Yoga is a mind and body practice with historical origins in ancient Indian philosophy and became popular in the West during the mid 20th century. Various styles of yoga combine physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation or relaxation. The word yoga is from the Sanskrit word Yuj which means union. Yoga is a discipline that aims to unite the mind, body and spirit.
There are many different styles of yoga, each with their own methodology or style, however the asanas (yoga postures) are the same.
What are the yoga styles that I teach?
All yoga stems from Hatha – Ha means sun and Tha means moon. Asanas (postures) are static and held longer periods of time, developing a strong foundation slowly strengthening and opening up the body. As this is considered a yang practice where the focus is engagement of muscles, it is a great complement to restorative / yin yoga. Hatha is suitable for all levels, with variations and the option of modifications throughout the class. This allows you to take your practice to where you chose in that moment. This class is suitable for all levels including beginners.
A more dynamic style of yoga stemming from Ashtanga.
Vinyasa means “to place in a special way” and refers to the syncing of the breath with each movement. This focus of movement with breath creates a moving meditation. The postures are held for shorter periods, about 5 breaths and sequences are thread together with half sun salutations, so this becomes a continuous flowing practice, almost like a dance. It is more cardiovascular and the soft ujayi breathing creates a cleansing internal heat. This style is more suited to intermediate level practitioners.
Yin is a slow, mindful practice where the postures are held in a way that allows the physical focus to be directed to the connective tissues of the body – the ligaments, tendons, deep fascia of the muscles, tissues, internal organs and the energy channels of the body known as the meridians following the theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The postures mainly focus on lower body from the pelvis to the knee area although not solely. Postures are mainly floor based and supported with props as required. You are encouraged to take each posture to your own comfortable edge at that moment, enabling you to hold the posture for between 2 minutes and up to 5 mins. We use this time to observe and be attentive to any sensations that arise through the body and resolve to maintain a stillness in body and mind perhaps moving a little deeper in to posture if the body opens up. Rather than pushing the body into a stretch we allow the body to slowly open into the stretch resulting in a deeper opening. Yin yoga is a great complement to Hatha and Vinyasa flow or any strength building, high impact activity, helping to maintain healthy joints as well as being effective in opening up stiff hips, quads, hamstrings and calves. Yin allows us to practice acceptance and mindfulness helping us to slow down the overactive and stressed mind. The postures in this practice are supported by bolsters, blocks and straps where required.
My studio class schedule is as follows :
Thursday - 18.45 - 19.45 Vinyasa Flow (Warm) & 20.00-21.00 Yin Yoga (warm) at Present Health
Friday - 17.00-18.00 Vinyasa Flow (Hot) & 18.15 - 19.15 Yin Yoga (warm) at Present Health
Saturday - 09.30 - 10.30 Hatha Yoga (Hot) & 10.45 - 11.45 Vinyasa Flow (Hot) at Present Health
Orpington Yoga classes - register here
Sunday yoga class
Sunday 09.45 - 10.45am Sunday Yin and Flow - The Dance Studio, Darrick Wood Sports Centre, Lovibonds Avenue, BR6 8EW
A mixture of Yin and slow flow to create space through deep stretches and open the body then to strengthen and energise. A balanced start to Sunday morning
£10 per class drop in, £9 if you register or £8 per class if you buy 6 classes (6 class pass at £48 is valid 3 months) - bring your own mat. If you do not have a mat, you may borrow one for your first class. You can book class via registration form . Payment for class on the day or by bank transfer prior to class. Class pass payments by bank transfer. I will supply details on registration
Monday community yoga class
Monday 20.00 -21.00 Yin Yoga Community Class - a subsidised Yin yoga class for the community at Orpington Methodist Church (19, Sevenoaks Road, Orpington BR6 9JH), £5 per class - this class must be pre booked via the registration form
Our Community Yin class is a very slow and meditative practice - it is great for creating space in the body releasing tension and tightness. This practice is mainly floor based
Beginners are welcome and flexibility is not required!!!!
Everyone attending Orpington classes must fill in a booking form prior to joining class and bring their own yoga mat. If you are taking regular classes it is advisable to also invest in a yoga bolster, yoga block and yoga strap. I will have yoga equipment available for you to purchase at cost price (see below) . It is nicer to have your own props and allows you to practice at home between classes!
Equipment investment -
yoga mat £8.00 - yoga bolster £30 - yoga block £3 - yoga belt £3 ( all from Yoga Matters )