Yoga

I was introduced to yoga in 2008 as a means to support my training for various events including numerous 10k runs, Triathlon sprints and the London Marathon in 2010.  What started as a very physically focused agenda – to manage injuries and improve stamina, rapidly evolved into something far more holistic.  I began to notice changes in my mind-set, reduced stress-levels, and, perhaps most significantly, a sense of real inner-peace and happiness.  Ashtanga was my main practice during the early stages of my journey, and I sought guidance from a number of highly respected international teachers to inspire and motivate an ever-deepening commitment, which led me to Matthew Sweeney and the Moon Sequence.

Moon Sequence:

Chandra Krama, or the Moon Sequence, is a set sequence developed by Matthew Sweeney to counterbalance the yang and masculine qualities of Ashtanga Yoga.  The grounding, nurturing nature of the sequence allows for a more intuitive and meditative approach to the postures and movements.  I studied with Matthew for eight years, and was encouraged and supported in integrating a more inquisitive and meditative approach, accompanying the asana practice with Vipassana meditation and self-enquiry.  I immersed myself into the moon sequence fully and was experiencing a shift in awareness and sense of being that I had not been able to access in the more strenuous sequences, such as Lion Sequence, Ashtanga Primary and Intermediate Series.   After I began teaching in 2014 I could also see that my students were benefiting so profoundly from this more grounded approach.  Not only is it more physically accessible and supportive of stressful, busy and active lifestyles it was also proving to be challenging students on more subtle levels, encouraging of self-acceptance and compassion.

I reached a cross-road in 2017, and made the decision to move away from the Vinyasa Krama school, which was the gateway and springboard for further explorations into a more independently expressive and nourishing practice.  I have since been drawn to, and inspired by, the empowering teachings of Donna Farhi, Angela Farmer and Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, all of whom have offered wisdom and clarity to facilitate the discovery of the teacher within.

My approach to teaching is heavily influenced by self-inquiry, somatic movement, all of the above, and most importantly – my students.   Every student will have their own journey, their own discoveries along the way.  I encourage contact with, and confidence in, the inner voice.

The basic structure of the set sequence is taught with enough repetition and guidance for students to become familiar with the movements and create a stronger relationship with their bodies and to begin moving as a meditation.  Once this confidence is established, a more spacious approach is offered, allowing students to really listen and respond to their own unique needs and innate wisdom.

For much of the yoga class sessions, students are invited to move at their own pace and discover for themselves a vibrant practice that may be subtle and gentle one moment, and expressive and dynamic in another.

Responses from students thus far have been overwhelmingly positive. Creating a sense of autonomy, liberation and greater sense of self-worth.  All of which are of the utmost importance during this time of societal upheaval and the long overdue uncovering of a more powerful feminine voice.

The invitation for each student is to make a connection with their own inner voice and to welcome every aspect of their being into every breath, pause and movement.

Yoga Classes – Group:

Saturday – 9 – 10.30 am @ Richard Benson Hall (£12 drop-in, £10 for regular students)

(Please arrive at least 5 minutes early for each class)

This class is ideal for students who are looking for a regular weekly practice and to feel the support and connection of being part of a community.  The sessions are partly led, and partly free-flow giving students the opportunity to explore movements independently and start to develop their own practice.

Schedule:

Dec 8th, 15th

What to wear/bring:

Please bring your own mat, blanket and any props you may need to support your practice.  If you do not have a mat please let me know prior to the class.

Clothes should be comfortable and easy to move in.  Warmer clothes might be necessary for Savasana and Nidra, when the body temperature tends to drop.

Do bring a bottle of water with you, and sip through the class if necessary.  Any large meals should be eaten at least 2 hours before the yoga class.

Location:

Richard Benson Hall:  276 Cowley Road, OX4 1UR

 

One-to-one and Private Classes:

Tuesdays 4 – 7 pm @ East Oxford location to be confirmed at time of booking (£45 per hour)

One-to-one classes are ideal for students who are either very new to the practice and wanting to build confidence and a basic knowledge before joining a class; or have needs that require modifications or more detailed focus.  Existing students will often book a one-to-one sessions when working with injury or wanting specific guidance on particular aspects of the practice that can’t always be covered in such depth during a group class setting.

 

Workshops/Retreats and Yoga Nidra:

Please refer to Yoga Workshops, Retreats and Upcoming events for further details.