“Yoga allows you to find an inner peace that is not ruffled and riled by the endless struggles and stresses of life.”  B.K.S. Iyengar

 

A little about how I teach yoga...

 

I teach slow mindful yoga as I find this practice really gives our mind, body and spirit the opportunity to relax, recover, energise and heal our whole being.

A slow mindful practice is accessible for any ability which is highly beneficial for beginners, returning to yoga after an injury, illness, surgery, post delivery, or a long break from practicing yoga.

 

We all in some ways have very busy, filled lives, including myself, and often we can't find the time to create a pause in our lives. By practicing slow mindful yoga this begins to relax the nervous the system, which creates the pause we need in our lives,  which leads to reduced anxiety, stress, help in managing chronic illnesses, pain, improve joint mobility, reduce inflammation, sleep, improves blood circulation in the muscles, gain a greater sense of yourself and ease of movement. The practice increases flexibility, strength, manages fatigue, hormonal imbalance and improves energy. 

 

I teach a lot of breath awareness in my classes, as I have found that using the power of our breath in our yoga practice creates space in our body to feel and move into the pose at our own pace with ease.

 

I truly believe that it is always the journey into the pose that is more powerful and helps our mind, body and spirit than getting to the pose that we see our teacher or the book or video we watch.

 

Slow mindful yoga doesn't mean the practice is slow throughout, over time the practice begins to flow (to increase fluidity and softness in the body), strong poses are taught (to build strength), poses are held for longer periods with use of breath (to allow the muscles to relax, stretch and bring length and flexibility). 

Slowness of movement is the key to awareness, and awareness is the key to learning…Slower movement leads to more subtle observation and map differentiation, so that more change is possible.” - Norman Doidge, The Brain’s Way of Healing

About Yoga

​Yoga is a journey, a process that helps us become more aware and appreciative of our life. The word yoga means ‘unity’ or ‘oneness’.  Yoga is a means of uniting, balancing and harmonising the mind, body, emotions and spirit.  This is done through the practice of asana (postures), pranayama (breathing), meditation and savasana (corpse / resting pose). 

 

As we breath and gently stretch, bend, twist, and work our muscles and organs we loosen knots of built-up tension, unresolved emotions, anything that keeps us from harmony. Yoga practice brings us to a place of inner peace. In this calm, serene state we open ourselves to healing and accepting our intuitive wisdom and power. With continued practice, Yoga begins to restore and heal our internal organs, through the asana and breathing practices.  

 

Yoga encourages focus on breathing, posture and body awareness, all important elements for good health. The practice of yoga makes the body strong, flexible; it provides you with increased energy, strength, and balance.  

Having a regular yoga practice can help you to stay calm and relaxed in your daily life, giving you the strength to deal with the everyday challenges of life without becoming stressed or anxious. With yoga, you get a complete package of self-care: breath control, meditation, asana and yoga philosophy, which can all help the recovery from every day stress, anxiety, ill health or whatever maybe going on for you. Yoga is not a quick fix, it takes time, in my own experience it is all worth it!

 

Benefits of Yoga

  • Improves your circulation, muscle tone and flexibility

  • Strength, structural alignment

  • Stay mentally calm, quietens the mind

  • Feel calm, and eases muscle tension

  • Can improve the functioning of the respiratory, circulatory, digestive and hormonal system

  • Brings about emotional stability and clarity of the mind

  • Provides effective stress management through positive thought patterns and deep relaxation breathing techniques 

  • It will increase your physical and mental well-being

Yoga can help in managing:

  • Stress

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Boost self-esteem and confidence

  • Insomnia

  • Back Pain

  • Musculaskeletal problems

  • Diabetes

  • High Blood Pressure

  • Asthma

  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • IBS

  • Eating disorders

  • Arthritis

  • Osteoporosis

 

Asana

The purpose of Asana brings steadiness, good health and lightness of the limbs.  A steady and pleasant posture produces mental stability and prevents uncertainty to the mind.  Regular practice of asanas eases one from mental distractions. By practising asanas regularly; the postures can help us to become flexible and strong, tones the body, it strengthens the muscles and bones, decreases stiffness in joints, and eases movement and increases flexibility in the spine.

 

Pranayama

Pranayama teaches us the proper way to breathe.  Instead of breathing from our chest, you can increase the capacity of the lungs by breathing slowly and deeply.  Pranayama reduces the toxins and wastes that accumulate within your body and can act as a preventative for illness.  It is helpful for digestive, improves the metabolism, and helps improve self-control and willpower.  It reduces stress and allows the body to relax.  Pranayama extends the breath, it allows easy movements into asana’s, releases tension and reduces depression.  It is energising and brings focus to the mind. 

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