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 bring you the benefit of the Yoga posture and give you that feel good factor
Types of classes
- Beginners class
- “Flow and Floor”
- Prenatal Yoga
- Postnatal Yoga
- Restorative Yoga
- Kids Yoga
- Mums & Babies
- Sound Meditation Therapy
- Sound Meditation workshops – Awaken your senses
- Lectures and consultations
- 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. It’s desgnined to create a good foundation for your practice.
If you don’t have a lot of Yoga experience I will teach you the essence of Yoga and the basics. 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 is 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
- 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, the transitions and to increase the pace for cardiovascular benefit and. 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. There will be lots of instructions given, options to suit different levels.
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 page to see the recurrent questions that I get from expecting mothers.
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, 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 do not neglect the time to keep to yourself.
Click here if you want more information about Yoga before and after pregnancy.
It’s also called Recovery Yoga, to give the body the benefit of the posture minus the effort and provide time to rest and heal.
If we are having ‘one of those days’ the class will be used to restore and recover our energy and it will not make you more tired. Discover how Yoga can get you back on track when you use Yoga postures for wellness. We either reduce drastically the physical effort or we introduce numerous breaks for relaxation after effort. Using props like blocks, bolsters or blankets help you maintain the position and hold it for longer without wasting your energy.
If you have suffered from an injury that needs special attention, to strengthen without risk of relapsing I recommend 1:1 sessions until you are recovered. Then you can join the bigger group.
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 there! A smashing hit among kids. If Reddy Teddy does it, they do it.
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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. It helps them focus and relax, gain body awareness and develop new skills. I have to confess that I never grew up, so it’s as much fun for me as it is for them.
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, timeless and universal Yoga Philosophy it is.
Usually the mental and philosophical aspects of Yoga arise bit by bit, when you have a regular practice. Question arise but many of the answers provided by teachers are simplistic, or dogmatic (linked to religious beliefs). This turns a lot of people off Yoga Philosophy.
It makes Yoga theory something close to esoteric, not trustworthy and that negative perception prevents this ancient wisdom to be really studied and understood.
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 its difficulties. The actual purpose of Yoga is to be healthy and happy, and that involves a change of mindset and behavior for well-being.
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. But from a western perspective this is too much a leap of faith and investment for long term results. Also trust in Gurus and leaders as ‘higher beings’ that must not be questioned is in decline. Still is the way a lot of teachers teach in teacher trainers.
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 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 🙂
- 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 restore and heal itself. That’s my intention when I practice Reiki on others, to restore well being. 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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