One of my yoga teachers said this in a class once and I have never forgotten it. I recall it often, not just in my daily yoga practise, but in life too. In all the rushing around and getting things done, what did I actually know about myself and why did I even need to know anything about myself?
Yoga is about so much more than flexibility and strength, it’s about more than breathing and relaxation too but they are a good place to start.
When I first started attending yoga classes about nine years ago, I couldn’t arch my back to roll along my spine let alone do a shoulderstand. A long term condition was starting to limit my range of motion and affect my strength. Slowly, slowly, over many years, I started to see the importance of standing still and I watched my body respond, felt it opening up and learning to relax.
Inspired by how quietly yoga had become important in my life I went to India to further my practise and knew I wanted to share it with others.
I practise and teach Sivananda yoga, which follows a sequence of 12 basic postures and encourages us to focus on our breathing, relaxing into and holding each posture. For me, it is in finding this stillness and calm that the magic happens.
Yoga is a journey, into something different for each of us. I cannot know your body and I cannot know your life, but I would love to share a little part of that experience with you.
My classes are open to all – the fit and flexible, the senior and stiff, the young and agile, the grey-haired and glamorous, and to all who want to learn to relax and take an hour and a half each week to focus on themselves, their own body and their own life.
I look forward to meeting you.