I am a strong believer that yoga is for everyone. It is just important to find the right practice for you and the right teacher. Ultimately, the aim of yoga is to connect to your true self. A big step towards this is stilling the whirlwind of thoughts and the to-do lists that many of us going through our mind at any one time. Part of the path of stilling the mind is to make the body healthier and able to be still in comfort. This is traditionally done with yoga poses, which is the aspect of yoga that most people in the West are initially more familiar with. This aspect forms the basis of most yoga classes, however if the physical poses are daunting or difficult due to illness, injury or disability, then there is always an alternative. I teach both group classes and private classes, details of which are below. If there is something that you are interested in, that isn't covered below or you would like clarification on anything, then please contact me. If I am not able to help, then I should be able to point you in the direction of someone who can.
I teach Beginners Yoga, Vinyasa Flow and Yin Yoga classes at Yoga Ananda Holistic Centre in Reigate, Surrey. You will find a description of each class below, together with days and times. The centre has a number of different pricing options, including an introductory offer of £35 for 30 days for anyone that is new to the centre, allowing you to try a variety of different classes (not just mine!).
My classes are themed to offer a particular focus around the class, even though all the classes still provide an all round practice. The theme can sometimes be a physical aspect, for example focussing on the hips or it can have a more energetic theme, such as focussing on a particular chakra (energy centre).
These are ideal for students with little or no yoga experience, as well as for anyone who wants to go back to basics. Of the two, my Tuesday class is a little more challenging as a Vinyasa style focusses on transitions between the poses as well as the poses themselves so if anyone has some limitations in mobility such as getting from lying down, to seated, to standing, and vice versa, then Monday's class may be more suitable.
As well as my beginners classes, students new to yoga can also attend my Yin Yoga classes as they are suitable for all levels.
In this class, I introduce some of the more common yoga postures (asanas), as well as some breathing practices (pranayamas). The class finishes with Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep) and a brief period of meditation. I run through each of the poses at a steady pace giving pointers for alignment and any modifications that are required.
Vinyasa Flow Beginners
This class is a preparation for the general level Vinyasa classes. I break down either sun or moon salutations so that you can learn both the poses and how to transition safely from one to the other. I give any modifications or alternatives that may be required or prefered depending on level of experience. In addition, I also introduce more common poses and the transitions between those. Sometimes, there are also mini flows introduced which are first broken down before practicing synchronising them with the breath.
This class is suitable for total beginners and students wishing to gain the confidence to attend general level Vinyasa classes. It is also suitable for anyone who wants to go back to basics or practice a slightly slower Vinyasa style class.
General Level Classes
These are suitable for anyone with some yoga experience who has familiarity with the basic postures as well as Sun Salutations
- Tuesdays 6:15pm - 7:30pm
- Thursdays 7:30pm - 8:45pm
Vinyasa is a moving (flowing) style of yoga. The breath is used to guide the transition to the next pose. Practicing this way can be a moving meditation once you have gained experience in the practice. My Vinyasa classes are a combination of movement and stillness, incorporating sun or moon salutations as well as time in some poses to allow us to experience the poses and the breath in that pose fully. As well as the physical part of the practice, the classes incorporate a period of relaxation (yoga nidra in the evenings and guided meditation in the mornings) and pranayama. Mudras are sometimes incorporated. My longer Wednesday morning class ends with a short period of silent meditation to truly set you up for the day ahead.
- Fridays 1:15pm - 2:30pm
- Fridays 7pm - 8:15pm
Yin Yoga is the perfect practice for really connecting to the body and taking a bit of time out, just to slow down and allow yourself to be present. Nearly all the poses in Yin Yoga are floor poses and I use a variety of props to help support the body in each pose as they are each held for a few minutes at a time. The purpose of holding each pose for a length of time is to allow the tissues within the body to adjust and lengthen. For this reason, this practice is great for increasing flexibility. There is no striving in this form of yoga or trying to 'do' something; it's about allowing the body to intelligently adapt. In addition to the physical benefits of the practice, the stillness allows time to settle the mind and encourages a meditative state, promoting a sense of calm.
This class is suitable for anyone, regardless of experience. There is plenty of time for me to come round offering assistance and there are modifications to either soften or deepen the practice depending on your level of experience and how you are feeling on that particular day.
Private sessions are ideally for 1 or 2 people. There are a number of reasons why a private session may be suitable for you:
- If you want to start doing yoga but are apprehensive about attending a group class.
- You already have yoga experience but maybe want to focus on a particular area / direction.
- A current limitation, illness, injury or disability makes group classes unsuitable.
- You want your yoga practice to be taylored specifically to you.
- Existing commitments make it difficult to commit to group classes so you need classes that can fit around you.
Prior to your first private session, I will have a chat with you on the phone about your requirements, what you would like to get from the session as well as any injuries or illnesses that may need to be taken into consideration. It is also important to note, that the first session may be my first opportunity to observe how you move so a minimum of two sessions may be required for you to get the most out of the time.
Private sessions can be held in at Yoga Ananda Holistic Centre in Reigate, Surrey. This is a fully equiped centre with light and airy rooms and a lovely atmosphere. If you are planning on starting group classes after the private session, you may like to have the session here so you can see the centre at the same time. Alternatively, I can come to your home for the session. You will need to ensure that you have a quiet space that can be used without distractions to gain maximum benefit. I am happy to bring along mats and props if you do not have your own.
A one hour session at Yoga Ananda Holistic Centre costs £50 or a one and a half our session is £70.
A one hour session at your own home in the Reigate, Betchworth, Dorking, Tadworth and Banstead areas is £40 or £55 for one and a half hours. If you live outside these areas and would like to have a private session in your home, then please contact me for a price.
Personal Yoga Nidra Script.
Yoga Nidra is often translated to yogic sleep. It is a state of awareness that is similar to being in a deep sleep. However, when in the state of Yoga Nidra, there is still an awareness of surroundings, particularly of sound but it's as if it is coming from far away and you don't have any attachment to it. There are particular scripts that are often used in classes for guiding people into this state and the steps within these scripts are seen as yoga nidra but it is the state that you reach that is actually yoga nidra. The steps are just to help you get there and you may not need them, or you may need some, but not all. Because the practice takes us out of the conscious mind, it can help release blockages and allow ideas to bubble up from the subconscious mind making it great for finding solutions to problems, releasing creativity or allowing a profound relaxation to occur, among other things. Scripts can be written using the guidelines of a yoga nidra practice to help encourage particular outcomes, whether it's to help sleep, increase levels of vitality, increase mental clarity, etc... If this is of interest to you, then please get in touch so we can have a discussion about whether this may be helpful to you.
The creation of each personalised yoga nidra script is £50. This includes an hour's consultation and script preparation, a recording of the yoga nidra and one follow up recording with any required changes once you have a chance to try it. Any further changes to the recording will be charged at £10 for the first one and £20 each for any subsequent ones. Ideally the consultation would be in person but if this isn't possible, then it can be done over the phone or via skype.