Yoga has become very popular over the past couple of decades in the west. Most of the students tell me that the one thing they really enjoy from attending a regular weekly class is that special time for themselves. Once they lay their mat down, it is their personal, sacred space.
Yoga makes you stronger, fitter, more toned and connected to your body in a way you could never deem possible. And, it really is for everyone. You simply work at your own pace and develop gradually. However, what you discover is that the benefits are beyond the physical. Yoga works on your mental and emotional wellbeing too.
Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.
My style and background
I have been teaching yoga for 15 years and completed my 2 year intense 500-hour training programme at the Ruth White School of Yoga. The style of yoga that I was taught was Iyengar, which is a form of Hatha yoga and with an emphasis on detail, precision and alignment in the static postures. My Yoga Teacher Ruth trained with Iyengar himself and I feel privileged to have had such a thorough and excellent training master myself.
Iyengar and Vanda Scaravelli Yoga Influence:
A few years ago after I had been teaching yoga for a couple of years, I suffered some back pain and was advised that it was to do with a problem with my sacroiliac joint. The ligaments supporting the joint were slack and needed strengthening. I contacted our own Anatomy and Physiology teacher, Gary Carter, from our training course and proceeded to have some intense treatment with him.
As a body therapist, Gary was deeply influenced by the work of Vanda Scaravelli who also trained with the brilliant yoga master Iyengar in Pune, India. The emphasis is on core strength during the postures, my back was fully healed and I felt stronger, fitter and more aware of my body and my practice. This period of intense work was most enlightening for me and has helped me work with so many of my students with back problems.
What to expect in one of my classes
I invite potential students of all ages, gender and mixed abilities. I encourage everyone to work at their own pace and to their own capacity. The classes are friendly and everyone supports each other. The class begins with a gentle relaxation and breathing, leading into some muscle warming stretching and floor postures.
We then work with the dynamic standing postures, using blocks and belts to help you to hold them in perfect alignment and work the muscles and joints most effectively. Some of my students enjoy the inversion postures and are encouraged to develop their practice in this way.
We complete the session with some restorative sitting postures, some breathing techniques and then finally some deep relaxation.