Are you disappointed about your body feeling stiff and creaky?
Do you think that this is inevitable because you’re getting older?
Do you know that there is something you can do about it?
Will you try a transforming yoga that can help you recover the type of movement that you had as a youngster?
The yoga that I teach is a gentle form of yoga derived from the inspirational work of Vanda Scaravelli and developed by the many great teachers that I have learned from. Our classes provide an opportunity for personal enquiry through the body. We work together, but as unique individuals we are all moving and exploring at a different pace. We do not chase after getting the biggest stretch or holding a pose for the longest period. We are individually exploring all the elements of a movement, frame by frame, so that we can raise our awareness of our habits and become aware of where tension is held. And we learn to give the weight of our body to the ground through our bones so that we can allow cells, nerves, connective tissue and muscles to release their tension.
Working with body unity
This way of practising yoga helps us to build an even strength throughout the body, encouraging us to realise how each individual part contributes to the healthy functioning of the whole body. Building muscle strength, especially as we age, is an important asset to our continued health. So, strength is important, but we do not focus on muscle strength at the expense of bringing movement and integration of the whole body.
Vanda Scaravelli wrote that yoga should bring freedom to the body. By practising to free our body from habits, tensions and patterns of strain we can discover a new freedom of movement, of lightness, of whole body integration.
What happens in a class?
Our yoga classes are for every body. All you need is tracksuit trousers and a T-shirt, and a yoga mat to work on. You can learn to integrate thought, movement and breath in standing, sitting, kneeling and lying down positions. You can explore breathing in a focused way; you can practise mini meditations; and you can relax to the gentle sounds of singing bowls.
With regular practice yoga can help to restore your flexibility and have a beneficial impact on your health.