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 Yin Yoga and Sound Bath Meditations - details below
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.
Monthly sound meditation sessions - one Tuesday per month
Tuesday 17th September 8-9pm @ Crofton Halls, (next to Orpington Station) click here for details