Pranayama is the practice of controlling breath or life-force (prana) in order to increase lung capacity, vitality, and overall wellbeing. In this 90 minute workshop we will discuss the importance of Pranayama and introduce proper techniques of a variety of breath practices for cleansing, energizing, calming the mind and for meditation.
There will also be a short asana sequence to highlight the significance of breath during physical movement (vinyasa) while also exploring the use of bandas and mudras as they relate to the breath.
Let’s say this is doing the ‘legwork’ for your body …..ever wonder if you’re missing something in a constant lengthening battle with hamstrings or considered that tight quads may be responsible for discomfort in your knees? Join Claire for a two hour Yin Yoga workshop where we will look at the connection between the 18 muscles in the upper leg: Quads (4) Hamstrings (3) Adductors that pull in (3 main ones but total 7) Abductors that send out (Glutes 3 + TFL 1) and the roles they play within the team they create. We’ll start off loosening the fascia in this area in a quick but hugely fun way …. believe me – you’ll see an instant result! Then, using the props traditional for Yin (bolsters, blocks and other props as well as mantra and breathwork) we will work through the front, back, inner and outer areas of the upper legs, plus a little time on the lower back.
Each posture will be held for three, four or five minutes duration, supporting the body along the way. Our practice will finish with a well deserved Yoga Nidra, also known as ‘Divine Sleep’ – where you can use my soft words as a pillow for your head as I guide you into a deep and nourishing state of relaxation. Please bring a notebook though you will each receive a handout at the end of the session.
Enjoy a 2 hour candlelit flow class with meditation and pranayama.
It seems not long ago we were preparing for the new year. Was your new year full of visions & aspirations to be healthy, to do more yoga, to begin new projects & desires to start fresh? We began 2017 with a special 2 hour class that Melissa Ghattas shared with you. We are doing it again! Same flow, Same Sankalpa ~ Intentions
Intention to return to peace, to reflect on where you are, where you would like to go, and begin again!