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 moreinformation.
Please have a look at the new timetable and class descriptions hereand 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.
This term in yogafit we’ll be exploring Bhujangasana – the cobra pose. Following exercises to warm up the whole body, we’ll be working with several other postures to put together a flow. This will incorporate the cobra in a safe and effective way to continue to develop core strength – the goal of our practice for this year.
This class is suitable for all levels of fitness with no need for experience of yoga – it’s a great place to begin. You will need your own mat and a blanket or 2 for the breathing sessions at the end.
Our focus for this term will be on the digestive system and how yoga can help us to maintain a healthy ‘flow’ through the body. A wide range of postures to aid the gut, open the hips and increase the strength of the core muscles will be followed by relaxation exercises to sooth the body and help the digestive system to work optimally.
This class is suitable for all levels of fitness with no need for experience of yoga – it’s a great place to begin. You will need your own mat and a blanket or 2 for the relaxation sessions.
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.
Continuing with our theme this year of Systems of the Body, we are working this term with a focus on the musuclar system. We’ll look at how the muscles work with the bones of the body to give us our shape and movement.
I recommend THE MUSCLE BOOK by Paul Blakey which gives you a useful self-help guide to your own body with some pressure/massage points for when we get the inevitable aches and pains.
We’ll be working with the Downward Facing Dog and the Holy Fig Tree amongst other postures to focus on the largest muscle of the body (Gluteus Maximus). Seeing and feeling how this muscle works, what it does to hold us upright and how yoga helps to get and keep this muscle fit.
Our relaxation exercises will give the opportunity to see how effective relaxation is at the muscular level and we’ll also be thinking how our mind works to help the muscles and sometimes override the impulsive nature of our muscles.
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
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.
In the Stretch and Relax classes this term we’ll have some time dedicated to our faces…. working with the muscles around the eyes, mouth and neck yoga can be used to literally give yourself a ‘facelift’. By toning the muscles of the face and giving them a ‘workout’ we improve the contours underneath the skin which can help to reduce fine lines and sagging. The circulation of blood and oxygen is improved and toxins are removed; giving a healthy glow to your skin. Don’t underestimate the power of our relaxations on your face too – 15 minutes of deep relaxation is said to be as valuable as 4 hours of sleep… and they don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing!
We will of course be working around the whole body with exercises some old favourites (Trikonasana) and some new poses (Dwikonasana) to give you a complete practice ending with a deep relaxation.
These classes take place
Monday Tinwell 7.15 – 8.15
Tuesday Preston 8 – 9
Wednesday Ryhall 6 – 7
The term runs from Juse 6th to July 22nd and the cost is £42. If you would like to sign up for this course please do get in touch asap and I can let you know the availability.