the UK and once settled and adjusted back to normal life, I took the opportunity to train with the Seasonal Yoga Academy in Glasgow. In 2016, I completed my 200hr training course and started teaching. While teaching I went on to complete the 300hr Advanced Seasonal Training Program. Since then I have completed my Masters Advance Seasonal Yoga and Seasonal Yin Training.

Yoga and Meditation gave me tools to help me with day to day stresses. Changing your mind-set takes you to the next level of happiness 

In 2020 I started Mind-Set Coaching, transforming the way I think and feel about myself. I now help women over 40 who feel flat, stressed, frustrated and de-motivated to feel HAPPY and HEALTHY. To THRIVE not just survive.

I love creating positive connections with people. We live in a world where people are feeling increasingly disconnected from each other, leading to loneliness and a feeling of isolation. 

I enjoy giving something back to my community and I'm a volunteer at the amazing show Kynren-An Epic Tale of England.

Improving your wellbeing is more than just a fitness decision, it’s a lifestyle commitment. My classes provide an excellent opportunity to exercise your body and mind, but they’re also places to meet, share and create positive connections with others. Check out my classes and join my community today.


Seasonal Yoga, Qigong, Seasonal Yin

Balancing Mind, Body and Emotions
For all levels and abilities

Seasonal Yoga which includes both Yoga and Qigong, is a dynamic flow based practice using the breath to balance our mind, body and emotions with the changing energy of the seasons. 

As in nature, our bodies have their own innate intelligence and mechanisms for internal balancing. In the teachings of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), each major organ resonates with a particular seasonal energy.  Using our own vital energy (chi or Prana), which flows through the meridians to each major organ of the body. By practicing postures, movement and meridian stretches, we can influence our vital energy or emotional state.

The practice also includes breath work and meditation to bring us to a place of stillness and can often result in a feeling of calm and bliss. We hold emotional stress within our bodies and Yoga, Qigong, Pranayama and Meditation, helps to release those tensions so you feel lighter, calmer, bringing you to a place of stillness and quiet. 

Seasonal Yin is a deep meditative practice that works with the fascia, connective tissue, ligaments, joints and bones. It's slower and more meditative giving you space to turn inwards and tune into your mind and body. With these deep stretches we're opening up any blockages and releasing the energy to flow freely. We use props to support the possess so we can work more deeply into the body. Postures can be held for three to five minutes or sometimes more to access the deeper tissue.

The benefits include: Lengthening connective tissue, increases flexibility, boosts circulation and reduces stress and anxiety levels.

I emphasise the word 'practice'; Yoga is not about creating the perfect pose, it's about being on the mat, seeing how you feel and using your breath to work through the challenges each day may bring. Which is why people with all levels of ability can benefit from a Yoga or Qigong practice.

Bringing balance to the mind and body

Qigong is the movement of energy through breath and movement, it’s good for so many different things; it strengthens the immune system, calms the mind and at the same time energises the body.

Your energy is like a great river that runs through the body. When the river is flowing freely, your energy is flowing, the body is in really good health.

When there are blockages for example through tension or stress then the river starts to get blocked. On one side of the blockage, you get a build up, a stagnation of energy, then on the other side, complete depletion and then the body is out of balance. That’s when health issues can start to surface.

Qigong works to bring your body back into balance to help maintain good health.

It is one of the most accessible practices for all abilities

​Improving your wellbeing is more than just a fitness decision, it’s a lifestyle commitment. My classes provide an excellent opportunity to exercise your body and mind, but they’re also places to meet, share and create positive connections with others. Check out where my classes are below and join my community today.

Class Details


Seasonal Yoga 13.30-15.00

Redworth Hall Gym Members only


Seasonal Yoga 17.30 - 18.45 

Byers Green Community Hall, 85 High St, DL16 7NX

Booking is essential. Book here 

Price: £7.50 per class or £28.00 for a block of 4 


Qigong 10.30-11.15am

Heighington Village Hall, Heighington, Newton Aycliffe, DL5 6PE



Seasonal Yoga 12.15-13.30

Meadowfield Leisure Centre

Contact Meadowfield to book

Seasonal Yoga 18.30 - 19.45

School Aycliffe Community Hall, Eastfields Road, DL5 6QH

Booking is essential. Book here

Price: £7.50 per class or £28.00 for a block of 4 

Monthly Zoom classes with recordings

Yin Yoga - First Saturday of every month

Qigong - First Monday of the month

Seasonal Yoga - First Wednesday of the month

Qigong, Seasonal Yoga and Seasonal Yin - £18 per month.

Qigong and Seasonal Yin Yoga - £12.50 per month

Qigong only - £10 per month

This gives you access to monthly live zoom classes as well as recordings, which you can use as often as you like throughout the month.

To book online classes or for more information email, text or call for more detail.


07821 870975

Mind-Set Coaching and Weekend Retreat

Wellness Coach

Mind-Set Coaching

I help women over 40 who feel flat, stressed, frustrated and de-motivated to feel HAPPY and HEALTHY. To THRIVE not just survive.

Contact me for a Discovery Call today to see if my programme can help you. 870975

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Samantha Lavery Coaching


Weekend Retreat
12-14th May 2023 - Fully Booked
18-20th August 2023 - Fully Booked
10-12th May 2024 - Fully Booked
7-9th June 2024 - Spaces Available
23-25th August 2024 - Spaces Available

Weekend Retreat

A weekend of Yoga and Qigong to Relax and Recharge



In the beautiful setting of the historic Saxon Village of Escomb, Bishop Auckland, invigorate yourself with morning and evening sessions of Seasonal Yoga and Qigong as we embrace the energy of the season.


Connect with nature and enjoy an enriching weekend of qigong, yoga and meditation, with delicious vegetarian meals, luxury pod camping, each with a hot tub as well as a shared sauna and natural environment. Experience the magic of sitting in stillness in the beautiful Tipi with its gentle lighting and warming campfire.


The Weekend:

Our two-night retreat will offer you the chance to enrich your body and mind through the traditional arts of qiqong, yoga, yoga nidra and or pranayama and/or meditation, so you can reach that next level of vitality, vibrancy and happiness in life, and all in a setting that is at one with mother nature. 


The focus of this weekend is YOU! It’s about helping you to let go of the stresses and strains of life as well as strengthening your practice so that you feel revived and relaxed.


The weekend is structured to give you group sessions as well as offering time to relax, where you are free to enjoy the beautiful surroundings in which you are staying, explore the area or enjoy the hot tub, sit and read a book or just enjoy quiet time to yourself.

For course details and dates see the events section below



2.00pm Arrive site anytime from (welcome tea/coffee) (Serenity)

4.30 - 6:00pm – First Yoga session (Tepee)

6:30ish - Dinner (Serenity)

8.00 - 8:30pm Pranayama/Meditation or Yoga Nidra (Tepee)



8.30 - 10.00am - Yoga (Tepee)

10.30am - Breakfast (Serenity)

2.00pm - Light Lunch (Serenity)

4.45 - 6.00pm - Yoga (Tepee)

6.30ish - Dinner (Serenity)

8.00 - 8:30pm Pranayama/Meditation or Yoga Nidra (Tepee)


8.30am -10.00am Yoga (Tepee)

10.30am - Breakfast (Serenity)

Leave at 12.00noon


Accommodation: Staying at Gables Pod Camping – Winner of the hit TV Show FOUR IN A BED (shown 9th Nov 2020). Enjoy luxury pod camping accommodation, all fully insulated and equipped with en-suite bathroom, bedding and towels, selection of toiletries, power sockets, electric heater, microwave, mini-fridge and kettle and all main meals are included in the price.  Because the site is small and intimate, the rooms are on a share-only basis with a double bed in each pod as well as the Clock-tower, which has a double bunk bed and the cottage which has one bedroom with a double bed, bathroom and downstairs living area. Please see Gables Pod Camping website or Facebook page for all accommodation and facility details The Gables-Pod Camping

There are limited parking spaces available so car sharing where possible is advisable.


As this is a small and intimate site, there is no single occupancy available.

All bookings are made based on two people sharing.

Total Cost Per Person for the June and August 2024 retreats

£335pp (additional charge for the cottage - contact for details)


  • Four Yoga sessions and two relaxation sessions

  • Includes either Pod hire with double bed (3 available) or the cottage which is one bedroom with a double bed, small kitchen and seating area downstairs (1 available)

  • Includes Vegetarian Continental Breakfast 

  • Light Lunch –Soup 

  • Dinner – Vegetarian Dinner

  • Tea, coffee, herbal tea

  • Use of facilities including Serenity room (where we will share meals), Tepee for our Yoga sessions, shared Sauna and a Hot Tub with each room


Extras: They also have a license to sell alcohol; alcoholic drinks are available to purchase if you fancy a cocktail or two! 

A £60 deposit secures your booking with two further payments, details on request


Terms and conditions apply


To book your space call me on 07821 870975 or email at

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