I know that it’s sometimes hard to stay awake during our deep relaxations! But you should try to… when we relax the body and mind for about 15 minutes we have a chance to truly nurture ourselves. The ancient yogis said that this type of rest is equivalent to 4 hour sleep. I’m not certainContinue reading “Time for a nap – er… I mean relaxation”
Chakras are talked about a lot in yoga – but what exactly are they? The simple answer is energy centers. The ancient yogis developed the concept of many energy pathways called ‘nadis’ criss-crossing all around the body. In a similar way to our veins or nerves, however they are not visible. The energy that runsContinue reading “What are the Chakras?”
Our focus for this term will be the Chakras – working with a sequence of postures to balance and stabilise our energies. This will be tested with a range of balancing poses… (see below) some challenges for us! We shall certainly need our energies calm, strong and balanced to hold these postures! Our meditations willContinue reading “Yoga and Meditation – June 17”
On Saturday 26th April I’ll be doing a 2 hour workshop in Ryhall Village Hall – using yoga asana and pranayama to stabilise the energy centres of the body known as the Chakras. The workshop will take the format of our usual classes; beginning with a meditation to focus the mind and followed with aContinue reading “Chakra Workshop”
The translation of Manipur is the city of jewels. This is the name given to our navel energy center. It is the home of our will power, gut feelings and digestive fire. In the depth of winter we need to encourage our energy in this center with nourishing food and proper rest.
This half term our focus will be on yoga for and from the heart. Both the physical heart and the heart centre (chakra) are vital and they both need nurturing. The postures (asana), breath work (pranayama) and a healthy diet support the functioning of your physical heart. They also make the work of your physical heartContinue reading “Yoga from the Heart”
As we delve deeper into our practice, we learn that the layers of our body can become disjointed and out of touch with each other. The ancient yogis devised tools and exercises to help realign and re-associate the subtle body using the energy flow around the body. The energy channels depicted in yoga are similar toContinue reading “Working with the subtle body”
When we greet with Namaste! We are greeting the light within the person or people we see. It is not their physical shape, attitude or energy of the body but the light within. You can think of this as a persons soul or spirit. Yogis consider a person or being to be made of severalContinue reading “Let Your Light Shine”