Yoga is often considered by the Western World, as a purely physical past-time, one which can help individuals become physically fit and healthy. While this is often the result of Yoga practice, it is not the goal. Yoga is not merely a way to become physically fit, or a method of stress management, but rather a way of approaching all aspects of life.
Yoga is a systematic practice which enables the movement of thought inward, with the goal of gaining mastery along the way, aiming for true consciousness and realisation of self. This is achieved, among other methods, through the practices of mindfulness, meditation, physical postures or asanas, breathing techniques or pranayama, and mantras. The ultimate aim of Yoga practice is to still the mind, allowing us to connect with the divine.
Having trained in the Raja path of yoga, I now teach a range of yoga styles with a focus on relaxation and well being. Each style has its own benefits so it is important to see which you connect with most, and to look at different styles when your body and mind call you to explore.
Yin yoga is a deeply nourishing practice. In our day to day lives, it’s easy to get lost in the yang – the doing, the busy, the go go go. Yin Yoga focuses on the opposite – slowing down, allowing time, creating space. A typical class will begin with pranayama (breathing techniques), followed by fully supported asanas. Using blocks, bolsters and blankets, we avoid stimulating the muscles, allowing the deep connective tissues to relax. Complete your practice in Savasana with a guided meditation.
All classes are suitable for beginners with the use of props enabling us to personalise your practice.
Hatha yoga draws on asanas (physical postures), pranayama (breathing techniques) and meditation to calm the mind and restore balance. Classes will typically begin with a mantra and intention setting, followed by a warm up, sun salutations, and a mixture of standing postures, balances and mat work. Class is completed with a guided meditation, leaving you relaxed and revitalised.
All classes are suitable for beginners, with many options given so you may increase the level of challenge as and when you feel comfortable.
Yoga Nidra is the science of yogic sleep. This deeply nurturing practice helps connect the body, mind and soul. This ancient practice is like a deep sleep while remaining awake. Throughout the practice, you will be guided through a meditative state into a state of conscious relaxation.
Benefits of Yoga Nidra:
1) Reduced stress
2) Improved sleep
3) Enhanced mental focus
4) Encourages positive thinking
5) Connect with your deeper spiritual self
Yoga Nidra is suitable for all ages and abilities, with the only requirement being the need to be still for the session. Usually we find stillness on our mat, however, comfort is of the upmost importance and chairs may be used if more suitable. Please contact me before a session if you will need to bring a chair so that I can ensure you have adequate space.
Sivananda Yoga derives from the teachings of Swami Sivananda, who summarised his teachings in these six words: serve, love, give, purify, meditate, realise.
A typical class will comprise of pranayama, sun salutations, a 12 asana sequence and meditation. The 12 asanas not only work the physical body, but open the energy chanels, chakras, in the body. Following an exact order, the 12 asanas also allow for the systematic movement of every major part of the body bringing them into balance.
Sivananda yoga is a more strenuous class. If you have not practiced yoga before, then please get in touch or join a beginners class to ensure suitability. Each class will have options for asanas, so you may increase the level of challenge as and when you feel comfortable.