This year my personal and professional yoga practice is seeing some changes. There’s movement between and within classes, more group spaces have opened up for practice and community and I’m seeing individuals and couples for lessons. Some of you see me in one space and a few of you in all of them.
My yoga teaching practice has evolved to offer opportunities to deepen your own practice, if that’s what you want. With the spaces more established a structure has emerged to help support the level of practice you would like. I have never offered classes with different levels of experience. Some of you have been with me since I started teaching 7 years ago, others have joined more recently, some with experience and some without. I would like this to remain. The differentiation can be between the spaces. Not a difference in experience or perceived ability but a difference in the level of involvement with your practice.
The last yoga term developed into the theme ‘how many things can we think about this week’ … I’m putting it down to experience and it was an experience! In class, I am returning to explore the relationship between the mind, body and breath – the art of practice. The morning retreats and residential retreat can then explore yoga philosophy more deeply. I have been studying yoga philosophy formally for 8 years, practising for over 20. There is more to learn and understand, to return to and reflect on. There will still be some discussion in the classes to give bhavana for practice but the retreat spaces have time to wander, discuss and reflect.
It may be you are happy to come to your weekly practice and that is as much as you want. If you read on and decide you would like to work differently, maybe even try a different space, just let me know. You can come to all spaces or some or one.
Different yoga spaces for practice:
Classes – Yoga at Yanley and Early Bird Yoga: I teach three classes on Wednesdays (all year) and an early morning class on Friday (March – October). Classes are organised in terms where we work with a yoga related theme and a consistent practice. Classes are not differentiated; all levels of experience are welcome. Every class ends with some quiet reflection time. The longer the class, the more time there is to work with the breath and sit quietly.
Individual Yoga (Monday – Friday): Together, we work to create a home practice for you. A home practice is tailored for your own needs and can last from 20 to 40 minutes, depending on the time you have available and what you think is realistic. ‘Little and often’ is preferable to ‘a lot now and then’. Your practice will provide a consistent space in which you can build relationship with and develop your yoga. Sometimes two people book a joint lesson because they like practising together and can support each other to find a space to work in. If you are new to practice it may be that we meet every 2 – 3 weeks. If you have some experience, lessons can be more spread out, perhaps every 4, 6, or 8 weeks, for example.
Morning Retreats at Yanley: These take place on Sunday mornings, every 2 – 3 months. A time to practice, reflect and connect. The morning is a place of sangha (community) and includes yoga practices, social time, group discussion and pranayama (seated breathing practice) & meditation. We have space to explore some yoga philosophy and how we can put it into practice.
Yoga on Dartmoor: At the moment this happens once a year in the Autumn. The retreat is open to anyone who would like to step away for a weekend and be in community to share yoga practice, conversation and silent spaces. New retreatees are very welcome.
I hope that brings some clarity to different ways to practice with me. With thanks for your continued presence and guidance,