What to Expect in Class
Mostly, I teach Vinyasa yoga, which just means that I guide you to focus on the breath as you move through the poses and the transitions between them. 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 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 Moment
I teach each of my classes to an intuitively determined theme or aim, which is frequently based on moon phases and astrological transits (I'm training as an Evolutionary Astrologer). Of course, you don't need to be into astrology to attend my classes but it's my way of 'intuitively accessing' the energy of the moment so that classes fit people's needs at that time, the same as how painting, journaling or photography gives an insight into someone's mind or intentions, astrology gives me an insight into my Class Intentions.
In line with my understanding of the current energies I then plan breath work, chakra focus, postures and meditations to fit. There's no sun sign astrology here as this is in-depth, long-studied learning that I am taking further still.
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.
Very Gentle Yoga
A beautifully slow and 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
As the newest (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.
Mixed Ability Yoga
This is my 'middle of the road' kind of class in terms of fitness-relaxation. 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.