It’s uncanny to think that September has arrived. This final third of the year is when we begin to think about and plan our festivities leading up to the New Year. I am pretty sure I can smell Christmas in the air!
The more one thinks about it, the more the tension can start to weave its way into your body and mind.
This is why I have chosen September to be all about surrender. I am going to make this my intention, my mantra. I have faith in both myself and the path that lies ahead, maybe learn to let go, even if it’s just a bit.
Think about whether there is someone or something with whom you are struggling. Could the situation benefit from some surrender, letting go from your side? When the urge to control comes up, close your eyes and consciously breathe in for a count of 5 and out for a count of 5. Pause for 2 in between each inhale and exhale. Feel the gentle push and pull of the breath. Feel the stillness in these pauses. Watch your emotions as you would watch the ocean tides. Let go.
Happy Spring (1st of Sep) to all my South African Friends.
Beginners Yoga Workshop
Sat 29th September 09h30-12h30
Shaw Ridge Primary School
A comprehensive 3hr workshop which teaches all the essentials you will need to help start (or restart) you on your yoga journey – instilling you with the groundwork & confidence to attend regular classes or begin a home-practice.
The workshop will start with the basics of what Yoga actually is and the ancient philosophy behind it. A chat about the different styles of yoga will be followed by a practical primer in all the key groups of yoga postures including standing poses, forward & back bends, twists, sun salutations and simple inversions. You will also learn about alignment, how to work towards experiencing ease & stability in your poses and the importance of the breath – its effect on your practice and using it as a simple way to start meditating.
This workshop is geared towards being relaxed & informal where you are encouraged to ask as many questions as you like throughout. There will also be a chance to have a cuppa & a chat at the end of the workshop too. No previous yoga experience is needed – just bring yourself & some comfortable, stretchy clothes.
NEW WORKSHOPS ANNOUNCED
CHAKRA’s PHYSICAL – Sat 27th October
CHAKRA’S ETHEREAL – Sat 17 November
YOGA FOR FULL RELAXATION - Sat 8th December
NEW SPORTS OFFERING
1:1 Range of Motion Assessment &
Flexibility, Strength & Conditioning Training Plans for Athletes
A proper strength and conditioning program is essential for athletes who want to reduce their risk of injury and enhance their performance.
Having been trained by Sarah Ramsden, the Man United & Man City Football Yoga Coach, I am very excited to offer range of motion testing to athletes in a 1:1 setting to assess where your motion and flexibility is restricted.
Then based on your sport I will construct a training plan for you to follow at home to improve your range of motion key for your sport and to help build strength and condition you.
Perfect for athletes looking to rest & recover during the off season, help prevent injuries in vulnerable areas and to build strength and improve your range of motion.
There will be:
an initial range of motion assessment (1 hour)a dedicated 12 week plan constructed based upon your individual needs.A bi-weekly call to discuss how you are progressing and allow you to ask questions.Unlimited email available for you to ask questionsA final assessment at the end of the plan to measure improvements.Additional 1:1 sessions and consultations are also available.
Why do Private Yoga Sessions?
Private Yoga One on One Attention Provides:
• A basic understanding of the basic practice of yoga (4 Sessions recommended)
• A well-established comfort level in fundamental mastery so to feel confident in a group yoga class.
• Focused attention on certain aspects of the yoga practice to benefit /enhance a certain sport or profession outside of the studio, such as improving tennis, swimming, golf, football, baseball, or marathon/triathlon training etc.
• Tailoring of a specific practice to help recover from specific injuries. Hamstring, shoulder, knee etc
• A Creative therapeutic practice to manage or improve health issues like chronic pain, fibromyalgia, pelvic floor dysfunction, arthritis, plantar fasciitis, chronic fatigue, anxiety, depression, ADHD and many more.
TEEN CLASSES ARE BACK!
As schools are now back, so too will Teen classes be restarting on Friday the 14th of September. The class will be 45 mins long so will start at 17h00 and run to 17h45.
Give them the tools to help navigate through the stress and tension in a world that gets faster by the day. Teach them self-care in an age where self-harm is everywhere.
LOOK WHAT’S COMING!
TASTE TESTERS NOW HAPPENING IN SCHOOLS.
BIRTHDAY PARTIES BEING TRIALED
MERCHANDISE BEING DESIGNED
NOW BOOKING FAMILY PRIVATE SESSIONS
My Sanctuary Schedule
The Teen class will restart on Friday the 14th of September.
* Private sessions can be arranged for groups as well as individuals. Contact me for details.
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POSE OF THE MONTH
This challenging standing balance is proudly named, Eagle Pose. A bird of prey is strong, confident and feared, just as the pose demands strength, flexibility, stability, courage & a sense of calm.
Start in Tadasana (mountain pose) and bend your knees, as if moving into chair pose. Lift the right leg and cross the thigh over the left thigh. Wrap the right foot behind the left calf muscle if possible. Squeeze the thighs together and bend deep into the hips and legs.
Lift your left arm up, in an ‘L’ shape, in front of you.
The elbow should be level with the shoulder nd the lower arm in the centre in front of the sternum. Wrap the Right arm underneath & around the left arm. Try to join the palms of the hands.
Gaze forward. Keep sinking into the legs, drawing navel to the spine and lifting the upper arms up and the lower arms away from the head.
Helps relieve: Asthma, Low backache, SciaticaStretches & strengthens the muscles & joints of the legs and hipsStrengthens the coreImproves concentration