Yoga originated in India thousands of years ago. Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘yuj’ which literally means to integrate or unite. Yoga is said to be the union of the universal consciousness and an individual’s consciousness.
The ancient yogis of India believed that if man had to be at peace with himself as well as with this surroundings, he had to be able to unite the mind, body and the spirit. Regular practice of Yoga will build a strong, toned and supple body, improve fitness, balance and posture and cultivate a calm and focused mind.
What is Hatha Yoga?
Hatha Yoga uses postures (asana) and conscious breathing (Pranayama) in combination with mental focus to develop awareness, strength and flexibility, and relaxation. Through proper alignment and mindful actions of the body, Hatha Yoga brings balance, strength, and a sense of well-being to the practitioner. Students of all my classes are given options and modifications to make all the classes accessible to them. All classes are open and suitable for beginners but some prefer to come to a personal session or beginners workshop 1st.
An more energetic class linking movement to the breath in a flowing series of ‘asanas’ or postures designed to unify breathing and movement. By creating heat and energy flow through the body, this style of yoga increases suppleness and awareness while also building strength and lightness of movement as well as relaxing the mind and the nervous system.
Yin & Yang Yoga
A class of two halves! The beginning of the class with be energising using flowing movement linked to the breath and a series of ‘asanas’ or postures designed to unify breathing and movement. The 2nd half will be a yin style class, with long holds of floor based postures designed to let the body open and relax and be a meditation in itself - best of both! suitable for all including beginners
Slow Flow Yoga
It is more relaxed than Flow Yoga but can still be challenging in parts.
Stretch, Relax and Restore
A slow restorative, stretchy class for those who like there yoga a little more mellow... a combination of restorative, yin and classic hatha yoga poses and stretches. Great for those with injuries or older people or those who just like it more relaxed..
Yin Yoga is a very relaxed, very restorative type of yoga. We hold poses for around 5 minutes in a supported and relaxed way using bolsters, pillows, blankets and blocks. Its extremely relaxing and mediative so helps us slow down. It works on the body using the chinese meridian system so certain poses help certain areas of the body. It's great for the mind, but also great for the body as it targets fascia and joint health and helps improve flexibility.
I have been practicing yoga for 18 years, predominantly Ashtanga vinyasa yoga, but also Iyenger, yin and other forms of hatha yoga including pranayama (breathing exercises) and meditation
I have a Level 3 certificate in teaching yoga. I am trained in first aid and anatomy. I am also a qualified yin, pregnancy, childrens and baby yoga teacher (see Kids Yoga)
I am passionate about passing on my enthusiasm and love for yoga - with the many benefits it brings to mind, body and soul.
I am fully insured and DBS (CRB) checked (enhanced level)
I have trained with some of the best yoga teachers inlcuding Meghan Curry, John Scott, Doug Swenson, Liz Lark, Dylan Werner, Celeste pererira, Joey Miles, Hamish Henry. I have also trained in Acro Yoga.
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