What to Expect in Class
Firstly, each of one my classes is small and friendly as I want EVERYONE to feel COMFORTABLE in the class. You'll find that I remind people that there is NO 'perfect' pose to achieve since we're all so different and works for one person won't necessarily work for another. Plus, yoga is actually about being not doing and achieving a pose is 'doing'.
I teach a mixture of styles depending upon the class itself. I originally trained in Vinyasa yoga so many classes are focused on the breath as we transition in a flowing movement from one pose to another. Some poses will be held for longer, with focus on breathing and relaxing into the alignment of the pose. And I also offer some restorative and yin style poses in classes too. The slower classes such as my Gentle Yoga, Yoga for Wellbeing, and Calming Yoga will contain more of these.
I teach different variations of poses to make them more accessible and always recommend listening closely to your body's needs so that you can move away from the intensity or take a rest in child's pose whenever you need.
Teaching to the 'Collective Energy' of the Present Moment
I teach each of my classes to an intuitively determined theme or aim, which is often based on moon phases, seasonal changes and astrological transits. I also bear in mind what's happening in the world around us and how that may create more challenging energies that our yoga can help balance.
But, don't worry, you don't need to be into astrology or any spiritual concepts or even have any understanding of the purpose of yoga at all to attend my classes. This is just my way of 'intuitively accessing' the energy of the moment so that classes fit people's needs at that time. In the same way that painting, journaling and photography gives an insight into someone's state of mind mind or intentions... moon phases, seasonal changes and astrology give me an insight into my Teaching Intentions.
Since my classes are so 'current energy' focused this means that even a dynamic class may become slower and more meditative if I feel the 'collective energy' of the moment is right.
Dynamic Flow Yoga
This class is my strongest class in terms of the asana (posture) practice so you'll need either need a reasonable level of fitness or a good knowledge of yoga to join. There's a focus on building strength, fitness, confidence and flexibility but never at the expense of enjoying the breathing, relaxation and philosophical understandings that yoga can bring.
A beautifully gentle class perfectly suited to anyone suffering with chronic pain, recovering from an injury, or just needing to take things slower and relax deeply. We always start lying down - breathing and relaxing and connecting to the intention for the class - then we gently stretch, ease and strengthen the body before returning to more relaxation at the end. No previous yoga experience is needed to join this class
Calming Yoga & Yoga Nidra Relaxation
My most peaceful and slowest of all my classes, this is one is a little bit different since the focus is on preparing the body to relax into Yoga Nidra (a deep guided relaxation). The purpose of the movement beforehand is simply to make the body comfortable enough to lay down and rest.
There is so much research now about the benefits of Yoga Nidra in helping with things like stress, anxiety, depression, PTSD and other traumas. It effectively calms the nervous system and provides a level of rest and healing that often only takes place in the deepest of sleep phases.
Frequently we resist our thoughts, emotions and bodily sensations and therefore inadvertently feed them extra energy through that avoidance. Yoga Nidra teaches us a tool for life to help us learn to truly welcome and be with all that arises within. No prior experience nor any particular fitness levels are needed to join in.
Mindful yoga is also suitable for all abilities and newcomers too. Because it's based on being really present and aware, it's slower paced than the 'Mixed Ability Yoga Flow' class but more physical than the 'Very Gentle Yoga' and 'Calming Yoga and Long Guided Relaxation' classes. Extra time is allowed for relaxation as it's my longest class (70 minutes) so there's a good 10 minute 'come into the present moment' at the beginning and always time for a decent relaxation/meditation at the end.
Yoga for Wellbeing - a Healing Class
Yoga for Wellbeing is my newest and most unique class, focused on giving us space and opportunity to heal our bodies, balance our minds and soothe our souls. This class brings together the wisdom of yoga with the natural rhythms of our earth and skies. The class focus changes each week to align with the current energy. Healing (often restorative or yin) asana, energy balancing pranayama, visualisation, affirmations, working with elements and chakras, sound therapy, yoga philosophy and 'practical' spiritual philosophy as well as Yoga Nidra are the healing tools of this class.
Mixed Ability Yoga
This class is created to suit as many people as possible. It gives you the chance to either deepen your postures or take them down a notch or two. The lovely class is suitable for a newbie to yoga since it's both inclusive and set at a pace that is easy to follow. For anyone who is worried about fitness levels it might be a good idea to a one to one first or try the a gentler class first so you know what to expect.