HAMSA YOGA: Our INTENT

Start close in, don’t take the second step
or the third, start with the first thing
close in, the step you don’t want to take.
— David Whyte

Yoga is not just a workout. It's a work in. Hamsa Yoga invites you to slow down and soften, so you can tune in with more awareness to the truly amazing body-mind in which you dwell. Through simple and powerful tools of mindful movement, meditation and breath practices, we train you to lean in and pay attention to the subtle, complex and fascinating ecosystem of the body, the environment and space around you, and to each other. We teach you to reconnect. When you are connected, your life is so much richer.

Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga is a slower, more pared-back practice, in which most of the postures are sitting. We use the ground and gravity for support. We invoke a deeply mindful and meditative quality, allowing you 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 can work harmoniously with the subtle body anatomy, encouraging the fascia and connective tissues gently towards mobility and optimal health.

Yin Yoga gives you the space to slow down, and to stay with the experiences in your unique body, cultivating a greater awareness and acceptance, rather than rushing onto the next pose or thing. By giving yourself this attention and spaciousness, you bring about a greater clarity, a sense of harmony and peacefulness, allowing you to experience greater ease, balance, and calm.

A potently mindful practice to bring balance into your day, and space and mobility into your body.  Yin is a fantastic practice to balance with your regular yoga flow or other physical activities, and it is suitable for all abilities. 

Restorative yoga

Restorative Yoga is also a slow, deeply nourishing and relaxing practice.  We offer you just a few simple 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. Less is definitely more. Taking time out to really listen to and honour what our bodies need most is a truly revelatory gift.  Katy's soothing voice will guide you into spacious, calm, rejuvenating bliss. Suitable for all abilities.

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 set of postures. 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 offers clear alignment cues, but also encourages students to go beyond that, and connect to their own unfolding experience, skilfully building an awareness and acceptance of their own unique body mind in this present moment.

FLEXIBILITY AND YOU

It's a common misconception, but you don’t have to be flexible to do yoga. It's often the flexible-bodied people who are more prone to injury. We do encourage you to cultivate a certain flexibility of mind space though. 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, a good teacher 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.  

Start somewhere. Start close in. The only thing you have to lose is a whole lot of limitations.