Mindful Movement – Yoga with Lyn.
Chatton Village Hall – Tuesdays 10 – 11.30am
Wooler Cheviot Centre – Wednesdays 6 – 7.30pm
£8 per session.
Slow, mindful, gentle Yoga flow with a little Qigong – suitable for all ages and abilities. Feel energised and vital, calm and relaxed…
Classes begin with a short period of rest, connecting with our breath, body, awareness and intention. Linking flowing movement with breath, we ground ourselves fully into our practice. This gentle but powerful approach to Yoga avoids repetitive strain and injury.
We learn subtle ways to move the body, soothe the breath and calm the mind. We begin to understand that Yoga is not only a physical activity, but a transformative process that allows us to also look within, accepting how we are.
This slower practice will develop our awareness of our internal body states, noticing how we feel – developing our “felt sense”, inviting us to befriend our bodies and move in a kind and compassionate way . This approach to Yoga is based on emerging neuroscience which tells us that through this slow, mindful approach we can change the brain and calm down the nervous system. This reduces stress, which left unchecked can play havoc with our health. We build greater nervous system “resiliance” (this is what the neuroscientists and psychologists call it) so we are more able to cope with the inevitable ups and downs of life.
Practicing asanas (poses) we build strength, flexibility and spaciousness in our bodies, always moving gently within our limits, being okay with ourselves just as we are. We close with a relaxing Yoga Nidra so you may leave calm and refreshed!
I like to include some Qigong in my classes. An ancient Taoist practice, Qigong is revered as a way to harness our life force energy, lower stress, prevent illness and increase longevity. The movements are a simple meditation in motion, and bring our awareness to our energy body in a subtle way. It also gives us insight into Traditional Chinese Medicine and the meridian system, and is a beautiful addition to a mindful Yoga practice.
Bring your mat and a blanket for a slow and mindful practice to some beautiful music!
And I said to my body, softly. ‘I want to be your friend”. It took a long breath, and replied “I have been waiting my whole life for this.
This practice is ideal for people who have not done much Yoga or are beginners, and for more seasoned Yogis who are stressed and overworked with a need to slow down and restore energy.
Does this sound like something you might enjoy?
Please speak to me privately about any concerns you may have regarding your health and we can make adjustments for you. Or you may wish to work 1:1 in a private Yoga for You session. Consider booking a massage therapy with me if you are struggling with any aspect of your health, the links above give detailed info of what I offer and how it all works!
Much more than just a set of exercises, Mindful Yoga is a way to bring our awareness back into our bodies. We reconnect with our innate vitality!
Slower practices benefit your health in a different way. Slow helps us to;
- Increase our Prana – our life-force energy – using the breath
- Release emotionally-charged patterns lodged in the body (the issues in your tissues)
- Boost our physical, mental, and emotional energy levels to improve overall health
- Build resiliance in our nervous system to help cope with stress through developing interoceptive awareness (noticing how we feel)
- Reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression
- Reduce inflammation which can lead to disease
- Reduce fatigue
- Improve circulation, flexibility, mobility and strength
- Correct movement patterns that cause discomfort or pain
- Improve sleep
Yoga means union – union of body and mind.
We learn to reconnect to our breath using Pranayamas (breath practices) and controlled breathing which calms the nervous system and increases our resilience to stress and anxiety. Through Yoga asana (poses) and Qigong we will move like flowing water using the breath as a bridge, improving our balance and mental focus.
Nothing in the world is as soft and yielding as water. Yet for dissolving the hard and the inflexible, nothing can surpass it. The soft overcomes the hard; the gentle overcomes the rigid. Lao Tsu
It is especially important as we age to preserve our bone density and resilience to stress and disease, and Yoga is the perfect gentle exercise regime to keep our bodies, minds and nervous systems supple and strong.
Everyone is unique
So work at your own pace, and rest if you need to. There will always be options to modify the simple asanas to suit where you are with your practice, or to work around an injury. Working slowly and mindfully like this allows you to feel into your body.
Haste and hurry can cause injuries, problems or other errors. By working well, slowly and mindfully, we can really get the most out of our yoga practice.
Feel yourself being quietly drawn by the deeper pull of what you truly love. Rumi
Yoga has more to offer us…
Would you like help to kickstart your Yoga practice?
We can work together 1:1 and design a practice to get you off to a positive and healthy start, working around your current fitness and energy levels so you may feel empowered and inspired to continue.
Ayurveda is the sister science to Yoga and is from the same Vedic root. An Ayurvedic approach to Yoga allows us to see what type of practice will be appropriate given the time, place, season, and what we hope to achieve. See me for a ThaiVedic Yoga appointment to find out how an Ayurvedic approach to wellness could help you.
Yoga Nidra is a beautiful meditative, relaxing practice that has many health benefits. You may be familiar with it if you have ever done a guided relaxation at the end of your yoga class. Follow the link for more info.
Yoga for You – 1:1 Would you like help to kickstart your Yoga practice?
We can work together 1:1 and design a practice to get you off to a positive and healthy start, working around your current fitness and energy levels so you may feel empowered and inspired to continue. Yoga sessions in my Sunny Studio, or in your own home. Ideal if you don’t want to attend a general class. Home visits are for a minimum of 2hrs.