I teach a form of yoga influenced by various schools of the Hatha tradition, enriched by many wonderful teachers, and flavoured by my background in Contemporary Dance. A Vinyasa style in the sense that the body is placed with mindful presence, and that linking movement to breath is a key element of my classes. As the quality of our breath reflects our state of mind, I believe that we can in turn affect our state of mind by noticing and expanding the breath.
In my classes I aim to help students find a sense of centering and grounding, as well as expand their movement range and vocabulary. In addition to familiar yoga asanas (postures) I usually include more intuitive movement patterns based on somatic movement exploration.
The flow is generally slow and steady, yet demanding. Healthy alignment is paramount in any class I teach, as the physical body becomes a gateway to turning inwards.
I would like students to discover that in essence yoga is a journey back to more balance and wholeness, not only within the physical body but - crucially - within the mind and the heart too.
I am hoping that my classes will support students in this discovery, that the practice will equip them with tools for dealing with challenging situations on and importantly beyond the mat, and that it may empower them to live every day fully awake.
Monthly Yoga Circle (Slow Flow & Social) Once a month on a Tuesday evening 19:00-21:00 at Pulse Pilates studio. Please register in advance. For details & directions click here. An extended yoga practice in community (approx 1.5hrs) followed by tea, treats & conversation.
The practice part will begin & end with a led movement sequence containing breath awareness, intuitive movement exploration as well as more set asanas, incorporating stillness as well as flow. Framed by the sequence I offer there will be a self-led part (20-30 minutes): some time for you, on your mat, to follow whatever movement impulses arise, whether soft & quiet or more dynamic. There will be a theme / enquiry offered to guide you.
The social part will be fairly informal, an opportunity to remain together after our common practice and to exchange reflections, questions and discoveries which may have come up. Please register for this session in advance so I can plan the space and the snacks accordingly.