Because there's more to yoga than downward dog

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Image by Amit Gaur

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'for the fire in your belly'

In Hinduism, sadhu (shadhu) is a common term for a mystic,

an ascetic, practitioner of yoga (yogi) and/or wandering monk.*

I also add in anthropological insights to my work, for example, the image at the top of this page  depicts an ascetic Shaiva sadhu.  The Aghori sect engage in post-mortem rituals and often dwell in chapel grounds.  They smear creation ashes and use bones from human corpses for crafting jewellery.

Whilst we do Downward Dog, the Aghori challenge taboos in order to transcend the boundaries that divide humanity.

The image on the front of my website is an image of Naga Baba, Maha Kumbh Mela, India (2012)*.

Image reproduced with the kind permision of Amit Gaur, LA based photographer/advertising 

 

As for the elephant image that adorns these latter pages, he is known as Ganesh (or Ganesha) - a widely worshipped Hindu god of wisdom and good fortune and remover of obstacles. Worship of Ganesh  is thought to bring prosperity, success and protection.  In yoga he represents survival and material well-being.  In Hatha yoga there are three asanas associated with Ganesa's energy - Sukhasana, Balasana and Trikonasana .  I can teach you these (and explain why he is portrayed with the head of an elephant if you like!) 

Perhaps the most important take away is that there is not one 'yoga', not one representation of yoga which has remained static and unchanging over time.  You cannot be good at it or bad at it and it is understanding that where you are today is simply where you are.  There are people who do practice asana to get fit and to work out, there are others who lean into teachings and scriptures; some practice their version of yoga with dogs and goats or even gin.  Eventually, you find your fit, I am simply here to guide you along your path.

What is Yoga.....Yoga is life, in all its complexity. 

HELLO, I'M GINA

Yoga Teacher

500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher & Yoga Alliance Professional

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Specialism: Teaching Yoga to

Athletes & Those in Sport

BA (Hons) Social Anthropology (Ethnography of South Asia)

School of Oriental & African Studies, London

M.A. Anthropology & Cultural Politics 

Goldsmiths University, London

HELLO, I'M GINA

Founder of
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Restorative

TIME TO RELAX

Kids

FOR FUN AND HEALTH

Sport

TO IMPROVE PERFORMANCE

Hello, I'm Gina

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Founder of FUELLED BY Y  GA

500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher & Yoga Alliance Professional

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Specialism: Teaching Yoga to Athletes & Sportspeople

MA Anthropology & Cultural Politics

Goldsmiths University, London

BA (Hons)  Social Anthropology (Ethnography of South Asia)

School of Oriental & African Studies, London

500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher & Yoga Alliance Professional

Specialism: Teaching Yoga to Athletes & Sportspeople

BA (Hons)  Social Anthropology (Ethnography of South Asia)

School of Oriental & African Studies, London

MA Anthropology & Cultural Politics

Goldsmiths University, London

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 MY ANGLO-INDIAN HERITAGE AND ANTHROPOLOGICAL BACKGROUND INSTINCTIVELY INFORMS MY TEACHINGS
AND
I HONOUR THE TRADITIONS OF MY ANCESTORS TO SHARE
 MY KNOWLEDGE WITH YOU IN A SAFE, RELAXED AND HONEST WAY TO FOSTER LOVE FOR ALL.
(THE TRUE MEANING OF YOGA)

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So although some people come to yoga for a physical workout and technically I can teach you that. Others come for something else, maybe to find inner peace, express gratitude or find a connection with themselves and others or to soothe a restless mind or heart.  So woven into my work is asana+, something more than the physical practice, for example theoretical readings which will contribute to your bank of knowledge and help you to develop your own personal practice. 

Hatha

Slow, steady

Vinyasa

SLOW OR FASTER FLOW

Hot

IN A STUDIO

Gentle

FOR THOSE WHO LIKE A GENTLER PACE

JUST TO REASSURE YOU, YOU DON'T HAVE TO LOOK A CERTAIN WAY TO DO YOGA

The Hype

The original purpose of yoga postures (asana) is to physically prepare the body for spiritual enlightenment.
These days people commonly understand yoga to facilitate health and wellbeing.

HELPS TO MAINTAIN FITNESS LEVELS

LOOSENS TIGHT MUSCLES AND TISSUES

BUILDS CORE STRENGTH AND BALANCE

CALMS AND DE-STRESSES

CHANNELS ENERGY FOR OPTIMAL PERFORMANCE

IMPROVES BREATHING AND LUNG CAPACITY FUNCTIONING

IMPROVES PROPRIOCEPTION

ENHANCES FLEXIBILITY, STAMINA AND ENDURANCE

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You've made it this far. Time to blow your own...

 

Hatha, Vinyasa, Hot, Gentle, Restorative, Mum & Baby and Sports

TYPES OF YOGA I TEACH

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Beginners

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Mum & Baby

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Athletes & Sportspeople

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1:1 Private Tuition

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Schools

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1:2+ Almost Private

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Hot Yoga in a Studio

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Parties & Groups

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Corporate

Styles of yoga I teach

Restorative

RELAX AND UNWIND

Kids

FUN LEARNING

Sport

OPTIMAL PERFORMANCE

Vinyasa