Yoga has been an integral part of my life for the last 10 years with a dedicated practice both on and off the mat. I found Yoga when I was recovering from a surgery and it became a way of my life. Yoga has helped me develop strength, flexibility and balance both on and off the mat. According to me yoga is a way of life and not only about getting into pretzel shaped poses.
I am a certified yoga teacher with a 200 hour teacher training course from Rishikesh Yog Peeth, Rishikesh India, a registered yoga school recognised by Yoga Alliance. I have been teaching yoga in Watford UK from November 2016 until March 2019 and in Belgaum from September 2019 onwards.
I have been on this spiritual journey seeking clarity and finding my life’s purpose. Along this path I have met many guides, teachers, coaches and mentors.
It is a way of life in its true sense. We all have seen the film and sports stars vouching for Yoga that helped them get fit and stay in shape. But Yoga is more than just a tool towards staying slim and fit physically. It is a philosophy that aims for harmony of your mind and body through exercises called ‘Asanas’ (poses) which make use of your own body through stretching, pulling, holding and resisting. Too many times, people feel Yoga is difficult, because they see experts performing complex poses. One must understand that Yoga can be practiced by anyone at any age and does not require fancy props or studios to do it.
What is Yoga?
The philosophy of Yoga means the union of the mind and body (Yog in Sanskrit means bond, union). It has been practiced in India for several centuries now, from the pre-Vedic times. It was only in the 2nd century BC that the famous sage Patanjali documented the practice of Yoga in his seminal work ‘The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali’ in Sanskrit. The past century witnessed a boom of Yoga in the West when several Indian Yoga Gurus taught Yoga to the Westerners who took to it fondly. Today, several schools of Yoga exist in the world, each propagated by some learned Yoga Guru with subtle differences. These include
- Hatha Yoga
- Ashtanga Yoga
- Power Yoga
- Raj Yoga
- Aerial Yoga
- Kriya Yoga
- Iyengar Yoga, etc.
What does Yoga aim to achieve?
The word Yoga, as seen above, means union. It comes from the word ‘Yuj’ which denotes yoke that binds two different things. Thus Yoga means a practice which achieves harmony between the mind and body. To this end, Yoga intends to calm the mind and bend the body. It involves
Peace of mind
Good control over your breathing
A flexible body that can stretch and hold the resistance
All of this leads to a meditative state of mind which leaves a profound impact on your wellbeing.
What to expect from my sessions
I gently introduce yoga to beginners of all age groups and inspire them to improve their health and wellness through its regular practice.
I offer Hatha, Hatha flow and Chair Yoga to individuals at different levels and of varying abilities in group classes or 1-to-1 private sessions.
I pride myself on the adaption of each session, to offer a variety of differing Yoga poses and sequences suitable for the students attending, appropriate for their flexibility levels. Using my creativity, I design my own Yoga sequences, Yoga flows and poses for all levels of students with variations as required.
My students get individual attention from me and ample time to ensure that they learn how to attain (get into) different poses, adjust and guide to help them achieve correct poses so that they experience the ‘stretch’ inappropriate parts of their body during the pose. All of this of course whilst mindfully attending to the safety and well-being of the students during the session.
In addition, students often seek counsel on further Health and Wellness information, which I voluntarily provide as part of the session.