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Move freely  |  Breathe effectively |   Stretch & Strengthen

YOU ARE IN SAFE HANDS

It really doesn’t matter whether you happen to be very inflexible or have a super bendy body. Once you recognise your restrictions and limitations you can work towards or maintain your optimal level of stability.

Don't worry  |  You are in safe hands! 

WE WORK TOGETHER

When starting a yoga practice, people are often sometimes worried about what they cannot do or what they do not know. 

Private sessions allow me to really get to know you, whilst in group sessions I observe, adjust and encourage you to find peace and stillness for yourself.  Different yoga practices suit different people, or even how people feel at that particular time. It's a case of trying it out (as with ayurvedic lifestyle practices) to see what works and what doesn't. 

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Personalised sessions are a great way for the beginner to learn the basics or yoga or develop skills of the more seasoned practitioner. Factors which may affect your sense of well being and the type of yoga you may enjoy include your diet, working environment, personal goals and temperament, family and lifestyle and medical history.  Therefore I work with you to set your pace, making modifications and adjustments as necessary, adapting programmes as your practice deepens and evolves.  The aim is to take you to your edge, wherever that may be, working enough to feel the benefits which may be achieved with a considered and regular practice. Some people are hesitant of attending a group yoga class for fear of not being able to keep up or are body conscious, often though people think themselves too unbendy!  Maybe you just do not like working in large groups.  Perhaps you find them too busy or you are not quite ready for them due to pre-existing musculoskeletal limitations or imbalances you may have. For those coming to yoga after a doctor's recommendation for example, after an injury or period of illness, individualised plans enable attention to be focused in the relevant areas.Anyone can practice yoga.  As you learn to marry movement with breath and you deepen your practice a sense of wellbeing is likely to be heightened, which in turn opens up opportunities to enjoy life.

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You want to give your self the chance to look after yourself in a safe and nurturing environment.    Practising yoga with your baby alongside you gives you the opportunity to bond further with the latest addition to your family. It helps the recovery process after birth and supports the transition to motherhood bringing an awareness to your body as well as dedicating time to relax.  It also reduces symptoms of postpartum depression, anxiety and general stress allowing you to focus on your own wellbeing.    At FBY I advise you to take it slowly at first to re-familiarise yourself with your body.  Postnatal yoga is a great low impact exercise option since extra care must be taken over ligaments and joints which may have loosened during the prenatal period due to the hormone relaxin and these areas may be  prone to over stretching post birth. The rebuilding of muscle tone in those areas which may have been affected by childbearing or childbirth such as the core, pelvic floor and back (without creating additional abdominal pressure) is a relevant part of postpartum yoga asana practice.   Sometimes the shoulders or neck feels tight from feeding or holding baby or simply from carrying all the things a baby might need.    Improved posture, an awareness of spinal health and practising specific yoga breathing techniques contributes to a release of tension not only in these specific areas but throughout the whole body.  Furthermore, a consistent and regular yoga practice helps to improve blood flow, strengthens the nervous system, relaxes the body and mind, improves flexibility, facilitates higher energy levels and provides greater stamina and endurance  giving you some wonderful tools to take forward as you and you baby blossom.   I have taught mother and baby session at the Feelwellbeing studios in Hertfordshire. These sessions provide you with an opportunity to engage and body with bay and to meet other mothers, to share experiences and make friendships.  You can feed, change or cuddle baby and take a rest whenever needed and don't worry if little one cries after all you have waited several months to hear their voice and this is only to be expected and embraced.     I remember the baby days well and in those early days sometimes it was a struggle even to leave the house.  Maybe you and your friends e.g. from your baby group would like a yoga session in your own homes and to lighten the load, take turns in hosting it.  i am able to travel to you and have mats, equipment and massage oil available for everyone.  You can split the hourly rate as well, so it might work out cheaper than travelling to the studio saving you time and money in the process.

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How about holding a yoga ‘party’ with a group of you before you hit the town or perhaps you want some family bonding time which involves you all being in the same room! Yoga for children in your own home or perhaps a venue of your choice, is also another great way to have a celebration. Perhaps you’re all theme parked out or indoor played out.    Kids yoga, moving around in a fun way to music and playing party games before the main event of blowing out the candles and cutting the cake is a lovely alternative way to expend energy and bring a smile to those little faces.   Perhaps you and your friends would like a yoga session before your own celebrations begin.  Knowing you have focused solely on your mental and physical health prior to partying preps your body and makes for a guilt free splurge all the more sweeter.     Of course, I am always on hand for yoga post-celebration, where you might need to put the love back into your body (just a bit more quietly)!    I provide the mats and poses you provide the bunting and balloons! 0-12 guests at the location of your choice.

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If you like doing stuff with other people but not in a big group then 1:2 tuition is a wonderful way to spend some quality time together learning new skills or brushing up on existing ones. You can exchange notes too but don't feel like you need to compare as that's not what yoga is about.

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We work together to develop your yoga practice so that you can evolve and be well.

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A sports led yoga programme enables you to do use yoga in the context of  of your chosen activity, whether it be figure skating, football, running or something else altogether.  Therefore, I am working to help you become a better athlete rather than a yoga practitioner as such. You may not even come near to a headstands or inversions and arm balances - unless you want to of course.I work with you to address any imbalances, dysfunctions or compensations which may have arisen due to repetitive movements or patterns of your sport. You may wish to try some breathing or meditative techniques to help with focus and external pressures, particularly useful if you are working at a competitive level. Maybe you want something restorative to counteract the stress or take the pressure off when not in training or performing.  It is a good way to focus on what you may need in the context of doing what you love. We are looking to optimise performance, reduce injury, aid recovery time and maximise longevity of your career.

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If you are new to yoga, my goal is to help you feel comfortable and relaxed. Here you may find yourself introducing or re-introducing yourself to your own body and welcoming it, wherever and whatever stage it is at in the life course.  You have made it to the mat, often the first step is the hardest and I appreciate that.  No questions are too daft and you don't have to worry about not making the 'correct shape' or looking goofy. Learning is about challenging oneself and then persevering along an enlightened path with an open heart and mind.  Some people forget to take time out to learn something new, instead choosing to work within their existing comfort zones for fear of the unknown or simply preferring familiarity. Others like taking risks, calculated or otherwise and enjoy that adrenaline rush that can come with absorbing new information. You are encouraged to develop your own mind:body awareness. This is facilitated through practising good alignment and movement patterns, coupled with correct breathwork and recognising your own body limitations which works to help keep yourself safe and prevent injury.Whatever your stance or whether you ebb and flow, my aim is to welcome you to this amazing world of yoga in a safe and nurturing way. No need to feel shy, come along and get ready to stretch and strengthen your body.

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Sometimes you cannot fit it all in.  Exercising early in the morning may be a big no no if you love staying in bed that extra hour or perhaps you have a family to or other work to tend to.If you have an employer who cares about the health and welfare of their staff, they may even contribute to the cost.  A workforce that feels supported and nurtured is a productive one.

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Away from the desk, all the senses are tickled here.  The fluid structure of class enables the young one's to use their imagination to weave yoga poses into stories which they can perform individually and as part of the group. Whether we use essential oils, have taste testing sessions, dance around to great music or put yoga theory into practice, the kids really do take the yoga they learn on the mat off the mat and into later life. Children are encouraged to engage with their bodies in a fun and playful way. Together, we create a wonderful atmosphere in which they learn to absorb information as they relax and unwind. Away from the desk, all the senses are tickled here.  The fluid structure of class enables the young one's to use their imagination to weave yoga poses into stories which they can perform individually and as part of the group. Whether we use essential oils, have taste testing sessions, dance around to great music or put yoga theory into practice, the kids really do take the yoga they learn on the mat off the mat and into later life. Children are encouraged to engage with their bodies in a fun and playful way. Together, we create a wonderful atmosphere in which they learn to absorb information as they relax and unwind. WHAT CAN I OFFER YOUR CHILD IN SCHOOL? Yoga within the classroom (e.g. chair- based yoga, breathing and mindfulness practices, digital wellness breaks). Yoga as part of a PE session (45 - 60 min sessions). Yoga as part of extra curricular activities e.g. early morning clubs/after school clubs. Yoga as an alternative to detentions. Yoga as part of Enrichment Day programmes (day long workshops). Yoga during school events such as fundraisers and fetes. SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE THAT YOGA IMPROVES HEALTH Yoga Ed classes are backed by science and studies have shown yoga to improve physical, mental, emotional, and social health for all ages.   Furthermore, Yoga Ed classes adhere to US and UK National Health and PE standards.   Yoga Ed programmes : Improve symptoms of anxiety, improve focus and attention, support mental health, Improve physical health and support academic performance BACKGROUND TO MY TEACHING YOUNG PEOPLE My teaching of yoga uses brain-based evidence as a lens through which social and emotional learning can take place.  Lesson plans, sequences and class structure are therefore age appropriate to consider developmental, social and environmental factors which may affect how a child experiences the class.  My key focus is for the children to enjoy themselves.  By drawing on ancient texts, I provide them with the necessary skills to create a positive sense of self image and confidence.  They also learn to foster an empathy with others and thus feel part of a community.  Practicing yoga, very importantly also facilitates the learning process needed both in and out of the school environment. HOW DO I TEACH? It is my aim to make yoga accessible, enjoyable and relatable.  We work in a safe, fun and friendly environment.   HOW IS TEACHING YOGA TO CHILDREN DIFFERENT TO TEACHING YOGA TO ADULTS?   Children and adolescents are still growing and as such, their brain development is still a work in progress. This means that the way that they process information is different than adults and that the way they will respond to teaching (or not) is linked to their brain’s structure. This development involves not only the biological but also the psychological and social changes that occur and each facet of their development is bound to show up on their mat in ways both big and small.  There are many aspects to structuring the yoga class to meet these developmental needs and this is evident in the length, structure, content of the class and the choice of language used for different age groups.  Being aware of the child's emerging spatial awareness and functional physical differences in anatomy and physiology help to minimise the risk of injury and maximise the physical benefit of the yoga itself.  Whilst each child differs in development and in ability, kids tend to have less bodily awareness, less muscle strength, lower endurance and lower capacity for balance than adults.  I teach from a place of modification, encouraging adjustments to support greater balance, and provide ample opportunity for rest.  Even further, realizing that growing bones are hypermobile, it is important to be aware of postures that may put vulnerable joints, especially the neck, at risk. I provide hands on assists, anatomy instruction and alignment and cues.  I advocate the use of equipment (blocks/blankets/straps) to make poses more accessible and stable in an effort to help the student feel supported and nurtured. WHAT DO I INCLUDE IN A YOGA CLASS IN AN EDUCATIONAL SETTING?   Yoga provides us with a whole host of problem solving and calming practices to soothe and restore or invigorate and illuminate.  All practices work in a holistic manner to restore equilibrium and balance in the body and mind.  Learning such skills at a young age is invaluable as it can be called upon for optimal health and wellbeing throughout the life course. Fundamental components of my teachings are: yoga philosophy, yoga breathing and relaxation techniques, physical movement and meditation and mindfulness practices.  Yoga asana (postures), stillness and strength work and yoga flows and sequences alongside anatomy instruction, alignment cues and hands-on assists help to keep the student informed and safe. With my background in teaching yoga to athletes, I also teach the student functional movement patterns so rather than learning to headstand for the sake of standing on one's head, learning about stretching and warming up or cooling down for example, helps them to understand how to move better in the context of what they want to do with their body.  Yoga gives them the opportunity to listen to and respond to their bodies, working to their edge when needed, understanding their limitations and avoiding injury or stress or joints.  Stories, discussions, games, partner work, myths, drawings, music and essential oils also help to engage the student in class and help foster good communication skills such as listening and patience and gives the opportunity to self-reflect and respond to challenging events in a considered manner rather than a reactive one. ​ Finally, classroom management and rules and expectations of behaviour aim to facilitate the smooth running of sessions and enjoyment for all.

 

GINA BRINGS SO MUCH MORE TO THE SESSION THAN JUST GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS,

SHE TUNES IN TO YOUR WAY OF THINKING AND QUICKLY WORKS OUT WHAT YOUR BODY IS CAPABLE OF

- MAKING YOU FEEL RELAXED IN YOURSELF RATHER THAN PUSHING YOURSELF WHERE YOU DON'T WANT TO GO .

 

I RECOMMEND HER SERVICES TO ANYONE THAT WANTS TO CLEANSE THEIR MIND AS WELL AS GIVE THEIR BODY A WORKOUT!re 

AO, Professional Photographer & Author 08/08/18

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