Context aside…I found one basic theme ringing out. These students in yoga, were both saying in their own way, that the average yoga class delivers only half the promised goods. Yes, there is the delicious toning and stretching of muscles, the increased awareness of posture (and deficiencies..), the chemical high that comes from core strengthening, challenging vinyasas, and sharing the process with other beings in the class. Also, usually, (thankfully) some level of release – some Restorative poses, words of wisdom enhancing a positive head space, and then if you’re lucky, a few minutes lying down at the end, chill out time…
Yoga is a fascinating combination of physical work out/emotional unravelling/mental and physical re programming/reflecting and evaluating on life path/prioritising health and positivity/ head space from life’s dramas/elevating consciousness to ponder Spirit and Meaning……The thing that keeps me hooked is this holistic alchemy; one can choose to bring into focus any of these aspects, which is excellent when one has a tendency to get bored of one angle! Just re kindle the passion by focussing on a different element of the mix! And in this way, allow the practice to be Creative – ever changing, adapting, consciously responding to the seasons of the earth, and the seasons of ones life…
What these neighbours-in-food expressed to me, was the fact that most Western yoga classes squeeze out the time alloted for complete release and stillness, the timeless time for ‘meditation’ . Not the seriously ‘trying to meditate’ sort of meditation. But the naturally peaceful, restful, kinder head space that one cultivates through the beautifully designed practice of physical (Hatha) yoga…the very thing that working with breath, posture, and presence so magically cultivates is given short shrift…..sorry, no time to bathe in the Peace, because one must rush headlong into the rest of ones tightly scheduled week.
If any of this rings true for you…
a) suggest to your teachers that they consider redressing the balance, even just a little…(it would be good for them too..)
b) break your pattern and try another class, for example mine!! ha ha…..
There are others out there who feel into the roots of yoga, and aren’t scared of ‘meditation’ yet at the same time love to really work the body, celebrating strength and creativity, with a practice that is buoyant and challenging yet deeply restorative, supported by presence and non competativeness…
Candle Light Yoga Tuesday 15th December New Oriel Hall, Brookleaze Buildings, Larkhall, Bath.
6.30 -7.55pm Intermediate Group (only one space left)
8.05 -9.30pm Multi level group
Thursday 17th December 9.30am -10.45pm, Methodist Church Hall, Northend, Batheaston (it’s daytime, but the hall is quite dark, so candles will still glow brightly!)
Meditative but strong Hatha breath flow, also Restorative Yoga, plus Metta Bhavana (loving kindness) meditation.
BOOK HERE (£15 / £12 )
(contact me first for 6.30pm group, to check for space!)
We can set the tone of our birth story, (and the story that will be passed on to the child inside) by choosing a regular prenatal yoga practice, which by its very nature offers a combination of physical, mental and emotional nourishment – addressing posture, core strength, muscle relaxation, mobilisation and balance, whilst simultaneously addressing mental tensions, hidden fears, self doubt, stressful thought patterns, insomnia, digestive disturbances, circulatory issues, hyper tension,…and all those overlapping neuro physical/neuro psychological realms…
Yoga, like Pilates, helps relieve many of the common discomforts of pregnancy; back pain, muscle stiffness, sluggish digestion, high blood pressure, water retention, varicosities, pelvic pain. But the hundreds of women who have attended my classes over the last decade found the greatest benefit was the inner peace that came from creating that weekly pause, setting everything aside, to just breath and listen inwardly in a held, supportive atmosphere.
In a natural state of well nourished health and vitality, with a reasonable level of fitness, strength, and suppleness, our bodies actually already contain all the resources and information needed to give birth…we just need to tune into the right channel, and filter out the bullshit.
Prenatal Yoga Courses In Bath
TUESDAYS 10.30am – 11.45am
The Methodist Church Hall, Brow Hill, (Northend), Batheaston, Bath (next to Jack and Jills Pre school)
6 week course starts 5th Jan, £60, (£54 low wage)
Once I receive payment for the voucher, I can either send you a voucher by snail mail, or give you a link to print one off, if you give me the name of the recipient. You can send the details to me at http://shenyoga.co.uk/contact
or email me at email@example.com
Classes run every Tuesday 10.30am -11.45am, Batheaston. Take a pro active PAUSE in your week to nurture yourself during your Pregnancy. Yoga helps relieve common discomforts such as back pain, muscle stiffness, sluggish digestion, high blood pressure, water retention, varicosities, pelvic pain. Prenatal yoga prepares you physically, mentally and emotionally for birthing and motherhood, encouraging optimum health with lower stress levels. During my own pregnancies, yoga helped foster inner strength and positivity, developing trust in my body and the birth process, replacing potential fear and anxiety with body wisdom, and empowerment. There is a focus on stability, gentle toning of core, release of muscles rather than deep stretches, working with your breath to calm the nervous system and centre your mind. Also addressing active birth techniques, issues such as pain management, water birth, shiatsu pressure points for labour, partner work, and all sorts. There is a small library of books to share and a resource list with useful contacts. You don’t need any previous experience of yoga, and should be beyond your 12th week.. BOOK HERE www.shenyoga.co.uk/shenyoga/classes/pregnancy
10.30am -4pm, Marshfield, near Colerne, Wiltshire.
Everything is in a process of arising and decaying. Just as your lungs breathe in and then breathe out, it is necessary for things to fall away so that life can breathe new again…
Morning Hatha Yoga; a grounding, focussing practice, using breath flow, ujjayi, mudra and bandha. Blending strength and with letting go….boost your inner fire, to burn through the Winter.
Shared pot luck lunch
Afternoon yoga workshop based on Restorative yoga – surrender surrender surrender…