Yoga is not just one Yoga. There are many different kinds and ways of practicing Yoga. I teach regular adult classes, kids from 4 years old, pregnant women, and mothers with babies. Family classes are also available on request.
I bring to my classes the styles that I have learnt and practiced through the years: Hatha, Vinyasa, Anusara, Kundalini, Iyengar, Yin, Restorative. I take that, blend it and adapt it to the the needs of the students in front of me, always with a wellness approach. I call it Masala Yoga.
My intention is to mee you where you are and bring you the benefit of the Yoga posture, to get that feel good factor
Types of classes
- Beginners “Yoga Basics”
- Intermediate “Flow and Floor”
- Prenatal Yoga
- Postnatal Yoga
- Restorative Yoga
- Kids Yoga
- Mums & Babies
- Sound Meditation Therapy (1:1 healing sessions)
- Sound Bath (see Awaken your senses workshop
- Lectures and consultations (Yoga theory)
- Reiki healing sessions 1:1
The class will be easy to follow but still give you a workout and a nice relaxation to end. It’s based on traditional India Hatha style, but a bit faster and with sun salutations and a creative twist. If you don’t have a lot of Yoga experience I will teach you simple Yoga postures with emphasis is on the importance of good technique. It’s desgnined to create a good foundation for future practice.
I love teaching beginners and introduce them to the practice with an open mind to all the varieties of Yoga out there.
Even as an experienced practitioner it’s always a good idea to go through the basics of alignment every once in a while. And I’m quite persistent on this topic, but it’s just to avoid injuries so bear with me.
“Flow and Floor”
You could say It’s 50% Hatha and 50% Vinyasa – Most of my classes follow this format and I adapt it to beginners or more advanced students with more or less vinyasa flow. There will always be warm up, sun salutations, standing postures and sitting postures and relaxation.
- I don’t do very static classes
- I focus on lower back and shoulders as they are very common problem areas.
- I follow an approach of effort and relaxation so we do not deplete the energy in the class and you can go on with your day
- Every once in a while I do a weekly theme, like Slow Yoga, Back bend preparations, or introduction to inversions.
- There’s always something new and a challenge.
WHAT’S THE INTERMEDIATE LEVEL? – Once you become more familiar with the postures and get regular practice, the next step is to work on the next level variation of a posture, and the transitions to increase the pace. This brings cardiovascular benefits. The more experienced the student group is, the more we will flow and elaborate the transitions.
Some Yoga experience is recommended if you join a group that’s not begginers, but if you had done Pilates, barre, or have a background in dancing, this will be perfectly fine for you.
Being active during pregnancy is highly recommended. Prenatal Yoga is a great way of keeping fit and connecting with your baby, but It’s also very effective in relieving symptoms of pregnancy like back pain, leg cramps, insomnia, anxiety, fatigue and sciatica. We will be preparing the body and mind for delivery and for motherhood. Have a look at the Prenatal Yoga to learn more.
If you had a baby recently and have clearance from your gynecologist it’s time to get back in shape and reconnect with your core. This class focuses on regaining control of your abdominal muscles, pevil floor, building up strength and stamina, and preventing postural discomforts from taking care of your baby. It helps you on a fitness level and also get some very much needed “me time”. Classes with babies are fun, but do not neglect the time practice yourself. Click here if you want more information.
It’s also called Recovery Yoga, to give the body the benefit of the posture minus the effort. Providing time to rest and heal. Using props like blocks, bolsters or blankets help you maintain the position and hold it for longer without wasting your energy. This class will leave you floating, zen like, in pure bliss.
A fun time for the little ones. We learn about chanting, breathing, asanas and meditation on a class that’s more like a Yoga play date for them. We have Meddy Teddy too! A smashing hit among kids. If Meddy Teddy does it, they do it.
There’s Yoga wheels, blocks, cushions, blankets, and we play the singing bowls and the gong too! If you practice Yoga, getting your kids to get familiar with the practice is a very good way to connect with them before they can practice fully with you. It helps them focus and relax, gain body awareness and develop new skills. I have to confess that I never grew up, so this class is as much fun for me as it is for them. I’m a big kid.
Mums & babies
Doing Yoga with your baby is a really fun experience and doing it in a Home Yoga Studio makes it really comfortable. There’s always a place to sit down to nurse o change a nappy. I have toys and clean towels available and you will be surprised to see how your baby reacts to chanting or to doing some postures with you.
In this kind of class you never know what’ going to happen. It’s unpredictable, so we improvise and adapt as the go but there will always be something for the mothers and something for the babies. Chanting, baby massage, squats with baby, and working on the abs recovery.
Sound Meditation Therapy
In these sessions you will be taken to a deep state of relaxation that allows the body to restore its energy and provide a deep sense of calm and vitality. Using the sound of Himalayan singing bowls, we induce a state of meditation, of “no thoughts” because the sound penetrates inside of you and overtakes anything else.
The mind is like a monkey that always needs to to be jumping from one place to another. When we play the bowls that make a long sustained fading sound, the brain embraces the sound and forgets about everything else. The state of trance, the sense of losing track of space and time is an amazing remedy for stress. Sessions include chakra readings and personalised treatment. Find out all about Sound Meditation Therapy here.
For workshops or to schedule a group session please contact me.
Lectures and consultation
The physical practice is just one very small part of Yoga. The ancient philosophy behind Yoga is really the essence of it. It is incredible that it has existed since so long ago, and how incredibly relevant it is nowadays. Yoga Philosophy is timeless and universal and it can be applied to your daily routines very simply, bringing a new way to look at things, a new lifestyle.
Simply explained, the approach to the Yoga postures is actually a practical way to teach the mind a new approach to life and to face difficulties. The actual purpose of Yoga is to be healthy and happy, and that involves a change of mindset and behavior for well-being.
Usually the mental and philosophical aspects of Yoga arise bit by bit, when you have a regular practice. Questions arise but many of the answers provided by teachers are simplistic, or dogmatic (linked to cults or religious beliefs). This turns a lot of people off Yoga Philosophy.
It makes Yoga theory something close to esoteric, not trustworthy. That negative perception prevents this ancient wisdom to be really studied and understood.
In India traditionally the Yoga the practitioner is not given much information on this area, because information will come from within with practice and contemplation, or at the discretion of the teacher. From a western perspective this is a clash. Trust in Gurus and leaders as ‘higher beings’ that must not be questioned is sadly the way a lot of teachers teach in teacher trainers. I believe knowledge should and must be shared to those that seek it, and that’s actually fun!
I absolutely love to explain the theory of Yoga to anybody that’s really curious and open about it. To present what I know about the ancient knowledge in a way that relates to the circumstances of today, and not 4000 years ago. Connecting to logic and common sense on one side, but also the the spiritual essence that connects all beings and religions.
I invite you to learn the philosophy of yoga, explained in simple terms. Just one thing, let’s try to do it outside of normal class. When yoga theory arises, time flies 🙂
- Introduction to Yoga. Definition, purpose of Yoga, benefits, difference between Yoga and exercise, types of Yoga. The mistery of the body and mind connectiom
- Yoga philosophy. 8 limbs of yoga
- Integrated aproach to health. 5 layers of existence imterrelated
- The physical and psychological aspects of the chakra system. Relation with modern psychology.
- Principles of meditation. Awareness, mindfulness, the nature of the mind, connection with the breath and the tools to turn the noise down.
Reiki healing sessions
According to Wikipedia Reiki is a healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient’s body and restore physical and emotional well-being.
My perspective is that Reiki provides the deep relaxation that allowes the mind to disconnect, and the body to then use its resources restore and heal itself. That’s my intention when I practice Reiki on others, to allow well being back. On a typical Reiki session the patient is lying down facing up and later facing down. The therapist will place the hands on different parts of the body, including the main energy centers in the body or chakras. The hands will be either touching or right on top of the patient, and will remain there for a period of a few minutes. The patient is likely to feel a soothing heat coming from the therapist hands that spreads to a feeling of a general relaxation.
It’s a pleasant experience and a meditation that’s completely passive for the patient. Other experiences of meditation require focus of attention, or some other action like controlled breathing or chanting, but in a Reiki session you just lie down and relax, remaining immobile for the entire duration.
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