BelPostures. Natural breath. Mindfulness.
Hatha Yoga is about bringing our beings back into balance, integrating all parts of ourselves. I encourage an inner listening and respect for the wisdom of your own body. We practice with mindful awareness of breath and body within the postures, We practice bringing non-judgemental and compassionate awareness to ourselves and gently returning to our chosen point of focus when the mind wanders off. Which it likes to do!
My intention is to help you move where you need to move, integrating the whole spine with a sense of unfolding, organic movement. We are not trying achieve the perfect posture or move a part of your body in isolation. I allow time and space for you to soften the outer body and connect to the breath and life within. In this way, your movements can arise from your physical centre and a sense of what your body needs. I combine this gentle approach with structured sequences that guide you more deeply into postures or meditation in a safe and supported way. This is an enjoyable opportunity for you to feel, explore, accept and find a sense of ease in your body and self; an interesting and ongoing journey unique to each individual.
It is important to me that the atmosphere in the class is friendly and informal. I like to teach in response to the needs of my students at the time of teaching. I begin the class with a short enquiry so that I am aware of any physical issues, and have an idea of general needs and energy levels. This informs and inspires the course of the lesson. In a one-to-one session this initial discussion is tailored to your needs. The range of postures I work with are accessible for most people and I teach them with the intention of creating new and helpful postural habits. I frequently use creative imagery as I teach the postures as this helps students to engage more fully with a movement within a posture or with the breath. Partner-work and hands-on guidance from myself can also be used constructively to promote a deeper release and increased awareness. The class always concludes with a guided relaxation and sometimes includes a short sitting meditation.
To give you a taste of my work and for your rest and relaxation there is a free audio download of Yoga Nidra; Rest in Being. This Yoga Nidra starts with the senses. 'Yoga Nidra' means Yogic Sleep and although it is not about going to sleep, you may drift off into a healing sleep state. This is fine as the deep rest combined with your heart felt intention, or 'Sankalpa' that you drop into your receptive mind is gently transformative. I will not instruct you to relax, you simply listen to my voice and bring awareness to the body parts I mention. The audio takes just over 20 minutes. Enjoy!