Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that promotes strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. The practice originated in India thousands of years ago and has been adapted in other countries in a variety of ways. Although popular as a system of physical exercise, in Indian traditions yoga has a meditative and spiritual core.

Our Approach

At State of Liberty, our approach to yoga is gentle. This doesn’t mean it’s not strong, but that we focus on finding ease, slowing down and learning how to practise with kindness and mindfulness.

It’s not about pushing, stretching and bending just to make an impressive shape. We want you to move with awareness, connect with your body and feel open and playful, all the while enjoying and trusting the journey.

Our bodies are beautiful and diverse. What works for me may not work for you. It’s important to take time to listen to your body’s natural intelligence and translate its unique needs.

We plan to give you the tools to accept and honour where you are physically, mentally and emotionally. This changes daily and the simple act of showing up on your mat, connecting with yourself and creating some time and space is very valuable.

Whether you choose to lie down for five minutes and simply tune into your breath or sweat it out to a high energy vinyasa flow, both can be equally beneficial. What’s right for you will depend on your unique energy levels and needs that day.

Practising Yoga at Home

We believe making small, sustainable adjustments to your daily habits ultimately empowers you to create a happy, healthy, beautiful life.

Regularly practising yoga in your own home and on your own terms can be very beneficial for your wellbeing. Through the SOL blog and our online retreats, we’ll be sharing top tips and expert insights designed to show you how to achieve this.

Our team will be on hand to encourage, inspire and support you. Together we’ll transform negative habits and resistance into an enjoyable home practice.

Introducing Clem Balfour

We’re thrilled to have the lovely Clem Balfour joining us as part of the SOL team. Clem, an experienced yoga instructor and passionate foodie, is founder of the Yoga Brunch Club, monthly events that bring people together to enjoy a morning or afternoon of yoga followed by a delicious, nourishing meal.
Clem’s approach to yoga shifts and moves with her daily mood and how her body is feeling.

Clem Balfour Yoga Teacher

‘I’ve learnt to mould my practice to fit my day-to-day needs. Sometimes I focus on a dynamic vinyasa flow style, but if I feel I need to slow down and be a little softer in my practice, I’ll start with something more restorative. Yoga offers a space for me to reconnect each morning. I roll out my mat and often have no idea how I’m going to move that day. I start by taking a breath, sitting, waiting and then allowing the movements to flow.’

Later today, we’ll share a simple yoga sequence designed to help you through the Winter months. We’ll also be revealing more about Clem and her unique wellbeing story in Friday’s long read.

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Do you practise yoga at home? if so, any particular style?  Please share in the comments below.

Love Lizzie xx

Lizzie Jones SOL Founder and Holistic Chef
Written by Lizzie Jones SOL Founder and Holistic Chef
Hello, I’m Lizzie, founder of State of Liberty and holistic chef. My personal journey through life has given me a deep connection to a plethora of wellbeing practices. All have had a positive impact on me and are included in our online retreats. I have worked as a nutritionist and holistic chef on wellbeing retreats around the world and lived in India for 7 years working on yoga retreats, which eventually culminated in the opening of my own natural food cafe where I served yogis after their morning practice. This yoga lifestyle allowed me to practise every day and benefit from a wide range of experienced teachers. Home is now Bristol where I’ve been living for the past 8 years. I have another business called Wedding Yurts, and we host celebrations all over the UK in our beautiful handcrafted yurt venue. Life is busy! I support myself by eating well, drinking lots of water, regularly practising yoga, meditating and getting plenty of sleep. ‘Lokah samastash sukhino bhavantu’ ‘May all beings be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words and actions of my own life contribute in some way to happiness and freedom for all’. This beautiful Sanskrit mantra perfectly captures my vision for State of Liberty. We are all unique and we all have our own stories to tell. Understanding your story empowers you to discover true health. You are the only person who can heal yourself because you are the only person holding the knowledge of who you really are. Together with the rest of the SOL team, my intention is to create a inspiring, supportive and safe online wellbeing platform. I believe that with the right tools and support, everyone can improve their health and wellbeing in a natural and holistic manner. When I’m not working, I enjoy travelling and spending time outdoors. My partner and I regularly escape to Hungary where we own a little wine house in the forest. The windows are wonky and it’s really quite wild. Located in the middle of nowhere, it’s incredibly quiet and at night, pitch black. For us, it’s the perfect contrast to city life.