The practice of physical postures, or asanas, which drive physical energy through precise verbal instructions with attention to detail and alignment. The emphasis is on conscious movement to develop strength, balance and concentration.
Emotionally, this practice calms our nervous system and cleanses our minds of stress and tension leaving you with a feeling of wellbeing. Hatha can be translated in two ways. One as “willful” or “forceful,” the second as “sun” and “moon.” In these translations, we see the representation of the yoga of activity and the yoga of balance.
Ashtanga yoga is the oldest form of yoga known to human race. It is a basic foundation to all yoga styles. It takes its origin 2100 years ago when Patanjali systematized and classified ancient teachings of Shiva into Eight Fold path called Astaunga. Ashtanga means eight limbs or branches of yoga, of which asana or physical posture is merely one branch, breath or pranayama is another. Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a modern day form of classical Indian yoga.
Vinyasa is the alignment of breaths with movements in asanas. When vinyasa is perfect, the mind is under control. For each movement, there is one breath. Asanas or yoga postures not only tone the muscles, increase flexibility and improve the posture through alignment, but they also have a profound impact on the endocrine glands, balancing the secretion of hormones and restoring psychic and emotional well-being, hence the emphasis is not on vigour of execution, but on correct positioning, deep breathing and quiet but persistent flow of movement. It will help you to develop strength and flexibility as well as achieve a general sense of well-being.
Classes are a moderate level with everybody welcome from the beginner to advance.
Tai Chi is known as the supreme exercise system. It has been around for hundreds of years with various styles emerging and evolving through time.
When practicing Tai Chi everything is medicinal and everything is martial, all at once. Training the body and mind as a whole unit, moving together as one.
Co-ordinating the slow continuous movements with the breath, you will gain strength, balance, tone the muscles, and increase your general wellbeing with energy enhancing exercises.
From the BBC to Harvard Medical school and around the world, articles and papers have been written to prove Tai Chi has geniune health benefits for all.
Tai Chi is also excellent for rehabilitation, as it is essentially isometric excercise.
The real benefit however, is the fact that Tai Chi has no lifespan. You can practice this ancient art well into old age and beyond; to improve in all aspects both mentally and physically.
In a world where teenager’s are experiencing such high levels of academic and social pressures, whilst their bodies and brains are going through massive changes, it is so important to make sure they feel supported, healthy and confident.
These sessions include physical exercise to increase strength and flexibility. It’s always fun to spend a lessons building up to a new balancing pose or play around with partner yoga. Whilst incorporating mindful themes to reflect upon, each session will also introduce breathing exercises and gradually work towards focusing inwards in order to introduce the idea of meditation.
By sharing yoga and mindfulness with young people, we can offer them tools to reduce stress, build strength and flexibility, learn to love themselves and escape for a little while.
“Healthy plants and trees yield abundant flowers and fruits. Similarly, from a healthy person, smiles and happiness shine forth like the rays of the sun.”
Kundalini Yoga is an ancient, powerful and transformative form of yoga. “Kundalini” is our energy of potential and the techniques we use, developed over thousands of years, release blockages and open up our energy pathways enabling the right amount of Kundalini energy at the right frequency to flow smoothly through our system. With consistent practise, our mind becomes clearer, our body stronger and more flexible, our energy levels soar and we enable our authentic self to shine through. Profound transformations take place and we live a healthier, happier, more prosperous life.
Each class will be different as we will be focusing on a particular aspect of ourselves each week, however the structure of the class will remain the same and in every class, we work with the breath, yoga postures, mudras, body locks, meditation and mantras.… and all classes will work on strengthening our nervous system and balancing our glandular system, increasing our vitality, and reducing our levels of stress.
A typical class will include:
Tuning in chant
Warm up exercises which will prepare you for the yoga set (kriya) to follow
Kriya – a series of exercises designed to affect a particular aspect of yourself
Tuning out chant
Kundalini Yoga is suitable for all levels and ages. Please notify the teacher if you are pregnant.
First devised by Joseph Pilates (born 1883) in the early 20th century. He helped improve his own health, and then went on to help re-habilitate injured soldiers in the war and then later to work with helping dancers. This method has been brought into the 21st century developed by physiotherapists and fitness experts to help re-balance the body by improving posture, muscle strength, flexibility and what is also sometimes referred to as ‘core stability’. The slow and controlled movements can also help to relieve stress and tension, help with some back issues and improve body awareness and confidence.
A combination of standing, seated, and lying down exercises.
Suitable for beginners upwards as many people from the very fit to not fit at all can benefit from this balancing approach.
Suffering from headaches, neck pain, lower back pain or shoulder discomfort? Everyone has their own unique movement signature, determined by habitual patterns whether driving, sitting, walking or running.
These classes aim educate clients on their pain and help reform movement patterns so as to avoid repeat injuries, strengthen movements and improve imbalances. We will start to redress the balance between muscles through stretch, strength and focused awareness exercises, whether you are recovering from injury or keen to better your practise in other classes.
Each session should give you a greater understanding of your body, a new set of tools to help keep it moving with greater ease, as well as leaving you feeling relaxed, balanced and rejuvenated.
Suitable for beginners as well as the perfect supplement to other practices.
Small class numbers. Individual support.
My pregnancy classes aim to give you time to relax, focus on your baby and think about your wishes for the birth. Women often report reduced aches and pains and better quality of sleep as well as improved posture and body awareness and more confidence with positions and breathing for labour. Refreshments and chat at the end of the class allows the opportunity to get to know other local pregnant women.
Classes cost £50/£40 per month (depending on the number of Sundays), to include refreshments at the end of the session. Drop-in classes at £12 are subject to availability. Concessions are available: contact me for details.