What is Yoga?
Yoga originated in India about more than 2000 years ago and takes many forms, not all of them physical. Hatha Yoga is the form most commonly found in the West. It uses the physical body as a means of understanding the Self ie: the essential qualities that make up each person’s unique being. Less frequently taught are the meditative and spiritual aspects of Hatha Yoga and also the theory and philosophy lying behind the physical practice. Some forms of Yoga do remedial work helping students with physical problems and general health, other forms concentrate on a strenuous, demanding and sometimes lengthy physical practice
All mainstream Yoga taught in the UK is a form of Hatha Yoga whether it be for example Astanga, Shadow, Kundalini, Iyengar, Vini or Bikram Yoga.
How do I teach Yoga?
I teach small groups of students who work together as a team to understand the basic concepts, movements and skills necessary to develop a personal practice and to learn if necessary more complex techniques. You will be expected to do a small amount of homework every week, to take an active part in each class, answering questions, watching me and each other and above all to become used to watching yourself. I will observe you closely and offer individual advice on how to encourage a process of acceptance and change.
Beginners will learn a series of basic warm up movements, a simple series of stances (standing poses), some breathing techniques and various alternatives for concluding a practice.
The more experienced students are expected to have a regular personal practice, to be attentive and responsive and prepared to sometimes work on their own in the class.
What do you need to do?
To gain results from Yoga you will need to commit to attending the class regularly, then to doing the homework and finally to be able to create a practice for yourself that is appropriate to your needs.
Why do Yoga?
Yoga helps you to understand and fully enjoy your essential nature. The by-products of a Hatha Yoga practice are increased flexibility (or in the case of people who are already very flexible, reduced mobility), steadiness, concentration, strength, more effective breathing, better sleep and digestion, and improved integration between the body and mind.
What to bring?
I teach Yoga on the whole without mats although at the beginning and end of the class they can be used for sitting positions. Other equipment or props are used infrequently and only where really necessary. Mats and props will be provided.
You will need to wear loose clothing in layers that can be taken off and put on easily, and to have bare feet.
Avoid eating a meal less than three hours before the class and if needs be drink water before the class, not during the class.