if you’ve never tried yoga come and see how you like it; if you already know you like it, come and see if you like me!
Hatha Yoga Classes
All teachers have their own unique style, which arises from a blend of experience, training and personality. Thankfully, no two are alike because one size never fits all!
My sessions last for two hours and my classes are small. I like to be able to give one to one in a class if required, because the benefits of yoga are best experienced in classes where individual attention, corrections and adjustments can be given to those who welcome them. This is only possible in small groups, so there are usually no more than ten students in my classes.
I am a qualified and insured yoga teacher, registered with the British Wheel of Yoga (BWY). The BWY is the largest yoga organization in the UK with a membership of over 4,000 teachers and a well respected and established teacher training program. I have a long established personal yoga and meditation practice and I am currently undertaking an academic exploration of the traditions of meditation and yoga in South Asia, as a student on a masters degree program at SOAS, University of London. Classes are a blend of physical practice, breathwork, relaxation and meditation, interwoven with traditional yoga philosophy.
A Typical Class
We begin with a focus on the theme of the course, followed by a short, settling relaxation and warming up exercises. We then lead into the practice of the yoga asanas (postures) and then pranayama (breathing exercises), concluding with a winding down period of meditation and relaxation.
Absolutely no previous experience is necessary! Yoga is non competitive and most classes usually have a mixture of ages and abilities. Everyone is encouraged to work to a level that is appropriate for them.
Clothing and Equipment
There is very little need for specialized equipment or clothing, just bring yourself and an open mind. Most people wear loose fitting trousers or joggers and a t shirt style top. Your clothes should be comfortable and allow you freedom of movement. Yoga is practiced on a special mat (it has to be special for all that beautiful stretching) and mats are available for newcomers to borrow. Bare feet are best but socks are not forbidden!
In order to be comfortable in the relaxation I recommend that you bring socks, a light blanket and a towel or small pillow for your head.
You will be expected to switch off your mobile telephone and avoid chatting during class. I ask you to please be mindful that some people are sensitive to strong perfumes and to therefore keep personal fragrances subtle. Lavish dining beforehand is not recommended!
My classes start and finish on time and punctuality is appreciated.