Yoga as Mind-Body Therapy for Physical and Emotional Regulation
There is a growing body of cutting edge research indicating that practices of yoga and meditation, as well as having age-old, known physical benefits, are an effective mental health intervention. These benefits impact both neural function and structure, and such changes lead to long-term changes in physical and psychological health and well-being. Yoga represents a process through which one can learn how to live in the most integrated way. It involves therefore the process of identification and then elimination of all that would contribute in disintegration. Anyone who wishes to work on this level to develop mind-body integration, regulation, harmony and awareness on both the physical and psychological levels will find benefit in the practice of yoga from whichever authentic lineage or style it is derived.
Yoga with Marisol Kucharek
Marisol brings mindfulness in movement into her yoga teaching and practice emphasizing the intimacy of felt-sense within the body with breath and awareness to allow a deeper intelligence to be born in both body and mind.
Her classes combine strength with gentleness and movement with stillness. Practice revolves around the importance of the dynamic alignment of the bones, through the understanding of anatomy and structural relationships including tensegrity, i.e. polarity or oppositional forces which stabilise and traction the body, creating more space in which to move; the anatomy and mechanics breath and the awareness and techniques of “back-body” breathing; and the wrapping and spiralling of the fascial web of the body freeing the body into graceful ease both in stillness and movement. Many poses are taught with options for modifications, encouraging students to approach the practice in a way that is best suited to their individual bodies.
Marisol teaches from a sincere open-heartedness with the aspiration and intention to guide each individual into awakening their own body and mind gently and intelligently with a radical acceptance of whatever arises in the moment. In this way a greater ease, stability, fluidity and sense of well-being arise.
Yoga with Jaime Rangeley
Classes marry an active, firey practice with detailed alignment, inward focus, and mindful relaxation. Sequencing is built around sun salutations and increases concentration, awareness, flexibility, strength, and endurance. The sequences are layered in such a way that the class is suitable for students of all levels.
Jaime’s teaching style is strongly influenced by the Pilates principles, believing that we should focus on correct alignment, moving from the core, and balancing flexibility with strength. Classes also concentrate on breath; taking deep conscious breath, moving from the breath, and being still in breath. Along with movement and poses, there is stillness of both the body and the mind.
Yoga with Jaime will strengthen and lengthen the muscles as well as unwind the mind.
Yoga with Gaby Fleming
Yoga is an appealing way to improve physical strength and flexibility. However, many students discover there are numerous other fruits to be gained through a careful, thorough and empowering approach. Gaby became really interested in yoga from attending classes given by her brilliant teacher.
Subsequently she was invited to study with the Krishnamacharya Healing and Yoga Foundation (KHYF) teacher training, a four year qualification accredited by both the British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) and Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). The approach that Gaby takes when she teaches is framed by yoga’s holistic nature; utilising its relevant tools to develop each student as an individual, within a supportive group environment, to reach their own unique potential. Gaby’s mission is to respectfully pass on these special techniques and tradition she and her colleagues have inherited and continue to study.