“Yogah citta-vrtti-nirodhah” Yoga Sutra 1.2, Patanjali

“Yoga happens when the changing states of consciousness are stopped and you realise a deeper, underlying and unchanging stillness.”

Translation by Richard Miller

Modern postural yoga has emerged from the rich spiritual traditions of the Indian sub-continent.  A balanced yoga practice lubricates joints, stretches and strengthens muscles, facilitates good posture and alignment, optimises organ health, stimulates the production and flow of prana or subtle energy, encourages mindfulness and meditative awareness and creates space for deep, restorative rest. It also facilitates a connection with a radiant sense of wellbeing that is always present, whatever is happening in our physical body or everyday life.  

I teach a safe, accessible balance of yin and yang hatha yoga and my experience is that a regular yoga practice develops invaluable qualities such as presence, consistency, compassion and acceptance, which help us to meet life with grace and equanimity. As the world emerges from the profound life shock of a pandemic, there has never been a more important time to take care of ourselves physically, emotionally and spiritually as we reflect on the meaning of this extended time of threat, limitation and uncertainty and begin to shape the new future we wish for ourselves and our planet.

As a transpersonal psychotherapist, I am attuned to the many ways in which our bodies hold our history and are literally shaped by the way in which we meet the world.  It is often said that “Our issues are in our tissues.”  Yoga offers us the opportunity to enter into a more intimate and kind relationship with our body, in which residual patterns of tension are softened and soothed, allowing our deepest, most authentic self to emerge and flourish.