FEEL RESTED | REJUVINATED | REPLENISHED | RESTORED
YOU ARE IN THE RIGHT PLACE IF.....
You want to build a healthy lifestyle based on your unique mind-body constitution
SLEEP WELL | EAT HEALTHILY | INCREASE ENERGY | IMPROVE RELATIONSHIPS
AYURVEDIC HEALTH INSTRUCTOR, YOGA TEACHER
Hello, I'm Gina - a Social Anthropologist, Yoga Teacher and Ayurvedic Lifestyle Instructor. I am hoping to share my love of ayurveda and yoga with you to help you move towards optimal health and happiness. I am of Anglo-Indian descent and ayurvedic practices were woven into my childhood unbeknown to me until much later in life. I remember my mum sent me to primary school one day with slices of garlic bandaged onto my arm as I had a bout of molluscum contagiosum. I subsequently discovered that garlic has demonstrated antiviral activity. I grew up doing nasal irrigation and self massage which I now know to be 'neti cleansing' and 'abhyanga'. Spices - ginger, garlic, chillies, cumin, cardamom, tumeric and many more filled the kitchen with glorious aromas. I also lived in 1970's Britain however and had a penchant for Birds Trifle and Angel Delight. I wore pale blue NHS specs and rode around on a Chipper at a time when the sun always seemed to be shining. I have always been fascinated in other cultures and being of mixed heritage (French, English, Portugese and Indian) my path unfolded onto this anthropological /spiritual journey, bound up in a search for identity and belonging and it is in this space I find myself at home and I would like to welcome you to it - they say this is where the heart is after all. When I started yoga I discovered that the prevailing representation of this discipline is that of slim, bendy, lycra-clad young women positioned in elaborate poses. However, this depiction tells only part of a 5000 year story. Yoga is, actually a science of the mind, open to everyone and what you learn on the mat is for you to take off the mat into life. It's sister science, ayurveda is even less well known. Many are unfamiliar with its Sanskrit pronounciation "eye-oor-vay-duh" let alone know what a wonderful practice it is - furthermore it is frequently seen as being a bit 'out there'. However, Western science is catching on to these 5000+year sciences and there is much research and evidence to support its efficacy. I hope to bring these two sciences to you in a way you understand, in a caring, warm environment where no question is too daft. Finally, being an anthropologist, I am fascinated by people and to what makes us tick. I'm not just interested in the bright bubbly side but also look to those darker moments which, once illuminated, help us to connect with each other. When creating bespoke yoga or ayurvedic programmes I therefore delve a little to find out a bit about you and your lifestyle. Understanding your personality and preferences or dislikes helps me to plan a class with you in mind. Additionally, the more of a connection you can make between your own mind, body and spirit, the greater enjoyment and progress you can make along your path, I am here just to guide you. So, whether it be working towards better sleep, improved nutrition, focusing on your tight hamstrings or wanting to learn how to do a headstand, practice backbends or simply sitting quietly in meditation, I will do my best to help you in your journey. Kindest wishes Gina
Yoga Teacher 500RYT Yoga Alliance Professional (UK), Yoga Ed Educator (US Yoga Alliance)Chopra Certified Ayurvedic Health TeacherSocial Anthropologist, Ethnography of South Asia (BA Hons), Anthropology & Cultural Politics (MA)
SIX KEY PILLARS OF HEALTH
Through your daily lifestyle choices it is possible to optimise how your genes behave, helping to 'turn on' the genes that promote good health and 'turn off' the genes that promote illness.
HOW CAN I HELP YOU?
Use ayurvedic lifestyle and yoga practices to help recognise when your mind-body is out of balance and learn how to bring you back into a state of optimal health and wellbeing.
Helping yourself to breathe efficiently and learn about what is happening when you do.
FEED YOUR HAPPY PLACE
Read positive uplifting quotes, snippets of inspirational material and book recommendations to help raise your vibration, building confidence and self belief. FBY whispers will fire up your belly and fuel your soul leaving you feeling on top of the world and raring to go. Whilst goal setting and expressing gratitude help you to manifest the life you want.
MEDITATIONS & FLOWS
Keep your options open with a full virtual library of classes, ranging from 5-minute meditations to 75 - minute yoga flows. Take your practice to the next level by participating in FBY online sessions. Meditations help to clear the noise and gives peace and clarity to restless minds.
FEED YOUR SOUL
Ever listened to a mind blowing piece of music or gazed upon a glorious sunrise? These breathtaking moments are all around us in our everyday lives. It sometimes just takes a stillness of the mind to recognise them but when it happens you see the world in the glorious technicolour that it is.
Making sense of the posture. Detailed descriptions of a whole host of yoga poses, broken into bite-size pieces so you know why you are doing what you are doing on the mat and how to keep yourself safe.
MYTHS & MUDRAS
Storytelling at its finest. Learn the myths surrounding some classic yoga poses and about the various positioning of the fingers and placement of the hands in yoga mudras.
SEQUENCES & STRETCHES
Hatha, vinyasa sequences or something restorative, classes are suitable for everyone and are structured and varied enough for those with different levels of mobility, flexibility, fitness and strength and cater for newcomers to seasoned practioners. Movement guides are easy to follow as are instructions and helpful FBY hints.