Yoga for All – St Gilbert’s Primary School, Stamford. PE9 2PP
Yoga for All – Barn Hill Methodist Church, Stamford. PE9 2PP
I have been teaching Yoga since 1997 and qualified as a British Wheel of Yoga teacher in 2001. I have been lucky to study with a number of different teachers over the years and have had experience of a variety of Yoga Schools. My style of teaching is mainly influenced by the Viniyoga and Mantra Yoga traditions. I aim to deliver interesting and structured lessons that allow students to develop, grow and improve. Classes include: asanas (postures), pranayama (breath work), concentration, relaxation, and philosophy.
We’ll be focusing our practice on relaxing the spine and the breath this term with a view to soothing the nervous system.
The nervous system controls and regulates all the other systems of the body – we have this year looked at the skeletal, muscular, digestive, cardiovascular and respiratory systems. The nervous system carries messages to and from the brain – the above image shows a simple diagram of it. We don’t need to know all the details – however it is helpful to know a little bit about how the nervous system can keep us calm or can place us in ‘fight or flight’ mode which is what we call ‘stress’. I’ll be talking in some depth about this during the classes, but it is more important to have an appreciation of how your nervous system responds to your life than an in depth knowledge of the anatomy.
The postures will help to ease out the spine – working with some simple back bending. Our relaxations will be developing some breathing techniques to help the nervous system return to homeostasis (a state of equilibrium).
Would you like to join us? We welcome new beginners into the class – please email me here to book your space,
For this whole year we have been concentrating on our ‘core’ – the muscles of the centre of our body which act like a corset at the front, sides and back. This is a large collection of muscles on the surface and deep inside the body. They help us to keep mobile and have a well aligned posture. Our aim is not to have “6 pack abs” but to gently strengthen this part of our body, get to know it and to love it. This type of appreciation is at the centre of yoga – to make the most of ourselves and get our body to work as nature intended.
Over this next 6 weeks we’ll be revisiting the Plank posture, refining and improving using the balancing cat as we go.
For those who wish, we’ll be integrating the Plank into our Sun Salutation which we have been learning – an excellent routine to keep the core healthy, ideally practiced on a daily basis.
We’ll also be working with some sideways postures – the Gate and Half Moon (shown above) to develop strength in the obliques (sides of the waist) and our adductors (inner thighs). These postures help to pull in the waist and keep the thighs trim – just the job for the summer.
Why not join us? Whilst the year is developing an overall theme, beginners are most welcome and brought up to speed with individual help and guidance throughout the class. To book in simply email me here
Stuck for what to give to a loved one this Christmas? Think they might like to begin yoga???
For a limited period, I’m offering Gift Vouchers at 50% face value, (cost £18 – value £36) to be redeemed in January 2017 at my Beginners Yoga class. If you are interested – contact me here to find out more!
The discounted vouchers will be sent by email for you to print out. They will be available until 10th December 2016 and will be redeemable by bookings taken in advance from new students to Do Yoga classes.
Our mission in Yoga Fit this year is to get a strong core!!
Last term we worked with the plank and this term we’ll be moving on to a standing balance ‘Warrior lll’ which needs all the core strength we can muster.
In our usual lively approach we’ll work through all the parts of the body firstly warming up and then with strengthening and stretching postures. Using some jumping techniques which use a surprising amount of tummy strength we will keep ourselves on the go for pretty much the whole session, winding down in the last 10 minutes with a few restorative postures.
Throughout this year our work will be focused upon finding Balance in our lives. This term we’ll revisit the concept of the Pancha Koshas or 5 Sheaths, reminding ourselves that as ‘human beings’ we are not just made up of a body and a mind – often at odds with each other. The yogic view is that we exist on 5 plains – even more scope to be out of kilter I’m afraid. Once the principle is understood, we will have time to reflect about how these Koshas are working within ourselves. Are we out of balance in a particular one?
The Pancha Koshas are
the anna-maya-atma or the “Self (atma) made of Food”
the prana-maya-atma or “the Self made of Vital Breath (prana)”
the mana-maya-atma or “the Self made of Mind (manas)”
the vijnana-maya-atma or “the Self made of Consciousness or intellect (vijnana)”
the ananda-maya-atma or “the Self made of Bliss (ananda)”, where one attains to Brahman
You can see the definition in Wikipedia here
Our asana will be varied and demanding (if you wish), with movement and static posture work included. The Pranayama will consist of Nadi Shodhana, implementing the counted breathing from last term to the practice of balancing the left and right nostril breathing.
As and when you get your mala beads bring them into class and we can begin to learn the technique in preparation for our mantra work after Christmas.
There is a saying about yoga ‘Whatever Age You Begin To Practice, You Stay…’
Why not put it to the test and join one of my new classes? You too can halt the march of time and reap all the benefits of this ancient form of health care!
The 2 new classes will begin on September 7th, ‘Beginners Yoga’ 11.45 – 12.45 and ‘Yoga Fit’ 6 – 7. This is a great opportunity for people new to yoga to ‘get in at the start’ and learn with like minded people about the postures, breathing and relaxation practices.
‘Beginners Yoga’ will focus on the systems of the body. Each half term we will take a look at how our body works and what exercises we can do to improve the function. Beginning with the Skeletal system in September and then moving onto the Muscular system, Cardiovascular system, Digestive system, Respiratory system and Nervous system. Each class is in fact an all round practice working on the body and mind, but with its particular focus holding your attention and building up your knowledge of yourself and yoga throughout the term. The posture work takes around 40 minutes and we take a relaxation exercise for the last 15 minutes. Relaxation is a key part of yoga, aiding the body in bringing it to harmony and allowing time and stillness for healing. The whole class lasts for 1 hour and is suitable for all levels of fitness.
‘Yoga Fit’ concentrates on the physical elements of yoga, getting the body to function and flow with grace as nature intended. This year we will be focusing on the core. Each term we will look at a variety of yoga postures (asana) learning about correct alignment and the benefits of each pose. As we become familiar with the postures they are linked together to form a graceful flow or vinyasa. This is performed several times during the class in tune with the breath. The class lasts for an hour with the final 5 minutes dedicated to a relaxing breathing exercise.
If you are not familiar with Ryhall Village it is a couple of miles from Stamford along the road past Sainsbury’s. It takes about 5 minute by car, passing the new football ground, then 2 mini roundabouts and finally turning into the village on the right hand side. A minute later and the village hall faces you with the tiny library opposite. There is ample car parking directly in front of the hall, and what makes it super for yoga is that the hall has a foyer and then a large space with wooden flooring and wall lights. The space is ‘womb like’ giving you a feeling of escape from the world outside.
If you are interested in either class, or know someone who may be, please contact me for more information or to book your place.
‘Fit Feet’ will be the theme of the Yoga Fit classes this half term. Using postures that involve working and balancing on the balls of the feet. The flow will be a simplification of the ‘Dance of Isis’ which is a series of postures that help to strengthen the legs, help the feet to be more flexible and develop our sense of balance. Also this range of postures improves the circulation in the legs and feet – so no cold feet for us over the winter! Don’t worry if you’re a bit wibbly wobbly – modifications will be available to help all students achieve their best version of the postures and fully benefit from the class.
Variations of the Utkatasana on tip toes will be featuring in our range of postures!
If you would like to come along, these classes are one hour long and held at Tinwell Village Hall on Mondays at 6.00. Booking is essential – use the contact us or book on line page. The term begins on 9th November and runs for 6 weeks.
This term our theme of ‘FREEDOM’ will shift from the hips up to the spine. We’ll be working with a number of asana (postures) to free up the different areas of the spine and learning/feeling the difference this can make to how we feel and live our lives.
One of our main postures will be the bridge – which is often cited as the yoga answer to a back massage!
So – if you have a particularly stiff spine or have always wanted to be able to give yourself a back massage, why not sign up for a place and come along???
Classes are one hour long and held at Tinwell Village Hall on Mondays (7.15), Preston Village Hall on Tuesdays (8.00) and Ryhall Village Hall on Wednesdays (6.00).
This term in the Yoga and Meditation (90 minute classes in Preston and Ryhall) we’ll be continuing our strengthening of the hands and arms with a particular focus on the forearm area. To this end we’ll be playfully challenging ourselves with the forearm plank and the wonderful Dolphin Pose…
Our meditations will be inspired by our asana and we’ll continue our investigations into mudra, exploring some well used mudra and their benefits, connections and meanings.
Classes begin in Preston on 3rd November (Tuesday) and in Ryhall 4th November (Wednesday) and run for 6 weeks – if you haven’t booked in and would like to come along please contact me to see if there is a space.