HAMSA YOGA: Our INTENT
Hamsa Yoga inspires and rekindles our curiosity about this truly amazing vehicle of the body-mind in which we dwell. Through mindful movement, meditation and stillness based practices, we rediscover and re-envision our relationships: to ourselves, to the complex and fascinating ecosystem of the body, greater than the sum of its parts; to the environment and the space around us; and to each other. We realise, we re-member, that everything is connected. Out of that conscious connection, flows our natural creativity. We come back to our true Nature.
Hamsa Yoga is for Every Body. Yoga is an every day practice. These are everyday practices for everyday people. Like you. And me.
It's a common misconception, but you don’t have to be flexible to do yoga. As one of my teacher’s used to say, some of us are blessed with stiffness, and some are cursed with flexibility. You don’t have to look a certain way either. Yoga is for everybody who has a body. Every body can practice yoga. As long as you can breathe, you can do yoga. We each have to start with the body mind that we have in this very moment. Over time, with dedicated practice and a whole lot of curiosity, you will gradually begin to untie the knots that restrict you. More often than not, those knots are mental, emotional, energetic; limitations that are residues of our conditioning or upbringing.
Yoga is not just an exercise class. It is a philosophy, a way of being in this world. It is a deep self enquiry. It is a practice of developing self awareness. The practice of yoga will change you. When you practice yoga once a week it will change your mind, twice a week will change your body, three times a week will change your life.
Start SOMEWHERE. Start close in. Start with the thing you don't want to do. The only thing you have to lose is a whole lot of limitations.
Embodied Flow Yoga ™
Embodied Flow Yoga ™ is the science and art of integrating embodied anatomy with alignment based Hatha yoga, in order to move into the ever-expanding awareness of our consciousness. The Embodied Flow practice invites mindful awareness, breath and fluid dynamic movement. We move through a gradually building series of vinyasa's (flowing postures with the breath). We allow the body to open gracefully, attentively, consciously. Sometimes we move slowly through the sequence, sometimes not, depending on our intention. Each class has a different focus or theme, working skilfully with the science and creative exploration of Embodied Flow Yoga. Katy offers options throughout to cater for individual needs and different levels, including beginners. Katy uses clear alignment cues when needed, but also encourages students to connect to their own unfolding experience, skilfully building an awareness and acceptance of their own unique body mind in this present moment.
Yin Yoga is a slower, more pared-back practice, in which most of the postures are sitting. It has a deeply mindful and meditative quality, allowing us to become truly present with what is, in the moment. All the poses (just a handful in a regular class) are held for a sustained period of time (often three to five minutes), but there’s an attitude of real softness, and an emphasis on relaxing muscular tissue. In this way, we work harmoniously with the subtle body anatomy, encouraging the fascia and connective tissues gently towards mobility and optimal health.
Yin Yoga gives us the space to slow down, and to stay with our experiences in the body, cultivating a greater awareness and acceptance, rather than rushing onto the next pose or thing. By giving ourselves this attention and spaciousness, we bring about a greater clarity, a sense of harmony and peacefulness, allowing us to experience greater ease, balance, and calm.
A fantastic practice to balance with your regular flow classes, and once again it is suitable for all abilities.
Restorative Yoga is also a slow, deeply nourishing and relaxing practice. We take just a few poses, supported with props and space, to let the body unfold and unwind - the perfect antidote to stress, exhaustion, or anxiety that's accumulated in our daily lives. Taking time out to really listen to and honour what our bodies need most is truly a revelatory gift. Katy's soothing voice will guide you into spacious, calm, rejuvenating bliss. Suitable for all abilities.