Yoga Focus

I believe in the Ayurvedic principle that we have inherent natural resources within ourselves to help bring us back to a natural state of health, wellbeing and happiness. Nature is our guide, we know that after night there is day, after rain there is sun and after winter there is Spring.  We need to trust the natural process of life, learn to accept the difficult times so we can grow and flourish on our life’s journey.

I originally qualified with the British Wheel of Yoga in 1998 and founded Yoga Focus shortly after. I have continued to train extensively in Britain and India, which includes traditional disciplines such as Tibetan Healing Yoga, the Bihar School of Yoga, Sivananda Yoga, Hatha Tantric Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, and Viniyoga.

In 1991 I began working as an Occupational Therapist in physical and mental health, successfully using yoga therapy as a valuable therapeutic intervention for rehabilitation programmes both within the NHS and private sector. The results from Yoga therapy soon received much respect from NHS team members such as of consultant psychiatrists, nurses, OT’s, Physiotherapists, clinical psychologists and many more.  I have worked in secure services of forensic psychiatry (Head OT for Discharge unit) , acute mental health, neurology, paediatrics, asylum seekers centre and social services. For several years,  I have worked as a Yoga Therapy consultant for an Occupational Health Department within the NHS supporting staff with health conditions due to burnout and trauma.
I spent my early adult life working and living in mountains in New Zealand, France and Scotland as a ski teacher and guide for blind and disabled people. I enjoy exploring my creative side in the form of music and dance.  I am a mum of three, now adult children and am dedicated to living a simple yet meaningful life.

Yoga Hatha Flow

Nicole has been teaching yoga for more than 15 years and practicing for more than 20.  Originally from Australia but brought up in South East Asia, she has had a  life-long fascination with Eastern philosophy and spirituality. As well as two separate 200 hour Yoga teacher trainings, she has also done two diplomas in Buddhist Philosophy and Thought with the Jamyang Centre in London.

Originally a specialist in pregnancy and postnatal yoga, Nicole then expanded her remit to teach a wide variety of Hatha and Dynamic Flow yoga classes. Her most recent 200 hour teacher training was completed with the Life Centre in London, where she passed with a distinction.

Her yoga style is dynamic, playful and entirely unparsimonious. Each class is deliberately multi-layered and includes varied asana sequencing, attention to both alignment and breath, and is underpinned by yogic and Buddhist philosophy that has been interpreted for modern life.

Enstone Firs Briefing Note – 26 Jan 21

Ash Dieback Disease and Enstone Firs West on the Ditchley Estate

Following the felling of trees that was necessary due to Ash Dieback Disease, replanting is now being completed in a similar style to that last adopted on this site in the 1950’s, with a predominantly native broadleaved planting together with a coniferous nurse. A total of approximately 4600 trees are to be planted, comprising Beech, Lime, Wild Service Tree, Hazel, Thorn, Wild Privet and Wayfaring Tree.

Pedestrian access gates are being installed at either end of the permitted footpath route. However, after felling and mulching of stumps and debris, the site is understandably quite ‘raw’. The intention is that the gates are locked as an interim measure until the site has had time to mellow, and nature has had time to naturally colonise the areas between the young trees with vegetation. Once this has occurred, it will be possible for the gates to be unlocked and walkers then to access along the designated route, as had occurred prior to the onset of Ash Dieback Disease and the unfortunate need to fell and replant.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact:

Tim Shardlow Bsc(Hons) MICFor M Arbor A

Forestry Consultant to the Ditchley Estate

Nicholsons – 07909 530482


Yoga Focus

With Nikki Jackson.

Yoga practise helps us to improve awareness of our body, of our breathing and of our state of mind.