In the West we often think of Yoga as a purely physical practice and of course Yoga is an amazing way to ‘exercise’ your body. It makes you feel great physically and mentally: cleanses the body; tones the muscles and the internal organs; benefits the circulatory system; improves breathing capacity; and regulates blood pressure.
There is also, in Yoga, an opportunity to dive much deeper and discover a partially-hidden, peaceful part of ourselves which, in our culture, we don’t always know how to access.
The philosophical teachings are present in every Integral Yoga class. Slowly the words of your teacher begin to chip away, very gently at those hard, uncomfortable beliefs that we all hold about ourselves, about the world, and with repeated practice, we begin to feel more at ease on every level.
The goal of Integral Yoga, and the birthright of every individual, is to realize the spiritual unity behind all the diversities in the entire creation and to live harmoniously as members of one universal family. This goal is achieved by maintaining our natural condition of a body of optimum health and strength, senses under total control, a mind well-disciplined, clear and calm, an intellect as sharp as a razor, a will as strong and pliable as steel, a heart full of unconditional love and compassion, an ego as pure as a crystal, and a life filled with Supreme Peace and Joy.
I believe there is something of value in a yoga class for everyone.
Young, old, flexible, inflexible. Wherever you are on the spectrum, that’s ok. You don’t have to be flexible to do yoga; that’s the outcome of your practice, not the starting point. So whatever is pulling you towards Yoga, great, give it permission. Come and join a class. Chances are you won’t regret it.
I am offering live and recorded online Yoga Classes 3 times a week via Zoom, and a Meditation and Mindfulness group. Here are the class times if you want to join us:
Yoga: Monday 9.30-10.30 am, Tuesday 6.15-7.30 pm, Wednesday 9.15-10.45 am, £7 per class.
Meditation & Mindfulness: Thursday 7.00-7.45 pm, £5 per class.
New online courses coming soon:
Ancient Wisdom for Modern Life
Meditation and Mindfulness
If you would like to join us, let me know, or you can sign up to my newsletter to be kept up to date.
Surya Namaskaaram (Sun Salutation) forms the opening sequence to every class; check out the picture guide below. We complete each class with yoga nidra (relaxation) , pranayama (breathing practice) and Integral Yoga Chants. You can download a PDF of the chants here. There is also a video of the closing chants on my YouTube.