PUT YOUR FEET FIRST! WORKSHOP COMING SOON 21/4/18

Did you know that you can relieve pain in the back, neck and shoulders by looking after your feet?  In fact, by giving your feet just a little attention your whole body can feel a lot better.

Yoga can sooth the feet, strengthen them and ease foot pain besides improving circulation, reducing swelling and smelling!! Thought that would get your attention! We tend to dislike and ignore our feet – plodding round on them all day, crammed into tight fitting boots and shoes. The only time we think about them is when the summer first comes around and we have to get them sandal-fit or when they cause us trouble. The result of this is that 7 in 10 of us will suffer from foot problems as we age – most of which are entirely preventable.

Problems that occur with our feet include –

Bunions – a bony deformity of the joint at the base of the big toe. The medical name is hallux valgus. The main sign of a bunion is the big toe pointing towards the other toes on the same foot, which may force the foot bone attached to it (the first metatarsal) to stick outwards.

Hammer Toe – a bending deformity of one or both joints of the second, third, fourth or fifth (little) toes. This abnormal bending can put pressure on the toe when wearing shoes, causing problems to develop. Hammertoes usually start out as mild deformities and get progressively worse over time.

Tendinitis – an inflammation or irritation of a tendon, a thick cord that attaches bone to muscle.

Plantar fascitis – pain in the heel and bottom of the foot. The pain is usually most severe with the first steps of the day or following a period of rest.

Whilst some may see these as niggling minor ailments, foot problems can alter the foot’s structure and trigger pain elsewhere in the body. If your feet show any signs of pain or discomfort it’s most important to treat it as early as possible or EVEN BETTER prevent them from happening in the first place.

Yoga is great for prevention and can be used to correct some foot ailments. If you habitually place more weight on one foot than the other this will throw the knee joints, hip joints and spine out of alignment causing problems and pain at some point in the future.

Yoga treats the feet as the foundation of all standing postures. Keeping the joints structurally aligned over the feet ensures that the weight distribution is correct.  Stretching the feet and taking them through their full range of motion keeps a healthy circulation which in turn helps to reduce inflammation and swelling. Yoga gives the feet a far better workout than any other form of exercise as we work bare foot – it’s a great set of tools for awakening and enlivening our feet.

In this workshop we’ll be bringing the focus to our feet – using them for balance, building strength, getting creative and super flexy! Be prepared to work in bare feet, as this is the best way to see and feel what is going on.

We’ll be working with a short routine that you can practice at home (a take away sheet will be provided). The more you can do yourself to keep your feet healthy, the better – little and often is the key.

To end the first section we’ll work with Viparita Karani ( Legs up the Wall pose) which helps to relax the feet (and the person as well!!).

Following a short coffee break, we’ll develop a stronger routine to help build strength in the ankles, legs and feet. This work aids good alignment of the lower body which in turn will help to prevent back problems. Finally we’ll conclude with a relaxation exercise to sooth the feet, body and mind.

As space is limited, early booking is recommended. You can book your place by emailing me here.

No Classes 27th & 28th February 2018 Due to Severe Weather Conditions

Due to the severe weather conditions and the forecast of more snow, I’ve decided to cancel the classes today at Preston and tomorrow at Ryhall (27th and 28th February 2018).

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause or perhaps it’s a relief to you???  Let me know!

Keep warm, be patient and stay safe!  (We all know that our roads and transport systems only need an inch of snow or a few leaves for hold ups to occur.) You may find that one of our deep breathing practices or a mantra may help if you find yourself in a stressful situation.

BACK TO NORMAL NEXT WEEK – LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU THEN

Next term – 19th February to 30th March 2018 – Yoga Classes In Tinwell, Preston & Ryhall

In keeping with our theme of the heart we will work opening the heart space with the Bow pose (Dhanurasana). This is an excellent posture for improving the digestion and so we’ll also be thinking about food – our love of food. There will be some time spent considering our relationship with food, how we eat our food and we will start with the benefits of detoxifying and purifying our bodies – which one of the first steps on the path of yoga.

NEW YOGA CLASSES WITH SARAH ROGERS

Yoga for All – St Gilbert’s Primary School, Stamford. PE9 2PP

Thursday 6.45-8.00pm

Yoga for All – Barn Hill Methodist Church, Stamford. PE9 2PP

Friday 9.30-11.00am

sarahyoga@talktalk.net

07751 884534

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.

Yoga Classes – September 2017

Our focus for this year will be Anahata – the heart chakra. Anahata colours our life with love, compassion and beauty. Through our yoga pracite we’ll fill our hearts with love and generosity – give ourselves the time and space we deserve to feel loved and give love with joy and radiance.

In our asana this term we’ll be opening the chest area with back bends and twists, creating space to breath and for the heart to beat. Following a warm up we’ll steadily increase the complexity, strength and duration of postures to ensure that a gradual opening of the body is achieved.

We’ll be working with Mudra and Bandha for relaxation and the relief of stress and anxiety.  Our aim will be to develop compassion for ourselves, those around us and the wider world. Many of the readings and practices will come from the Radiance Sutras by Lorin Roche – you may like to get your own copy for inspiration of your home practice, I cannot recommend it highly enough.

 

Stretch & Relax – September 2017

In our Stretch & Relax classes this year we’ll be going back to basics to remind ourselves of how yoga can help us to live a happier life free from suffering – often this means tackling minor ailments that we simply put up with.  Things like tension headaches, back pain, joint pain and constipation.  All of these reduce our quality and enjoyment of life – so why put up with it? Let’s get our mojo back, find our Joie de Vivre (painting above is of that title by Pablo Picasso)

We will begin with the Anti Rheumatic/Arthritic group of exercises. Arthritis is a term covering a wide range of conditions and diseases of the joints. Joints become painful, swell and the enforced lack of use means that the muscles around the joint then weaken. Osteoarthritis is the most common and affects many people as they get older. There are around 100 other forms which can be caused by injury, obesity, stress or be hereditary. The yogic anti arthritic range is extremely beneficial both to prevent and reverse the condition. When joints become stiff and painful this results in the poor flow of fluids and energy around the body. The result is often not just localised problems but the whole body can feel below par. This group of exercises therefore works on the whole being and can have a very meditative, calming and uplifting effect.

You can follow the exercises in the yoga handbook Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha – it is called Pawanmuktasana Part 1. PMA1 for short!

New Timetable for Autumn 2017

My new timetable will begin on September 4th – get yourself sorted and book your place now!

From September I will be making a few alterations to the timetable…. The number of classes I teach will be reduced from 7 to 6 as I would like to offer more workshops for students and explore alternative styles of yoga, meditation and nutritional therapy for myself.

There will be more of the 90 minute classes on offer as this is the norm for traditional yoga. Historically yoga has been taught in 90 minute sessions to allow sufficient time for posture work, (strengthen the body), breathwork (calms and purifies the body and mind) and relaxation or meditation (for optimum relaxation and healing). 90 minutes works with the body’s natural time cycles often called the Ultradian rhythm. Ultradian rhythms are actually quite fascinating – by learning more about your own rhythm you can optimise your efficiency and enjoyment of your days, see this website for more information.

Please have a look at the new timetable and class descriptions here and book in asap for September. Current class members will have priority until Friday 21st July, after which I will be taking bookings from new students. Please do let me know, even if you are carrying on with your old class, as space is limited and I wouldn’t want to disappoint anyone.

Yoga and Meditation – June 17

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 will be based around the practice of Om Kara (please bring your malas) and the Gayatri mantra.

I very much look forward to teaching this term and welcoming you. If you would like to join one of my friendly groups simply email me here to book your place.

Yoga & Meditation – Spring term 2017

bow-pose

In our quest for BALANCE IN OUR LIVES, this term we’ll remind ourselves of the Niyamas (yogas rules for living) to see if there is anything that draws our attention or feels out of kilter at the moment. We’ll begin the class listening to a variety of chants of the Gayatri mantra -said to be the one of oldest mantras – and let the words and tunes flow over and around us to bring positivity and inspiration. You can listen and learn the meaning of the Gayatri in the video below…

 

Our posture work will be simple, gentle and deeply nourishing. We’ll allow our focus to rest on how the body enjoys opening and relaxing into stretches. Working with the Bow (Dhanurasana) posture and Head to Knee (Janu Sirsasana) besides some floor Vinyasa work and standing balances.

For our breathing practice (Pranayama), we will be working on the basics of alternate nostril breathing  (Nadi Shodana) with everyone finding their own rhythm and pace. Relaxations will be based upon passive relaxation techniques with some stories to complete each class. I am really looking forward to teaching this terms work:)

If you would like to join us this term, please get in touch here to book your place.

Beginners Yoga – Spring term 2017

bridge-pose

This term we will turn our attention to the cardiovascular system – bringing the heart to mind! We will be hopping and shaking around, raising the heart rate and considering how best yoga can serve our heart health and circulatory system… Without giving the game away, we’ll be moving the body in upper torso twists and back bending with the Bridge posture. These will open up the space that the heart can be in – so that it can go on with its uninterrupted beat  given the space that it deserves.

We’ll be ‘Learning to Relax’ with some exercises from the book of the same name by Mike George, using exercises to let go and feel calm and at ease. All of which will give the heart a rest from our usual day to day stress. Stress is now known to be a major cause of heart problems, so the more you can learn to relax the kinder you are being to your heart.

If you would like to join us next term, please contact me here to book a place