Yoga has been around for the past 5,000 a years and the effects of yoga as a path and a system can be far reaching. The yoga sages established certain principles that hold the potential for enormous transformation of our mind and body which can fill our lives with peace and joy.
Yoga develops the body in a balanced way and it not only works on the muscles, but it also works on all systems of the body: digestive, respiratory, circulatory, immune, hormone secretion, and more.
Our health depends on the proper and balanced functioning of the internal organs and the efficiency of our waste system’s transportation and disposal. Yoga, by the actions of stretching, squeezing, extension, reaches all the internal organs and rejuvenates them. It maintains the flexibility of arteries and thus balances blood pressure, it expands the lungs and helps supply fresh oxygen to all parts of the body especially the head and brain – in inversions.
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.
Yoga is not just exercise
But Yoga is not just an exercise method, yoga develops one holistically, operating on different dimensions of ourselves: physical, mental, emotional, intellectual, moral and spiritual.
Yoga on a physical level
Yoga helps to develop strength and flexibility maintaining the integrity of our internal systems and therefore our health, over the years. It helps us to develop mentally, yoga promotes features like persistence, patience, power – desire, joy, and peace;
Yoga on a mental level
On a mental level Yoga helps achieve emotional stability and balance, and satisfaction. It helps mental concentration, improves memory, focus and clarity of thought, balanced perspective of reality, and good judgment;
Yoga on a moral level
On a moral level Yoga opens our hearts to love people and therefore makes us better people, more sensitive to our environment, more considerate, and willing to contribute to our environment;
Yoga on a spiritual level
On a spiritual level, Yoga tells us the truth about our existence in this universe. The effects of yoga in our lives can be thoroughly transformational!
My Beginner's 5 week yoga course starts very soon on Monday 20/9, it 8.05pm - 9.15pm at the Emmaus Centre, Thorley Church Bishop's Stortford.
This class is suitable for complete beginners, or for those who with up to two years experience who wish to understand the fundamental building blocks of the basic postures.
This 5 week block provides a comprehensive framework for beginners/foundation students to learn yoga from the basics. This very structured introduction ensures that a solid foundation is established. Week by week, we shall build on our learning, introducing new poses, repeating others. You will be guaranteed my individual attention, as I adjust poses, to accommodate injuries or stiffness with the use of props if needed. I also demonstrate poses to help you understand the key points and alignment of the pose so you understand the framework with which to practice. If there is no structure with which to learn a yoga system, early feelings of inspiration can start to taper off, with a sense that the classes are not really leading anywhere. This can also occur if an individual is rushed too quickly through the beginner stage without being given a thorough introduction to basic concepts
Classes are fun, I encourage questions, and are dynamic at first as we focus with more emphasis on the building blocks of the standing poses.
Sign up now by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me on 07970 841999
I'm happy to chat to you about Yoga or answer any questions you may have.
September is here and so is Karmaspace Yoga's new schedule which launches on Monday 6th September. This term we are offering options of online and live studio teaching.
Hopefully there is a little bit of something for everyone including a new Beginner's Yoga course which starts on Monday 20th September. Registration is open which discount prices offered to those booking for the half term course. To see the timetable and find details on how to book your space click here.
Resting, delicious uttanasana really is a calming as it looks, and this week it has been a pose that helps to pacify the intensity of my migraine. I've always been a headache/migraine person and this is one of the poses in my toolkit that I pull out to help me. The trick with this pose is to find a height to rest your head whilst maintaining the straight legs - the bottom photo is the more moderate version, which works for back problems and also the head support is the perfect version for those who suffer from headaches. Be mindful to draw the forehead skin down from the hairline as this helps the frontal lobes of the brain to relax.
The folded chair version sits into the top thigh crease, and helps to lift the hips and elongate the abdomen - it is a firm favourite with my students. If you catch the sweet spot in this pose you will find the quietness. The props help you to stay longer and reap the benefit of the inversion which is quietness, stillness, introspection, and a change in perspective, and maybe even a release from a headache.
A beautiful staple "go to" pose.
I love Iyengar yoga is because of its deep anatomical and therapeutic understandings and approaches.
This is a wonderful short sequence for releasing pain or tension in the neck. Most of the poses look to open the dorsal spine towards the chest which has a profound effect for the neck. The chair backbend may be advanced for some so omit if necessary and just backbend off the edge of your bed or sofa. 😊
Yoga Workshop with Adrienne
Sat 22 May 2021,
Phone: 01992 503141
Address: 105 Fore St, Hertford SG14 1AS
Book via this link:
This workshop is open to anyone with a mindful, regular yoga practice. In Adrienne’s workshop this month, the focus is on the Hips and the Psoas, initially connecting with subtle and mindful supine poses, where you will learn to understand your own individual movements and restrictions. The workshop will then lead on to a deeper asana practice. Through an intelligent and creative use of props to maximise the benefits you will learn how Yogasana, props and the breath can help to open and release this deep emotional and energetic area of the body. The study of the body is informed both the Western approach of skeletal-muscular anatomy as well as the Eastern approach of the subtle, energetic body. This workshop will focus on precise, thoughtful, and challenging actions, asanas and movements.
Wow! What an amazing 4 days of teachings from Abhijata Iyengar, who is the granddaughter of BKS Iyengar, who is now heading the Iyengar family.
EHer prowess at multi-layered teaching was an art form to behold. It takes great skill to teach a smorgasbord of students. We had separate teachings for the menopause, menstrual cycle, asthma, knee problems, for newer students to experienced students. Alongside this she weaved in live Q&As into her teachings so we could understand the submitted queries from an embodied practice.
And for those who were there, who could forget the apple crumble concept 😊.. remembering sanskaras and imprints!
When commended on her teaching skills at the end of one of the sessions she said “if I can teach in front of BKS Iyengar then all other teaching is easy (or words to that effect)’ . A true master 🙏.
Thanks to IYUK @iyengar_uk and all of the organisers for the Iyengar UK convention. So honoured to be a part of this community.
Yoga classes are back online this week from Wednesday 12 April. I'll be teaching online until hopefully May 17, and after this I shall be combining live and Zoom teaching.
Classes this week beginning 12 April 2021
Wednesday 9.30am - 10.45
Saturday 9am - 10.30am
For the full April schedule for April click here.
To book any of these classes you will need a zoom password so contact me via karmaspaceyoga.com or text 07970 841999 if you are new and need the passcode. For existing yogis, the passcode is the same.
All classes are £10 per class.
Pay via BACS (contact me) or paypal.me/AdrienneKarmaspace
Playing with the supported L shapes in Yoga Asana. Long holds and the effect of gravity and and props help with exploration of the body. Each pose informs the other and helps us to understand the actions of the poses. From top left clockwise: Virabhardrasana 3 - Warrior 3
Eka Pada Adho Mukha Vrksasana - handstand
Utthitha Hasta Padangusthasana 1 - Hand to foot pose 1
Supta Padangusthasana 1 - Reclined Hand to foot pose 1
Backbends over the chair leading to Urdhva Dhanurasana.
All backbends, no matter introductory or advanced, strengthen and stretch the muscles of the back, open the hips and shoulders when done correctly. The true joy and power of the backbends is the subtle energetic rewards. They are particularly beneficial if you are feeling a little down or depressed, as they have a tremendous capacity to lift the spirits and energise one's soul because the nervous system is pacified. This wonderful family of poses as BKS Iyengar states “make known the unknown and the unknown is brought to the surface”.
Feeling the subtle energetic power from within 💫.
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