Individuals, couples, groups & corporate/workplace
The Five Points of Yoga
Positive thinking and meditation
This is the place to start and is perfect for complete beginners or for anyone looking to renew their practice with a step-by-step introduction.
We will take the approach of developing strength, flexibility, good breathing habits, relaxation & concentration. Learn how to come in and out of the postures in a safe and methodical way and how to maximize the benefit of the postures.
Warm up - neck & shoulder exercises and learning the Sun Salutation sequence- moving, warming and preparing the body for the asanas
Yoga postures (Asanas) - traditional Sivananda Hatha Yoga based on the '12 basic postures'
Breathing (Pranayama) - exercises & techniques beginning with abdominal and full yogic breathing
Relaxation (Savasana) - total relaxation for the physical body and mind
Focus & Concentration (Meditation techniques) - calm the mind, focus and concentration
Apart from the physical, mental and spiritual benefits that Sivananda yoga naturally brings about when practiced regularly, you will have enough knowledge and understanding of the sequence to establish a home practice to fit into your daily life. We can also look at lifestyle, diet and nutrition.
Improvers & Intermediate Yoga
If you have yoga experience or attended beginners’ classes; an understanding of breath principals and asana postures then these classes will suit you. We will explore and refine the Sun Salutation and each asana pose. After warming up with the Sun Salutation sequence, the focus is on the twelve basic postures.
We will also introduce Kapalabhati and Anuloma Viloma Pranayama (Alternate Nostril Breathing) postures then these classes will suit you.
Kapalabhati - "shining skull" - a pranayama exercise (or Kriya) purifies and strengthens lungs & capacity. Forceful exhalations expel the old, used air (carbon dioxide) out of the lungs, making space for fresh air enriched with oxygen. In this way, the entire respiratory system is cleansed. It is a wonderfully vitalising exercise.
Anuloma Viloma Pranayama - an excellent breathing technique to calm and center the mind bringing balance to the flow of energy, which in turn helps release stress in the mind and body effectively thereby relaxing it. Also helps balance the left and right hemispheres of the brain, which correlate to the logical and emotional sides of our personality and; helps purify and balance the subtle energy channels, thereby ensuring smooth flow of energy (prana) through the body. We can also look at lifestyle, diet and nutrition.
Suitable if you have or previously had an established practice and a good understanding of a range of asana postures, breath, and alignment principles then these classes will suit you. These classes will have a mix of intermediate and more experienced techniques, modifications and variations, including longer holds in postures and we will discover different options to suit your level of requirements.
We will explore asana variations, pranayama & kapalabhati, relaxation and meditation techniques. We can also look at lifestyle, diet and nutrition.
"An Ounce of Practice is worth a ton of Theory"
Workplace/Corporate Yoga & Mindfulness
As more and more people discover the benefits of yoga, the 5,000-year-old practice is increasingly finding its way into the workplace.
Whether you’re booking a one-off session, a weekly schedule or a workshop we can deliver a well-being programme that meets your requirements. Just half an hour of Yoga during the working day will produce positive results and benefits to employees and employers and any workplace that functions harmoniously is likely to be more productive.
After a short period of a regular programme, you will experience positive results.
As numbers of sick days increase, cases of depression and anxiety rise, there’s never been a more pertinent time to invest in employee well-being. This can be significantly reduced with bespoke tailor-made solutions designed to address the aches, pains, stresses and strains of daily life in the workplace.
Reduced Back Pain Less Absenteeism, Less Hostility and Aggression
One of the main reasons many people take up yoga is back pain, which is one of the most common workplace complaints. Stress in the workplace can diminish performance and lead to adverse physical well-being, including back pain, hip pain, neck and shoulder pain from tension and also carpal tunnel syndrome.
Yoga at the workplace reduces absenteeism, sickness and also boosts company morale. After just one session you will notice and improvement in concentration and communication skills will follow among employees. In addition, employees who take lunchtime yoga, meditation/mindfulness and introduced to breathing techniques will notice a healthier sleep pattern, a decline in stress and musculoskeletal pain.
Please contact Vimala for further information......
I am a qualified Sivananda Hatha Yoga Teacher, having gained certification of 500 hours Yoga Teacher Training with my teachers at the Sivananda Yoga Vidya Peetham ashrams in Himalayas and Kerala, India.
Sivananda Hatha Yoga
What makes this practice special? It is a classical yoga, which takes the holistic approach:
"Yoga shows us how to strengthen and harmonise the body, the mind and the soul, so that we can achieve our goal of a healthy body, a balanced mind and inner peace. Yoga helps remove inner obstacles and gives us the fortitude to stay cool, calm and collected when confronted with the everyday challenges of modern life. Sivananda Yoga – the way to physical and mental wellbeing."
"Serve, Love, Give, Purify, Meditate, Realise"
"Health is Wealth, Peace of Mind is Happiness
Yoga Shows the Way"!