HAMSA YOGA: Our INTENT
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 consciously connected, you can resource yourself better, your life is so much richer.
In Yin Yoga we explore the geography of the subtle body: joint spaces, connective tissue, meridian lines, chakras, autonomic systems and organic body. There is no muscular effort required here, however some of your muscles may get a gentle wake up along the way. Much of this practice is seated, on the floor, with props and the wall for support.
With meditative guidance and poetic imagery Katy weaves yogic philosophy and somatic psychology into the embodied experience - immersing you in a holistic journey which will bring you home to your best self. Each class is lovingly designed to unwind your body and mind from the stresses of daily life, and bring more of the amazing blueprint of you into your conscious field.
"Citta Vritti Nirodaha" Yoga is calming the fluctuations of the mind, bringing the unconscious into the conscious.
Patanjali's Yoga Sutra II
Yin Yoga gives you the space to slow down, and to stay open to 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.
Yin Yang Yoga
A slow flow starting with a handful of yin seated poses, followed by accessible flow yoga moving with the breath. You will learn to bring balance, precision and attention to the way you flow from asana to asana, and awaken for the day ahead. One of my favourite combos, all poured into a handy one hour class.
My own unique blend of Qi Gong (similar to Tai Chi but more meditative, less combative) and Yoga. This is a dynamic practice which focuses on moving Qi (vital energy) through your body. Often we get stuck in repetitive patterns in our body, overusing some places and neglecting others. The body can become stuck, blocked, and the energy sluggish or running backwards, often leading to illness or injury. Vibrant You offers you ways to enliven and invigorate the whole body mind, moving through and from the joint spaces, meridian lines, skin and organ body.
This is mostly a standing practice, so you won’t need a mat, and there is no weight bearing on the hands.
This practice will help with stress, mood, brain function, sleep patterns, psychological wellbeing, attention, happiness, vitality and vigour. Come and experience the most vibrant you today!
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, belief system or upbringing.
Start somewhere. Start close in. The only thing you have to lose is a whole lot of limitations.