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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
As part of our year long goal to improve our CORE we’ll be developing the Sun Salutation to include Cobra posture (the backward bending helps to strengthen the back muscles). We will introduce a ‘Salute to the Heaven and Earth’ which entails stretching upwards to the sun and then placing the hands and forehead onto the earth – moving slowly of course and developing technique and correct stature as the weeks progress. We will be balancing on the sit bones (bottom) to practice variations of the Boat posture (pictured) – this is a traditional way of improving the abdominal muscles. A new posture for this term will be the ‘Hare’ which is an inversion that gets us used to resting some weight on the crown of the head. It isn’t suitable to practice for anyone with neck problems and students with shoulder or back issues must proceed with caution – but as you know by now, all new postures are introduced carefully so as not to be a ‘shock to the system’ – this is the way of yoga, to improve our wellbeing gradually and steadily so that it can be maintained.
If you are interested in joining us this term, please book a place here
Following our theme Bringing About Balance we will be working with Mantra to still the mind and relaxations to calm the nervous system – all good for us after the busy period of Christmas and New Year. Our asana will focus on improving energy flow in the body with the Shakti Bandha series. We will also be revisiting, chanting and reflecting on the Yamas to see how they may influence balance in our lives.
This class is suitable for people with experience of yoga. There is no need to be super fit but an understanding of the holistic approach that yoga takes means that you would gain the most from time spent in this class.
Please contact me here if you would like further information about joining one of these groups.