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Introduction
My classes are gentle dynamic and flowing, focusing on the union of Body, Breath and Mind, through simple Asanas (postures) and easy Pranayama (breathing techniques). The Asanas allow us to release tension and anxiety held in our physical bodies and aids us to keep our bodies supple and strong. It also allows us to unblock and restore the flow of vital Prana (energy) through our energy channels which in return revitalises and restores us. The simple Pranayama promotes a better quality of breath and naturally relaxes us and at the same time focuses the mind bringing our attention into the here and now. By learning to unify these actions we heal the body, soothe the mind and experience true inner peace.


Experience
We each need to find our own way in. As a teacher, I hope to facilitate this discovery. When teaching, I encourage students to learn to feel their own bodies, to respect them, to breathe and to develop a sense of inner integrity. We need to work with what we have, where we are, the conditions in which we are practising. The time of year will have a contributing factor on us, whether it is a morning practice or an evening practice.

Asana, Pranayama, Mudra, Bandha and Dharana - using Mantra, sound, silence and visualisation - are all tools to an integrated practice.

One size does not fit all. Finding the yoga that's the right fit is important. We are each unique social beings.

Here are the many different aspects I try to bring into my teaching:-

Srsti krama this is a time when we focus on growth, physical, mental, psychological and emotional. Often this is taught to children, with the intention to gain strength and flexibility, to sharpen the mind and make it more attentive. To learn subtle control of the breath.

Siksana krama. Here the focus is on perfection - be it asana, pranayama, bandhas or any other tools of yoga. This is often used with healthy young adults.

Raksana krama. Raksana means maintenance or sustenance. Here the focus is on maintaining health, relief from stress and rejuvenation. This is a practice for those who have families and a busy social life. At this stage of our life we need to maintain a healthy body so that we can carry out our responsibilities.

Adhyatmika krama. Here we discover our spiritual side. We are searching for more meaning and a deeper aspect to our lives. To help us move onto our spiritual journey if life.

Cikitsa krama. Cikitsa mean therapy and we learn to use yoga as a healing process. Here we can focus on some unease or disease that we want to get rid of. The focus is on returning to a state of ease and health.

Of course these are only guideline and there will always be exceptions.

Sa tu dirghakala nairantarya sitkara adara asevito drdhabhumih - Yoga Sutra 1.13

The appropriate practice, pursued over a long time, without interruptions, with eagerness and positive attitude will indeed provide a strong foundation to reach and sustain the goal.

When working with postures the breath and the mind can be calmed which can be a monkey mind most of the time. When the breath is steady the mind becomes quiet and calm. Most of the time we are very unaware of our breath it is something we take for granted. Yoga can enable us to get into touch with our body, breath and mind. To bring us to a state of balance and harmony, physically, mentally and spiritually.

Jo runs regular classes at her Yoga Studio in Gillingham, where she has lived now for 25 years. The Studio is set in the quiet tranquil setting of her back garden. With parking facilities for 4 cars.

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