Next week we will be working on the ANAHATA chakra
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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 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: Go to Blog for examples of themes
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 more recently I certified with Philip Xerri to be able to teach pranayama (breathing techniques).
BEGINNERS ARE WELCOME
To BOOK click BOOKING or email me through this website
Drop-in £10 online or £12 on site
YOGA PASS: If you pay for a yoga pass, you will be booked for 5 or 10 sessions from the date of your first booking:
Yoga pass (5 sessions): £45
Yoga pass (10 sessions) £80
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.
Drop in sessions: if you want to try my classes on a drop-in basis, you may book through Move GB, follow the link: MoveGB
MEDITATION course at CLEARVISION
Monday 29 April 2019 to Friday 3 May 2019
It has been so rewarding to see people taking a keen interest as the week progressed. Thank you so much for this opportunity! Here are a few comments:
"I have definitely found the sessions very helpful. I am now able to find a way to switch off and relax, and the exercises are helping with my flexibility and mobility." - Sonia Elliott, HR.
Marketing Support Executive Daniel Ayling said, "I have found it extremely useful in relaxing my body and mind, creating a positive mental state before each working day, which enabled me to be more productive." For a fuller account read Mehrnaz Karimi (Content Marketing Executive at Clearvision); click on: CLEARVISION
Gentle classes and Yoga for people living with cancer
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). Five sessions cost £50. If you attend one trial session only the cost is £15. For one to one fees, see below.
If you wish to do classes with the Wessex Cancer Trust in Cosham, you will need to book at the venue itself Click here to go to Wessex cancer trust Cosham. The cost is £3 a session, paid to the charity directly.
For practical advice, go to FAQ (your questions answered)
I am only 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.
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.
So ... what happens in a typical class?
A yoga class is not just like any fitness classes. It cares for the body and the mind.
A typical 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 (for details about the philosophical themes underlying the classes, go to Blog). 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 postures.
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.
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
Wonderful day in Southampton common for the International Yoga Day 2017! To watch our slide show, go to International Yoga Day 2017, Picnic with friends
Yoga is a wholly activity, a form of self-therapy. The aim is not to live to do yoga better; but to do yoga to live better