WEEKLY YOGA CLASSES
I run two weekly classes at St Mary's Church, Putney on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm, and Saturday mornings at 9am. Both classes are Vinyasa flow style classes with the Tuesdays class being more restorative based with some Yin style elements and deep relaxation by candle light. The Saturday mornings class is designed to invigorate and strengthen the body so you'll start your weekend with vitality and energy. After the Saturday class we go for brunch together at the Putney Pantry, this is optional and you're free to come along if you feel like it. It's a great way to start the weekend with a lovely group of likeminded people.
All classes are £10 drop in, you can book in advance below or turn up a few minutes before the class starts to get settled. I offer class passes for those wishing to attend on a regular basis. If you have any questions feel free to email me.
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yin yoga & Ayurveda
I have a 100hr Yin Yoga & Ayurveda qualification with the Yoga People, which I gained in India in 2017.
Yin Yoga works on the yin tissues - also known as the connective tissues. Connective tissue responds best to a slow, steady load which is why we hold the poses for longer. If you gently stretch connective tissue by holding a yin pose for a long time in this way, the body will respond by making it a little longer and stronger - which is exactly what you want. Remember the principle of exercise is to stress the tissue so the body will respond by strengthening it.
Having a 200hr Vinyasa Ashtanga Yoga qualification with Yoga London, this is my primary teaching style. My classes are generally slow flowing designed to build core strength and increase flexibility with lots of options for all levels. The idea is is to create a mindful movement practice that increases your sense of connection with the body and breath to focus the mind.
Vinyasa means “movement linked with breath.” Postures are strung together in a short or longer flow.
This style of yoga is often quite dynamic, which requires the mind to stay focused in the present. Focusing keeps you from drifting off and helps you to be present in your body rather than stuck in your head.
in 2018 I completed a 200hr accredited integrating mindfulness & compassion in professional practice teacher training course with Yoga Campus which also qualifies me to be registered with the counselling and psychotherapy central awarding body .
Mindfulness is a simple and very powerful practice of training our attention. It’s simple in that it’s really just about paying attention to what’s happening here and now (i.e. sensations, thoughts, and emotions) in a non-judgmental way. It’s powerful because it can interrupt the habit of getting lost in thoughts, mostly about the future or past, which often generates more stress on top of the real pressures of everyday life.
I began my yoga journey when I was about 18 and suffering with terrible anxiety and panic attacks. Not really knowing how best to manage these scary feelings I tried all sorts of alternative therapies and finally settled on yoga, which helped me to feel more grounded and present. To this day I still feel the amazing benefits of yoga and the positive impact that it’s had on my body and mind.
My yoga classes are a thoughtful combination of breathe focused mindful movement with a strong focus on self compassion. All levels are welcome with options given to suit all. During the classes we will work on building core strength, increase flexibility and most importantly (in my opinion) induce a stronger sense of present moment awareness.