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What is Yoga?

The word Yoga means “union” – to understand the relationship between mind, body and heart. We spend much of our lives searching for harmony, happiness and wellbeing. Yet happiness can be elusive, as we try to make sense of our humanity in an increasingly complex, fast-paced and changing world. So you may want to start yoga now to bring your life into balance; you may need to de-stress, learn to relax, stretch out tight shoulders, release a painful lower back, or improve other symptoms of physical and mental tension or discomfort. This is the starting point from which to explore whom you are.

Yoga can help you to discover your own inner spirituality, and become more able to cope, thrive and enjoy the complexities of modern day life. As relevant today, as when Patanjali wrote the yoga sutras over two thousand years ago, yoga is the art of cultivating self-awareness, understanding and insight. To open up self-imposed boundaries held within mind and body, that may hold you back from living with greater joy and fulfillment. As a yoga teacher, I hope to encourage you to develop a yoga practice that creates new possibilities, touching mind, heart and body long after you have rolled up your yoga mat. This is the living, breathing gift of yoga.

 

What kind of Yoga do you teach?

There are so many different Yoga traditions that follow the footsteps of Iyengar, Scaravelli, Pattabhi Jois, Krishnamacharya, Anusara, Sivananda and other great teachers. All of these teaching paths lead inwards to a boundless source of wisdom and truth. Each of us will be drawn to follow our own individual style of yoga, regardless of the name that we choose to put on this.  As we all perceive life differently, so too, our individual yoga experience will be unique. As such, there is something for everyone in Yoga.

I therefore don’t aspire to follow a definitive Yoga lineage which is like this or like that. As a teacher, I would rather guide you to plant seeds of positive intention and change through coming to classes, to create a yoga practice which lives and breathes with you. As the mind and body open, you will then start to harvest the reflection of this through the rest of your life.

Can anyone do yoga?

It truly doesn’t matter whether you are a complete beginner, a seasoned yogi, bendy, flexible or as stiff as a plank of wood. Anyone can enjoy and benefit from a Yoga practice, regardless of your age, fitness level or physical background. My classes are warm, friendly and welcoming, with a wide range of people practicing from all walks of life.

A yoga class might include:

  • Physical exercise known as Asanas to strengthen, tone and purify the body
  • Cleansing practices or Shatkarma to release and cleanse emotional and physical stagnation and energy blockage
  • Breathwork or Pranayama to enhance life energy and balance mental activity
  • Inward reflection or Pratyhara to sharpen and focus mental attention and perception
  • Meditation to cultivate insight and awareness