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Yoga

 

B.K.S. Iyengar, one of the most influential yoga masters of our times, explained what yoga is the following way:

 “The primary aim of yoga is to restore the mind to simplicity and peace, to free it from confusion and distress. This sense of calm comes from the practice of asanas (postures) and pranayama (breathing). Unlike other forms of exercise which strain muscles and bones, yoga gently rejuvenates the body. By restoring the body, yoga frees the mind from the negative feelings caused by the fast pace of modern life. The practice of yoga fills up the reservoirs of hope and optimism within you.”   

The more we practice the faster this reservoir is filling and we experience hope, optimism, strength, emotional balance, freedom not just at the end of a balanced yoga practice, but slowly also in our day-to-day life.

 

I lead mainly group classes from Beginner to Advanced.

My emphasis is on alignment, with equal attention given to core strength, suppleness, and flexibility. The main aim of my sessions are to transform all students from the inside and out, using the three main elements: asana (yoga postures) to create strength, harmony and balance in the body, pranayama (breathing) to increase vitality and meditation to help obtaining inner peace and tranquility of the mind and spirit.

Asana – Yoga Postures

They invite flexibility and strength to your body and mind.

A regular asana  practice helps to ease discomfort related to back problems, poor posture and poor digestion.

Furthermore, the nervous system relaxes, stress levels are reduced, which lowers blood pressure and promotes  a good night sleep and higher energy levels.

Pranayama – Breathing techniques

They help you to calm your mind and to develop focus and clarity.

Pranayama purifies the subtler levels of your body which increases your vitality.

Ujjayi  breath is used throughout the sessions. it will deepen your focus and helps you to realise when your body gets tired and you need to leave a posture.

 

Meditation

Patanjali explains that meditation is being one with the object of our concentration, whatever we choose to concentrate one.

We have lots of different techniques available to help us deepening our concentration.

Everyone needs to find the one that works for them.

I love AUM chanting, which the yoga philosophy describes as the easiest, most powerful and energizing meditation technique available.

Each session is opened by the chant below,

creating concentration and purpose.

“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 above

“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 cientific 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 offer

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A gentle warm-up → preparing for deeper practice.

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Followed by a sequence that works on different areas such as back, joints, stretches and is a mixture of standing asanas, floor-based ones and inversions.

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Followed by regular use of different pranayama techniques.

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And a thorough relaxation and meditation or concentration technique.

Before attending a class

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The teacher should be informed about every condition, medication or other problem which might have an impact on your practice.

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In case you feel any kind of discomfort during the session, you should immediately let your teacher know.

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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.

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Please wear loose clothes and bring a mat.

Who can take part?

Everyone can take part, all levels are welcomed. All asanas (postures) can be modified to everyone’s abilities.

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