Happy Autumn Equinox!
As we transition from the open and expansive energy of the summer months, nature begins to turn inward. This season provides an opportunity for many of us to deepen our yoga practice or indeed embrace some of the holistic practices I have to offer, as we come to a place of introspective self-care and reflection. Lately, I've noticed this growing interest among my therapy clients and yoga students as they take a deep interest in their inner journey, bodies, minds and subsequently their studies and practices, and it beautifully mirrors the introspection of this new season. It's important to remember that this journey extends beyond the classroom and into our daily lives. I'll be discussing this further throughout the term in my yoga classes and workshops 🍂
A student recently asked me for recommendations on reading B.K.S. Iyengar's books, and I would suggest that a great starting point is "The Tree of Life." In The Tree of Yoga, Iyengar offers his thoughts on many practical and philosophical subjects including family life, love and sexuality, health and the healing arts, meditation, death, and Patañjali's Yoga Sutras. Moreover, 'The Tree of Yoga' is a collection of lectures given over an extended period, and the publisher has thoughtfully included two very helpful glossaries within the small paperback to assist you in learning the terminology.
As we embrace the autumnal season and its theme of introspection, I wish you happy autumnal studying and a deeper connection to the wisdom of yoga.
AUTUMN TERM YOGA CLASSES 2023 - SIGNING UP NOW!
Bookings are now available for the Karmaspace Yoga private group Autumn classes. The general class kicks off on Monday 4/9/23, so make sure to secure your spot ASAP!
Monday General Level Class - 7 week block
4th Sept - 16th Oct
For students who have been practicing yoga regularly for one year or more. Work is more intensive than at Foundation and you’ll be introduced to a wider variety of asanas, basic pranayama and restorative classes.
Monday Foundation Course- 5 week course
18 Sep - 16 Oct
8.15pm - 9.15pm
Suitable for students with less than 2 years experience or complete beginners. Yoga postures from the introductory syllabus are taught to develop strength, stamina and flexibility. This course is suitable for any age group.
Any missed classes can be made up via either attending live to the Wednesday zoom class which runs from 7.30am - 8.30am, and/or you can receive the recording which is valid for 7 days.
Yoga for Emotional Stability
Saturday 29th April
This workshop with Adrienne Bagnall is based on Guruji BKS Iyengar’s restorative programme for emotional stability that he described as quietening for the body and the mind.
This practice will help you understand the use of props tailored to your individual needs and will feature longer holds in supported poses.
We shall work through a series of asana and pranayama that calms the mind and cools the brain, balances the intellectual and emotional centres, stimulates positive thinking, and brings about inner silence.
Everyone is welcome at this workshop which is for all levels of students from confident beginner (min 6 months practice) to advanced.
Dates for my upcoming workshops are:
Sat 25 March
Sat 29 April
Sat 20 May
TWISTS & INVERSIONS WORKSHOP
SATURDAY 25 MARCH 3PM - 5.30PM
In this monthly workshop we focus on twists and inversions which, when done mindfully, have a refreshing effect on the body and mind. They have a cleansing effect on the body, reduce common ailments and improve energy
Connecting deep with the Muladhara (root chakra) region of the body, the grounding element, we practice poses that feel great on the tired muscles of the back, induce mobility in the spine, free up the breath and energetic blocks, and have a wringing effect on the inner organs…squeezing out stagnant blood and encouraging a fresh flow of blood to the area. Through the Muladhara connections and kriyas we explore how the standing poses give us access and understanding to inner Self, and to other groups of asana and pranayama.
The effects of this work will leave you feeling extremely refreshed, invigorated and inspired.
This workshop is part of Adrienne's “Monthly Iyengar Yoga ” series at the Secret Space.
Yoga does wonder for reducing stress and creating mental peace enhancing the action of the parasympathetic nervous system. Many studies have found links between stress and diseases therefore creating harmony and peace of mind also helps in maintaining health and achieves mental concentration, improves memory, focus and clarity of thought, balanced perspectives.
However Yoga, is not just a few shapes and stretches, it is a path of development of the Self, a holistic exploration which penetrates the moral, and spiritual Self. We learn to open our hearts, love ourselves, discover ourselves, and in turn open our heart to love others. We become a better person, and a changed person.
If you would like to begin this path of transformation then hop on board to this new term of classes.
Click on to the link heer to see where to join the Yoga family.
My seasonal holiday reading has been to revisit The Yoga Sutras, a seminal ancient text compiled between 500BC and 400CE by Sage Patanjali. I have been reading the interpretations of both BKS Iyengar and Sri Swami Satchidananda. Satchninandas commentary is more accessible and full of anecdotes whereas Iyengar's is more scholarly and poetic. It has been so interesting to study them both side by side. If I were to impart one yoga sutra for the transition into the new year, my choice today would be Sutra 1:12.
abhyāsa vairāgyaābhyāṁ tannirodhaḥ
Practice and non-attachment are the way to still the mind
Through continued practice and repeated effort we learn correct understanding i.e. we see the world through an untainted lense- a lense where we are free from desires. Our minds fluctuate between pain or non-pain, however we can detach these fluctuations through repeated yoga practice. Each time we practice, we create an action which is like the pulsation quivering on the surface of the lake. When the vibration dies out, impressions are left (Sanksaras). When we have left a large number of these impressions on the mind we create a habit and from new habits a new life state can arise. A life state which leads us perfect the communion of the body, soul and mind.
New yoga classes begin on the 9th January - if you would like to join me click the link here. I wish you all a peaceful 2023 and a dedicated Yoga practice that brings you to a state of Samadhi.
For 10 weeks last year I was a Teacher on The Iyengar Yoga (UK) Long Covid pilot medical study with York St John University. It proved to be a great success. 55 adults took part in an individualised programme, all suffering from Long Covid, and each student had a weekly session with two Iyengar Teachers.
The programme revealed positive gains in aspects of both physical and mental health were found to be statistically significant. The students interviewed were profoundly moved by the care and attention. Some feedback included life-transforming effects for students who had been bed-ridden for significant amounts of time, feeling stronger, Improved mental and physical health, and improved ability to sleep.
I’ve attached some suggested poses for various stages of long covid as illustrated by @svenjakarstens. The student I worked with initially could only manage a few gentle poses on week 1, and we slowly built up her practice. The teachings were bespoke to the individual. We worked carefully together to try not to exhaust the student, yet find a way to open and restore her body and mind and help her on her healing journey.
For more information on the study visit the IY(UK) website.
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I have quite a few workshops this season. My next few workshops are:-
The Art of Restorative Yoga
Sat 19 Nov 22 3 - 5.30pm
Click here to book
Hips and Psoas focus
Sat 10 Dec 22 3 - 5.30pm
£30 earlybird /£35
Click here to book: https://www.thesecretspace.org.uk/workshops/hips-workshop-adrienne-december
Both of these take place at The Secret Space and are booked directly with them. To find out more about these workshops click through to my workshop page here
As Autumn arrives, we step into a new term of yoga.
All yoga classes are back and running from 12/9/22. Here is a glimpse below. For full details and address of locations click here.
Mon 6.30pm -8.00pm General Yoga Emmaus Centre B/S
book this class directly with me!
Tue 6.45am - 7.45am Nuffield Health B/S
Wed 7.30am - 8.30am Zoom yoga
Fri 7.30am -8.15am Grange Paddocks yoga B/S
Hello I'm Adrienne
I help people connect to their inner wisdom and come home to their bodies through the modalities of Iyengar yoga, mindfulness, meditation, pain management and holistic and energetic therapies. I teach with kindness, intuition and with a deep study of the art and science of each modality.