|GENERAL HATHA YOGA
A nourishing, fun one and a half hour class
based on traditional Yoga for everybody.
You don't have to be a certain age, shape, or size to
practice Yoga, nor bendy to achieve the 'perfect pose' .
Gill can carefully and compassionately adapt the Yoga
practices to suit your needs and experience. Therefore,
modifications are provided for those with physical injuries,
medical problems or limitations and for pregnant women.
More advanced practices can also be included for the more
Practising at your own pace we will explore together
traditional, aligned Yoga postures, with some flowing movement,
in order to de-stress your body and mind and bring you back to
your true, calm self.
The physical yoga postures (asanas) bring the
physical and physiological function into harmony by the
release of physical tension. The practice of Yoga asanas
helps bring people back into their body, as the age that we
live in is 'a time of great bodily disassociation',
Donna Farhi. When we are not in our bodies we become
disassociated from our instincts, feelings and insights. Many
people may come to yoga to heal a bad back or gain more
flexibility, but they can soon realise that what has changed is
their whole way of dealing with life.
Yogic breathing (Pranayama) will help you to feel more
energised, positive, calm and focused. It will also encourage
you to connect more fully with the Yoga practices. It brings
the circulatory system into a harmonious state. Physical and
emotional tensions can be released so that the body and mind
can heal themselves. A wide variety of Yogic breathing practices
are taught, as they are the key to relaxation. Sometimes
Yoga Mudras and Bandhas will be used to help deepen your awareness.
Every class finishes with Deep Relaxation ( Yoga nidra),
leaving you feeling revitalised, more focused and peaceful.
Muscular, emotional and mental tensions can be released and
addressed. It is the equivalent to five hours sleep and
can provide the perfect way to heal old patterns.
Practising Yoga in this way is 'the Return to Wholeness'
because it is a journey of re-discovery of our source of
well-being. It encourages us to unfold gently and to reconnect
with our centre, the source of healing and vitality. We begin
with the outward layer of the physical body and work inwards,
to reconnect with our selves.
There is always time to connect with other open,
friendly people during every class.
'Yoga has a special role to play in the world of today.
Its practice alone can remove mental and physical afflictions.'