FUELLED BY Y GA
'for the fire in your belly'
If you are new to Fuelled by Yoga, my goal is to help you feel comfortable and relaxed. Here you may find yourself introducing or re-introducing yourself to your own body and welcoming it, wherever and whatever stage it is at in the life course. You have made it to the mat, often the first step is the hardest and I appreciate that. No questions are too daft and you don't have to worry about not making the 'correct shape' or looking goofy. Learning is about challenging oneself and then persevering along an enlightened path with an open heart and mind. Some people forget to take time out to learn something new, instead choosing to work within their existing comfort zones for fear of the unknown or simply preferring familiarity. Others like taking risks, calculated or otherwise and enjoy that adrenaline rush that can come with absorbing new information. You are encouraged to develop your own mind:body awareness. This is facilitated through practising good alignment and movement patterns, coupled with correct breathwork and recognising your own body limitations which works to help keep yourself safe and prevent injury.
Whatever your stance or whether you ebb and flow, my aim is to welcome you to this amazing world of yoga in a safe and nurturing way.
No need to feel shy, come along and get ready to stretch and strengthen your body.
PRIVATE TUITION 1:1
Personalised sessions are a great way for the beginner to learn the basics or developing those skills of the more advanced practitioner. Factors which may affect your sense of well being and the type of yoga you may enjoy include your diet, working environment, personal goals and temperament, family and lifestyle and medical history. Therefore I work with you to set your pace, making modifications and adjustments as necessary, adapting programmes as your practice deepens and evolves. The aim is to take you to your edge, wherever that may be, working enough to feel the benefits which may be achieved with a considered and regular practice.
Some people are hesitant of attending a group yoga class for fear of not being able to keep up or are body conscious, often though people think themselves too unbendy! Maybe you just do not like working in large groups. Perhaps you find them too busy or you are not quite ready for them due to pre-existing musculoskeletal limitations or imbalances you may have. For those coming to yoga after a doctor's recommendation for example, after an injury or period of illness, individualised plans enable attention to be focused in the relevant areas.
Anyone can practice yoga. As you learn to marry movement with breath and you deepen your practice a sense of wellbeing is likely to be heightened, which in turn opens up opportunities to enjoy life..
ALMOST PRIVATE TUITION 1:2+
If you like doing stuff with other people but not in a big group then 1:2 tuition is a wonderful way to spend some quality time together learning new skills or brushing up on existing ones. You can exchange notes too but don't feel like you need to compare as that's not what yoga is about.
PARTIES & GROUPS
How about holding a yoga ‘party’ with a group of you before you hit the town or perhaps you want some family bonding time which involves you all being in the same room!
Yoga for children in your own home or perhaps a venue of your choice, is also another great way to have a celebration. Perhaps you’re all theme parked out or indoor played out. Kids yoga, moving around in a fun way to music and playing party games before the main event of blowing out the candles and cutting the cake is a lovely alternative way to expend energy and bring a smile to those little faces.
Perhaps you and your friends would like a yoga session before your own celebrations begin.
Knowing you have focused solely on your mental and physical health prior to partying preps your body and makes for a guilt free splurge all the more sweeter. Of course, I am always on hand for yoga post-celebration, where you might need to put the love back into your body (just a bit more quietly!)
I provide the mats and poses you provide the bunting and balloons!
0-12 guests at the location of your choice
MOTHER & BABY
Postpartum yoga gives you the chance to look after yourself in a safe and nurturing environment. Practicing yoga with your baby alongside you gives you the opportunity to bond further with the latest addition to your family. It helps the recovery process after birth and supports the transition to motherhood. Bringing an awareness to your body as well as dedicating time to relax also reduces symptoms of postpartum depression, anxiety and general stress by allowing you to focus on your own well-being.
It is advisable to take it slowly at first and re-familiarise yourself with your body. Postnatal yoga is a great low impact exercise option since, extra care must be taken over ligaments and joints which have loosened during the prenatal period due to the hormone, relaxin as these are prone to overstretching post birth. The rebuilding of muscle tone in those areas which may have been affected by childbearing or childbirth such as the core, pelvic floor and back (without creating additional abdominal pressure) is a relevant part of postpartum yoga asana practice. Sometimes the shoulders or neck feels tight from feeding or holding baby or simply carrying all the things a baby needs. Improved posture, an awareness of spinal health and practicing specific yoga breathing techniques contribute to a release of this tension not only in these specific areas but throughout the whole body. Furthermore, a regular and consistent yoga practice helps with improved blood flow, strengthens the nervous system, relaxes the body and the mind, improves flexibility, facilitates higher energy levels and provides greater stamina and endurance giving you some wonderful tools to take forward as you and your baby blossom.
In a 1:1 setting you get the personal attention you may desire at a location of your choice but in a group you also get to meet other mothers, share experiences and make friendships. I remember the baby days well and in those early days sometimes it was a struggle even to get out of the house. Maybe you and your friends e.g. from your baby group want a session in one of your homes and to lighten the load, take turns in hosting it. I am able to travel to you and have mats, equipment and massage oil available for everyone. You can split the hourly rate as well, so it might work out cheaper than travelling to a studio saving you time and money in the processYou can feed or cuddle baby, change a nappy and take a rest whenever you feel like it and don’t worry if the little one cries…after all, you have waited several months to hear their voice and this is only to be expected and embraced. I also teach Mother & Baby Yoga at the Feelwellbeing Studio in Hertfordshire. These sessions provide you with the opportunity to engage and bond with your baby and to meet other mothers.
WORKING WITH SCHOOLS
Away from the desk, all the senses are tickled here. The fluid structure of class enables the young one's to use their imagination to weave yoga poses into stories which they can perform individually and as part of the group.
Whether we use essential oils, have taste testing sessions, dance around to great music or put yoga theory into practice, the kids really do take the yoga they learn on the mat off the mat and into later life.
Kids are encouraged to engage with their bodies in a fun and playful way. Together, we create a wonderful atmosphere in which they learn to absorb information as they relax and unwind.
Sometimes you cannot fit it all in. Exercising early in the morning may be a big no no if you love staying in bed that extra hour or perhaps you have a family to or other work to tend to.
If you have an employer who cares about the health and welfare of their staff, they may even contribute to the cost.
A workforce that feels supported and nurtured is a productive one.
SWEAT & LET GO
YOGA IN A HOT STUDIO, HEARTWARMING AND REFRESHING
If you fancy more flow than staying still then vinyasa classes may be just the ticket. Vinyasa yoga gives you the opportunity to flow through poses using your breath as a metronome.
Faster vinyasas enable you to turn up the dial and you know you have had a workout. Slow vinyasa can be a therapeutic dance of moving meditation, where poses can be refined and strengthened. It allows you the to create space for a reflective pause and time to go inwards.
Warming the muscles helps prevent injury whilst sweating helps wash those toxins away. You will leave feeling refreshed, revived and ready for the day ahead having known you worked your body in a way it knows it can.
Stillness and Strength or vinyasa flow classes in a hot yoga studio. Click onto the FeelWellbeing.co.uk website and look out for my name when I cover as a Guest Teacher.
Remember to bring a towel and a bottle of water as you feel the wonderful heat in these classes.
THE ATHLETC POPULATION
Yoga poses (asanas) in general:
Helps to maintain fitness levels
Loosens tight muscles and tissues
Enhances flexibility, stamina and endurance
Channels energy for optimal performance
Improves breathing, lung capacity and functioning
Builds core strength and balance
Calms, relaxes and de-stresses
I work with you to address any imbalances, dysfunctions or compensations may have arisen due to repetitive movements patterns of your sport. You may wish to try some breathing or meditative techniques to help with focus and external pressures, particularly useful if you are working at a competitive level.
Maybe you want something restorative to counteract the stress or take the pressure off when not in training or performing. It is a good way to focus on what you may need in the context of doing what you love.
We are looking to optimise performance, reduce injury, aid recovery time and maximise longevity of career or practice. Therefore, I am working to help you become a better athlete rather than a 'yogi' per se. You may not even come near to a headstand - unless you want to of course.
Oaklands Grange, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL4 0NT