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This week ... Samana Vayu 5
This week we are working on forward bends, more specifically Paschimottanasana, seated forward bend. A deeper exhalation initiated with the lower abdominal muscles, together with gravity, helps to deepen the flexion at the pelvis and the hips. But if there is a lot of tightness in the back of the legs (Hamstrings) and pelvis, the hip flexion is restricted by the contraction of the hip flexors and abdominal muscles. In that case, use a folded blanket to encourage gravity do the work and bend your knees, so the spine may come forward more easily. The hamstrings still lengthen, but in a less stressful way. As I often say the aim is not so much to “get there”; but “to be” there
I will leave you with these two thoughts borrowed from Swami Pragyamurti’s book, “Yoga manual for prisoners and other castaways”
“For fast acting relief, try to slow down” (Lily Tomlin)
“Tension is who you think you should be, relaxation is who you are” (Chinese proverb)
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10 sessions: £80
WORKSHOPS Summer 2020 go to Workshops
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.
It is possible to mix 2 venues: The Shirley Warren centre (Gentle yoga) and The Residents Garden pavilion in Portswood (Raja Yoga). So if you cannot come on your chosen day you can catch up on a different day. It is also an opportunity to try something different. Each session lasts 75 minutes.
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.
BEGINNERS ARE WELCOME
.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.
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)
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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