This page will reply to most frequently asked questions about Yoga.
IS YOGA FOR YOU ?
Yoga is for everyone… whether you are 20, 40 or 60, whether your body feels stiff or very flexible, whether you are an athlete, a business man, a pensioner or a busy mum, whether you are healthy or dealing with some health challenges… Yoga can be adapted to any level to address your needs, your life style, your body constitution/age etc. If you have never practice Yoga before, please don’t feel intimidated, everyone has to start somewhere. Just to give you an idea… when I first started Yoga, I could not touch my feet, nor balance on one leg…
We all come with different bodies and degrees of flexibility. Yoga is not about wrapping your leg around your neck… Ultimately, the aim of Yoga is to bring your body to a place of stillness and well-being, to calm the waves of the mind. In the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, one of the main ancient philosophical text, the second sutra provides a definition of yoga: “Yoga Chitta Vritti Nirodha” (sutra 1.2) Though there are variations on how this statement is translated from the Sanskrit, one common interpretation is “yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind.” In other words, you are doing yoga in order to achieve a place of stability and ease (sthira-sukham asanam – sutra 2.46) so you are able to sit in stillness and access clarity of mind.
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT ?
By a combination of Asana (postures), intelligent movements, breath awareness, Pranayama (breathing control) , Meditation and deep relaxation techniques, Yoga improves your general health and sense of well being.
A good and regular practice, which carefully consider your life circumstances, age and constitution, will boost your immunity and deeply calm your nervous system. As a result, you will feel more alive and vibrant inside, your sleep, digestion, metabolism will improve considerably.
Finally, by feeling good inside and by connecting to your quiet centre, you will experience more inspiration, more creativity in your life. You will feel more connected with yourself and with those around you.
WHAT TO WEAR ?
Any comfortable clothing allowing ample movements.
WHAT TYPE OF YOGA ?
On our first session together, we will discuss what you are looking for, what you wish to achieve, your life style, any health issue or medical conditions. This will help us to determine which practice is most suited for you. My aim is to meet you exactly where you are and to start from here.
SLOW FLOW HATHA YOGA : This is a combination of slow flow creative movements and traditional Yoga poses. In these classes, students are encouraged to move or hold a pose with an inquisitive mind. There is a great emphasis on the breath, energetic sequencing, postural alignment. My aims in these classes are to develop awareness and cognition, stabilise and strengthen body and mind. By cultivating presence in every pose, in every move, through every breath, the mind is less tempted to project itself in the past or future, and more incline to release unnecessary tensions. Ultimately, the aim of Yoga is to bring the body to a place of stillness, well-being, and clarity of mind, connect to our quiet centre.
YIN YOGA : It is a nourishing and gentle type of yoga that stretches the connective tissues and muscles around the body, creating a sense of spaciousness and increased flexibility. By holding floor-based poses in a comfortable manner and for longer period of time, Yin Yoga is said to stimulates the energy channels around the body and build reservoir of energy, by allowing stimulating sensations to be present without feeling overwhelmed by them and mentally ready to surrender to the experience.
RESTORATIVE YOGA : is a wonderful nourishing practice to build calm, resilience and balance in the mist of changes. The aims here are to calm the mind, soothe the nervous system and release deep seated tensions. All poses are floor-based, supported by props (bolsters, blankets, cushions, etc) and held for longer period of time with effortlessness, in stillness and silence. This is a practice for all teachers, care givers, practitioners who wish to dive into the deeper dimension of yoga, and find a new level of deep rest and relaxation.