Teaching integrated Hatha/ Raja yoga within the traditions of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra’s (2500 BC) and supported by the Hatha Yoga Pradipika (C1300AD) I have been taught to question why and how at every stage of yoga but not, however at the expense of losing my sense of humour!
In class we learn and practice skills and techniques to assist us to ease through our busy lives without taking too much of a toll on ourselves.
I recognise and understand the various ways in which learning takes place and by using different techniques for different students I am able to encompass a variety of student ability in my classes.
Chapter 1 verse 14 of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika refers to the guru (teacher) making yoga fit the student - not the other way round!!
Every term has a theme. Previous themes include: working physically, mentally and with philosophical reference to the Chakras – those energy centres that are said to relate to the nervous system and working with bandhas – those yogic locks – helping us manage and control our inner energy.
In class, after warming up, we explore both classical and traditional Asana (postures) to tone, strengthen and cleanse the physical body; we work with the breath via the techniques of Pranayama to unite with the inner energy of ourselves before working through a variety of relaxation and meditation styles.
It makes me feel calm. It's also taught me self-control...I use it a lot in my job