"The pathway to a quiet mind is through non-judgement."- Thomas Sterner -
Finding a yoga style that suits you is the first step. More often it’s a combination of the teacher and the style that inspires. People try yoga for many reasons, from the desire to be more flexible, better breathing, managing stress or to delve into the spiritual aspects. Whatever your motivation, the fact that you even want to try yoga is wonderful.
I teach Hatha, Ashtanga yoga and Vinyasa yoga.
|Hatha Yoga||Level 1||6:00 pm||7:00 pm||Little Bird Yoga|
|Ashtanga||All Levels||6:30 pm||7:45 pm||The Elbowroom|
|Vinyasa Flow||Level 3||8:00 pm||9:15 pm||The Elbowroom|
|Community Class||All Levels||11:30 am||12:30 pm||The Elbowroom|
|Community Class||All Levels||1:00 pm||2:00 pm||The Elbowroom|
Hatha traditionally means the physical side of yoga but in the west it is translated into a slow, quiet practice with a deep focus on mindfulness, alignment and breath work.
Ashtanga is a strong dynamic practice. The sequence doesn’t change so you always know what’s coming next. The postures are are directly linked to your breath so eventually it becomes a moving meditation.
Has its roots in Ashtanga Yoga but the sequences change. It can be quite gentle or dynamic so check the level.
Managing the balance between work, rest and play can be difficult and this is where yoga helps us to focus on what is really important.
Yoga is a complete system. It incorporates, physical, philosophical and spiritual practices. Here are a couple of philosophical practices that I regularly cover in my class.
Do no harm, and this begins with taking responsibility for your self and you actions both on and off the mat.
Truth. We see the world through our education, family values and social conditioning, when we learn to look past these things we learn to see the world as it is and not how we believe it to be.
The intellectual. Be concious of your thoughts and actions because the the ripples we make are powerful. Yoga isn’t a tool to help you check out, it’s the opposite it will help you to connect.
The practice of non attachment. This doesn’t mean that you can’t own or love anything but what it can translate into is that there is no value in allowing actions, possessions or emotions trap us.