Yoga makes us feel confident within ourselves, more able to cope with life's ups and downs and more able to listen to our inner guidance. Our physical health is improved as the body will gradually build strength, tone and suppleness.
The yoga positions termed asanas help us to tone, stretch, develop flexibility and build up strength in our bodies. By concentrating on the posture the mind becomes quiet, the breath becomes slow and self-awareness is developed. Yoga is non-competitive, and is suitable for all. If you are suffering any pain or health conditions please let me know, alternative postures and modifications can be used to help, each student can benefit from the practice.
Within my classes I will bring attention to the breath, to chakras, chanting, and wonderful flowing salutations often practiced with yogic music. Please have a read at what my students have to say about my classes.
Yogic breathing techniques slow the activity of the mind, as slow smooth breathing makes the mind calm. It is both relaxing and revitalizing to the whole body and reduces stress. You will be taught various breathing techniques, and after gaining more control of the breath we will move onto pranayama and more advanced work. The use of these techniques can have a deep positive effect on health.
Specific techniques will be taught to totally relax the body and mind, allowing the body to absorb the work that has taken place. Relaxation also brings about a feeling of wellbeing and contentment that can be taken into our daily lives. Yoga Nidra will be a regular practice, which brings an intense feeling of stillness to the mind and body and is very healing. Yoga Philosophy will be touched on within the lessons, helping to highlight the link between mind, breath and body, and to develop awareness of the self and inner guidance.
I have been practicing yoga for over 30 years, influenced by Iyengar Yoga and Hatha Yoga. I am British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) trained and am always in search of ways I can improve my teaching, regularly attending teacher training groups. I have suffered back pain and sciatica in the past and used my yoga practice to free myself from pain and to make sure that I am not troubled by the condition again. I have been to various workshops to address back pain so I feel able to pass on this knowledge within the classes. I have trained to become a yoga therapist and am able to use this knowledge within the classes or on a 1-2-1 basis.