Whenever I teach yoga, I focus on mindful movement. Whatever we are doing, we try to be present with and observe the body, movement and the breath. Letting the breath be the guide in the movement. Being aware of what IS and practicing in such a way to promote awareness, health and pain-free movement.
Use it or lose it…
It has been shown that when you stop making certain movements, movement becomes restricted. The body always gets tighter, to protect itself (physically and emotionally). That’s why, when you wake up you tend to feel like yawning and having a stretch, just to open everything up again. During our yoga practice the movements are very diverse, which usually is not the case in our daily lives. This practice helps you to stay or become strong and flexible.
In my experience, less really is more. Not so much moving less, but making simpler (and better) movements. It then becomes easier to (be present as you) breathe, be the observer and notice the subtle differences. Tension can be released and mobility increased. This will make you stronger, because you do not have to struggle through your physical compensation patterns anymore.
Just because you’re not working up a sweat, doesn’t mean nothing is happening!
The movements I teach can range from more dynamic and strong (yang style practice) to passive and meditative (yin/restorative style practice). The practice will always be different. It is a mixture of different movement practices that I have practiced and have worked for me. Repetition of movement is great to allow you to explore it deeper, playing around with subtle differences. But the body and mind also love variation.
When we practice mindful movement while upright, we are always looking for stability before we move. Taking time to feel whether your body can support you in what you would like to practice. This way you will increase your body awareness and reduce the risk of injury.
During a more passive and restorative practice, we will try to support the body, to allow it to wholly be able to let go and relax. Being totally comfortable will give you the space to really feel what is happening. Noticing where the breath is, how it is moving your body (or not) and what this might be telling you.
Stillness in Movement, Movement in Stillness
By taking the time to practice mindful movement, you really start to develop a sense of how you are, in that moment. This practice will then slowly start to integrate into your daily life, enabling you to be more present with whatever you might be doing. Then, the practice of becoming strong and flexible is not just physical, but can also be translated into emotional strength and flexibility. The emotions that have shaped our bodies and have created our posture, can be changed. And by changing our posture, the holding patterns, our emotional state can be influenced and released.
Aiming for a life, where ageing means growth, not slowly falling apart.
If you are interested in working with me you can send me a message!
I’m available to teach groupclasses (depending on where I am and what is feasible) or private yoga coaching (also through Skype).
During yoga coaching there is full attention for your personal yoga practice needs, wishes and challenges. Together we will focus on deepening your yoga practice. Working on general fitness and flexibility, movements and postures you might be struggling with, or any other challenge you might want to work on. Or finding adjustments that are suitable for you in your regular yoga practice.
Yoga coaching will help you to either develop or deepen your own personal yoga practice and create more awareness, freedom and happiness.
The coaching can eiher be personal or through skype (or any other videocalling method).
The first Yoga coaching session will have an intake to discuss your wishes, needs and challenges, after which we can make a plan.
Don’t hesitate to contact me!
I also offer bodywork sessions where I can combine massage and movement practices.