This page will reply to most frequently asked questions about Yoga.
Is Yoga for me ?
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 Yoga do for me ?
By a combination of Asana (postures), Pranayama (breathing exercises) , 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 and digestion will improve considerably.
A dynamic Yoga practice will boost your stamina, improve your flexibility and strength. While a more restorative practice will sooth your nervous system and make you feel deeply rejuvenated.
A combination of forward and back bends, twists, inversions and laterals will stretch and release the fascias (connective tissues in your body ), massage the abdominal organs, stretch your spine, improve circulation and keep the joints healthy.
The skillful combination of Asana and Pranayama improve your breath-body-mind awareness. As a result you will breath better and feel much calmer within.
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 do I wear for Yoga ?
Any comfortable clothing allowing ample movements.
What types 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.
Try a few classes and see how you feel. I offer you a framework to work with and listen to your feedback. You will be given plenty of tips to go back home with and develop a self-practice.
What is Yoga Nidra ?
Yoga Nidra (yoga sleep/ deep relaxation) is an ancient and life-changing approach to complete relaxation. It has been studied in clinical settings and has been found to treat various afflictions ranging from sleeping disorders to chronic pain, chemical dependence, anxiety, and even low self-estime. Neuro scientists say that Yoga Nidra helps access theta waves, the brain rhythm that signals the deepest rest. Resting on your back, you will be guided into various techniques that allow you to reach the state of complete effortlessness and awaken your potential for greatness. Yoga Nidra is a systematic approach to total rejuvenation and healing, to help you shape your destiny and live the richest life you can imagine. It is a very nourishing and rejuvenating practice, highly recommended for those leading a busy life and wishing to recharge their batteries. Suitable for everyone and every level of Yoga .