Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Your body is your child. Look after it.

We spend our lives making decisions...from crucial to piffle.

We constantly prioritise; selecting the jobs we tackle first and pushing to the back those we feel can wait (or just can't face).

Unfortunately, we can lose sight of what really matters, as we wade through the quagmire of daily chores.

It is only once you have neglected your health (or it has been taken from you), that you fully appreciate what it is to feel 'well'. Healthy. Strong. Pain-free. Capable. 

Your body belongs to you. Treat it as you would your child. Nurture it. Treat it kindly and with compassion. Give it good food in reasonable quantities. Use your body - move it! Encourage good posture and exercise. Talk to it kindly. Motivate it when it is dull and lazy. Soothe it when stressed. Get help if you need it. Your body belongs to you. It is solely your responsibilty. Take control. Prioritise your health. Without it, your potential and possibilities narrow.

Start today.

Monday, 20 July 2015

Children's yoga starts after October half term

Our children are growing up in a time when advances in technology are happening at lightning speed & have massive implications for daily life.

From a very early age people have a natural thirst for knowledge, for exploring, for pushing boundaries. It is how the human race has developed and evolved to the extraordinary level that we find ourselves today.

The way children are being taught at school is changing, due to the fact children demand more interactivity and (some would say) they have shorter attention spans as a result of their hi-tech toys and computer games.

Children want more. Faster. Brighter. More challenging. Higher scores. They are used to 'completing' levels. Reaching goals. 'Finishing' a game saga.

So what does all of this have to do with yoga for children?

Yoga is pretty much the antithesis of all of that.

It is the yin to technologies yang.

In yoga there is no goal. No levels. No stickers or badges. Crucially, no one is better than anyone else.

Children enjoy yoga because they enjoy using their bodies.

They run because it feels exhilarating.

They climb because they have a natural sense of adventure.

They hang off monkey bars because it feels good to use their body!

Yoga gives children a chance to explore what their bodies can do. They can balance, twist, arch, flex, be strong, and be steady.

A children's yoga class is quite distinct from an adult one. They play games and explore yoga poses through tales of exotic animals from far off lands. They become the tiger stalking his prey. They are the cobra that prepares to strike! They freeze like a rabbit, alerted to danger. These stories draw the children in, and the children participate, using their bodies (and voices!) as much or as little as they choose.

Children adore the mystique of foreign lands. They dive headfirst into stories of adventure and undiscovered territory.

After a few sessions the children learn to be aware of their breathing. They learn to be still and quiet.

In addition to being brilliant fun, confidence-boosting and a feeling of togetherness - the physical benefits are numerous.

Weak bladders can be strengthened, posture can be improved and flexibility can help reduce the risk of injury. Children as young as six can't touch their toes (with straight legs). Many children are not taught to stretch at the end of a PE lesson (or football training session) which, over time, results in tight muscles and potential injury.

Children need to move! They need to balance, twist, arch, flex, be strong, and be steady.

And they need to do all of that in a safe environment where they feel empowered and are having great fun!

I am CRB-checked by the police. I am a qualified primary school teacher. And if you ask anyone who knows me - I am a bundle of energy who loves storytelling and children!

Children's yoga class starting after the October half term.

Please contact me to register your interest and discuss class options.

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Now we go full time!

I finished my last day as a primary school teacher on Friday; a job which I've loved deeply and immersed myself in completely. I'll miss those happy little faces - watching them grow and develop. Young children take such huge steps in such a relatively short space of time, that it really fills you with wonder. Teaching is such a privilege.

I've finished this only because my true and enduring passion is teaching Iyengar Yoga. I wanted to be able to offer more classes and a dedicated focus to both my own and my student's development within Iyengar Yoga.

Over the next few weeks details of daytime classes will start to appear in Herts and Essex, to enable me to offer tuition to those of you that can't make evenings...and I'm really excited about it! I'm working hard to ensure the that the venues selected are clean and roomy (a harder task than you'd imagine!!) and over the next year I have plenty of plans for workshops, events and more classes.

I'm now in a fantastic venue for Thursday evenings class in Dunmow, which we have been using for a few weeks, and the students in the Thursday evening class are going from strength to strength. This fills me with delight, as we are only just glimpsing the possibilities and yet the development and benefits of the lessons are already evident - both on the faces of the students and in the way they approach their yoga, compared to just a short time ago.

The Bishop's Stortford classes are equally rewarding; the venue is great and the students are working really hard. Again, I couldn't ask for a more friendly and tenacious bunch - a group who are really receptive to every nuance of what's on offer. New faces are received warmly and instantly feel at home with the more experienced in these groups. It's so lovely to see!

This first year of setting up in the area has been wonderful and given me the confidence to offer more and more. So, finally, now I have the time I need to give it my complete attention, including offering more information on this blog, with far more regular updates.

I want to thank my students for their support, laughter and hard work over the past year, it has been fantastic working with you and I look forward to spending more time with you in the coming years, as well as the new faces that we are just about to meet and start their amazing journey into Iyengar Yoga.