Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Manuden cancelled this morning

Hi guys, am sorry but I need to cancel this morning's class in Manuden. My son has a really high temperature.

I have put this message on FB and emailed everyone, but please share this info with anyone you know from the class in case they don't check their emails.

Assume all other classes will run as normal.


Friday, 13 January 2017

Upcoming Iyengar Yoga Workshop February 5th 2017

8 reasons to sign up for a yoga workshop

Okay, so you attend yoga classes regularly...why should you sign up for a 2-3 hour workshop?

1.)  Workshops tend to focus on fewer poses but in greater depth.  Poses are explored in detail, with attention to the precise alignment, anatomy and directionality of the action. Which muscles should be working, how to engage them, and (that great yoga challenge) of other parts of the body being soft and yielding. This understanding of what should be working and when makes a huge difference to your personal practise as it leads to integration (one of the meanings of the word 'yoga'), which has so many physical, mental and spiritual benefits.

2.)  The intensive focus will answer questions you didn't realise you had. Poses you may be finding challenging in class can be 'unpacked' and you can learn techniques to help you understand the pose and perhaps use different methods/equipment to help achieve this. During workshops I am often told, "Wow, that feels so different - I completely get it now! Workshops are wonderful for giving you the time to really clarify what you are learning and integrate it.

3.) You will receive more attention and adjustments from your yoga teacher. Misconceptions and bad habits can be ironed out as there is more time for adjustments and demonstrations.

4.) The shared experience of a workshop is empowering, inspiring, social, uplifting, enlightening and usually entertaining. 

5.) Stepping out of your comfort zone can inspire a fresh perspective. Identifying your fears, examining them and tackling them can be hugely satisfying and empowering. 

6.) Commitment. Building strength and stamina is not just physical. Focusing on yoga for an entire afternoon shifts your awareness and helps you to weave yogic principles into your life. 

7.) The physical practise of yoga through poses (asana) is really the tip of the iceburg when it comes to self-knowledge and inner peace. Workshops often devote time to the practise of Pranayama, where you learn to focus and control your breathing. Honestly, when I first started out I ran for the hills at the mere mention of pranyama...my advice is to be open to it. Try it (more than once!) It brings an undescribable stillness, a sense of peace, where you feel whole/connected and you'll see profound changes in your health and well-being.

8.) Workshops help to reignite the flame and renew your vigor and commitment to yoga. They shake things up, prevent you from practising on auto-pilot and help you appreciate your yoga practise fully again.

You're still here! Great! Then sign up for the next workshop:

Sunday 5th February 2017

12.15 until 2.15pm


St Michael's Mead Community Centre
Bishop's Stortford

call me (Sarah) on 07427 596961

or email

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Why athletes do yoga

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Why do so many athletes worldwide practise yoga?

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1. Holistic fitness

All-round or holistic fitness means a combination of speed, agility, flexibilty, strength, stamina, endurance & power.

Yoga helps you to obtain holistic fitness. There's a common misconception that yoga is all about stretching, and maybe you've been to a class where that has been the case - but let me tell you, that is not the case with Iyengar Yoga.

There are a multitude of poses which are held for varying length of time. Poses which work your core, strengthen your hips, back, arms, etc.


2. Decreased risk of injury

Of the hundreds of muscles in your body, there will be muscles which are underused and ones which are overused. This imbalance can cause problems - particularly when you train regularly. 

Underused muscles become stiff...someone with tight, stiff hamstrings is likely to overstretch the hardened hamstring when sprinting, which can result in a painful, slow to heal, tear.

People with tight muscles in their back are plagued with aches and pains. This can be particularly problematic when playing racket sports or golf. 

By contrast, overused muscles overdevelop. Regular yoga practise teaches us to use our voluntary muscles effectively.

Balanced flexibility results in easy movement and decreases likelihood of injury. 

Consider a boxer, his dominant shoulder constantly turned inward and neck twisted. Day after day this creates an imbalance in the body, tightening certain areas of the body. Now, a boxer that practises yoga regularly has the awareness to open that shoulder out when they're not boxing. To maintain good alignment at other times, and to use yoga to reduce tightness in overused muscles.

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3. Speed

A flexible body moves with greater ease than a stiff one. 

You can take longer strides and cover distance faster with improved mobility.

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4. Agility

Agility is changing position suddenly, eg a goalie going for the dive, a midfielder doing a feint, a cricketer fielding. To be agile you require good coordination and an attentive mind. Yoga unifies the mind and body. It is mindful movement. Concentration and awareness improve with regular yoga practise, these are valuable assets in many sports.

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5. Stability

Balance and stability are crucial in sports such as badminton. As you move into and out of poses, as you move from one pose to the next, yoga teaches you balance and stability.

6. Strength

Yoga teaches us to deveop and use our physical strength in an intelligent way - not just mindlessly using brute force. Yoga poses develop all-over body strength in both major and minor muscles, so the minors can assist the majors. 

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7. Stamina

In sport, stamina is required for each match, but also for the season. You really have to try an Iyengar yoga class to see for yourself how your stamina will improve ;-)


8. Endurance

Endurance is stamina in both body and mind. Yoga teaches patience, tenacity and endurance.

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9. Calm, relaxed mind

Restorative yoga poses followed by specific breathing techniques can help us sleep better, and as you know, that's when the body heals. After a game, the mind can be on high alert for a long time afterwards.Yoga is used to bring about a more neutral mind, soothing the nerves and enabling recovery.

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10. Discipline

To master a sport, athletes must be disciplined. This mental strength comes from within. Yoga teaches discipline.

Yoga Class dates, times and venues for 2017

Yoga calms the mind, whilst making the body alert & energised

Here are the dates, etc for when each class resumes (in date order):

Thursday - Maltings - 10am - 5th Jan. (£40 for January or £12 pay-as-you-go)

Monday - Standon - 10am - 9th Jan. (£40 for January or £12 pay-as-you-go)

Tuesday - Bishop's Park in Stortford - 6pm & 7.30pm classes - 10th Jan. (£40 for January or £12 pay-as-you-go)

Wednesday - Manuden - 9.30am - 11th Jan. (£30 for January or £12 pay-as-you-go)

Thursday - Dunmow School - 8pm - 12th Jan. (£30 for January or £12 pay-as-you-go)

Paying monthly is cheaper - and encourages you to go! ;-)

If you would like to pay monthly, you need to pay the full amount at the first class of the month.

If you can only make 3 out of 4 classes that month then you can either pay-as-you-go at £12 per session or you can pay for the month and then attend any other class within that month to make up for missing your usual class.

I am looking forward to welcoming you all back!