Hatha Yoga

Practising  hatha yoga has countless benefits. The majority of people like the relaxed yet energised feeling afterwards, the feeling of being stretched, aches and discomforts of the day have subsided.

balasanaYes, it helps with all kinds of discomforts, aches and pains, if practised safely and with a qualified teacher. Yes, the way in which yoga uses the breath, helps to calm the mind, to de-stress and gives people a good night sleep after an evening session. Yes, meditation, the art to concentrate, helps to bring clarity and a deep calmness. What else Yoga has to offer is a very broad, deep and down to earth philosophy which gives us advice for all problems that we face in our day-to-day life. Yoga draws from over 2000 years of experience and wisdom, all still as valid and actual today as ever.

I have experienced great deal of weakness in my back and core during growing up resulting in developing scoliosis and ulcerative colitis. The main aim of my sessions is therefore to developyoga_savasana strength and flexibility in body and mind, helping to find ease, the ability to breath freely, in all situations, posture and sequences.

What to expect in my regular yoga session?

The below invocation forms the beginning of each session. It is dedicated to the sage Patanjali, who lived about 2000 BC and compiled the Yoga Sutras, a text still so relevant today on how we can find peace of mind. We would like to remember him and his work and bring this energy and concentration into the room and ourselves.

“Aum Swarupa yanamaha, Aum Sri Sadgurave namaha
 Yogena chittasya padena vaachaam
malam shariirasya cha vaidyakena
Yopaakarottam pravaram muniinaam
Patanjalim praanjali ranatosmi
 Aum Shanti shanti shanti”

The meaning of the verse is:

 I bow down to my inner self, I bow down the true Master
 I surrender completely to the eminent sage Patanjali.
He has helped to remove impurities on all three levels of existence.
The body is purified by the science of medicine,
speech, the representation of all thoughts and actions, by the scientific discipline of grammar (the art of communication)
and the psyche by the science of Yoga.
 Peace for all three levels of our existence

All sessions offeryoga_sarvangasana

  • a gentle warm-up → preparing for deeper practise
  • followed by a sequence that works on different subjects such as back, joints, stretches and is a mixture of standing asanas, floor based ones and inversions
  • followed by regular use of different pranayama techniques
  • and a thorough relaxation and meditation or concentration technique. 

The sessions can be gentle or more challenging depending on whom they cater for. All are “seasonal” though, taking the impact of the seasonal transitions and the change of qualities into account.


Who can take part?

Everyone can take part, all levels are welcomed. The sessions are tailored to the needs of the individuals.

 

Before attending a class:

  • The teacher should be informed about every condition, medication or other problem which might have an impact on your practice.
  • In case you feel any kind of discomfort during the session, you should immediately let your teacher know.
  • It is advisable to have your last proper meal at least 2 hours prior to the session. A very slight snack or a cup of tea is okay.
  • Please inform the teacher during the first 3 days of menstruation as not all postures can be practiced then.
  • Please wear loose clothes and bring a mat.
  • Please be aware that not all postures are suitable during the first 3 days of menstruation, ask your teacher for further information.

Please check the timetable for details on venues, times and fees.

 

Please download the health form and email it back to me before joining the sessions.

Thank you.

 

 

 

Related reading:

Light on Yoga, BKS Iyengar → very comprehensive compilation of asanas, their effect and clear instructions, maybe not for complete beginners
Structural Yoga Therapy, Mukunda Stiles → good explantion of anatomy, effect and clear instructions, excellent for all who have a deeper interest in yoga
Easy Yoga, Tara Fraser  → contemporary book for everyone, including complete beginners
Yoga for You, Tara Fraser → like the one above, easy accessible for everyone
Heart of Yoga, TKV Desikachar, excellent read, full of information, particularly useful for helping to develop a personal practice
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Shri Swami Satchidananda, my favourite for going into the philosophy of yoga