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Summer term 2020

All classes are now suspended indefinetely due to the Cover-19 pandemic.

It is very likely that the situation is there to stay for quite a while and I would feel really sorry if that meant that we have to give up practising yoga together; so I am in the process of exploring the possibility of running live classes online. These classes would only be accessible with a password or a code. I am hoping that I could start running them after the Easter week-end, once I am familiar with the process.

Please look out for any development on this website or on my Facebook page.

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VYANA VAYU, 17 March 2020, session 5, Surya Namaskar: Honour the Sun

“The Vyana Vayu moves all over the body” (Vayu’s gate, Orit Sen-Gupta)
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Surya Namaskar: honour the Sun
One of the means of honoring the sun is through the dynamic asana sequence Surya Namaskar (better known as Sun Salutation). The Sanskrit word namaskar stems from namas, which means "to bow to" or "to adore." (The familiar phrase we use to close our yoga classes, namaste—te means "you"—also comes from this root.) Each Sun Salutation begins and ends with the joined-hands mudra (gesture), Anjali mudra, touched to the heart. Yogis place the seat of wisdom in the heart, which we typically associate with our emotions, and not the brain. But in yoga, the brain is actually symbolised by the moon, which reflects the sun's light but generates none of its own.

The Sivananda tradition recounts 12 "stations" composed of eight different postures, the last four being the same as the first four but performed in reverse order. In this sequence, we start and end in Tadasana. The eight basic postures, in order of performance, are: Tadasana, Urdhva Hastasana, Uttanasana, Anjaneyasana, Phalakasana, Chaturanga or 6 points posture, Urdhva Mukha Svanasana or bhujangasana, Adho Mukha Svanasana; then backward from Anjaneyasana. The transition from posture to posture is facilitated by either an inhalation or an exhalation. You will need to repeat the sequence, switching left to right and right to left to complete a full cycle.To start with, it might help to work on the poses individually before we put them together.

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Drop-in £10 online or £12 on site

PASS: You will be booked for 5 sessions ( from the date of your first booking):
5 sessions: £45

WORKSHOPS Summer 2020 go to Workshops and Courses

My classes include all aspects of Yoga: postures, breath work, relaxation or meditation. I also teach gentle yoga for people living with cancer, small group sessions (3 people maximum) and one-to-one session: to be arranged by phone or email.

Included in the booking information is a Health Questionnaire. Please fill it in and email it back to me (See CONTACT) or bring it with you when you come for your first session.

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About me

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, fifteen years ago and started a yoga class in Southampton.I have done retreats with various schools and traditions as I am interested in trying out different approaches. I have travelled to India twice for extended periods in 2016 and 2018, learning about Ayurveda and also refining my own practice in Sivananda Ashrams (the equivalent of a "yogi monastery") in India, in Kerala and in the Himalayas.

My classes in Southampton 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 Yoga therapy. All classes have an underlying philosophical theme linked to the classical Yoga texts.

I have an interest in using Yoga as a therapeutic tool. To that effect I took extended modules in disciplines that enhance the idea of wellness. Wellness does not necessarily mean being super fit and healthy; it just means being well in yourself whatever your physical condition might be. So I took a module at the Satyananda Centre in London to teach Yoga Nidra (Yogic sleep, which induces deep relaxation). I also trained with Julie Friederberger to teach "yoga to people living with cancer" , and I certified with Philip Xerri to be able to teach pranayama (breathing techniques).

This summer I attended a 10 day Vipassana Meditation Course. This is something I meant to do for a few years: a very intense, but transformative experience; no talking, no reading or writing, no listening to music, no technology. I did practise meditation before; but it was the first time in my whole life that I was literally left with only myself to think about. It has inspired me to share part of that experience. I am not teaching Vipassana : this is something you may need to experience in a Vipassana Centre. But I am willing to help others on their journey to a calmer, more fulfilling life by passing on meditation techniques that have helped me.

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.Corporate Yoga courses and Private Yoga classes (in Highfield, Southampton)

I am only available for private classes or Corporate courses on an advance booking basis.

Corporate courses are organised on the basis of a group of 5 sessions of one hour each. The cost is £250 for 5 sessions (£50 per hour, per group) and the venue may be arranged for up to a maximum of 12 people in a group.

Highfield private sessions are also organised on the basis of a group of 5 sessions. The cost of £30 per hour may be split between the participants: the maximum number of participants is 3 people. A 5 sessions series with a group of 3 people would be £50 per person.It is common practice to have an assessment session before you commit yourself to these 5 sessions. The cost for this assessment session is the same and it lasts for 1 hour and 15 minutes to allow discussion and planning.

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Gentle classes and classes for people living with cancer

Gentle Yoga Southampton classes (Satyananda) last for one hour.

These classes are on a pre-book basis only and cost £30 an hour. You may book a series of 5 sessions and the cost maybe shared between 3 people. These are relaxation classes and may include Yoga Nidra or Yogic sleep: see Yoga Nidra and restorative yoga

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

Important information

If you have been diagnosed with or suspect you may have a pre-existing medical condition you should consult your GP for advice, diagnosis and treatment and always inform your health professional before starting any alternative or additional therapies, treatments or making any major changes in your diet or exercise programme.

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The aim is not to live to do yoga better; but to do yoga to live better

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Contact details

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