I am so excited! Why? Because today I start a brand new Bliss Yoga class at Glow Yoga in Fitzrovia. I have long been a practitioner and teacher of restorative yoga having studied my Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with the fabulous Judith Hanson Lasater at Yogacampus a number of years ago. A more gentle, restorative approach is a must-have in my world. No matter whether you’re a vinyasa addict, a passionate ashtangi, a complete beginner, or even recovering from injury – this style of yoga has a place in your life. It’s a great place to start yoga, and a great place to evolve your practice if you’re generally into a more dynamic class. In truth, it wasn’t until I started doing regular restorative work that I really started to see my body opening and lengthening, and with that came the strength that I had lacked to do so many of the asanas that had previously evaded me in my stronger vinyasa practice. No, yoga absolutely isn’t just about the asanas but the ego has a mad way, right or wrong, of making you desire and lust after certain poses! I used to do more and more vinyasa thinking it would get me there, but when I stopped trying so hard and embraced a balanced practice that included vinyasa AND restorative, all of a sudden – BOOM! – I finally found the strength I’d been chasing for so long. I wished I’d known about it years longer than I had, and I wish I’d embraced it sooner than I did!
I’m happy to announce that as from this Friday, 4th April, I will be starting a new lunchtime Foundation class at the Fitzrovia studio of Glow Yoga at Good Vibes Studios. The Foundation classes are beginner and improver friendly and will give you a chance to get to grips with the ‘bread and butter’ poses of yoga. They are taught at a fluid but steady pace, designed to allow you to experience the poses and learn to adjust them to suit your body. I hasten to add that even as a seasoned yoga-goer I still get a lot out of going to classes of this level once fairly regularly. They’re a great addition to a regular dynamic practice and offer a great opportunity to get back to basics and really think about what you’re doing with your body through your physical yoga asana practice.
The new class will run from 12.45pm – 1.35pm so it’s a perfect fit for your lunch break if you’re local, or a nice way to fill in a gap in your day if you don’t have a whole lot of time in your busy schedule.
Hope to see you on the mat!
Everyday that passes is one day closer to the future of your choosing, one day closer to your true self.
The journey is tough and even when you’re on a steady path there are still distractions, choices to make, offers to tempt. There are lessons to learn, bad days and sad days to be had. But the truth lies in understanding the simplicity and not over complicating it all. Keep moving, keep breathing, keep looking within when you’re looking without. The truth can be revealed, always.
Be true, look within – honour your heart, your inner teacher.
Some of you will be aware that I’ve been doing a spot of teaching with the great team at lululemon Covent Garden recently and I’m really pleased to SHOUT OUT that we are running a special Saturday event together on the 23rd November – ‘City Sites Cycle Ride & Yoga’!
This is a really exciting event for me as anyone who knows me knows that I absolutely love cycling around London and, naturally, I love yoga! So to be part of an event that combines the two is just fantastic.
The event will be open to all levels and will include a 10 mile bike ride led by cyclist and triathlete Adrian Fitch, followed by a yoga class designed specifically for cyclists. The bike ride will include a few section leaders so that all levels of cyclists are catered for, so whether you’re a pro who likes to go fast and hard, or a beginner who is learning or doing it for fun, don’t worry at all, you will be catered for! The yoga sequencing will be designed to help you recover and fine tune your body, plus stretch out from the ride and make sure you gain all the benefits you can!
Really hope to see you there and for more information you can find the full rundown of information here on their Facebook Events Page!
Big Bicycle Love!
I’ve just come back from a long and blissful weekend at the beach. Those who know me will know that I’m happiest in, on, or around the water so you’ll understand that right now I am feeling totally connected and inspired!
With that in mind I’m really excited about teaching my regular yoga class at Glow Yoga tonight as it will be the first of what I hope will become some real elemental flow classes.
It’s happened. I’ve thought about it for a long time, even created one and then deleted it! But now it’s finally done… I have a Facebook page dedicated to me and yoga. Somewhat unimaginatively it’s called Clare Dobson Yoga, but I figure that’s exactly what it is so why beat around the bush!?
It’s very new, there isn’t much happening on it just yet, but over time I will add my events, workshops and other bits and bobs so that if you are on Facebook, you can easily keep track of what I’m doing and where and when it’s happening!
So join me, I’d love to link with you on there! Share it with your friends, your lover, your mother, your brother! Anyone who you think might like it! Find it here www.facebook.com/claredobsonyoga
The sunshine does things to us. It makes us feel good, great even! But sometimes it also makes us shy away from the yoga studio too. So here’s the thing, don’t let the sunshine be your reason NOT to practice yoga. Let it be the reason you DO practice yoga! Your sun-fuelled practice will not only cleanse your body and mind, it will make you feel even more invigorated and alive, so that you can embrace the wonderful weather more fully! You’ll feel great doing it and great for doing it. Not to mention the fact that you’ll also get to tone up the wobbly bits of your body AND your mind all at the same time! So when people ask you what you’re doing on Tuesday evenings, whatever the weather, tell them you’re practicing a dynamic and challenging vinyasa flow yoga practice with me at Glow Yoga! For more information on my regular Tuesday night flow class see my Classes & Workshops page, or just come along and see for yourself! Expect sweat, expect flow, expect fun! See you on the mat!