Such a lovely class from Miriam this morning at Lake View Yoga via Zoom-having the choice to visit the studio or live stream Hatha classes is perfect for me. Today’s class explored side bends & twists which was perfect after a more sedentary week..I loved it. Lou x
Luckily enough for me, that did not put me off and throughout the next 15 years I have been practicing yoga (sometimes more, sometimes less). After having children, I found my focus turning more and more to yoga.
Yoga helps me every day - it keeps me balanced and has helped me deal small everyday issues and also gave me the strength to deal with more deeper problems. It is the practice I turn to help me deal with life complications.
Within the wide spectrum of what we define as ‘yoga practice’ there is so many options, that I always find a way of how my practice gives me strength and support, be it in meditation, restorative yoga or dynamic physical practice. Therefore, my own practice has been a mix of many styles depending on what I felt like or needed.
I am known for bringing different things into the class - talking a lot about the ground, being grounded and finding space to lengthen.. and of course your breath!!
My classes are generally based on alignment and loosely focus on one area of the body (but again this may change as I tend to let my own practice be my guide to teaching).
Most important for me in my class is letting my students explore and notice different possibilities for movement and playing with flexibility and strength whilst listening to the breath.
I think the most excited part of teaching yoga for me is the contrast of teaching a form of movement in which you aim to find stillness.
My ideal clients would say that I helped them find some stillness and calmness in their life. Or maybe said more simple ‘giving them space in body and mind’
I have attended many classes and workshops over the years but have trained under Sophie Mills (senior teacher with Yoga Alliance) - My style of teaching yoga is a random mix of all those teachers and my own explorations.
Through my Yoga years I have been lucky to have met some beautiful, inspiring yoga teachers - I am so grateful to them all.
Yoga allows me to step back, take a breath and observe. This gives me greater understanding of body and mind, it gives me tools to explore everyday movement, posture and thoughts patterns and behaviours, and allows me to influence them and change them when necessary. I guess this is what I am most excited about sharing.
When I’m not practicing yoga you will find me hanging out with my family, practicing yoga and cooking in the kitchen - I love walking the dog, and reading curled up in a chair …