The definitions of yoga are many, wide and varied, some tangible some nebulous. I’ve grown to see it as a kind of magic, working in different ways for different people. It is therefore very individual and as part of my teaching each individual is considered.
My teaching is rooted in hatha yoga which broadly speaking is the use of physical postures (asana) and breathing techniques (pranayama). I use a combination of these techniques with a focus on the core of the body:
This is not about developing a six-pack; instead a subtle strength to maintain our posture and a softness to muscle tissue, the breath and the mind.
I am a qualified British Wheel of Yoga teacher, 500+hours, and my style is drawn from a number of sources having practised various styles of yoga over the years. The anatomical precision of Iyengar and the individual therapeutic facets of what is commonly referred to as viniyoga are possibly my biggest influences, along with the use of fluidity and gravity found in Scaravelli yoga.
I like to keep classes flowing and therefore combine static postures with flowing sequences, underlined with mindfulness and breath movement. The pace and intensity of physical postures will vary subject to the class, but generally speaking in group classes they’d be described as slow and strong. Individual sessions will be as gentle as they need to be!
Classes start gently to deepen and ease the flow of the breath, relax the body and settle the mind. The strength and momentum then build up with a mixture of flowing sequences and statically held postures developing core strength and flexibility as well as developing the muscles related to breathing. A relaxation towards the end of the class is often coupled with an exercise in concentration allowing the body, breath and mind to come back into natural harmony, and balance for you.