About My Offerings
Please note my sessions are currently conducted in English. My courses will give you the opportunity to turn your attention inward, away from the world of everyday demands, pressures and responsibilities. You may wish to give time to any one of a wide range of issues: your health, more mobility and flexibility, some 'me' time, relationships, career, personal development, a sense of meaninglessness, lack of purpose, challenges of ageing, coping with emotions, anxiety, depression, crisis or spiritual enquiry. I meet you where-ever you are at. An invitation for you to dive in to your inner wisdom, from a space of non-judgment, freedom and exploration.
I teach small groups, private and couple classes in dept 87, Haute Vienne, France. I can travel to your location to conduct a private / group class.
I am currently learning French but I am in no way fluent
(my hope is to evolve with this in time and to be able to offer english and french sessions)
What is Ashtanga Yoga?
Ashtanga yoga and Vinyasa Flow has a strong emphasis on correcting alignment and maintaining integrity in asana (poses). My classes are inspired by the primary series of Ashtanga yoga. If you are new to Yoga then the primary series will be a perfect introduction. To ensure maximum emphasis on inclusiveness and safety we use props (blocks, belts, cushions, blankets etc). The primary series are a precise sequence of postures, linked together with vinyasa sequences. Vinyasa is the movement from yoga pose to yoga pose. As well as the postures, it includes Pranayama (a specific breathing technique), the use of bandhas (these are body locks that move energy throughout the body) , drishti (your focused gaze), mudras (are gestures, seals, or marks), most are performed with your hands. The purpose is to recharge the energy levels inside of ourselves. Each mudra has a purpose that links your brain to your body, and coordinated movement with the breath.
The Sanskrit name for the Ashtanga Primary Series is Yoga Chikitsa. This translates to yoga therapy. This series can purify and heal the body. The Primary series is the basis of all the advanced series containing 41 asanas. Internally, the series targets the digestive system including your liver, gallbladder, and kidneys. It brings balance to both your sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. Each posture facilitates blood flow to targeted muscles. This causes them to soften and become more flexible. This circulation also flushes out the organs. It forces stagnant energy and toxins to move.
What I recommend to attend one of my classes
I recommend that you please arrive in plenty of time, in order to settle in before we start. Please bring your own yoga mat and any props (blocks, straps, cushions) if you have them. If you don't have a mat, then I have spares. I recommend you bring a blanket, jumper, socks during the colder months for 'savasana' at the end of the class. You may also wish to bring your own bottle of water. Please wear comfortable clothing that you are able to move freely in. We always practice yoga in bare feet.
If you have any health concerns/ or injuries then please let me know ahead of class so that I am aware. I look forward to meeting you on the mat.
The style of yoga I teach is Ashtanga yoga and Vinyasa Flow, with Iyengar-inspired alignment techniques. I have dedicated my life to the art of movement and to understanding the intelligence of the body. I believe there is no swifter, truer way for someone to reach his/her fullest potential than through a conscious somatic movement practice. Who we are is reflected and manifested in our bodies. The way we move or do not move our body can often be a metaphor for how we move and interact with life. My classes are taught in english, and tailored to all ages, whether you are a complete beginner or have some yoga experience.
My methodology as a conscious movement guide is to create experiences that encourage clients to get in touch with their thoughts, choices, and feelings. We tend to be pre-occupied and live inside our heads and disconnect from our bodies. I work with small groups, one-on-one and couples. This way can I support you in the best possible way, I do this through structured therapeutic movement, body awareness, observing tension within the body, postural exploration, visualisations, symbology, mirroring/reflection, motivation, Pranayama (breathing techniques), mantras, love & care, and relaxation. I meet you where ever you are at; physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
I begin with the architecture of the body as my map. Guiding you to relax, pay attention and listen to your body sensations. Tension in the body is often a camouflage of our deep rooted problems. Relaxation helps to open us up to our inner sensing (attentiveness into inner self). When a person is in a state of relaxation they are better able to discover and release creativity and then naturally energy starts to flow. Responses become more spontaneous and imaginative, energy flows, and movement pattern becomes truly authentic. This creates meaning and insight. Authentic movement is externalised movement in alignment with inner sensing.
By projecting feelings into space through the body, the movements become communicative. Through movement my clients can connect and reveal their inner lives. An emphasis on bringing expression back to it’s somatic reality (or source of the body). Movement is our natural tool for reuniting mind, emotions, and body.
My work helps to build the bridge, (transition space) that separates the inner and outer self allowing the deep knowledge of the unconscious to manifest in movement and image. I create safe spaces and place my clients at the centre of their own experience and reflect what is happening back to them.
For me self love is the key to healing and empowerment. You are the only one who can take responsibility for your own feelings, emotions and ultimately life. I believe ‘inner bonding’ is the secret. Really getting to know and understand yourself on all levels. Whatever you have suppressed, ignored, or forgotten within yourself must come to the surface in order for you to heal and grow. When we allow ALL of ourself to be seen, felt, and heard, then personal, profound realisations start to unravel in to our consciousness.
There is an inherent talent and untapped creativity that resides within each of us. Letting go of that which is imposed onto you from the outside and trusting in source (soul / spirit), trusting in yourself and the wisdom within, you will unlock your potential and create more meaning with your self and in your life. This then creates a beautiful ripple effect to your loved ones, close friends, and to the world around you.
The yoga lineage I teach is from the Himalayan tradition of the great Swamis, such as Swami Rama, founder of the Himalayan Institute of Yoga and Philosophy Science. He was followed by Swami Veda Bharati, known as The Great Yogi & Director of Swani Rama Dayan Gurukulam. Swami Veda is the spiritual master and guru of Lalit Kumar. Yogacharya Lalit Kumar was initiated by Swani Veda and was my teacher in India.
We are emotional beings. Every minute, every hour, every day we have hundreds of emotions moving through our system. Every thought, and emotion has a profound effect on our health and well-being. E Motion - energy in motion.
Thoughts rooted in fear will produce one kind of manifestation. So how do you become more aware of your emotional charged thoughts and learn to move through them with more ease?
A lot of what we think about it is actually just rubbish, recycled thoughts that can play over and over in our minds. We have learned over decades to identify, stay with, hold on to certain thoughts in our mind. In time we have become masterful at this. For these types of recycled thoughts, the best way is to just let it go by. I like to image my thoughts like the clouds in the sky, they are always going to be there, but I do not have to get fixated on them. I can make a choice to let them pass by. However having said that, some thoughts have an emotional charge, and so need more investigation. You may find that however much you let go of a particular thought or memory it keeps coming back. Often the reason for this is because there is some associated charge linked with it. Those thoughts, memories, images that have a strong feeling attached to them, perhaps feelings of sadness, hurt or anger, confusion, resentment, or jealousy. So with emotional charged thoughts it doesn’t matter how many times you release the thought(s), the feeling is still there and will continue to play out. I believe it is this feeling that needs meeting.
One way to help explore this is through a regular meditation practise. This then create the space (time) to have the opportunity to hold and meet those feelings tenderly, gently, and with loving care. As humans we are very good at giving emotional love & support to others, but when it comes to ourselves it is often more difficult. I believe more than ever, it's so important to give ourselves the time to meditate, particular in the fast paced/ stressful world we live in. I create sacred, safe spaces to nurture the inquiry of inner exploration with my meditation classes. My classes are taught in english, and tailored to all ages, whether you are completely new to meditation or have some experience.
Letting go of what is imposed onto you from the outside and remembering how to trust and believe in yourself. The wisdom you are seeking resides within you. By unlocking your potential you will create a life which is more meaningful and fulfilled. Remember that ultimately you are your own teacher, you know yourself better than anybody else, your inner journey is your own, but if you feel like you have forgotten, ignored, suppressed or lost your way along your life path, it would be my absolute honour to offer support, encouragement, and guidance through my meditation and yoga classes.
The traditions of the Himalayan Masters.
The systematic source of Yoga Meditation comes from the ancient cave monasteries of the Himalayas, the source of the mystical Shangri-La or Shambala. The lineage of the teachers is at least 5,000 years old, though eternal in nature. It includes Swami Rami and his teacher, Bengali Baba who was a disciple of Mahavatar Baba, known as Babaji.
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