Some lovely feedback after a recent Chair Yoga class at Bloom Studio & Well-being “I thoroughly enjoyed my first ever chair yoga class with Sarah. She was warm friendly and knew her stuff! She was down to earth and made the atmosphere so welcoming. I learnt alot in 45 minutes, how to stretch and place … Continue reading Some lovely feedback!
Chair yoga is for everyone! One of the things I’ve really loved about teaching chair yoga in a studio space (the wonderful Bloom Studio & Well-being in Cheltenham) is that I’m able to introduce people to chair yoga who have never tried it before. It’s been interesting to listen to people who have a strong … Continue reading Chair Yoga is for Everyone!
I’ve seen a few social media posts recently about ‘advanced’ yoga and 'advanced' practitioners/students/yogis (whichever term you use) and what this actually means. So often, being ‘advanced’ in yoga is seen as being ‘more flexible’, able to hold ‘complex asana’ or being able to have a stronger/more intense physical practice. I speak to people who … Continue reading What is ‘advanced’ yoga?
"Where and how does the practice of yoga begin? Should we always begin on the physical level? I would say that where we begin depends on our personal interests. There are many ways of practicing yoga, and gradually the interest in one path will lead to another."T. K. V. Desikachar - The Heart of Yoga
"Anyone who wants to can practice yoga. Anybody can breathe; therefore anybody can practice yoga. But no one can practice every kind of yoga. It has to be the right yoga for the person." T. K. V. Desikachar - The Heart of Yoga Do you have a preferred type of yoga? What works for you?
The eighth, and final, limb is Samadhi which is a state of unity, or a complete sense of concentration.
As we've been introducing the eight limbs, you can see that there is so much more to yoga than the physical poses. This quote from T. K. V. Desikachar's The Heart of Yoga sums it up really well. "Yoga is primarily a practice intended to make someone wiser, more able to understand things than they … Continue reading Yoga is primarily a practice intended to make someone wiser…
The seventh of the limbs is Dhyana which is often translated as meditation, though in some books I've read it is slightly different to meditation - the ability to focus and have deep mental concentration.
As I'm introducing the eight limbs of yoga, you can probably see why the third limb, Asana (postures), is the limb that's most often portrayed and talked about, especially on social media. First, it is ideal for images as it's purely physical - how do you take photographs of concentration or breath work? Second, it's … Continue reading Yoga is more than asana
The sixth of the limbs is Dharana which is concentration, or the ability to direct our minds.
I mentioned in a previous post about attending a workshop at the Natural History Museum. It was an incredible space to practice in, if you're in the UK I'd definitely recommend it. At the end of the session, a lot of people were taking photos on the steps of the main hall, most holding advanced … Continue reading More than just a photo
The fifth of the limbs is Pratyahara which is sense withdrawal or the restraint of senses. From this point on, the limbs are very new concepts to me, so I'll wait to go into more details until I'm more familiar with them myself.
"To approach your practice intelligently means to know all the implications of what you want to do, whether that be Asana or Pranayama, and to make appropriate preparations and adjustments." T.K.V Desikachar's The Heart of Yoga. The passage in the book goes on to give the example of wanting to travel overseas - it's not … Continue reading Making appropriate adjustments in your practice
The fourth of the limbs is Pranayama which is breath control and the practice of breathing exercises. I've done a little bit of Pranayama work in my regular yoga class, and we practiced a few techniques in a workshop I attended at the Natural History Museum in London. Some of the practices made me feel … Continue reading Pranayama
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The third of the limbs is Asana. These are the physical postures of yoga and are what a lot of people think of when the term Yoga is used.
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The second of the limbs is Niyama, or the Niyamas. This translates roughly as 'observances' and includes our attitudes toward ourselves. The Niyamas also have 5 elements which I'll be covering later. When discussing the Niyamas here, I'll often be referencing the work of Deborah Adele and the book 'The Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga's … Continue reading Niyama, or the Niyamas
The first of the limbs is Yama, or the Yamas. This translates roughly as 'restraints' and includes our attitudes toward our environment. The Yamas have 5 elements which I'll cover in the future. When discussing the Yamas here, I'll often be referencing the work of Deborah Adele and the book 'The Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring … Continue reading Yama, or the Yamas
"In its exported manifestation, yoga has tended to focus on the physical aspect of the system of yoga, the Asanas, or stretching poses and postures, which most Western adherents of yoga practice in order to stay trim, supple and healthy. Patanjali himself, however, pays minimal attention to the Asanas, which are the third stage of … Continue reading The Eight Limbs of Yoga
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are a series of 196 short statements (sutras) concerning yoga. I'll go into the sutras in more detail as I work my way through them in my own learning, but I first of all wanted to introduce the Eight Limbs of Yoga, which form part of the Yoga Sutras. Over … Continue reading Eight Limbs of Yoga
"The essence of my father's teachings is this: it is not that the person needs to accommodate him-or herself to yoga, but rather the yoga practice must be tailored to fit each person." T.K.V Desikachar - The Heart of Yoga. What would you like to learn to tailor, and adapt, to work for you within … Continue reading “…the yoga practice must be tailored to fit each person.”
I'm so excited! Tomorrow is my first day of Yoga Teacher Training. This feels like such a huge step forward for me, I can't wait to explore and learn.
I've got the core reading list for my Yoga Teacher Training along with other recommended texts, but I'm also curious to hear what you would recommend? Have you read any books linked to yoga asana, yoga philosophy and meditation that resonated with you? Let me know in the comments below!
This quote from T.K.V Desikachar's The Heart of Yoga sums up what I'd love to create with my future classes. "There are many stories I could tell, all of which show the necessity for an individual approach to yoga. By this I do not mean that I have to give only private lessons, but I … Continue reading Accessible yoga classes
Another quote from T.K.V Desikachar's The Heart of Yoga which has stood out: "The way yoga is taught nowadays often gives the impression that there is one solution to everyone's problems and one treatment for every illness. But yoga affects the mind, primarily, and each person's mind is different." T.K.V Desikachar - The Heart of … Continue reading “But yoga affects the mind, primarily, and each person’s mind is different.”
When setting up this account and brand, I struggled to find images of people practicing yoga that weren't thin, white, young, cisgender passing and incredibly flexible and strong. The majority of images portrayed handstands or arm balances. Is it any wonder that yoga is seen as something so exclusive, and so many people are scared … Continue reading Diversity in yoga
According to WeAreSocial.com, almost 3.5 billion people are now active on social media; this is 45% of the world’s population (https://wearesocial.com/uk/digital-2019) With social media being so popular, it’s even more important to ensure that your social media pages are accessible for your audience. What do I mean by accessible? Accessibility covers many different things, but … Continue reading Top tips to make your social media pages more accessible
During my Yoga Teacher training, I'll be writing and sharing blogs about a variety of topics. Tomorrow, I'll be starting with a blog about making social media pages accessible - something I've been keen to do from the start of this account. What topics are you interested in me writing about whilst I complete my … Continue reading New blog post tomorrow!
As part of my pre-training reading this quote from T.K.V Desikachar's 'The Heart of Yoga' really resonated with me. What makes my father's yoga teachings unique, is his insistence on attending to each individual and to his or her uniqueness. If we respect each person individually, it naturally means we will always start from where … Continue reading “The starting point is never the teacher’s needs but those of the student”
My training will be in a contemporary vinyasa flow style, but with secondary focuses on yin, restorative, beginner and accessible yoga. Accessible yoga is what I'm really passionate about, teaching yoga that really is for every body. What are your experiences with accessible yoga?
I guess it's best to start by introducing myself - my name's Sarah! Please visit the 'About me' section on this site to learn a bit more about me.
I'm excited to share that this month I start my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Yoga Quota in Oxford. I'll be sharing my journey here so please like/follow this page to join me! Are you completing, or have you recently completed your Yoga Teacher Training? I'd love to hear about your experiences!