Transformation Through Yoga with Lesley Pyne

Meet Lesley, best selling author of Finding Joy Beyond Childlessness, NLP Master coach, and Yin Yoga passionista!

We all know that Yoga has the power to transform the physical body. Through regular practice, you can increase flexibility, reduce blood pressure and heart rate, shed fat, improve sleep and energy and so much more.

What a lot of people don’t realise is that Yoga changes more than the body. It has the power to change your mental state, your emotional wellbeing and your sense of connection to your spiritual aspect. Yoga is a holistic practice that works on all aspects of your being and allows you to gradually, maybe without even noticing it, transform your life.

If you have read my book or my past posts, you will know that I have experienced this myself in my very unexpected recovery from addiction during yoga teacher training. At the time I started, I would have denied I had an addiction problem, so the transformation I experienced was significant.

I wanted to hear from others who have experienced similar powerful transformations on their yoga journey. Yoga offers healing on so many levels, so I know that there are many fascinating stories to hear and share. Maybe you have one yourself?

My first, of what I hope are many conversations with wonderful people, is with author and coach Lesley Pyne. I first met Lesley at The Story Party event last year when I shared the story of ‘How Queens of the Stone Age saved me

We met again last week at the launch of our mutual friend Helen Rebello’s glorious book, The Magical Unfolding. We soon got into conversation about Yoga, and I was completely inspired to hear Lesley’s story of how her discovery of Yoga helped her to heal from profound and long held grief.

Lesley works with childless women, and has written a book about how you can Find Joy Beyond Childlessness, a book based on her own experience, and that of other women she talked to about this painful and difficult topic. Lesley’s own healing from the trauma and grief of childlessness, and the death of her parents was, in no small part, thanks to the healing she found on the mat during lessons taught by her teacher Emma Peel.

I was deeply grateful that Lesley agreed to join me for this livestream conversation to talk about her journey and the role that Yoga has played in her life.

In a joyful 50 minute conversation, we covered many topics, including

  • why it is important to be curious and open about life in general, and your exploration of Yoga in particular
  • how easy and damaging it is to suppress grief for many years
  • the importance of patience on your yoga mat
  • why Yoga doesn’t always need to be serious
  • how social media can warp perceptions of what Yoga is about, and can intimidate people who would otherwise love it
  • how Yoga can allow you space to process emotions
  • why it is so much better to feel your emotions
  • the way we store emotions in the body
  • how wonderful is Brene Brown!
  • …..and much more!

Lesley shared a powerful quote from Brene Brown’s Daring Greatly, her recommended book, which had quite a profound impact on her several years ago.

without question, putting ourselves out there means there’s a far greater risk of feeling hurt. But as I look back on my own life and what Daring Greatly has meant to me, I can honestly say that nothing is as uncomfortable, dangerous, and hurtful as believing that I’m standing on the outside of my life looking in and wondering what it would be like if I had the courage to show up and let myself be seen

Are you showing up and letting yourself be seen, or are you standing on the outside? How can you show up more?

I am deeply grateful to Lesley for being so generous with her time, her experience and her insights. I know that her generosity is greatly extended in her book as well. I’ve got a (Kindle) copy, as I know that although I have not had the exact same experience, I have a lot of grief still to process and heal from my past. The tools that Lesley shares to help women process the grief of childlessness will help you process your grief as well. do buy a copy, and take a look at her website to see how she can help you.

Connect with Lesley

As well as her website (, you can find Lesley on social media. She is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Do get in touch, and please share your comments and thoughts below.

Do you want to share your journey of Transformation Through Yoga?

I enjoyed talking to Lesley so much, and found her journey so fascinating. I know that there are many other uplifiting and inspirational stories of transformation through Yoga. Do you have one? I would love to talk to you, to share your journey to inspire others to join us in this wonderful practice of Yoga.

If you would like to join me for a livestream or audio conversation, please fill in this form to register your interest, and I will be in touch as soon as possible to arrange a time for us to talk. I look forward to speaking to you.


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Esther Nagle
Teacher, writer, speaker at Balance and Breathe
Esther is a former alcoholic, smoker and all round stressed out mess. She found the path to health, happiness, freedom and joy through Yoga. She is a passionate advocate for the power of Yoga, and time in Nature, in bringing balance to life, and giving you control over your health, happiness and wellbeing.

Esther is a powerful public speaker, writer and author. Her first book, Bent Back into Shape, Beating Addiction Through Yoga, has gained many 5 star reviews and has helped many people along their recovery journey.

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