Yoga Teaching Style
In my classes I attempt to create an informal, relaxed, friendly, focused and hardworking environment. My classes are often 'not traditional' and will explore combinations of natural movement, deep stretching and breath to get us more connected.
I regularly start classes with a beautiful simple and strong practice known as the 5 Tibetans, or The Fountain of Youth. It's simplicity gets us warm and feeling the body without having to think too much about instructions from the teacher.
The 5 Tibetans is also an easy to do 15 min self practice, and I have had many success stories of students who come back to me saying how their situation has improved as a result of making this a daily practice.
We often do not use props in my classes as I favour the approach of building awareness of working mindfully and wisely with ourselves. Sometimes we even take this to the extreme and loose the Yoga Mat too, so that we can explore ourselves without the limitations of our 1.7m x 0.6m castles (or prison cells!)
Some examples of my practice (speeded up), might also give a feel for the type of flow I would lead in a class.
I have a very strong asana practice and I do love this element of Yoga. Inversions and balance poses really require you to focus the mind and become present in the moment.
One of the most powerful part of Yoga is meditation. I draw strongly on Vipassana as taught by S.N Goenka for my meditation as well as some breathing techniques. I also incorporate a strong mindful focus within my movement practice.
There are great depths within Yoga, but there is also a beautiful simplicity to it. After we practice well, we always feel more connected, grounded and more centred than when we started.