I teach a variety of yoga classes each week – some are general, some are for particular conditions including stroke survivors and cancer patients. Click on the timetable to find out more about each class – they’re listed by day so if you’re after the Friday class you will need to scroll down!
What are my yoga classes about?
- Functional movement, stability and strength. Not pushing you into positions in which you are over-stretched, uncomfortable or at risk of causing injury.
- Working at your own pace and level in a safe and supportive environment.
- Learning that yoga is about far more than just the physical body.
How do I teach?
I teach Svastha Yoga, which is the name given by AG and Indra Mohan. The Mohan family are dedicated to preserving and passing on the authentic teachings of Sri T Krishnamacharya, who is sometimes referred to as the father of modern yoga and with whom AG Mohan was a personal student for 18 years.
Svastha is not a brand or style of yoga – Svastha in Sanskrit refers to the state of complete health and balance.
What to expect in class?
At the beginning of a class, I will check in with students to see how everyone is feeling, to check whether there are any injuries, etc, so that I can offer modifications to all students. I endeavour to teach students about the principles of movement to ensure safety whenever practicing.
Time will be spent on learning how to breathe correctly; how to practice ujjayi breath and how to synchronize it correctly with the movement. Depending on the students, pranayama (breathing techniques) may be included.
I teach mindfulness using the breath and/or body as our focus and encourage students to become more aware of themselves and their unconscious patterns.
Because of the inclusive and integrated approach, class sizes are kept deliberately small to ensure personal attention and guidance.
Please allow two hours to digest food before practicing.
Wear comfortable clothing.
Practice as frequently as you can – it doesn’t have to be a long practice, but often is the keyword.
If you have any injuries or conditions you are worried about, please don’t hesitate to call me to discuss.
“Because yoga’s original meaning and purpose has become obscured, the practice of yoga has become diluted and often perplexing. This shift is unfortunate – especially now – because the practice of yoga as it was developed many centuries ago offers a wonderfully comprehensive antidote to frenzied modern lives, which are often stress-laden, self-focused, and over-stimulated”. (Yoga Reminder – AG Mohan with Dr Ganesh Mohan)
My Views about Yoga
- If you have any injuries or conditions you are worried about, please don’t hesitate to call me to discuss.Yoga is about self-care. Our aim is optimum health and well-being.
- Yoga is all inclusive and as such can be practiced by anyone. What is important is the way we approach the practice – taking into consideration one’s needs, abilities and limitations.
- Yoga is a practice which has the potential to transform us from within. It gives us the opportunity to make positive change and restore balance to the body, the mind and the emotions.
- Asanas (the physical postures) allow us to explore our connection with the body. And the breath, which should be the underlying support of the practice, is the bridge between the body and the mind.
- Pranayama is the practice of working with the breath even more deeply to calm our “monkey mind”.
- Meditation/mindfulness help us to focus, to expand our self-awareness and encourage personal growth.
- And, in today’s modern world, where stress is high and the mind is extremely agitated by a constant bombardment on the senses, it is vital that we find a practice which can bring us back to our centre. So, if we choose our practice carefully and with guidance, Yoga classes can teach us how to manage that stress and to rise above the everyday mayhem – it leads us to a place of calm from where we can re-centre and recharge.