Some background to the Yoga I teach and my approach to teaching.

 

What is Yoga?

The eastern sage Patanjali wrote the Yoga Sutras, the first text on Yoga some 2500 years ago. He defined Yoga as "the cessation of the turnings of the mind". This is still what I believe is the esssence of Yoga. We work with the physical body to keep ourselves supple, strong and physically relaxed - but that is a means towards enabling the mind to be more calm, letting us see the world more clearly. Mind and body are inextricably linked in Yoga.

 

The aim of my classes

The aim of my classes is to provide you with: 

  • An opportunity to learn Yoga exercises and postures known as asana which help to keep you body supple and fit
  • To teach exercises that help you to control your breathing
  • To teach relaxation techniques that provide you with an opportunity to take a break from day to day stresses, gently relaxing you body and mind.
  • To help you to achieve the balance of mind, body and spirit that is the essence of Yoga

I aim to teach Yoga in a way that enables you to learn the techniques for yourself and put them into practice in your day to day life. Yoga classes are a valuable way of learning about Yoga, but developing your own Yoga practice, ideally on a daily basis, should be your objective in order to maximize the benefits that Yoga can bring.  I stress the importance of you listening to your body and of tailoring your Yoga practice to your needs. Yoga isn't competitive - it is about finding out what is best for you.

My approach to Yoga

There are any number of styles of Yoga taught today. Whilst the Yoga that I teach is based in tradition, it is also eclectic and ever-changing, drawing on a range of influences that work for me. I'm not going to start to try to put a badge on it. Yoga should never be static, fixed, writ in stone. It has always evolved and developed to meet our changing needs, always staying relevant - and my aim is to teach yoga that is relevant to the needs of the people who join me in my classes.