YOGA DEVON – Summer 2023
Moving into summertime, the earth is in full bloom: leaves unfurled into green, birds calling, the scent of flowers infusing our senses. This is a beautiful time of year to honour the element of fire in the sun within us – to awaken our heart light and balance, infusing our life energy with a balance of love and abundance.
There are various mindful yoga classes and workshops to choose from – all taught as a life practice of intuitive awareness and body wellness, to deepen insight.
– Online Monday morning heart flow from 0915-1015
– Wednesday mornings from 0945-1045, a gentle mindful heart flow class to explore movement, vitality, stillness, awareness and well-being, suitable for all levels including beginners (Tarka Clinic, Barnstaple).
– Wednesday evenings from 1800-1900 (Tarka Clinic, Barnstaple) – a mindful heart flow to explore movement, vitality, stillness, perception, and wellbeing
More information about weekly classes is on the ‘yoga’ link above – get in touch to book.
May these days of summer be full of happiness and contentment.
Welcome to YOGADEVON
My name is Naomi Chunilal, and I am a Yoga, Mindfulness and Meditation teacher living in North Devon. Yoga and Meditation are a lifelong joy, passion and inspiration, guiding me to live with greater happiness, balance and contentment on many levels. Having taught yoga for over 25 years, my teaching aim is to guide you to embody these simple, profound life tools, opening up a greater flow of mindfulness, wellbeing, and contentment in you being you, both on and off a yoga mat. I’m also a practitioner of holistic therapies and a Usui Reiki Master, all of which enrich my life with an ever-changing understanding of our relationship to mind, body, spirit, and universe.
This website YogaDevon will tell you more about the yoga, mindfulness and wellbeing classes, workshops, retreats, and complementary therapies that I offer in Barnstaple, North Devon, and across the South West.
My yoga classes are welcoming, friendly, inclusive and down-to-earth – I teach people from all walks of life, without any aspirations of creating a perfect body whatever that is! All shapes, sizes, ages, and starting points are welcome on a yoga mat: wobbly, unfit, stiff, and creaky parts included! This is a safe, compassionate space in which everyone is accepted as they are! Coming to a yoga class will help your body to become more flexible, balanced, toned, and vibrant for sure – one of the wonderful benefits. Yet yoga, breathwork, and meditation can also transform your perception and understanding of being you, deepening awareness, grace, and ease in living with you and being you. As such, these are profound healing art practices that enhance the flow of heart, mindfulness and prana or life energy and wellness on many levels. All I ask is that you come with an open heart and mind, each time stepping onto your yoga mat as if for the very first time.
I love teaching yoga and meditation as creative, intuitive tools of inner growth, contentment and well-being. My teaching is infused with nature’s rhythm, guided by daily meditation, regular silent retreats, and exploration of mindful Hatha and Vinyasa flow, Yin and Anusara yoga on my own mat, anchored in the teachings of the Mahasi Forest School of Buddhism, the foundation of my own life practice. Teaching with kindness, individual attention, and compassion, I aspire to support you to find and enjoy an authentic yoga practice that works for you and your individual life circumstances. I would love your yoga practice to give you boundless freedom to create and enjoy a life of harmony and contentment during the short time we have together on this beautiful planet.
Look at the Yoga section under yoga classes tab above for current yoga classes in Barnstaple.
At YogaDevon, I offer complementary therapies including aromatherapy, holistic massage, reflexology, Indian Head Massage and Reiki and chakra/energy balancing. These can be a powerful catalyst to support you on your journey of self-healing, inner growth and wellness.
At YogaDevon, I also facilitate Saturday morning yoga workshops each month throughout the year in Barnstaple and across North Devon. These are lovely informal gatherings to deepen and explore your practice: mindfulness, meditation, chi gung, hatha flow and heart vinyasa flow, yin, yoga nidra and restorative yoga, breath work and relaxation sessions to develop and integrate different aspects of yoga and mindfulness practice into your daily life off a mat. Vegan chai tea and cakes are always included!
I also run Usui Reiki attunements, chakra and subtle energy, and holistic therapy workshops throughout the year. Please look on the YogaDevon workshop page or contact me for more information.
Publications: ‘the Mindful Mother’
Also, the author of ‘The Mindful Mother: a Practical and Spiritual Guide to Enjoying Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond with Mindfulness,’ published by Watkins Publishing (2015), available at Amazon and Waterstones.
‘The Mindful Mother’ offers simple insightful guidance and inspiration to support you through pregnancy, labour and into early motherhood. Through meditation and self-awareness techniques using Buddhist and yoga practices, you can cultivate a mindfulness practice through the joys and challenges of becoming a mother. For women who want to understand the paradox of ‘I really love my baby and family but….” and consciously enjoy growing into mothering life.
This is a book I highly recommend to mothers and mothers-to-be. It is like an insightful friend who understands deeply what becoming and being a mother really means. — Janet Balaskas, Founder of Active Birth
Naomi’s book is inspiring and encouraging, realistic and open-hearted. She addresses the deep challenges and joys of mothering from a truly profound perspective and her book will be of huge benefit to any woman who ever pauses to think about just what we are trying to do when we mother our children. –Uma Thuli Dinsmore, Founder of the Womb Yoga Movement
An essential guide every woman will benefit from reading, as she moves on her journey through pregnancy and into motherhood. It will encourage and empower you to think about your new role as a mother in a unique, more mindful way, and the part you play in the glorious process of creation as you bring new life into the world. –Tara Lee, leading pregnancy and postnatal teacher, The Life Centre, London
A book you will keep referring to help inspire a spiritual mindful practice in the day-to-day of motherhood. A book full of gems and aha moments using simple and helpful tools and practices to keep you connected to yourself while looking after your family. –Nadia Narain, Head of Pregnancy Yoga, Triyoga, London