Private yoga online and face to face
The tools of yoga are very much tailored to the individual. Your needs & goals will determine the focus, energy and intent. Starting at the beginning with the breath, then layering in asana, perhaps a yoga style or blend of with possible application of pranayama/breathing practices, use of mantra & affirmations. This is usually a process over a course of time where we will work together, towards your focus, pace and structure will vary.
Some private yoga client examples:
A student recovering from spinal surgery, needing to improve range of movement in spine, hips, legs and reduce pain overall.
Pre natal women from 2nd trimester to labour. Supporting them as they journey through pregnancy during lockdown, working with SPD, diastasis recti, anxiety, sciatica as well as general worries and fears leading up to the birth.
A yoga practitioner in yoga teacher training seeking to advance their practice, knowledge of the fundamentals, improve confidence and ability to sequence and to teach.
Teen yoga & mindfulness
Taught in schools, health centres and privately to teens. A lot of young people have problems with their mental health because they simply don’t know how to cope. Yoga provides powerful ways of dealing with stress in their personal, family and social lives by teaching them simple techniques to reduce tension and increase calm in all situations. This is transformative as it empowers them to engage more fully in their personal lives, school and society.
Pregnancy (prenatal) yoga:
Yoga for pregnancy can provide expectant mothers with the tools to equip them mentally, physically and emotionally through their journey.
Pregnancy courses are structured to draw upon the yoga traditions/elements and support the needs of those during this time.
We start with connection to the breathe – building in pranayama (breathing) building upon practices for relaxation, preparation for managing pain, stress, worry or fear. We explore the emotional self, tuning into our intuition, sensing and observing feelings as they come and go, thoughts and connecting to baby.
We build on the breath week by week and it is a core component that supports through the journey. We apply yoga asanas (postures) – some to explore the changing body, stabilising hips, pelvis, pelvic floor, strengthening and making space for baby, mum and breath and the practices help to SPD, Diastasis recti, Prolapse, stress, tension.
We want to build on endurance and strength for the growing baby, for labour and 4th trimester. Exploring mind over body and how we cope with the challenges that the body may encounter. We also try to embrace and love the changing body and the space it is sharing with baby but not loosing self completely. Appling use of the chakras for deep connection through this energetic system – meditation, mantra, visualisations and delving into connection to self, fears, doubts and drawing on confidence, love for self, kindness and gratitude.
This is where I come from – keeping as authentic as I can to the elements within yoga and harnessing them so you can navigate pregnancy and all it has to offer. Each pregnancy, person and experience is unique so the route we take can vary and will be tailored as I tune in to you and where you are at.
Pregnancy (pOSTNatal) yoga:
Post natal yoga can offer the tools to practice self compassion within a calm space that is held with an energy full of nourishment and love. Supporting new mothers when they are ready from the 4th trimester onwards and to meet them where they are and their needs. Perhaps recovering from a traumatic labour, or adjusting to motherhood and seeking something to reconnect back to themselves. They may also be looking to rebuild physical strength (recovering from diastasis recti, SPD, prolapse) and struggling with repeat movements from breastfeeding or carrying baby. Through the practice you can build confidence, connection back to self, allowing new mothers to be kind to themselves, to lift any feelings of guilt or failure, to accept, release and be present in the moment with gratitude and love for what they have achieved.
Corporate yoga for work groups
Corporate wellness aims to support employees with issues that can result from busy modern corporate life.
Some clients I have worked with:
Yoga, meditation and mindfulness have been well documented for their capacity to reduce stress and improve health. At work, lower stress equates to greater satisfaction, creativity, productivity and reduced absenteeism. To see how effectively wellbeing practices translate economically view this government commissioned research by Pricewaterhouse Coopers which highlights the commercial benefits of wellness initiatives at work – for example that for each £1 spent, there has been a quantifiable recovery of £4.17 in programme benefits. From both the employers and employee’s perspective there are many benefits.
A gentle practice for those with less mobility who may require the support of the chair. This practice offers all the traditional elements of yoga, asana, pranayama, meditation and aids movement, range of mobility, gentle strengthening, weight bearing and balancing. This practice can have a hugely positive effect on the body and mind.
Yin is a slow-paced style of yoga as exercise, incorporating principles of traditional Chinese medicine, with asanas that are held for longer periods of time than in other styles. For beginners, asanas may be held from 45 seconds to two minutes; more advanced practitioners may stay in one asana for five minutes or more. The sequences of postures are meant to stimulate the channels of the subtle body known as meridians in Chinese medicine and as nadis in Hatha yoga.
ASHTANGA VINYASA YOGA
This is a style of yoga as exercise created by K. Pattabhi Jois during the 20th century, often promoted as a modern-day form of classical Indian yoga. He claimed to have learnt the system from his teacher, Tirumalai Krishnamacharya. The style is energetic, synchronising breath with movements. The individual poses are linked by flowing movements.
Vinyasa was born out of the Ashtanga lineage and is a type of yoga that links movement and breath to attain balance in the mind and body. From the Sanskrit “to place in a special way,” vinyasa aligns a deliberate sequence of poses with the breath to achieve a continuous flow.