Yoga is an ancient mind and body awareness practice which originated in the East many thousands of years ago. It comprises many facets which work together beautifully to create, I believe, one of the most comprehensive systems of health-care known to man. Yoga means many things to many people and one interpretation is “to unite or to bind”. For me, yoga is most simply the process of uniting the body, mind and spirit through the breath.
Typically a class will involve:
Physical Yoga Postures or Asanas: Positions held in stillness and flowing sequences to develop flexibility, strength, balance and good body alignment.
Breathing Exercises or Pranayama: Techniques used to deepen our connection with the breath, the life force of the body and allow it to support our health and wellbeing.
Meditation: Developing our mindful awareness of the present moment with compassion and non-judgement.
Deep Relaxation: Learning to let go of mental and physical tension in the body through deep Yoga Nidra or guided relaxation.
Philosophy: The ancient yogic scriptures are vast and immense and often too complex for community yoga classes. However, as this is a keen area of interest for me, I try to incorporate the spirit of the sutras via readings/ poems, themes and through my attention and words.
My yoga classes combine all of these elements and offer a mindful approach to yoga practice based on classical Hatha Yoga. I am interested in slowing down and approaching the physical postures with ease, awareness and curiosity. Through my own personal practice I have learned that only by allowing our bodies and minds to quieten and soften can natural healing can occur without force or strain. I also enjoy incorporating aspects of my Buddhist mindfulness and compassion practices into the classes in an accessible and heartfelt way.
“Slowing down is the precursor to Yoga practice because this simple act allows us to consider our thoughts, feelings and actions more carefully in the light of our desire to live peacefully.”