Have you ever found yourself in class wondering, "Am I doing this right?"
Do you ever find yourself in class, getting frustrated that you can’t do the poses exactly how they are being taught.
Frustrated, because you don’t want to do the modified version that the teacher has offered?
Maybe things don't feel quite right in certain positions, you are feeling discomfort in particular areas of the body.
Or, perhaps you think you should be feeling more? You aren’t sure if you are doing it right. Maybe it feels too easy?
Maybe it’s time to delve a little more deeply into your Yoga practice?
In a 1:1 session we can explore all the things that we do in class in so much more detail and tailored to your needs.
You can learn ways to make the Yoga suit you, rather than you trying to fit into the sequences offered to you.
You can feel empowered to enjoy the class in a way that best suits your body and your needs.
I would love to help you to:
I have just three spaces available for 1:1 clients.
Get in touch to organise your first session.
1 session £45
3 sessions £99
6 sessions £170
As much as I want to champion everyone developing the confidence to start practicing Yoga at home, the other day, I was reminded of how important and beneficial actually going to a class can be.
I was back at my usual, favourite class over in Ashford, and we were doing the usual mixture of evil/fun joint activation and isolation, strength building and mobility.
As I was being led through these sequences, which challenged the brain and the body, I realised how much I could connect with sensation, and with my body in a way that is almost impossible when you are guiding yourself through your practice.
Don’t get me wrong, I think that you get something very special from a personal practice which is valuable in its own way. But while you are being guided by someone else who has skilfully planned a practice to target specific areas, and increase your understanding of your own body, you are then able to place your full attention on experiencing that in full. The sensations, the mental reactions, and perhaps resistance.
The element of surprise is really useful here, as you don’t necessarily know what’s coming next your mind isn’t skipping forward in anticipation and I find that’s the point when I find myself doing something that I didn’t realise I was capable of.
And the sense of laughter and play, and the energy in the room from the other people around you shouldn’t be discounted.
For some people that’s what holds them back from coming along to a class - the fear of the other students, knowing all the moves, being able to do it all effortlessly. But it’s not necessarily the case. There are lots of classes out there that aren’t like that.
What occurred to me as I left the class is how much value there is to a Yoga class. For such a small investment (between £5-£10) you are able to gain so much.
Learn tools to manage stress
Downregulation of the nervous system
Develop your awareness of yourself, your body, your mind and its fluctuations.
A place to laugh
To focus attention and ease the constant chatter in the mind
These are all things that one could pay an awful lot of money for through different types of therapy. And in this one humble place, the yoga class we have access, if we choose to explore it, to all of those things. So, why not give it a try?
Take control and get out there to soak up what is on offer. You can leave the stuff that doesn’t resonate with you – you don’t have to be into chanting, or be super bendy.
If you are keen to get to a Yoga class here is my current schedule for next term. I offer a £30 pass for 6 classes which can be used across all of these venues. Or you can drop into class for £7.
I am teaming up with my good friend Kate, of Kate's Yoga Free Flow to bring you a NEW Monday morning Yoga class starting next week, I'd love to hear from you if you are interested!
Wishing you a peaceful and happy week ahead.
A while ago I got the most amazing feedback from a student at the end of class. It completely overwhelmed me. She said how much she appreciated the time that must be put into each class. That every week the class was different and felt really thought out.
I walked away from the class totally blown away.
It's funny because what usually goes through my mind before and during classes is, “Did I do alright? Did I do enough?”
It was so, so lovely to be reminded that I do put loads of work into each class. It just doesn’t necessarily feel like work to me.
I think about Yoga a lot. You could say obsessively. I read about it constantly, I watch videos about it, I do training and go to classes. I practice at home. I vary the movement I do to support the Yoga, with cardio, and strength training.
I love the philosophy of Yoga, all the elements, beyond just the physical practice. I use the guidelines laid out in the Yoga Sutras to help me to live a balanced, peaceful, and happy life.
Yoga pretty much runs through everything I do.
So I’m really pleased that this comes across. That this is useful to you. That is my aim. To offer something of use.
Because you don’t have to spend as much time as me thinking about it to be able to benefit from the wonderful tools that this practice brings us.
Simple tools that anyone can use to live more at ease, both physically and mentally. Movement, stillness, breath, relaxation, all powerful tools for managing stress. All free. No fancy kit required. And if you can’t get to class that’s OK too, there are many resources out there.
I am currently finalising my first online course which is made up of 3 yoga videos, each around 20 mins long, along with a guided meditation and relaxation and some daily journaling exercises that I have found really useful.
I’ve consolidated everything that I use in my Twilight Retreats and Happy Healthy Programme into one easy to use and follow resource. The course will cost £12 and you will have all of those resources to keep and re-use over and over again in the comfort of your own home (and no need for babysitters).
I’d love to hear if this is something that would be useful for you?
And if you are keen to get to a class here is my schedule.
Or you can book me for a 1:1 session and I can teach you how to practice these tools at home.
In a mediation class I went to last week I was struck by something the teacher said which is so simple and encapsulates the Why behind Yoga for me,
"Authentic Happiness Depends Upon a Peaceful Mind".
Wishing you a peaceful and happy week ahead.
Frances Robertson-Ritchie, Yoga teacher and hypnotherapist