Renewed You Yoga
All my classes are based in my training in Akhanda Hatha Yoga.
Akhanda Yoga is traditional hatha yoga from the foothills of the Himalayas. Akhanda yoga was founded by my guru, Yogrishi Vishvketu, to reaffirm the true practice of yoga. It is a holistic practice incorporating asanas (physical postures), pranayama (breathing practices), mantra, relaxation, meditation and discussion of yogic philosophy and the yoga lifestyle. Each of my classes seeks to provide you with a balanced class for your body and mind ending with a short guided meditation.
You can find out more about my teacher and Akhanda Yoga here: https://akhandayoga.com/
Yoga is a tool for calming the mind, bringing focus to the present moment and connecting to your true self. Yoga is a science, not a religion. It’s a way of bringing meditation and mindfulness into your life and not only on your yoga mat.
Yoga is a great physical exercise with the aim of stilling the mind and body. Asana means holding a pose in stillness which is why all yoga classes incorporate relaxation time in savasana – to let your body be still and let your energy settle. Savasana is known as ‘corpse pose’ as it offers you the ability for re-birth after your yoga practice, to refresh, restore and renew.
Yoga works on improving your core strength using your muscles to support your body and it can help to protect your bones, joints and ligaments from injury. It stretches and tones and creates more flexibility in your body, whatever your age, whatever your body shape. The more flexible you are the less likely you are to injure yourself.
Yoga is also a restorative practice, a physical and emotional therapy for those who suffer from medical conditions, or who are recovering from injury. Along with medical advice, yoga can aid healing and reduce symptoms of pain.
Yoga gave me breathing space during a time of high stress and anxiety. It gave me temporary refuge – the opportunity to stop and take a breath when I felt like I was lurching from one disaster to the next.
Because of yoga, I have a renewed sense of purpose. I am still me but I am happier, I am more grounded in my sense of self. I believe in the power within myself and the power in all of us, in all living beings. That we share energy, we are all connected, we all wish to be happy and share this opportunity to live and breathe.
As a teacher, I have the honour of sharing what I have learned from my teachers and what I continue to learn. It is a gift to see my students take a much needed restful moment in savasana or giggle at themselves and each other in Happy Baby pose. I see growth and change in the faces of my students as they overcome awkwardness and join me in chanting Om, and as they challenge their bodies in poses and work towards improving their wellbeing. In my pregnancy yoga classes I witness mothers to be share stories and provide support for each other during one of the most sacred times in life.
Yoga revived a sense of fun, a playfulness and creativity from within. I have restored confidence in myself and reduced fear. With abandon I curl my way up into headstand (often with a tumble) and smile at myself with every wobble. I am not defeated.
I feel revived. I feel as if my life has restarted when in fact I am back at home in Southport, a small town I once believed held nothing for me. Nothing has changed, I just see it all differently.
Yoga gave me a voice – something relevant to say from my heart. A message of hope for those who may be feeling stressed, disconnected and exhausted. Yoga can restore, revitalise and regenerate. Yoga renews. You just have to try it. You just have to let it.
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As I continue to explore yoga and teaching in Southport, I like to share moments of joy, inspiration and vulnerability – check out my blog posts!