The Yoga Road Philosophy
Yoga’s benefits truly are available to everyone regardless of fitness, flexibility or age. From where-ever you start, the physical practice involved in yoga builds strength, flexibility, balance and endurance in the body.
When the physical aspect of yoga is combined with conscious breathing and mindful awareness then flexibility, balance, strength and endurance will naturally flow to the mind and heart too.
The student returns to a state of calm clarity which then extends into daily life.
Yoga Road’s aim is to share this experience in a safe and individual way. I hope that you will learn to enquire of yourself, and discover yourself in a way that will continue to delight and reward you for the rest of your life.
What are Yoga Road classes like?
The classes involve flowing and stationary stretch, strength and balance work, and breath regulation. In the 1.5 hour classes there is 20 minutes of relaxation technique. We generally work to a theme over a term so we build up our resources and repertoire of poses and sequences. Students are encouraged to work as gently or as strongly as they wish, as yoga is very adaptable. Classes are small and friendly (max 10), cater for beginners and experienced students and emphasise safe progress and tailor to individual needs.
If you miss a class you are welcome to make it up in one of the other time slots with prior notice to the teacher. There is a maximum of two make-ups per term, and your place is subject to a space being available. Yoga terms run during school terms.
Adjustments are offered, props such as blocks and blankets are used so the practice remains enjoyable while still providing a challenge. Adaptations to the postures are provided if students carry a particular condition or injury, or wish to work further into a pose.
Private lessons are also available, and increasingly popular. Here, the student and teacher enter a two-way process to address an issue important to the student. Examples include backache, headaches, insomnia, balance, chronic illness, or stress-relieving techniques. The student takes away a little (5-10 min) practice to work on.
My teaching methods are very much aligned with self-discovery, rather than simple dictation of a particular outward form. This is articulated beautifully in Donna Farhi’s article Teaching Students To Trust Themselves.