MY APPROACH TO YOGA
I share yoga as an embodied, meditative and spiritual practice for self-healing, self-inquiry & nurturing. I particularly enjoy sharing this approach with women, as yoga can provide us with a way of connecting with our physicality, as an antidote to so much cultural conditioning; and my offerings are all intended to create a safe space for women. I began a personal yoga practice back in 1995 and began teaching yoga classes in 2012. My ever-evolving offerings are the natural extension of what I've experienced during the course of my long-term yoga journey and very much rooted in ongoing explorations through my personal practice. (Learn more about my yoga experience, training, teachers and ongoing journey here.)
"Lunar Vinyasa" is the name I use to describe my mindful, feminine, nurturing approach to yoga, offering a practice rooted in cultivating awareness of what we are experiencing in our bodies & minds, awareness of breath, and cultivating a balance of flowing movement and stillness. This style offers sequences inspired by the softer, more "feminine" moon salutes and lunar cycles, combined with slower, held postures - a more "yin"/ restorative approach - inviting you to cultivate your own personal balance of strengthening and letting go. I will sometimes gently weave in elements of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, as this style has formed one of the lasting foundations of my own practice, along with more traditional Hatha Yoga. I often speak about the more subtle energetic aspects of the practice, and how these relate to varying levels of our consciousness and inner balance. Yoga is rooted in a philosophical & ethical system too; I used to teach these more explicitly but these days I tend to allow things to filter through & arise organically in class!
This is a practice for women seeking an embodied, healing, inward-focusing meditative approach to yoga practices, using postures to develop mindfulness and cultivate states of deeper awareness and self-understanding and compassion. This is not about being "good" at yoga poses or being bendy or strong, it's about being sensitive to yourself and understanding your needs.
I teach with depth and sensitivity encouraging my students to be intuitive, to listen to and be guided by the needs of their own bodies, and find the expression of a pose which feels best for them. I have rich experience in healing lower back & hip issues through my own personal yoga practice and people often report feeling very safe in my classes - I offer plenty of anatomically-safe alignments in my instructions, and will discuss aspects of anatomy to help you understand what you're experiencing in your own body.
Classes always end with a relaxation & sometimes a yoga nidra (yoga sleep) so that you can leave feeling deeply rested and nourished as well as energised.