Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.
The yoga postures and breath are tools to rebuild and transform ourselves.
God regards with merciful eyes not what you are nor what you have been, but what you wish to be.
The Cloud of Unknowing
When the breath wanders the mind also is unsteady. When the breath is calmed the mind too will be still, and the yogi achieves long life. Therefore, one should learn to control the breath.
Hatha Yoga Pradipika
The most important pieces of equipment you need for doing yoga are your body and your mind.
Yoga, an ancient but perfect science, deals with the evolution of humanity. This evolution includes all aspects of one's being, from bodily health to self-realisation. Yoga means union - the union of body with consciousness and consciousness with the soul. Yoga cultivates the ways of maintaiing a balanced attitude in day to day like and endows skill in the performance of one's actions.
The yoga mat is a good place to turn when talk therapy and antidepressants aren't enough.
Yoga is possible for anybody who really wants it. Yoga is universal... But don't approach yoga with a business mind looking for worldly gain.
Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois
Vogue and Self are putting out the message of yoginis as buff and perfect. If you start doing yoga for those reasons, fine. Most people get beyong that and see that it's much, much more.
Why Have a One-to-One Session?
Some students benefit from one-to-one teaching due to specific medical needs, personal goals, convenient session times or simply for a more individual experience.
Small Group Sessions
I also offer sessions for groups of 2 - 6 students. For example, I work with couples who want a private session to practice yoga together but need more flexibility when coordinating busy weekly schedules. I work with small groups of people, sometimes in the workplace or even friends looking for a short holiday course. These sessions can be arranged for a regular time slot or as and when it suits you.
When, Where and How Much?
Prices for one-to-one and private group classes vary depending on whether we hire a venue, the time of year and day of the week. Please contact me to arrange a venue and discuss you requirements.
I also offer private one-to-one and two-to-two yoga sessions at Bowood Hotel and Spa, near Calne. These are arranged by the Bowood Spa, so please contect reception directly for more information and bookings.
Bowood Spa, Bowood Hotel, Calne, Wiltshire | 01249 823883
What Happens in a One-to-One / Small Group Session?
Each session is tailored to suit the abilities, interests and needs of the individuals taking part. During the session participants are engaged in low impact physical work. The combination of physical work and breathing techniques effectively reduces tension in the body and improves core strength and flexibility.
A typical session begins with breath awareness, followed by a warm up. A series of postures, individually chosen for those taking part, is introduced and practiced. The session ends with led relaxation. Depending on the interests of students, essential oils or incense can be introduced during the session, indiviudally or alongside music. Pranayama (advanced breathing techniques) and meditation can also be included.
Students are encouraged to listen to their body and to work according to what their bodies need - when we open communication within the body we allow ourselves to re-awaken these skills in other areas of our lives.