Another GTY yoga course has finished and it was amazing tosee the individual progression of everybody throughout the course. One of the simplest aspects, but also one of the hardest in yoga is ‘breathing’. As the course progressed it was great to see the class grasp the yogic breathing and how to put it into practise when in a posture. The more you practice, the more it will become the body’s second nature to draw more energy in and expel the stored tension.
I will be running my next 6 week GTY course commencing Monday 25th July, 7pm at Excel Health & Performance.
The weeks can run away from us and feel as if we never really get our list ticked off, but in the last couple of weeks I have made a conscious effort to make the time for research. I have consciously sat down, tried to put the usual distractions to one side and got on with a little research I am focusing on at the moment. I have been using many sources and one of which has helped me greatly is the Sky channel and website of Body in Balance TV. It’s amazing that by giving myself that little bit of time, how it gives my mind focus and direction with my career.
This week try it yourself, sit down in a place in your home that you feel comfortable in and put down on to paper the realistic things you want to achieve in the week. Write it down, visualise it and make the time for you and see how you feel once you have ticked it off your list.
Finally, this weekend I am taking part in the London to Southend bike ride – I am hoping that the weather will stay dry for us cyclists! I will be focussing on my breathing here as breathing correctly is a vital part of riding. I keep meaning to watch David Moreno’s DVD on Yoga for Cyclists; I will let you know how I get on once I have watched it.
Namaste to all,
Denia 2011 has been and gone and all I want to do is click my heels to go back!
Myself, Kerry Doyland (teacher) and Lyn Long (Shambhala manager) arrived in Denia, Spain around 4pm to be greeted by an absolutely beautiful villa. The gardens were amazing, with an outside terrace overlooking the pool with spectacular views of the hillside and down to the harbour.
Once our guests had arrived it was all together for yoga led by Kerry into our well earned evening class. Analoma viloma with deep sivananda yoga into a deep tranquil relaxation was what we all needed after our hectic day of travelling.
Throughout the retreat we put on a modified detox using local, fresh produce of papaya, avacado, pineapple, swordfish, seeds and plenty of water. A little rest for the body away from all the processed sugars and caffeine that we usually consume!
We put on four classes a day, treatments and ‘chill out’ time; if nothing else but to look out from the terrace and let the mind go.
Monday came all to quickly, but it was lovely to spend our last breakfast out on the terrace and have complete inner calmness as we ate.
Since our return we have been getting the guests feedback and hope to do another retreat soon, possibly later this year. I will keep you updated on the next retreat, but please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like more information in the mean time.
Om shanti x
Hello to all,
The year is racing by us already, but where has the spring weather gone to?! I have something that may get you ready for the summer and which will give you a bit of “you” time before the summer rush.
From the May 13th to the 16th, myself and three other yoga teachers are jetting off on our first yoga retreat and we love you to join us. The retreat is situated in the mountain side villas in Denia, Spain which is north of Alicante. You will have the opportunity to participate in up to 3 yoga classes a day, receive massage treatments, personal training from myself or simply rest your body by the poolside.
To find out more information on this or to book your place, please contact me directly or alternatively call Shambhala Studios on +44 (0)1702 478 924.
Until May is upon us and the sun is on our faces, I have set up another yoga class on Monday nights at 7pm at Excel Health & Performance. This class is a 6 week course at £40 and all levels of yoga experience are welcome.
I hope that you are all well and keeping up your yoga practice. Please do not hesitate in contacting me if I can help in any way.
Happy new year to all!
I hope you had a lovely Christmas and are ready to bring your positive energies into the new year.
Since my last blog in October 2010 a few things have changed in my life. The biggest change of all is that I am now a proud mother. Harry John Segger was born on the 24th October 2010 at 9.46am weighing 8lb 3oz and is a very happy and content baby.
Throughout the last few months of my pregnancy, my yoga changed as I got closer to giving birth. Now I am so energised to get back into every aspect of Sivananda yoga, even the simple process of being able to lie on my tummy!
A new year = a new me. Have you set yourself a New years resolution? Unfortunately it is said that 92% of all New Years Resolutions will end in failure, but this doesn’t have to be the case. Make your goals short term and realistic to the time you have. It maybe dedicating yourself to one more yoga class a week, practising a certain pose or maybe trying a different style of yoga. Give yourself the time after the hectic Christmas period and re-energise your mind and body.
With the new year and new energy, GTY’s yoga classes will be up and running again shortly with dates and times posted on here in due course. I look forward to seeing you all in the studio soon.
Morning to all,
Although GTY is having a little break at the moment with me about to have my baby, my mind is very much still on yoga. I wish that I could go into a class myself, but with less than 2 weeks to go, I’m not the most graceful now!
Most years I try to get to a few conventions throughout the year and the one I really enjoy is the Yoga Show at Olympia. The show is coming up fast and being held on the 29th, 30th & 31st October. The Yoga show offers free yoga & pilates classes, pilates reformer and 1:2:1 equipment sessions, children’s yoga, demonstrations and lectures.
It’s a great way to try different forms of yoga, see all the various exhibitors and explore the products for a healthier lifestyle
You can see more at their website – www.theyogashow.co.uk
After my maternity leave I will be back ready and eager for GTY in January 2011, but if you have any questions in the meantime please do not hesitate in contacting me at email@example.com. I will be posting again before the end of the year so make sure you visit the site again soon!
Take care and Om to all
Good morning yogis,
As the months pass and the weather is now starting to change, I have noticed that more of my clients are having problems with their arthritis. Before and after class, clients have been asking me if it’s wise to still do yoga or whether yoga is helping or hindering the arthritis.
For this reason I have looked further into arthritis and the effects yoga can have upon the body. My natural response to anyone that comes to me with physical discomfort or pain would be to listen to your body and always connect with your breath to make unconscious become conscious and for the healing process to be triggered.
A lot of people suffering from one of the many forms of arthritis usually have many symptoms, one of them being mild to severe stiffness. This is a natural response by the body and is done to protect the body from further discomfort or pain. It is usually one of the reasons that many people come away from yoga, but yoga can actually enhance joint oxygenation, nourishment, elasticity and tone and can also aid the severity of joint stiffness experienced.
The mind, body and breath connection can be the pathway to a greater understanding of how the body is really feeling and where the discomfort is originating from. With this perspective I would always recommend to practise yoga in a place that brings comfort and relaxation to your mind, allowing yourself time within your practise to breathe energy to the particular area and to take the negative energy away on the outbreath. You can also invisage yourself in a positive light at all times to promote positive energy throughout the body and mind.
If you have any specific questions about yoga and arthritis please just drop me an email or give me a call and I would be more than happy to help.
Have a positive Monday and take that with you throughout the week.
Om shanti to all
Hello to all yogi’s, a while has passed since my last blog.
I hope that you are all well and enjoying your individual yoga experiences. In the last couple of months, my yoga experience has slightly changed direction as I am now in my 27th week of pregnancy.
I am becoming aware of my body and movement within yoga in a completely different way – I have a whole new awareness.
It helped me recently reading a press release issued by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) that yoga is a safe form of exercise during pregnancy. “Yoga allows expectant mothers the chance to maintain an exercise programme without harming their body of their heart.”
I am off to Turkey tomorrow for my final holiday before motherhood but will still be practising as much as possible whilst I am there! I look forward to seeing you upon my return, week beginning the 9th August. Please do not hesitate in contacting me if you have any questions with regards to classes or indeed pregnancy in yoga.
Om to all.
Just over a week has passed since the London Moonwalk 2010 and my body is just about mine again!
The atmosphere within the main arena was amazing and it was great to see so many women (and men) in a sea of pink. The bra designs were excellent and featured anything from flashing lights to florescent hands. Our little group all went with cup cakes!
Starting from Hyde Park, we walked the streets of London passing Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, The Tate Gallery and lovely views across the Embankment. We finally finished the 26 mile journey back in Hyde Park at 8.30am after starting at just before midnight! In the latter stages of the walk when my body was physically aching, I often went back to yogic breath to regain my rhythm and keep my mind focused.
After the discomfort in my muscles from the walk, I was looking forward to my yoga class on Monday morning to give my body the well deserved stretch it needed. My body took little persuasion to go into relaxation at the end of the class!
Namaste to all,
I thought I’d share a poignant proverb with you – “No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.” After the gloomy few months of winter, spring is finally here in all its glory and I think that we are beginning to see our moods changing almost immediately!
Another month over and I’m really looking forward to be able to take some of my clients and classes outside and experience the effect that the outdoors and nature has on the yoga practise. I find the mind and body connection is that much greater outside and you can really deepen your own practise.
The brighter days have definitely brought people’s motivation up and my classes are filling up quickly, which I love as there is such a higher energy with bigger classes. If you want to book your mat, please just contact me and find the best class for you. Remember you can also find me on twitter at www.twitter.com/gracethorneyoga
I have been putting more energy into my personal meditation and love hearing and seeing the stories from meditation clients and their personal experiences – it’s a place that you never want to leave.
Hope you’re loving your yoga practise as much as I am.
Namaste to all,
We are in March already and day by day we seem to be getting busier & busier. Before we know it we are losing ourselves in time, pressure, rush……
I felt very similar last Friday and I made myself sit down for twenty minutes to meditate. It gave me the chance to listen to a new marvellous album, Breath of the Heart by Krishna Das. As I meditated, it took me back to India and I came back feeling completely energised and ready to carry on my day. I thoroughly recommed that little bit of “you time.”
If your life is go, go, go and you would like to follow my week a little closer, you can now follow me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/gracethorneyoga