My Approach to Teaching Yoga
We all come to the mat for different reasons and each have unique experiences that help guide us back to ourselves and that is the beauty of this practice.
...is to curate an experience that ensures you feel replenished yet relaxed in both body and mind.
I welcome everybody into my classes regardless of ability or body type because yoga is for EVERYONE. I don’t practice or allow judgment in the spaces I teach and instead endeavor to hold space for you, however far into your yoga journey you are. New to yoga? That’s ok, you take it easy. A regular practitioner? I can offer variations to challenge you more. I want you to feel comfortable and relaxed, allowing you to fully check out in order to truly check in.
We give so much of ourselves to others I hope that in time you use my classes as a place to nourish yourself. They provide an opportunity to restore your energy levels, refill your confidence levels and reconnect with your body and your breath in ways that you wouldn’t do otherwise.
In time, my aim is for you to learn to love your practice and to view it as a happy place, that whilst challenging, will help boost your overall wellbeing and provide a small window of calm. At the same time, I endeavor to help you reach any specific goals such as strength and conditioning, flexibility, injury prevention and healing.
I am a London based yoga teacher and I have completed countless hours of trainings internationally. I teach vinyasa, yin, mandala, power, pre and post-natal yoga and offer breath work and meditation classes.
Vinyasa Yoga: Each movement is synchronised to a breath. The poses flow from one to the next, seamlessly, and the variety of postures means no two classes are the same, although there is a thread of consistency throughout them all.
Yin Yoga: Yin yoga is a slower and more meditative approach to yoga. Poses are held between two and eight minutes, targeting deep connective tissues, like your fascia (a coating of the muscles), ligaments and joints. Designed to cool the body, you can wear warm, comfortable clothes and take a more relaxed yet effective approach to your practice.
Mandala Yoga: This blends the combination of movement and breath seen in vinyasa practices with the geometric figure representing the universe. Paired with the Earth’s elements you can enjoy a journey around the mat targeting certain areas of the body in a beautifully cultivated sequence.
Power Yoga: Power Yoga is a more energetic approach to vinyasa-style yoga. It incorporates a lot of vinyasas (a certain sequence of poses) and is designed to build heat and stamina in the body. Combinations of poses can vary but the feeling of a full body work out is consistent.
Pre & Post Natal Yoga: This style of yoga adapts classical yoga for pregnancy, birth and post-natal women. It is an effective system of self-care that combines adapted yoga poses, breathing exercises, yogic pelvic floor exercises, and deep relaxation to offer helpful support during pregnancy, labour, birth and post-natal recovery.
Breath Work: In yoga, breath work is often referred to as Pranyama, prana meaning ‘life force’ and yama meaning ‘control’ or ‘restraint’. Using a range of different techniques, it is possible to strengthen the respiratory system, alter the physical and emotional state of our being and stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, countering our often-activated Fight or Flight response.
Meditation: Meditation encourages us to draw our awareness inwards, training our attention to focus on one thing – a particular thought, object, or activity – as a way of becoming calm and relaxed.
Yoga is so many things to so many people and for me it is here to take care of us, to hold us and to bring us back to who we really are. Be it in body or in mind, it serves us in a totally unique and amazing way that always makes us feel more positive and uplifted. In a time when we are constantly expected to be available for work and social commitments our 'me' time is dwindling and burn outs, a lack of fulfilment and general dissatisfaction are common. Subsequently, we fall ill and find ourselves unhappy.
Yoga provides the perfect therapy to this. It lifts the mist and rebuilds our positive outlook, it can improve our physical and mental health and can go a long way in improving our overall wellbeing. Whilst there's no denying that we all take something different away from the mat I don't doubt that all those who give yoga a go will start to feel better and in turn your mind and body will start to reset, refresh and develop into a happier, healthier you.