Playfullness

For years I have marvelled at and been inspired by those yogi’s who come up with their own poses and sequences, those who spend hours doing their own practice nearly every day and who teach their classes without meticulous pre-planning. I have envied their ease, the way yoga seems to flow from them effortlessly and how much knowledge they seem to have. On days when I am feeling positive and inspired I know that I have the same knowledge but that I use it differently. On days where I feel unconfident and not very focused I worry that I will never be as good as them and then tell myself off for being competitive and jealous. But the fact is that this is how I want my yoga to be. This ideal motivates me and drives me forward to keep learning and improving.

In recent weeks, along with finding happiness in practicing yoga on my own, in my garden, I have found my head has started buzzing with postures. Everywhere I look something suggests to me ways to do and change poses, and I am excited about trying these new ways out on my mat.

Some of this inspiration I have found online. Tara Stiles’s approach to yoga always clicks with me and I have found myself returning to her DVD’s and you tube stuff to fire me up. On Instagram I am loving @yoga_girl. Her flowing flipgram routines just make me want to run to my mat. Other inspiration has come from the yogis I know. My yoga teacher, Pippa, teaches a new class every time and I leave every class having learnt something new about my body and my yoga.

But the biggest input has come from my students. A few weeks ago I started teaching a private class in my garden to a few friends. I completely underestimated how important getting these first few classes under my belt would be after a year of not teaching. With every session I literally felt myself slotting back into the headspace of teaching, planning, responding and encouraging my students. Their enthusiasm and curiosity has been invaluable to the process of getting me back to the place I need to be to teach yoga again. I now feel so ready to get my classes going.

All these factors have really come together in my head in the last week or so and today I hit my mat and I just wanted to play. Often I struggle to think of enough to do on my mat to fill more than 30 minutes. Today I could have stayed on my mat for 2 hours (I didn’t, I was hungry. I lasted 45mins). I just wanted to try new things, to test myself and encourage myself. I wanted to find ways to move into and between things. It felt comfortable to deviate from my normal routine, to let things happen. I didn’t feel the need to make sure I had covered each type of pose and each area of the body equally, and did so naturally anyway. I found myself easily shifting away from my go to, comfort poses and finding new comfort in poses I often avoid. And by the end I felt space in my body and my mind, and I felt the breeze around me and was very grateful for the time on my mat.

And afterwards, I wanted to blog! I want to write down what I had learnt and I wanted to find new things to do tomorrow. Totally buzzing.

Getting the buzz back

6 months ago I wasn’t doing much yoga, an old injury was bothering me and I was concerned that I had forgotten how to teach yoga and had forgotten all that I once knew. We had moved abroad 6 months earlier and I hadn’t had time for yoga for a while. I was worried about how I was going to get my buzz back and where or how I would find the ideas and motivation to get me teaching again. I tried to be patient. I tried to give things time to happen. And they did.

The first thing that happened was that my body just started feeling good. I felt strong, I felt the ease come back to my practice. I felt caution and tension melt away as my injury disappeared. And I felt space and lightness return to my movement. It feels so good. Throughout my life I’ve gone through phases of my body feeling awesome and other times where just everything is a little problem and I’m constantly bothered by little injuries. When I was in my final year at University, dancing every day, often most of the day, my body was so powerful. I remember that amazing feeling of travelling across the dance studio and covering such an amount of space with a few moves. That was my peak. Right now, I’m at a good peak. Not THE peak, because I don’t think I will ever be able to move like that again, but in terms of strength and power its getting there.

What is amazing about yoga is that when stuff starts falling into place you discover new things. Right now I am loving poses I have never enjoyed before; arm balances, planks, back bends. But more than that, these last few months I have discovered my own practice. For the first time ever it is not a chore to get on my mat at home on my own because I don’t feel I need to plan my practice. I want to sit on my mat and just do what feels good. And ever better that that is that I feel able to play. To try out new postures and take risks.

Oh, I’ve done a gushing yoga post. But I’m afraid I just had to share that I totally lost my yoga when we moved abroad last year. The effort and exhaustion of moving just took it from me and I only had the space to focus on my family and building our new life. Now that all of that is in place the yoga is back and I am so thrilled. And mostly thrilled that I get to teach that to other people again soon.

New Classes

Here we go! Classes start 29th September, get in touch if you interested in coming along.

ADULT YOGA CLASS
Class starts 29th September.
Mondays, 9.45-11am. At Danceworks, Mar Y Sol, Sotogrande.
€10 per class, please book in advance.
Come along & try this class, ideal for beginners and improvers. This Hatha yoga class will help you feel stretched, energised and healthy, whilst giving you time to relax and unwind. A great way to start the week.

LITTLE MOVERS
Classes start 30th September.
Tuesdays 3.30-4.30pm and Thursdays 3.30-4.30pm. At Danceworks, Mar Y Sol, Sotogrande.
€40 for 4 weeks (€5 per class)
Ages 3-7 years, Girls and Boys. Please book in advance.
A fun creative dance class for children including basic ballet, music and movement games, creating their own dances, and much more.

 

Hope you can come along!
Emma

emma@yogaemma.com
664 106420

yogaemma in spain… coming soon

Ahhhh, hello blog. It’s been a while. A year in fact, it has been a year. This time last year I taught my last UK yoga class. And last week I taught my first yoga class since moving abroad. My family and I are now very happily settled in Sotogrande in Spain and I am excited to be in the process of setting up yoga classes for adults and dance classes for children, to start in September. I am already teaching some one to one yoga sessions and am looking forward to taking on more appointments at the end of the summer. More details will follow soon but if you are interested in finding out more then do get in touch. In the meantime keep an eye on the website for more blogs, information, photos and news over the next few months. Happy hot summer! I’m going to enjoy every moment of our first Spanish summer. Emma x

yogaemma on the move!

I’m afraid to say that yogaemma classes and sessions have come to an end for the foreseeable future as my family and I are moving to Gibraltar.

I hope that I will soon be able to run classes, one to one sessions and yoga holidays in Gibraltar and nearby Spain so do keep an eye on the website if you are interested , or email me so that I can add you to my elist for updates.

If you want to find out more about our move abroad you can follow my new blog at http://alittlebitextraordinary.wordpress.com

Booking now open!

And so on to next term. Bookings are now open for classes, so if you’ve not managed to make it to a class with me yet now is your chance! Spring is the time for new beginnings after all.

Monday, 8pm-9.15pm at Grange Fitness, Grange Farm. Monday 15th April to Monday 20th May (no session on 6th May Bank Holiday, 5 weeks).

The class at Grange Fitness is purposely designed to support an individual’s other exercise plans, whatever they may be. It concentrates on building core strength, mobility and reducing tension, all of which will allow the body to lengthen and find more flexibilty. Students of any level are welcome at the class. This class must be booked in 5 week courses directly through Grange Fitness, call 01473 623277. Prices differ for members and non-members, contact the gym for more information.

Tuesday, 7.45-9.00pm at Parkside School, Spring Road. Tuesday 16th April to Tuesday 25th June. No session on 28th May.

This class is ideal for those with some experience of yoga. This Hatha yoga class will help you to feel energised and healthy, whilst giving you time to relax and unwind from the stresses of the day. Bookings for the whole term only at £60(£6 a class). Contact me on emma@yogaemma.com or 07894 461157 to book. Payment can be taken in cash, cheque or by electronic transfer.

Monday Mornings

Thank you to those of you that supported my new Monday morning class this term, it has been wonderful to meet so many new students. Unfortunately, due to a change in circumstances, I’m not going to be able to run the class any longer, my apologies. I can fit in another 5 weeks after Easter (15th April to 20th May, no session on 6th May Bank Holiday) but I would require everyone to pay the £30 for the course in advance and the sessions will only go ahead if there are enough bookings. If you wish to do this please confirm as soon as you can.

I look forward to doing some yoga practice with you soon.

New Class added due to popular demand!

I’m so excited that we haven’t even started 2013 yet and I am already adding more classes due to lots of demand!

My new Monday morning at 10am class is filling up nicely, get in touch with me on emma@yogaemma.com ready for starting next Monday if you would like to do so.

And my Monday evening class at Grange Fitness is so busy that we are adding a Friday morning class at 11am to try and meet the demand. If you are already booked into the Monday evening class but are able to move to Fridays, or if you want to book into the Friday class then contact Grange Fitness on 01473 623277 to arrange your booking. All classes will  be for 6 weeks starting week commencing January 7th. £30 for members, £40 for non-members. Do note that the gym is closing early on New years eve and new years day if you are trying to make bookings.

As always one to ones and gift vouchers are available, but feel free to get in touch at anytime with your yoga queries and questions.

Looking forward to seeing so many of you at my New Year yoga classes, what a fresh and invigorating start to the New Year we are going to have!

Happy New Year to you all.

Emma

Classes and Workshops for the New Year

New year, new classes! Now is your time to book in for classes, plan your chance to spend some time focusing on yourself and your body in the New Year. I will be introducing a new day time class for January and will be running my first weekend workshop, as well as continuing with my regular classes.

 

*NEW* Monday Mornings

10am-11.15am at St Margaret’s Church Hall, Bolton Lane. £6 a class. Monday 7th January to Monday 25th March. No session on 18th February.

This new class for beginners is an ideal way to start your week. Focusing on mobility and flexibility and with plenty of time for breathing and relaxation.

As this is a new class you can book in advance for as many classes as you wish. There may be the opportunity to drop in if spaces are available but please contact me in advance to check.

 

Monday Evenings

8pm-9.15pm at Grange Fitness, Grange Farm. Monday 7th January to Monday 11th February (6 weeks).

Yoga classes at Grange Fitness are suitable for beginners and those with experience. These classes will focus on building strength and flexibility as part of calming and holistic class

This class must be booked in 6 week courses directly through Grange Fitness, call 01473 623277. Prices differ for members and non-members, contact the gym for more information.

 

Tuesday Evenings

7.45-9.00pm at Parkside School, Spring Road. Bookings for the whole term only at £66 (£6 a class). Monday 7th January to Monday 25th March. No session on 18th February.

This class is ideal for beginners and those with some experience of yoga. This Hatha yoga class will help you to feel energised and healthy, whilst giving you time to relax and unwind from the stresses of the day.

 

Workshop, Saturday 2nd March, 9.30am-12pm. £15

This workshop will focus on ways to simplify your yoga practise and help you find ways of doing postures and sequences with more ease. We will look at using the body to measure your placement and reducing bad habits in your technique.

This yoga workshop is only suitable for those with at least a year’s experience of practising yoga. The price includes refreshments and the workshop must be booked in advance.

 

As always for anyone interested in a targeted yoga sessions then 1 to 1 sessions are available, see my classes page for more detail.

If you are interested in booking for the above classes and workshops then contact me on emma@yogaemma.com or 07894 461157 (except the Grange Fitness class). Payment can be taken in cash, cheque or by electronic transfer.

Gift Vouchers available for Christmas

It’s that time of year again….! And hopefully I can make your Christmas shopping a bit easier. I am now able to offer gift vouchers for 1 to 1 yoga sessions, an ideal Christmas present for a loved one.

1 to 1 yoga sessions are ideal for both men and women who want some time to themselves to relax and focus on their body. Sessions can be tailored to suit, so can either focus on a strengthening physical workout, a relaxing stretch, or a more spiritual practice of relaxation and meditation.

1 to 1 yoga can also be useful for those who

  • Are working toward particular fitness goals.
  • Feel uncomfortable in a class situation.
  • Are working through a period of particular stress or emotional vulnerability.
  • Want to focus and develop their yoga practise.
  • Have particular injuries or medical conditions that require a more specific practise.
  • Simply want to indulge in some time to themselves to enjoy their yoga

Vouchers are available at £50 which will cover an hour’s yoga session in a studio and a 15 minute wellbeing assessment to establish your physical capabilities and goals as well as your level of general wellbeing.

Vouchers for couples or small groups (3 or 4) are also available on request, as are vouchers for a course of 1 to 1 sessions. A choice of venues with yoga studios is available depending on availability.

To purchase vouchers email me on emma@yogaemma.com..

Happy Christmas Shopping!

Emma

Learning through Yoga

I am coming to the end of my three year yoga teaching diploma and as the end of my course looms my thoughts regularly reflect on how far I have come, what has changed in that time and what I have learnt. Prior to my diploma I did a years foundation course so it feels like I’ve been studying for about 5 years, in reality I have only been properly learning for about 14 months. Prior to that there were so many distractions in life, a stressful job, a wedding, pregnancy and then a baby. In this last year, as I have begun teaching and building my yoga business, yoga has become a bigger part of my life. I have begun to learn from my students and see how my knowledge can be used. But more than anything else, I have become more accepting of all the possibilities yoga has to offer.

The flip side to this is that I am already fearing the end of my course. I will miss our monthly meet ups, the warmth and support from such a beautiful bunch of people. I will miss the knowledge and guidance of our wonderful tutor. I will miss looking forward to a guaranteed day of inspiration, space and focus once a month. And I will miss the necessity to read and learn as I know I won’t have the motivation to do as much without impending deadlines. All in all, I am already fearful of the void in my life.

That said, I am also looking forward to having more free weekends, being able to find my own way with my yoga and shaping my teaching more over time. I am looking forward to (shorter) courses that are more specific and learning from new teachers.

What is interesting is that as the end point comes closer I feel the need to soak up as much of the course as I can before it is over. For the first time since I started I have handed in some coursework on time and actually read the books I needed to. I think this is partly because I can instantly feel the impact. I write an essay and the following week I can use some of the quotes in my class or offer an aspect of that philosophy to my students. As I read and write I find more and more moments of clarity and understanding. I have been overusing the word ‘epiphany’ of late, I have a bit a joke with one of my students about it. Every time we figure out a small change on one of her postures that has a big impact we start throwing the word epiphany around.  My class were tickled when I recently had a downward dog epiphany about alignment of the knees after practising with bare legs. Anyway, it may not be the right word to use due to its religious connections but yoga has offered me a lot of these moments lately. Sometimes in postures and sequences, sometimes in teaching approach, sometime in my approach to life.

I guess the point that I’m trying to make is that yoga has allowed me to see that there are so many possibilities and opportunities to learn in life. Writing this blog has clarified this for me and been a learning process of its own. Being a mum has been a massive and amazing learning process and maybe that is why I have drawn so much from yoga in the last 18 months, because it has happened alongside me learning how to be a mum.

I was inspired to write this post because (as one of the benefits of being a bit unwell last week) I have picked up The Bhagavad Gita to read, a classic Indian and yoga text that I have to read for my course. But never before have a picked up a yoga book, opened it at the first page and decided to read it cover to cover. I am on chapter 2 and I can already feel myself changing as I read it. This book is going to have an impact on me and I can feel it and am ready for it. So I hope you are looking forward to the post I write when I get to the end!

Emma

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Free & New Classes at Grange Fitness

I’m really excited to announce that from September I will be teaching yoga classes at Grange Fitness and the first class will be free!

As a one off session I will be leading a free Yoga class at Grange Fitness, in Grange Farm, Kesgrave from 8pm till 9.15pm on Monday 10th September. Members and non members are welcome to come along. This class is a great opportunity for you to try out my class, try out yoga for the first time or visit Grange Fitness.

After the first free session, my weekly yoga classes will begin at Grange Fitness on Mondays at 8pm from 24th September. These classes at Grange Fitness are suitable for beginngers and those with experience. The classes will focus on building strength and flexibity as part of calming and holistic class.

Grange Fitness is a friendly, family run gym located in Grange Farm, Kesgrave. Their services include a full Personal Training and Sports Massage Therapy service, as well as a well equiped gym and studio. As well as weekly classes I will also be offering one to one yoga sessions there as well. I’m really exctied to be working with the team at Grange Fitness for the first time and am looking forward to meeting some new students there.

You do need to book in advance for these classes so to book or just find out more details contact the gym on 01473 623277. You can also visit their website on www.grangefitness.co.uk and follow them on Twitter @grangefitness. If you are interested in 1:1 sessions then please contact me directly on 07894 461157 or emma@yogaemma.com.

And don’t forget that my usual Tuesday evening  classes starts on September 4th at a new time of 7.45pm. There are still a couple of places left for the term so get in touch if you want to come along.

I’m off to do some yoga lesson planning in the sunshine while it lasts!

Emma

 

 

 

Classes coming up….

I’m very excited to announce that all the new times and dates for yoga classes over the summer and autumn are now available on the classes page of the website.

Summer Classes

I had lots of big plans for teaching yoga over the summer break. I was keen to do some classes and workshops, some outside in the sunshine, some focusing on advanced postures for my more experienced students and much more. Unfortunately, logistics and finances were not on my side for this summer so I have had to store away all these exciting ideas for future summer breaks. After some disappointment, lots of telling myself that yoga encourages patience and that if I was meant to do these classes then things would have worked out and so on, I received an exciting email.

DanceEast have invited me to teach three yoga classes at the beautiful studios at the Jerwood DanceHouse on the waterfront this summer. These classes are on Thursday evenings from 6.30-7.45pm, from the 26th July to 9thAugust inclusive.

For those of you that regularly attend my classes these sessions will be a great chance for you to keep up your yoga during the break. For those of you that have been in the past they are an opportunity to come and try yoga again, and for those of you that keep meaning to come along these sessions will be an ideal chance to come and try out yoga and my teaching for the first time.

Each class will be different and will offer some different postures suited to the group. They will be energising sessions with lots of standing postures so you can go home full of energy and make the most of long summer evenings.

If you would like to attend these sessions then you can book in advance through DanceEast, either on their website at www.danceeast.co.uk or on 01473 295230.

Autumn Classes

Again, (can you tell this is a repeating problem?) I had lots of plans and ideas for my weekly classes from September. It felt that after a successful year of teaching it was time to expand, add a daytime class, add an improver’s class, start building up more clients and so forth. But due to many circumstances, most of which are all about being a mum, it seemed that it would be best to stick with just the one class for now. I’m so excited about my yoga at the moment that I just want to be doing it all the time, but I think that would be biting off far more than I, or my family and supportive babysitting friends, can chew.

So instead there will still be the one class on a Tuesday evening, but it is now at a later time. Hopefully this will mean a few of you who have been keen to attend in the past but haven’t been able to will now be able to make it, unfortunately it also means I will loose a few of my regulars which I am sad about as they have come so far, but I’m sure there will be something for them in future. My challenge for the Autumn is to improve my skills at teaching to a mixed group. My wonderful and loyal regulars that have now been with me a year (thank you all) have progressed so much and I want to keep the class new and exciting for them but whilst slowly building up the newer students as they come in. As always, your continued feedback is the key thing for ensuring I can do this and I would encourage anyone attending my classes to keep in touch about their experiences and suggestions in whichever way suits them.

If you are keen to come along to the weekly class in the Autumn then I would encourage you to book for the term as soon as possible. I find that each term more and more people book in advance and therefore fewer drop-in places are available.

Summer Classes

Thursdays 26th July, 2nd August and 9th August from 6.30-7.45pm, £5 per class.At DanceEast, Jerwood Dancehouse, Foundry Lane, Ipswich, IP4 1DW.

These classes are run by DanceEast and can booked in advance either online at www.danceeast.co.uk or by phone on 01473 295230.

One to Ones

And finally, I am now beginning to teach some 1:1 sessions to individual clients. I am so enjoying this part of teaching. It really is very exciting and satisfying to work so closely with a student and to be able to offer them a practise that really suits their needs. I have found that I can really get into detail with clients, working out small problems they face in postures, adjusting their technique to make postures more comfortable but often stronger and this way of working achieves results so much quicker and allows the benefits of yoga to really impact on the student.

If you are interested in having a 1:1 (or small group) session then I am now able to take bookings for September, just email me to discuss this in more detail.

 

I look forward to seeing old and new faces at all these classes and to sharing some wonderful yoga experiences with you.

Emma

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A weekend of yoga

This weekend I spent nearly a whole weekend doing yoga. It was wonderful.

I expect you all have visions of me doing 105 Sun Salutations just to fill the time but it wasn’t quite like that. The weekend was a 2 day residential that was a part of our final year of our British Wheel of Yoga Teaching Diploma. We stayed at Potash Barns in Brundish. It’s so lovely, a series of converted barns, with a yoga studio overlooking a field of sheep. And the sun shone so it really was stunning. This beautiful setting combined with the friendly company of other yoga students really made it special.

We began on Friday afternoon with a practical session working towards Chakrasana (Crab). I haven’t done this pose for years but our teacher, Elaine Fletcher, is so good at building us up and suggesting comfortable ways to move into the poses that it came really easily and I honestly could have stayed there for ages. The openness I felt in my upper body stayed with me for the rest of the day and I felt so energised afterwards. It is one of those really daunting poses where often the difficulty in doing them is often psychological rather than physical.

I didn’t get to do much more on Friday as I nipped home for Friday night so that my 1 year old wasn’t without me at bedtime for two nights in a row. By the time I got back on Saturday I had already missed early morning Sun Salutations which was disappointing but we went on to some sessions teaching each other head stand and shoulder stand, and I managed to do a lower version of head stand, my weight was on my head for the first time ever!

I know that yoga shouldn’t really be about desperately wanting to achieve certain poses, and for me it really isn’t about that nowadays, What is interesting is that the less and less that I compete with myself to reach physical milestones with my yoga the more and more I achieve. I wasn’t particularly bothered about whether I could do crab or headstand, but it was so satisfy and uplifting to find that I could without much effort. This reminds me that in my own teaching it is so important to encourage this approach in my students and hopefully they will find that if they enjoy their yoga and focus on learning about their bodies, that the physical ability to move on to more challenging postures will come naturally with time. It may take 10 years but it will come.

The rest of the weekend was filled with us teaching to each other, either for our assessed teaching work or simply for sharing our learning. We had a very inspiring session with Alistair Shearer one afternoon, about The Upanishads (a classic yoga text) and discussing the soul and the Self in yoga. It was a little deep and is a whole other blog post in itself but it was inspiring and very thought provoking. We talked about running our yoga businesses and did some chanting and meditating as well (not my favourite bits but I’m learning to appreciate them).

Coming home on Sunday afternoon my head was buzzing with new things to teach my students, things to save up and teach them in future, things to put in my essays, things to read and find out more about. I just feel so inspired about my yoga right now, so I must stop blogging and get on with doing some instead.

Emma

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If you are interested in finding out more about Potash Barns then visit www.potashbarns.co.uk

Ten on Tuesday for Him, me & three

I am very pleased to today be featured in Ten on Tuesday over on Him, me & three’s blog. Do take a look:

http://himmethree.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/ten-on-tuesday-no-29.html

Thanks to Heidi for inviting me to do this and I hope you enjoy my answers to some interesting questions, it was quite a challenge answering them!

You can follow Heidi’s blog from the link above and find her on Twitter @Him_Me_Three

Emma

A new term of classes – Back Bends

I’m blogging! It still feels very novelty but I’ll get over it soon. I hope you had a lovely Easter and are excited about what treats I have in store for this terms yoga classes.

So as it is nearly Summer I thought it would be a good opportunity to have a term working towards some energising back bends. Now the nights are longer and we all feel energised and uplifted it feels like time to build on the positivity of spring and do some postures that will help us get the most out of this time of year.

We have previously looked at some back bends in class. The more basic ones such as Cobra (Bhujangasana) and Locust (Shalabasana) poses have been a good starting point and from there we have touched on Dancer (Natarajasana), Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana), Fish (Matsyasana) and Bow (Dhanurasana). We will be returning to all of these in the term and looking at them in more detail, developing our technique for moving in and out of them easily and with confidence. As the term goes on we will look at new postures such as Pidgeon (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana) and Camel (Ustrasana) and may even venture towards Crab (Urdhva Dhanurasna) later in the term if you all feel ready.

All back bends require balance and strength to maintain, so we will continue to work on strengthening the muscles of the legs and abdominals, including using postures such as Boat (Navasana), all versions of plank and some of the Warrior (Virabhadrasana) poses.  We will also be developing our Sun Salutaion and possibly moving towards a slightly different version that incorporates some twisting and side bending. Hopefully, we will also get chance to continue our exploration into inversions and will touch again on Plough (Halasana) and maybe progress to shoulder stand (Sarvangasana) later on in the term. We will be returning to simpler breathing practices this term, mainly because back bends can be quite challenging and energizing so it is important that we finish each week with something calming and simple to ground you all again before you leave.

Back bends can be a struggle for many people, it is not a movement of the body we do very much in every day life, which is one of the reasons it is important to do them so that we maintain a comfortable level of mobility in our spine and torso. They can be very beneficial for relieving tension in the back, spine and chest areas and will aid the building of balance and strength through working on core muscles. Back bends can also be tricky mentally, because it is a movement into the unknown. In yoga we usually use the head and eyes to guide us into postures but with back bends we cannot do this, so through regular practice bending backwards may also help you to find increased confidence in our yoga and ourselves in general.

I hope you are looking forward to trying these postures in the coming weeks. See you at class.

Emma

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Spring Term with yogaemma

Today I wanted to take the opportunity to give those of you have been coming to my yoga class a chance to revist all that we have done in class this term. I hope that you will be impressed by how much we have learnt and how much your yoga has developed and that you will find this blog useful for concluding the term .

Since Christmas we have been looking at Balance. The aim of the term has been to consider balance both internally and externally through balance postures, some on one leg and some requiring balancing on other body parts. We have done some slightly tweaked versions of some postures to enable us to focus more on balance within that posture. I have also tried to encourage a sense of balance through all the types of posture we have been doing by, for example, encouraging the weight to be equal between both feet or by ensuring that the all sections of the body are balanced above each other when standing.

During the term we have covered all the primary balance postures and this has included Tree Pose (Vrkasana)(and briefly the extended version Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana) Fig Tree and Dancer Pose (Natarajasana) and Eagle Pose (Garudasana). We have looked at the 3 versions of Warrior Pose (Virabhadrasana) with particular emphasis on the basic version of Warrior 1. We have also attempted some hand balances with all three versions of plank (Front – Chaturangasana, Reverse – Purvottanasa and Side – Vasistasana). Culminating at the end of term in a focus on moving into Plough pose (Halasana) which is both an inversion and a balance.

Additionally, we have really worked through the basic version of the Sun Salutation and all participants have been able to develop the sequence at their own pace and have now found their own level and way through it. Everyone has added some additional challenges onto the sequence as we have gone through the term and all of you have been able to identify any weakness you have in the sequence and begun to combat that.

This work with the Sun Saluation and an additional emphasis on strengthening postures has enabled all of you to work on your core stability and the strength in your legs.  This has enabled you to really progress with the balancing postures and it is notable how much more steady everyone is in the one legged poses now they we have laid these physical foundations.

As well as the physical work in class we have also spent time thinking about balancing the mind. Some of the relaxations and visualisations have done this with imagery but I have been particularly impressed and please with the positive responses to practicing Nadi Shodana Pranayama (Alternate Nostril Breathing). This practise is often taught as an early introduction to breathing and in this weeks class (20th March) we will particularly look at physiological benefits we can gain from this practise (I have a handout on this if you would like to know more, just ask) but it is a very valuable practise for calming both the mind and the body. In yoga Nadi Shodana is considered to be a balancing practise so developing this breath has hopefully enabled you to bring together your physical work with the breath work into a cohesive balancing class each week.

This has been my second term of classes and I have been so pleased to see that through my teaching you have all been able to gain in confidence in your yoga and gain in physicality. I would like to thank you for all your feedback during the term and encourage you to keep discussing with me and the others in the class your experiences to help me develop the classes for the future.

All of the balancing and strengthening work will stand us in good stead for a term on back bends after Easter. I hope you will all be able to join us after Easter as we work towards some new and invigorating postures for the warmer and lighter evenings.

Enjoy your yoga.

Emma

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My first blog!

Welcome to my first blog! I’m really looking forward to blogging here and have loads of ideas for all the different things I’m going to write about. There will be some regular yoga based features and lots related to my yoga classes and here and there will probably be something else a bit more everyday thrown is as well.

To begin with I thought it would be good to have a look at what we have done in our yoga class each term. I’m hoping to do an introduction and summary for each term of classes, the idea being that it will give those of you who come to class a chance to review what you have achieved or get motivated for the coming term. It should also be useful for people who are thinking of coming along to see what we have been up to.

I’m also thinking of doing a ‘Pose of the Month’ post. This will be a pose we are working on in class but will give me the opportunity to jot down in more detail the benefits of each posture and its background or different ways of approaching it. In class it always feels like we are tight on time so I don’t get the chance to tell you why we do things and how they can help you as much as I would like to so hopefully this blog will be able to rectify that.

In the next few weeks I hope to get chance to do some blogs on the different types of yoga poses and an explanation on the names for different poses as I am also aware that all of this was very confusing for me when I came to yoga to so hopefully this will clarify things for you in you are new to yoga. I also hope to have the chance to tell you a little bit more about me, my family and my little Ipswich life and also the things that brought me to yoga and why I love it.

Of course I am feeling terribly excited about having a website and all the wonderful things I can do with it. I am quite honestly overflowing with ideas and about all the things I want to tell you all! Whether I actually have the time to do all this we shall see, but best intentions and all that.

In the meantime, whether you are a participant in my classes or not, do get in touch and tell me about your yoga and what you think of the site. I’m really looking forward to hearing from lots of enthusiastic yogis!

Emma

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