❈ My teaching style ❈
I believe that everyone can reap the benefits that a regular yoga practice brings, and my teaching style reflects this. The beauty of yoga is that each time you show up to practice it meets you exactly where you are, and I encourage students to explore this present moment awareness as I guide them through the practices. It is important to me that everyone gets what they need from the class and I encourage all students to practice to their own abilities, striking a balance between effort and ease. I will offer gentle and more challenging variations for many of the asanas. I will make modifications to take account of injuries and physical limitations.
Some postures will be unsuitable for people with certain health conditions, and there is always the option to skip a posture or movement. Occasionally I will make hands on adjustments with prior consent.
"complete mastery of the roaming tendencies of the mind is yoga" Yoga Sutra 1:2
"we can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves" Dalai Lama
"the law of life is to leave behind the ground one is standing on and then step forward" Swami Rama.
"the body benefits from movement and the mind benefits from stillness" Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.
"do your practice and all is coming" Sri K Pattabhi Jois
❈ Class format ❈Classes reflect a range of experiences and abilities. It is my intention that everyone who attends class feels safe and secure and gets the most out of the class that they can.
Classes begin with body and breath awareness to develop focus. The theme varies each week, and is presented through a range of physical movements (asana) and breathing techniques (pranayama). Warming up gently and working towards more challenging postures in a structured and balanced format, each class ends with a guided relaxation leaving you feeling physically and mentally refreshed and relaxed. I like to include a sprinkling of yogic philosophy into each class which can be used to deepen the practice, as a tool for self reflection, or set aside if it doesn’t connect in that moment.
❈ chair yoga ❈
Not everyone is able to get down on a mat, but you can still reap the benefits of a yoga practice with the added support of a chair. Many postures can be modified for a chair practice. Gentle movements and breath awareness make these classes especially beneficial to those living with mobility or mental health challenges, chronic pain or conditions where other types of physical exertion are not recommended.
❈ beginners ❈
Beginners are always welcome. As we make the transition back to face to face classes, these will be most suited to beginners and those who've practiced in the past but are feeling a bit rusty. There is also the option to join any mixed ability class. Your yoga practice is your journey and everyone starts where they are each time they roll out their mat.
❈ strong flow ❈
The strong flow class is a more physically demanding class, loosely taking inspiration from the vinyasa style of yoga. This class is suitable for experienced yogis, athletes or anyone who is fit and well and prefers a more challenging class. You will be guided through a series of sun salutations to warm up the body as we move toward a peak pose before warming down and ending with a guided relaxation.