Mindful Movement – Yoga with Lyn.
Chatton Village Hall – Tuesdays 10 – 11.30am
Wooler Cheviot Centre – Wednesdays 6 – 7.30pm
£9 per session pay-as-you-go.
Classes are offered on a drop-in basis, but it’s best to check with me first to make sure we have space! Ring/message Lyn 07733 266 487
Slow, mindful, simple Yoga flow with a little Qigong and Feldenkrais.
Feel energised, full of vitality, calm and relaxed…
Asanas are modified according to your needs.
Classes begin with a short period of rest, connecting with our breath, body, awareness and intention. Moving like water, we link flowing movement with breath, we immerse ourselves fully into our practice. We smile a lot, and have a laugh! We finish with relaxation…
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
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 neuroscience which tells us that through this slow, mindful approach we can change the brain and calm down the nervous system. This reduces stress and physical tension, which left unchecked can play havoc with our health.
This simple but powerful approach to Yoga avoids repetitive strain and injury. We build greater nervous system resiliance – and a stronger, supple body – so we are more able to cope with the inevitable ups and downs of life. We gain an insight into Ayurveda and balancing Vata.
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, boost immunity and increase longevity. The movements are a simple meditation in motion, and bring our awareness to our energy body to cultivate and curculate Qi. It also gives us insight into Traditional Chinese Medicine and the meridian system and is a beautiful addition to a mindful Yoga practice.
Feldenkrais is a really interesting practice. Designed to improve functional movement through awareness, the movements are really small, gentle and effortless. They help to bring the whole skeleton and soft tissue back into balance.
Bring your mat and 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. By working slowly and mindfully, we can really get the most out of our yoga practice.
Does this sound like something you might enjoy?
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 chronic health conditions
- Reduce fatigue
- Improve circulation, flexibility, mobility and strength
- Correct movement patterns that cause discomfort or pain
- Improve sleep
Yoga, Qigong and Feldenkrais are the perfect gentle exercise regimes to keep our bodies, minds and nervous systems flexible and strong.
Please speak to me privately about any concerns you may have regarding your health. 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!
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.
Would you like help to kick-start your Yoga practice with 1:1 teaching?
Maybe you are recovering from illness or injury and need some 1:1 coaching to help you on your path to better health?
Even 15 minutes of the most gentle movement in a chair with full awareness and can be wonderful if you are recovering from a debilitating condition. Adding in relaxation, simple meditation and Yoga Nidra can be hugely beneficial.
We can work together 1:1 and design a short 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 are in my Sunny Studio, or in your own home if mobility is an issue. Home visits are usually for a minimum of 2hrs – unless you live just around the corner!