Yoking is yoga is a non-competitive & safe environment for you to explore your body and mind.
I discovered yoga before I knew what 'yoga' was. Like most children do, exploring and experimenting with my body, creating shapes and moving to rhythms. Headstands in the school field, dancing, spinning like a whirling dervish to recreate the sense of expansive freedom of being stood on a cliff. Having been first taught Vrkasana (tree) outside a barn in Norfolk aged 12, and my first yoga class in a gym 2 years later, I distinctly remember the sense of relief and wonder at how good it felt to stretch. It was in London post painting degree in Brighton that really signed and sealed my interest in the relationship between the self and other, via the meditative experience of having an art practice, which brought me to a more serious involvement into the realms of Yoga asana and philosophy. The science & philosophies that branch off from the ever multitudinous Yoga (meaning 'to yoke' or 'to yield'), not just within the practice of asana but in all relationships, is a daily practice.
We will consider the breath and it's effect on the emotions, the brains neuroplasticity and the bodies potential to heal. The potential of all beings non-human and human (to quote Timothy Morton), flexibility and strength within the mind and body (which are one and the same), poetry, literature, I hope to bring all of these things together within community-based yoga classes & 1-1 sessions.
Inspired by recent talks by Peter Blackaby, Alistair Shearer and intensive training with Donna Farhi (Wolfson College, Cambridge June 2018), I am 3 years into 500hr training with BWY for the level 4 qualification and have now been teaching a variety of local community classes for over 18 months. I hold first aid certification and insurance to teach. As a regular practitioner of yoga for over 15 years, I hope (on a novel note) to take the headstand into my 80/90's if my body allows for it! However, yoga is much more than a mere headstand, it is an approach, an attitude.
" Yoga can help us act with understanding and self-awareness, to become mature in the full sense of the word. it is a positive force in a world that struggles to accommodate change." (Peter Blackaby)