Yoga is not just one Yoga. There are many different kinds and ways of practicing Yoga. Below you will find a list of the Yoga that I teach, where there will always be a mix of styles. Be it in group sessions, couples class, kids or individual private sessions.
- Beginners class
- “Flow and Floor”
- Prenatal Yoga
- Postnatal Yoga
- Yoga for sports
- Restorative Yoga
- Kids Yoga
- Sound Meditation Therapy
- Lectures and consultation
- Reiki healing sessions
If you don’t have a lot of Yoga experience come to this class to try. It 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 with a creative twist and destined to create a good foundation for your practice. 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 picky with this topic, but it’s just to avoid injuries.
Hatha Yoga “Flow and Floor”
Once you become more familiar with the postures the next step is to accelerate the transitions for cardiovascular benefit. The more experience the student group is, the more we will flow. It’s 60% Hatha and 40% Vinyasa. We will be going through a detoxing sequence and then hit the floor for the deep stretches. Some Yoga experience is recommended, 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, and some prior body awareness always helps.
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. Bring a towel and a pillow. he recurrent questions that I get from expecting mothers.
If you had a baby recently and have clearance from your gynecologist it’s time to reconnect with your core. This class focuses on regaining control of your abdominal muscles, regaining strength and stamina, and preventing postural discomforts from taking care of your baby. It helps you get back in shape and also get some very much needed “me time”. Classes with babies are fun and can be arranged everyone in a while but I believe this should be your time to yourself.
Check out this page if you want more information about Yoga before and after pregnancy.
Yoga for sports
These are usually the boys class but girls are also welcome. We focus on two things mainly: a good warm up and a good corrective stretch. The fitness level of somebody that regularly plays football or runs, is high, but certain muscles become tight and short as a result of repetitive motion with short range. Like the hip flexors or the ankles. These are two examples of areas that we focus on more in this class. Relieving lower back pain and shoulder pain from being in the office all day is part of the program too.
If you have suffered from an injury, you have a cold of flue or if you are simply too exhausted and depleted to do Yoga, this is the time to discover how Yoga can get you back on track. Using the Yoga postures for wellness requires minimal physical effort. We use props like blocks, bolsters or blankets to help you maintain the position and hold it for longer without wasting your energy. Special attention is given to the area that has been injured to strengthen without risk of relapsing so that’s why I recommend this kind of class to be done 1:1.
- Kids Yoga
A fun time for the little ones. We learn about chanting, breathing, asanas and meditation on a class that’s more like a play date for them. We have Meddy Teddy, Yoga wheels, blocks, cushions, blankets, and we play the singing bowls 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 never grew up so it’s as much fun for me as it is for them.
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”. 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. Find out all about Sound Meditation Therapy here.
Lectures and consultation
The physical practice is just one very small part of Yoga. The ancient philosophy behind Yoga is really the core of it, the reason behind the practice, and it’s incredible it existed so long ago and how relevant timeless and universal it is.
Usually these mental and philosophical aspects of Yoga arise bit by bit, when you have a regular practice. Questions may arise but many of the answers provided by teachers are dogmatic and linked to religious beliefs. It feels they don’t want to talk much about it. This turns a lot of people off Yoga Philosophy, it doesn’t seem trustworthy so much secret-ism. On the other hand others find salvation and change their original religious dogma to embrace a new trendy one. They do not provide answers, they tell you to believe. None of these situations help my purpose of spreading the goodness of yoga that I believe works for everybody.
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.
This is not something I teach proactively because I’m not a preacher, this is something I answer to when I’m asked. 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. Trust in Gurus and teachers as higher powers that must not be questioned is not the way of today’s world, still is the way a lot of teachers teach in teacher trainers.
This is something particularizar difficult to handle when today’s modern leaders are constantly disappointing the masses and there’s lots of fake gurus and corruption scandals.
I absolutely love to explain the theory of Yoga to anybody that’s really curious and open about it, and do it from a logical neutral perspective that’s non religious but spiritual. My collaboration to the cause is to present what I know about the ancient knowledge in a way that invites to experiment and 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 and that many people in the west look for.
A belief is something hat has to come from within, with absolute certain, not something to practice without experiencing. That’s a dogma.
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 🙂 Lectures can take place 1:1 or in the shape of a presentation or workshops.
- 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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