Vinyasa Yoga/Meditation – with Rebecca Reilly
“not another manic monday” 9am -10 am
Vinyasa yoga , a long sumptuous relaxation and a guided meditation to start your day !
For more information please contact Becky at:
email: email@example.com, or phone: 087 055 7166
Gentle Hatha Yoga – with Justine Cooper
~working with asana, breath work and meditation to harmonise body, breath, heart and mind.
~Open to all levels with a gentle slow flow approach to unwind, restore and renew.
Yoga is most simply a method for recognising and identifying with joy and stability in your life. Regular practitioners find themselves more able to maintain equanimity, less likely to fly off the handle, more centered, grounded, and more connected to the world around them.
Asanas are opportunities to make your body feel as amazing as physically possible, to feel gorgeous internally. The more you identify with feeling gorgeous mentally and physically, – calm, grounded, open, but also just texturally delectable – the more your life will shape around enabling you to feel this way. Yogis think of the highest level (i.e. most fantastic feeling) of human energy as being god-energy, universal energy – choose whatever term you may – something like a collective higher consciousness. It’s the best part of being contained in a body.
The word Yoga means yoke, or union, of the body, mind and spirit. Yoga works to dissolve the attachments we have to our ego.
Yoga does not preach through external teachings, although much has been written on the philosophy, but instead encourages the practitioner to seek, illuminate and refine their own spiritual presence. An individual’s practice consists of the way they relate to yoga as a whole.
Asana is the branch of yoga most familiar to the western world. Asana means seat in Sanskrit, the language through which yoga was developed. Asana, commonly translated as postures, works to open and balance the body and to develop consistency of attention. The physical body is the element which we are most accustomed to experiencing and refining, and so is a great starting point for discovering spiritual identity. There are many different approaches to Asana, some of which are detailed below – though through styles, the postures themselves do not change.
Equally as important is the way we behave. Yogic writings detail the Yamas and Niyamas, ethical and moral guidelines which we can choose to follow. Yamas and Niyamas might seem similar to the ten commandments, but as you progress through yoga the guidelines will begin to spring from within, an intuitive moral compass, rather than as a externally mandated law.
Each element of Yoga is as important as the last. The 8 elements, which can be thought as limbs of a tree, include Asana, Yama and Niyama, sensory control (pratyahara), breath/energetic control (pranayama), contemplation (fixed attention to a single object, dharana), meditation (complete attention to the true nature of self, dhyana), and enlightenment or Samahdi, the state of knowing one’s true, higher self. All limbs can be accessed simultaneously; yoga is not like climbing a ladder, but like immersion in an ocean. Even if you’re just getting your feet wet, you can get a sense of the experience as a whole.
My own classes are demanding, flowing, invigorating, and a dive in to a world of sensory immersion. Sometimes I leave another teacher’s yoga class feeling that I’ve had an intellectual experience of my physical nature – my own classes are much more a sensation based exploration of energy/body. For me, staying grounded in sensation is the surest way to relax and train the steadfastness of the mind, to notice and work through any physical blocks, and to feel as though I have had a complete, unadulterated experience of myself.