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Autumn term 2017, Part 2

Please note that Monday sessions are now on Wednesdays and the CFMC gentle Yoga class in Chandlers Ford is now in Highfield, Southampton. More specific yoga therapy sessions for the Wessex Cancer trust started on the 6th September and are now fully booked until Christmas (6 people maximum in a class). All other sessions are unchanged. Please refer to the PDF document attached.

This timetable is only an outline of the philosophical theme: "The 5 activities of the mind: is Yoga a Science or an Art? (Go to Blog). The sessions structure remains the same, as for Raja Yoga: Philosophical intro, initial relaxation, basic breathing, warm up, sequences (vinyasa), peak posture, counterposes, breathing practice, final relaxation (yoga Nidra, auto-suggestion, visualisation, muscles tension and release, reading etc.). I design my sessions to bring harmony and balance at all levels (physical, emotional and spiritual) for all abilities. This means that I might use props and introduce modifications or variations, as suited for each individual student.

Any questions or queries, feel free to contact me at any time.



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What happens in a Yoga Class

Week starting Tuesday 31st October 2017, New themes see Blog

A yoga class is not just like any fitness classes. It cares for the body and the mind.

A typical Yoga class begins with a short introduction to the theme for the session. Usually this theme is part of a topic developed over 5 weeks. This will help you to understand how the Yoga you are doing fits with the original philosophical context and history of Yoga. I welcome comments and opinions and there will always be room for discussion and feedback at the end of the session.

Next comes a short period of quiet to slow the mind and quietens breath and body, followed by limbering moves to warm up muscles and joints. Then we are ready for the Asanas or Yoga postures.

Asanas strengthen and tone the body and, most importantly improve the flow of energy, helping to regulate the physical systems (nervous system, digestive, endocrinal systems etc.); but also awakening more subtle systems as described in Yoga, the Koshas. I will come back on this as we progress throughout the year. The objective in asana work is not how far you can stretch or contort your body, but to combine stability (Stira) with ease and relaxation (Sukha). Asanas must never lead to pain and can always be modified to address medical conditions such as arthritis or high blood pressure. I also teach specialist classes, gentler classes for people who are less mobile, Yoga for Children and yoga for people living with cancer.

Considering that our life depends upon our breathing, it is remarkable that we have as much conscious control over it as we do. We can do without food or even drink for days; we cannot spend more than a few minutes (with training!) without breathing. In a Yoga Class you will practise breathing techniques to develop awareness and full use of the breath. The pranamaya kosha is the ‘energy body’ and breathing exercises are the tool to help control and move ‘Prana’, the ‘life force energy’. Not all exercises are suitable for those with respiratory or circulatory conditions, so make sure that you advise me on these matters at the beginning of the course.

There are a huge variety of relaxation and meditation techniques and styles. I have trained as a Satyananda teacher for Yoga Nidra, a deep relaxation technique that follows a strict progression. However, I am also interested in meditation skills generally, which develop our ability to center and concentrate on a single external object, then progressively on more internal focuses. The idea is to explore and build up our consciousness at increasingly deeper levels.

Finally, is Yoga for you? You might find that you are awakening muscles that have not worked for some time and that might translate in some minor aches; but eventually you will come to appreciate the benefit of Yoga as a wholly discipline that involves mind and body, and introduces harmony, peace and clarity in yourself and for people around you too.

For details of times and location, see Classes and location



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My training

I was introduced to yoga in the 1980s with the Sivananda Centre in London, before I moved to Southampton. I returned to the path after my husband’s death, ten years ago and started a yoga class in Southampton. My practice is still developing through my own practice and retreats. I have done retreats with various schools and traditions as I am interested in trying out different approaches. I love to be able to share my quest as a teacher with my students. I started teaching in a school where I also taught French, six years ago. I am now a full-time Yoga Teacher and I teach adults only in various venues around Southampton.

I always had an interest in Health and well-being and attended fitness classes regularly. However, I eventually found my full balance when I started to attend a class in Southampton. After a retreat in Dartmoor (www.balabrook.org.uk) I was initiated to a deeper aspect, through pranayama, meditation and philosophy. Five years later I decided to train as a Teacher.

I trained with the Yoga Training Centre in London (YTC affiliated to the BWY, www.bwy.org.uk), after an initial Foundation Course with Wendy Harding in Poole in 2011. I have completed the full 500 hours British Wheel of Yoga Teacher Training Level 4 Certificate, which includes modules on philosophy and meditation. I also attended a month intensive training (TTC) at the Sivananda ashram in Orleans (France). My classes are integrative of the whole spectrum of Yoga, including asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing practice), relaxation and meditation. In that sense, a regular practice acts as a Yoga therapy. All yoga classes in Southampton and Eastleigh have an underlying philosophical theme. I also trained with the Satyananda Centre in London to teach Yoga Nidra (Yogic sleep, which induces deep relaxation), and more recently to teach to people living with cancer

I also went for a formative trip to India last winter for 2 months. I stayed in a Sivananda Ashram for 1 month, where I undertook a course on Ayurveda, the Science of Life, as well as experimenting a treatment myself, a 'Pancha Karma' or '5 actions'. I then went on to travel by myself and finally joined a trekking group to explore Kerala, the tea and spices plantations. Go to Blog for more details and photos.



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Classes: Beginners are welcome

For details of times and location, see Classes and location

Classes take place in Southampton and Cosham. For practical information (FAQ) go to FAQ (your questions answered)

I have booked two venues:

Classes in Southampton, Portswood : in the Residents Garden's pavilion on Tuesday evenings: you can park in the street(Abbots Way) for two hours. Thereafter you would need a Resident Parking Permit for Southampton zone 12. However, you can also park in the alley way leading to the pavilion for the duration of the class. The Thursday class is suspended for the time being. I will consider re-opening it again in the New Year (2018), depending on bookings. I might change the time to an afternoon session from 1.45 to 3pm.

Classes in Shirley, Shirley Warren Learning Centre, Warren Crescent, Southampton, SO16 6AY Parking is available in the playground of Shirley warren School, entrance at the back.

All facilities have toilet and you can change on site.

The spaces for classes in Highfield are limited, so pre-booking is essential. Here people with more limited mobility can enjoy the yoga therapy aspect of this ancient discipline.

The class in Cosham (Wednesday) is linked to the Wessex cancer trust and is organised by the centre itself. Contact the centre for bookings and information. Click here to go to Wessex cancer trust Cosham



Autumn Term sessions Raja and Gentle Yoga classes in Southampton (Portswood, Highfield and Shirley)

Classic yoga classes last for 75 to 90 minutes , as they include the full Sadhana, a full range of Yoga practices. See Blog for details.

Drop-in sessions cost £10. You can also purchase a pass for 5 sessions. A 5 class card costs £40 ( £8 per session), and usually covers a full Half-Term. Cards are valid for 5 consecutive sessions. You can catch up on a different day or come to 2 sessions in one week. Communication of whether you can make a class or not is really helpful. Thank you for doing that – it is just a quick text or e-mail.

Gentle Yoga classes and Yoga Nidra (Satyananda) last for one hour. In Highfield the group size is between 2 and 4 people maximum, on a pre-book basis only. (Contact: 07979714179). In the Wessex Cancer Trust in the Cosham centre you will need to book at the venue itself.

I am also available for one- to-one classes on a pre-book basis. One to one sessions are organised on the basis of a group of 5 sessions of one hour each. The cost is £150 for 5 sessions (£30 per hour) and the venue has to be arranged on an individual basis. It is common practice to have an assessment session before you commit yourself to 5 sessions. The cost is the same and this session lasts for 1 hour and 15 minutes to allow discussion and planning.

For practical advice, go to FAQ (your questions answered)



Yoga for people living with cancer

Cosham Cancer Support Centre are offering yoga sessions from September 2016 Click here to go to Wessex cancer trust Cosham

Like to come along?
If you would like to come to the above sessions (you are invited to both) please give your name and contact details to someone at the centre.

I am trained to work with ‘people who are living with cancer’ and Yoga Nidra, a form of yoga therapy using deep relaxation. These sessions are available to anyone who uses the centre whether affected by cancer, bereaved by cancer or supporting someone living with cancer.

Yoga is not like any fitness classes. Lack of fitness or mobility is not an issue.

Just wear loose clothing (joggers, tshirt, socks) and bring a blanket in case you become cold

Cushion is optional

Mats are provided (if unable to work on the floor, a chair can be used)

People of ages, abilities, mobilities are welcome to this small group of 2-6 people




Satyananda Yoga Nidra sessions

I am keen to integrate Yoga Nidra in my sessions. It is a transformative technique through deep relaxation that I learnt to teach in the Satyananda Centre in London for 6 months. I have found that people who experienced it found it a 'life changing experience'. It is a path to physical and emotional well-being. Go to Yoga Nidra and restorative yoga.

I now run gentle Yoga sessions, where I intend to introduce my students to relaxation techniques and Yoga Nidra. My recommendation would be to start with 5 sessions of 50 to 60 minutes each. These include stretching and a body-energy warm up, followed by breathing techniques and finally deep relaxation, working towards a full Yoga Nidra.

It is a long term process. With the first 5 sessions you will be able to make up your mind about the techniques. Then, if you feel that this is for you, you will have the opportunity to deepen the practice further in a progressive manner.

I have now completed a course in London to be able to teach people who live with Cancer, and I teach at the Wessex Cancer Trust fortnightly on a voluntary basis. I do use Yoga Nidra, which helps to deal with pain and stress. Teaching Yoga Nidra helps to trigger the healing process.



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Contact details

You can contact me at the numbers below:

Mobile: 07979714179

Landline: 02380322543

emails: msbrh07@aol.com



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