Yoga

 

I believe Yoga is a self-help tool for greater mental and physical efficiency. It is often considered to be the union of the body, mind and soul. There are many different styles or branches of yoga to experience.  I teach and practice Ashtanga Yoga which has been part of my life for almost a decade since I attended a yoga retreat myself and felt the positive effects it had on me. Little did I know at the time but that week away started me on a journey that has changed my view of life, opened my eyes and heart to help me experience living with more joy and wellness. I am qualified with Yoga Alliance 200hr International teaching qualification in Ashtanga Yoga. I am also qualified in Restorative Yoga, a style used to help the physical body and mind heal and return it to its natural balance. These classes are taught using the support of blocks, bolsters and straps to allow muscles to release whilst staying in the position for up to 5 minutes. Through physical movement of the body, meditation and breathing excerises you will discover a calmer, happier you.

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All of the classes at the retreat are suitable for beginners, including ‘I’ve never done it before’, ‘I can’t even touch my toes’, ‘I’m just not fit enough’ guests. Yoga is not about being able to stand on your head or even touching your toes. Each person is different and there is no right or wrong way to practice yoga.  If you can breathe, you can practice yoga asana.

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Why Restorative yoga?

A lifestyle of running around, working hard, playing hard and exercising harder often puts the body and nervous system under pressure. If we do not give the body and mind time to rest and renew itself it can result in injury, depression or anxiety showing up in our lives. To avoid “burn-out” and running ourselves into the ground we must take regular time out for moments of self-enquiry and engage in a gentle supportive practice.

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The more people I speak with, the more I realise that people don’t find Yoga, Yoga finds them. This was how it happened for me. At a time in my life when I needed it, it appeared.