Yoga helps you strengthen, cleanse and understand your body through postures knows as asanas. There are many elements to practicing Yoga but my classes focus on mindful movement of the body and gentle breathing. You are encouraged to move your body in ways that feels comfortable for you allowing yourself to find balance in the doing and being of each posture. I explain and help you to find length, strength and activation of correct muscles in each posture so that you can understand the intention behind the poses. This encourages you to become mindful of your own body and empowered in self-awareness. The intention is to cultivate an internal understanding of yourself and how you move, not to achieve a certain goal, and I hope that through my sessions I can help you on this path.
Can anyone practice Yoga?
There are many different styles of Yoga and my classes help you cultivate an internal understanding of yourself and how you move. So with this intention, anyone can practice yoga no matter how experienced or inexperienced you are. The poses are very adaptable and there are options if you have reduced mobility or injury.
Through Gentle Somatic Yoga
What is somatic movement?
The soma is you body or your being. To have somatic awareness is to become aware of yourself and your movements from an internal perspective. Somatic movements are gentle and are designed to help you cultivate awareness of those places in your body you have become unaware. We become unaware of places in our body all the time, either through injury or through habituated patterns of unconscious movement. Based on the principles of Hanna Somatic Education, these gentle movements use 'pandiculations' to help the brain to muscle pathway remember and re-pattern itself. Pandiculation is a controlled and gentle contraction and release of a muscle to help re--set and re-activate optimum muscular function.
Gentle Somatic Yoga was developed by James Knight and integrates practices of yoga to bring the body into calm, alignment and union with itself.
What to expect from Gentle Somatic Yoga
The sessions are run in a calming environment with blankets and cushions to keep you comfortable. Sessions start by guiding you into mindful awareness of your body and any places you are holding on to tension. When you become aware of these areas you can release and gently unwind unhelpful patterns of tightness and holding on. From this relaxed beginning, gentle movements help you further to unwind and release muscular tension. This is a deeply relaxing process and you are invited at every stage to feel into the space, ease and comfort you are creating within yourself.
As with all movement practices, the benefits are cumulative, so your body awareness and muscular patterns will change over time.
Can everyone practice?
Yes, of course. The most important thing is to feel comfortable. Feeling at ease helps you bring more relaxation to the body, therefore your comfort is of the utmost importance in this practice. You are invited to sit/lie/move in a way that 'feels good' for you. So pillows, cushions, bolsters or even a chair can be used to help you stay comfortable and get the most out of the movements.