Christmas. Whether you celebrate or not, this time of year can be hectic to say the least. If you practice yoga it’s probably the one time that your body and mind need the practice the most, and yet somehow it always seems to be the thing that drops to the bottom of the list below shopping, organising, festive drinks (hangovers!) etc. And then comes the guilt, which invariably leads to stress, which is one extra emotion that you really don’t need right now! The good news is that you can continue your yoga practice away from the mat. I don’t usually like to mention this, as I love to see people on their mat practicing with me! But sometimes life gets in the way so it’s important to remember that there are small tools you can use to ensure that you keep your calm all the way into the New Year.
I’m excited to announce that on Sunday 21st December I will be running my last workshop of 2014 at Down To Earth in Tufnell Park, North London. The winter period and all its festivities is a busy time that can sometimes result in us feeling like we’ve no time for ourselves. Yet this is the one time of the year when we probably need to dedicate time to ourself more than any other as our bodily functions often have to work harder than normal and our routine often disappears out the window without us even having the time to realise! The 2 hour workshop, Move Mindfully & Restore Balance, is designed to provide a sense of stability and get you back to feeling like you can take on the world again.
Over 2 hours we will explore a deep slow flow designed to help you reconnect with your body and your breath. We’ll experience some balancing vinyasa flow and break down the alignment of some of the key poses to help build up the relationship between body and mind once again. All the sequences will be designed to recharge the body from the inside out and we will practice some pranayama flows in order to awaken our energy and find our inner calm.
We’ll finish by relaxing completely with a blissful restorative practice to balance and calm the senses, and give us time to set good intentions for the forthcoming new year.
You can see more information on the Down To Earth website and book in there. Really hope to see you on the mat to end the year with some fluid flow and nice long exhales!
I’ve been keeping this under wraps for a while but I am excited to finally announce that I will be running a very special yoga retreat next year with fellow yoga teacher Clive Fogelman, in the beautiful Pugliese countryside of southern Italy. Taking place from Saturday 16th May to Saturday 23rd May 2015, the retreat will be held in the stunning Masseria della Zingara, a charming 18th century farmhouse situated in 20 tranquil acres of olive, cherry and almond groves only 7km from the unspoilt Puglian coastline.
Each day will begin with an uplifting practice focused around setting good intentions for the day ahead, and this will be held either in the stunning yoga shala, or outside surrounded by the beautiful environment of the Masseria. After the morning practice we will enjoy a delicious breakfast together on the terrace. The day will then be yours to enjoy, and in the early evening we will meet again to enjoy a more relaxing class.
The retreat will offer a variety of yoga styles, including vinyasa, alignment-based flow, yin and yoga nidra, restorative and meditation. Each day will include at least two opportunities to practice but both are entirely optional. For those wanting an extra challenge, there will also be a few fun workshop-style opportunities to practice some more advanced poses. The classes will be suitable for all levels of yoga, and options and alternatives will be offered. One of the rare benefits to the trip will be having two teachers dedicated to delivering you a very special yoga programme. This means that adjustments will feature highly and you will receive a truly focused teaching experience.
I’m excited to announce that you can now find me teaching at the excellent Hiitgirl studios in North London. As a yoga teacher, sports therapist and consultant who understands the need to juggle a million things at once, it’s always been really important to me that yoga is accessible to even the busiest of people. Sometimes we simply don’t have 90 minutes to spare to dedicate to a yoga class, or to getting our bodies healthy, plus, not everybody is up for delving into yoga in it’s entirety which, in my book, is totally a-ok. Something is always better than nothing!
Hiitgirl, created by the lovely Susan Dyson (you can find her working her Hiitgirl magic with Sweaty Betty on their 30-day challenge right now!), is designed with one aim in mind – to give busy women the best possible results without the need to camp out at the gym. To achieve this they combine kickass intensity with a huge variety of different moves so that no part of you gets left behind. Most of the Hiitgirl sessions last for 30 minutes, though there are some 60 minute ones too, including Jagati Yoga, which is where I come in.
Jagati Yoga is aimed at women who simply don’t have the time for 90 minute yoga classes and serves as a gateway to yoga, easing women into the practice and introducing them to the core postures. We work through flowing sun salutations and key poses, to ensure that you get to experience a balanced physical practice with every class.
Catch me at the gorgeous Crouch End studio every Wednesday morning at 10am for an hour of Jagati Yoga.
Hope to see you on the mat!
The summertime is the perfect time to start exploring your body in new ways, so I’m delighted to be offering a Saturday summer vinyasa workshop at Glow Yoga in Covent Garden this month. Taking place on Saturday 26th July from 3-5pm, the workshop will consist of a delicious 2 hour challenging flow, incorporating a variety of poses and sequences to give you the opportunity to delve even further into your already established yoga practice. With a focus on the breath, you’ll be able to challenge yourself physically, while at the same time exploring how time can help you strip down the outer layers of your body and mind to allow you to really melt into your practice. Even further than you imagined!
We’ll be working on fun sequences with plenty of hip and heart openers to allow us to really embrace the fun of the practice. Expect to go upside down a little too and really explore the breakdown of a few arm balances in true workshop style.
Once the physical practice is complete, we’ll relax and let the inner glow of satisfaction seep further into our hearts. Expect to finish happily exhausted and satisfyingly peaceful!
This particular workshop is not suitable for beginners. You should be comfortable with a dynamic flow practice already. So come along, bring your friends, bring your smiles and bring your enthusiasm and let’s have some summer yoga fun! For more information see the Good Vibes website!
Can’t wait to see you on the mat!
This video is entitled, ‘Words Of Wisdom Brought To You By An Insane Person’.
Well I watched it and I don’t think he’s insane. I think he’s genius! According to the dictionary, to be ‘crazy’ is to be mentally deranged; demented; insane. Therefore I can conclude that this man is NOT crazy. He speaks the truth.
Mad? As in intense excitement or enthusiasm. Absolutely.
But regardless of all that, he still speaks the truth. I think we could all do with a little more eccentricity and madness in our lives judging by this awesomeness, and while we’re at it, there’s definitely space for a few more beards of this magnificence too.
Click the following title to see the video! Words of Wisdom Brought To You By An Insane Person!
Change your world!
Whether you’re a student or teacher, I urge you all to read the article below. And do please take the time to watch the video too as it’s such an invaluable lesson.
For me the biggest gift of yoga is, and always has been, the lessons it can teach you about your own body and mind; how it can help you understand how they work and how to get the best from them. I try my hardest to always practice and teach with integrity; to embrace individualism and alignment and encourage exploration into self adjustment, but in a time where social media seems to increasingly demand ‘show’ poses, almost as if they’re the evidence of whether or not you’re a good teacher, it can make you feel tempted, or even pressurised, to stray, often innocently, from the true purpose of asana and indeed the bigger yoga picture.
This comes to me at a really appropriate moment, and inspires me stay true to my aims, and responsibilities, as both a student and teacher of yoga.