Building and maintaining strength, mobility, balance, mental clarity and calm are all really important to me as I get older, and it is these I seek to bring to my teaching. I aim to help you integrate a sense of curiosity with finding and experiencing ease of movement in body and mind. A typical class will include some exploration of how we move, different poses or asanas, some integration of conscious breathwork, and relaxation. It is likely you’ll feel worked and stretched in a good way at the end of a class. Props such as a wall, a belt, cork bricks may be used and each class is different recognising the body needs both repetition and variety. If you prefer a lot of chanting and yoga philosophy (although I do include some) or a fast and flowy practice then my classes are probably not for you.
I seek to teach with a sense of fun and humour to find the balance between challenge and support. We are capable of so much more than we think and I also appreciate that change comes with action, positive encouragement and over time. You can find out what students have to say about my classes here.
Yoga itself is difficult to define because it is expansive rather than reductionist, and because we simply do not have all the answers. There is a mystery to it, which can only be truly appreciated through regular practice. ‘Union’ is the most common and simple definition offered; through practising yoga we seek to still the fluctuations of the mind. There is something in yoga for everyone. There are no age limits. All you need is a commitment to yourself to create a little time and space to be curious and to be present and the benefits will come. Every day the medical profession publishes new studies on how yoga benefits our health and wellbeing on all levels. In today’s busyness and challenging times, and as BKS Iyengar, one of the great yoga luminaries said: ‘before peace between our nations, we have to find peace inside that small nation, which is our own being.’ Yoga can offer just that.