Whether you are recovering from an injury, need time out in a hectic schedule, or simply want to tone up for the beach, the right kind of yoga classes can help. On a physical level, yoga increases strength and flexibility, and can heal and prevent injury. On a psychological and spiritual level, yoga helps bring balance, peace and perspective into your life.
In the Yoga Sutras, written over 2000 years ago, the sage Patanjali defines yoga as chitta vrtti nirodah - stilling the fluctuations of the mind. In my practice and teaching I aim to stay true to the original goal of yoga and work towards the inner stillness and peace that Patanjali describes. At the same time, I see the practice of yoga as a process of exploration that involves balancing opposing qualities : softness and strength, discipline and kindness to one's self, seriousness and playfulness. 'Lila' is a Sanskrit word meaning the divine play of male and female in the universe, and captures this playful interaction of opposing qualities.
Yoga Lila is rooted in Svastha yoga, as taught by AG Mohan, Indra Mohan and their children Ganesh and Satya Mohan. These inspirational teachers were long-term students of the late, legendary yogi Sri Krishnamacharya, considered the founder of modern yoga. 'Svastha' means a state of health and perfect balance.
One-to-one and small group yoga classes
Personalised yoga classes ensure you receive the attention you need to achieve your goals in a safe, life-enhancing way. The classes I teach are tailored to your specific needs, according to your personal characteristics and the strengths and weaknesses of your body.
Classes usually incorporate asana (physical postures), pranayama (breathing exercises) and meditation. Classes can be taught regularly (weekly or fortnightly), or on an occasional basis to supplement your exercise regime and reduce stress.
Yoga therapy and personalised sequences
If you are interested in yoga therapy for specific conditions or situations (including pre- and post-natal), I am able to design a personalised sequence for you to practice at home. Similarly, if you are already practising yoga and are looking to go deeper into personal practice, or have been experiencing discomfort after your usual classes, a session can be used to design a personalised sequence, or identify how your current practice can best be modified.
During a yoga therapy consultation I'll ask you questions about your daily schedule, past injuries and goals, make a structural assessment of your body and design an appropriate practice to meet your needs. In the session I will teach you the sequence, which you will be given on paper to take home with you.
References and links :
- Yoga for Body, Breath and Mind by A.G. Mohan
- Yoga Therapy by A.G. Mohan and Indra Mohan
- Yoga for Wellness by Gary Kraftsow