Join me at my next workshop on Sunday 1 March 10am - 12.30pm. We will be working with depth and detail and understanding in the poses. This long duration allows us to delve deep into Yoga and explore actions. Tickets are £25. The location is Woo Wellness, Bishops Stortford.
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I am happy to announce my first yoga workshop of 2020. A chance to focus on alignment, setting you up for your year of yoga. Location is Woo Wellness, Bishops Stortford. Price is £25. For further information and to book your place, see the Eventbrite link below.
Pranayama, the yogic art of breathing, and Meditation are increasingly common practice nowadays, and for me I couldn’t live without them. Both require practice and patience. .
They are both different practices which compliment one another. Pranayama leads to a control of the emotions and balances our Prana or energy. BKS Iyengar states in his book Light on Pranayama, “it leads to a control of the emotions, which in turn brings stability, concentration and mental poise.... It is the bridge to cross from the physical to the spirit, in a journey of self realisation”. Sounds pretty similar to meditation, no? Well yes, except the focus is narrowed down to just the breath. .
Meditation can also be narrowed to the breath or a one pointed object, or it can be a vast and open, taking in all your sensations and surroundings. .
Both of them are about becoming aware. Aware of what’s arising and aware of our reactions to it. Over time, with both practices you can interrupt your habits of judging and reacting and pushing and pulling in the moment. .
Sam Harris, author, neuroscientist and long term meditator says of meditation “It can become a kind of super power. It can become something that changes what you are able to do in each moment. The things you are able to say or not say”. .
See if you can find these moments of clarity in the midst of your day. Catch the thinker thinking!
Ps for those of you new to meditation The WAKING UP app by Sam Harris is proving a huge hit with my family and friends.
Welcome to 2020. There is much intention and new energy attached the beginning of a new year and one of the best things we can pledge to do is to simplify, create space and connect with our bodies and minds. Mental, physical and energetic space can all be accessed through a dedicated yoga practice.
Sign up is now open for the new term of classes and regular workshops are to be a feature this year. Here's to 2020 and wishing you all a happy new year of self-care, mindfulness and improved well being.
Due to demand, i have squeezed another yoga class in before Christmas. To offset what is a busy, and sometimes stressful period of the year, I shall be teaching Restorative and Pranayama. This class is designed to calm and soothe the Nervous system and quieten the mind. We will be working with many reclined poses, and finishing with a long period of focused breathing and variations of pranayama. If you have a class to make up come along. And also feel free to bring a friend, or come and try if you haven't been before.
location: Woo Wellness, Sworders Yard, 19b North Street, Bishops Stortford
Time: 7pm - 8.15pm
“You must savour the fragrance of posture. Until you are relaxed, you cannot savour the fragrance “ BKS Iyengar.
The fragrance of Sirsasana is a deep, calming and grounding blend! With a top not of clarity. That’s why Guruji called it the King of Asana. (The Queen is Sarvangasana).
Inversions are an important part of an Iyengar yoga practice as there are deep physiological and mental benefits. There are many methods of going upside down which don’t always entail standing on your head. You’ll find them in restorative sequences and in Backbends sequences in fact in pretty much any sequence if the teacher chooses to feature it. But one place you won’t find a headstand, is in the ‘Beginners’ classes, as we need students to connect with their limbs and develop body intelligence first. Inversions give extraordinary benefits:- they revitalise the whole body system, help concentration, aid meditation and pranayama, and aid sleep - the list go on ad infinitum. .
There aren’t many “rules” in Iyengar, but one rule we do have is that Sirsasana is always followed by Sarvangasana. Sirsasana is dynamic and active and when practiced on its own can produce a feeling of irritability. Sarvangasana, however is quietening and soothes the nervous system. When combined you can leave your practice leaving feeling alert and calm which is the best possible combination. .
Iyengar yoga is a creative yoga, which means there is room for everyone and all bodies, so if headstand is not for you there is always a rather wonderful alternative that can bring about similar benefits
'Back To Basics'
Sunday 8th December
10am - 12.30pm
at Woo, Sworders Yard, 19b North St, Bishops Stortford, Herts.
In this workshop Adrienne will show you how working with the foundations correctly in your yoga practice will help you to become stronger and connect with the transformative potential of yoga. Essential workshop for all yogis including beginners. This workshop will be helpful also for existing students who are looking to progress their practice in headstands, shoulder stands and handstands as these basics all feed in to balance and stability in advanced poses.
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The new Yoga block starts back next week from Monday 4th November. Please do get in touch if you wish to book on! Link here to see full class details. All classes are running for 6 weeks until week beginning 9th December.
Looking forward to welcoming you all back in the Autumn. The new timetable has just been published. Click here to see. Please get in contact to book on if your are new . If you are a regular student follow the existing procedure and confirm payment and class via text or email. Enjoy the rest of your summer yogis and yoginis :)
Happy summer everyone. I am taking August off for rest, and to focus on self practice and family time. All classes will be back in September and I'll be uploading the new team dates to the website shortly. I'll also be running a few workshops in the Autumn too. If you wish to sign up to my emails drop me a line here and I'll add you to the mailing list. Until then have a lovely summer break and if you need inspiration for a home practice have a look at my Sequence page. Also, the following Iyengar yoga websites, which have yoga classes online are running free 14 day trials.
Happy holidays x
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I am Adrienne Bagnall - teacher in the discipline of Iyengar yoga - the most widely practised form of yoga in the world. Hope you enjoy my website and blog.