Bookings now open for this 3 hour in depth workshop which takes place in Bishops Stortford at Woo Pilates Studio. Cost is £25. For more details click through to the Workshops page
In some of my classes over the last few weeks I have been working with the Iyengar headache sequence, using the bandages wrapped around the head. And, as promised I have uploaded the sequence on to the sequences page. Just click here or see below.
In the headache sequence the eye bandages provide a slight compression encouraging the frontal lobes of the brain to relax thus pacifying the nervous system. Bandages can be wrapped to one side or around the forehead in a horizontal fashion depending on the location of the headache and as you wrap make sure that the forehead skin is pulled down towards the nose. The bandage, as with many Iyengar props used in restorative or therapy classes, can be deeply soothing, and much like a baby being swaddled, the bandage provides the same emotional response. With this response the body can draw inwards.
This therapeutic sequence was devised by Yogacharya BKS Iyengar who was one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world. He has achieved a high level of success in the treatment of a wide range of conditions including muscular-skeletal, physiological emotional issues. When practising this sequence the heart rate slows down significantly and blood pressure lowers. This allows your body to recover. It also helps to release muscular tension which can improve blood flow, as many headaches are thought to be caused by tension in the neck and shoulders.
Being a migraine sufferer myself, this is a sequence that features in my practice quite regularly. It helps to soothe and is always an aid to my recovery. A severe headache or migraine can be quite debilitating because the brain is the driving force of the central nervous system and a pain in the head affects the entire person. Energetically the body can feel wiped out and sometimes it feels almost impossible sometimes to push through a normal day, Not only is practising Iyengar yoga a holistic approach to fighting migraines and headaches as they are happening, it’s also a proactive approach to reduce the pain, the stress and anxiety.
After our glorious sunny easter break, my timetable is up and running for summer. It's not too late to sign up if you haven't done so already.
As most of you know, I am now on a break for a couple of weeks. A new term of classes will resume from Tuesday 23rd April. Click here for details. If you wish to chat about anything or are a new student interested in signing up I am still contactable on 07970 841999.
To reap the benefits from a yoga practice it is a well known fact that you need to practice more than once a week. Attending classes at least twice a week as well as a home practice is the best way to learn. There is a yoga quote that I often come across which reads
“If you practice yoga once a week, you will change your mind.
If you practice yoga twice a week, you will change your body.
If you practice yoga every day, you will change your life.”
A home practice gives you a chance to listen to your own body and embark on your path of discovery outside of the class and your teacher's instructions. There is a term we often use in yoga, “tapas”, which is the yogic practice of self-discipline and refers to a fiery focus on achieving one’s goals. It is coming to your yoga mat when you would rather watch TV, it is focusing on your goals and not letting the lazier side of your personality take over. So it is important that we tap into our Tapas to develop a home practice.
How to start a home practice
Easier said than done hey? There are many obstacles to be overcome to establish this discipline but below are some suggestions that might just help you along your yoga path.
A regular yoga practice has positive effects on the five layers (koshas) of your being.
• Physically: stability, stamina, balance, flexibility.
• Physiologically: vitality, wellness, feeling of lightness, increased blood circulation to organs (prana).
• Mentally/emotionally: happiness, joy, steadiness to face life’s woes, contentment (nervous system).
• Intellectually: heightened awareness, creativity, reflection.
• Spiritually: connection to your belief in the divine, surrender and letting go, inwardness.
“Only through practice can the understanding come. And from understanding come insight, from insight – wisdom – freedom, the very essence of the art of yoga. One must experience this endlessly evolving process for oneself; it cannot be apprehended through any means, other than practice. Part of the teacher’s job is inspire the student to begin and maintain a regular practice, but the students task is to take the energy of inspiration and transform it into the reality of action."
I am very honoured to be assisting senior teacher Larissa McGoldrick at this very important Iyengar Remedial Therapy class starting this Thursday. This class is highly personalised and can have a profound impact on students suffering from injuries and diseases. It can be immensely uplifting and even curative in some cases. The approach to each person is highly personalised and varies from week to week depending on the condition. Decades of teaching experience and training are needed to work in this area (in the Iyengar discipline) and as such there are limited teachers who are actually qualified and insured to do this work. So this class is a very rare find in the Herfordshire area. Please come along and support this class, we would like to keep it going on a regular basis and therefore we just need to spread the word. The class size is limited to 8 so that we can concentrate fully on the attendees. Please share with anyone who you feel may benefit.
Bookings taken directly
via The Secret Space studio.
Tel: 01992 503141 . http://www.thesecretspace.org.uk
These are just some of the . conditions that can be worked with:
Knee problems - inc knee prosthesis
Hip problems - inc replacements
Repetitive strain injury
Happy new year yogis and yoginis! I'm really looking forward to getting back to teaching next week after a nourishing break. Please do get in touch if you wish to book onto any of my private classes :
Monday 7pm General at Woo Pilates Studio B/S
Monday 8.15pm Beginners course at Woo Pilates Studio B/S (nearly full)
Wednesday 9.15am General class at United Reform Church Hall B/S
Wednesday 11am Beginners course at United Reform Church Hall B/S
Yoga Classes can be found here.
I shall also be assisting at an Iyengar Remedial Therapy class at The Secret Space, Hertford on Thursdays 11.30 am - 12.45pm. This class is for anyone who cannot attend a normal yoga class because of injuries or illness. It is highly personalised to the immediate needs of the student and varies from week to week for the individual depending on their condition. In a class we can work with various physical and emotional conditions which can include but is not limited to knee/hip replacements, prosthesis, cancer, frozen shoulders, knee shoulder injuries, emotional mental health conditions. This class can be booked at www.secretspace.org.uk
Yoga community mourns the death of Geeta Iyengar days after the end of the 100th birthday celebration of her father BKS Iyengar
In late December the world lost another great yoga teacher, Geeta Iyengar, an acclaimed yoga teacher, yogi, author and Ayurvedic doctor. Although ill in health of recent years, she had been teaching classes all week long at her fathers commerative celebrations in India just days before she died. It was very much a swan song of an ending. Although I never had the good fortune to be taught by her, my teachers were taught by her directly in the past and this year, and I have been practising and conveying her teachings in classes and in my personal practice. She had written many books during her lifetime and her most renowned book 'Yoga a Gem for Women' was a seminal book for women in yoga. It was the first of its kind to highlight the importance of Yoga in a woman's life cycle and it gave a variety of asanas with their physical and curative values. The book has been instrumental in the teaching curriculum for Iyengar teacher assessments and it gives simple steps for advancing from a purely physical plane to a higher level of consciousness. She was an inspiration to us all.
Seasons greetings yogis and yoginis! The Karmaspace yoga classes have now stopped for the holiday season and the new year classes are now available via the Yoga classes page.. link here. It is advisable to book in advance, especially as classes are becoming more popular.
I am looking forward to taking a well earned rest and working with the natural slower pulse and rhythm of the Winter, as I get to indulge more in my personal practice. In a personal yoga practice, a true and deeper understanding can sometimes be reached which is why it is very much encouraged if you wish to deepen your journey into yoga. In your own quietness you can observe the subtleties of the practice on the mind and body without being prompted by a teachers voice.
If you would like to follow a sequence have a look in the back of many of the Iyengar books such as Light on Yoga, where you can find sequences, or else have a look on my sequences page where you can download set sequences.
Hello & welcome
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.