BSY Hatha Yoga Diploma & YA Yin & Advanced Yin
Practicing yoga for over 25 years and teaching for almost 7 years – Yoga first found me when I visited the beautiful Grayshot Hall Health Spa back in 1996. My first ever yoga experience was a general Hatha class taken by a teacher who was then in her 80’s. I was mesmerised. At this point I was approximately 50 years younger than this lady and completely unable to manage the postures with the effortless ease she was able to. I realised then the impact that my desk job was taking on my body and I craved a body that moved as freely, gracefully and responsively as hers did. There began my journey with my sticky purple rectangle of magic that was my first yoga mat.
The benefits of yoga, of course, extend far beyond the physical, which I discovered as my yoga journey progressed.
Today I teach a mix of Hatha and Yin Yoga both online via Zoom and in venues in Aberdeen. Both practices work well along-side each other bringing a balance of strength, fluidity, flexibility, focus and stillness – Yin being very passive and Hatha more active. All classes are suitable for new students, including beginners, as options and adaptations can always be offered for those with differing abilities.
The Hatha classes are a general exploration of the traditional postures (asanas) which improve overall strength, balance, focus and co-ordination. Classes also include pranayama practice (the art of breath control) and a closing meditation/relaxation. Breathe, bend, stretch, strengthen, smile and enjoy the many benefits that uniting mind, breath and body bring.
The Yin classes are more passive but can be equally challenging. The postures are mostly floor based (seated and supine) but we hold for longer in order to target the connective tissue which does not respond in the same way as muscle. Yin is fantastic for maintaining or regaining joint mobility. It is often referred to as ‘a quiet practice’ and as we remain with the stillness of the posture we become far more intuitive and aware of our individual body and its nuances and needs. Yin is also a great starting point for mindfulness and meditation
The YinFusion classes bring a balance of both elements of the above – we embrace opposites and enjoy the benefits of balance and harmony.