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“Good health results from perfect communication between each part of the body and mind” BKS Iyengar
What yoga do I teach?
The first thing people want to know before they go to a yoga class is ‘what type of class is it?’. Whether you’re new to yoga or experienced, it’s an understandable line of inquiry. So here’s my answer... The long version I give my students a bit of everything. I was trained to teach a Vinyasa flow style but I slow things down a lot for beginners/gentle classes and incorporate Hatha and Yin. I incorporate many styles and enjoy exploiting my massage/anatomy & physiology knowledge to squeeze the most out of every lesson. A class might include any combination of the following ingredients: breathing, relaxation, balance, strength training, stretching, anatomy & physiology insights, readings & yoga philosophy, animal movement, music, meditation and yoga nidra (sleep yoga). Classes are adapted to each person in the room. Lesson plans form on the day. You’ll be encouraged to be more aware of your body, focus your mind and slow down. You’ll have a chance to leave life’s stresses outside and relax on your mat. Classes I teach are relaxing, invigorating, balancing and fun. I mostly avoid Sanskrit and too much of the esoteric side... But then it depends on the group and how everybody is feeling. I love sharing self-massage techniques that I’ve picked up and use myself. Animal movement, yin, power, ashtanga, Hatha & Vinyasa... a bit of everything and more. My general yoga advice is not to worry about the type or style of a class but just try it. See what you like about it, give it a few tries and then make a decision on whether you want to return. Maybe your body will decide for you... does it feel better/happier/looser after a class? Was it too long or too short or just the right length of time? Did you have an amazing sleep later that night? ...All sorts of different factors can affect your experience of a class but it’s wise to allow time for your body and mind to adjust to yoga and its benefits. Give it a good chance. You may also find that you reconnect with yourself, the world around you and other people. If you’re unsure which level of class is suitable for you, contact me. If you want to ‘test out’ the experience privately, a 1-2-1 is a good way to start. The short version I teach yoga that will make you move your body kindly, calm your mind and feel good.