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                                                                           About Gill Gibbens

                                              Hello!   I'm Gill Gibbens!   Namaste'


I have been teaching Hatha Yoga for over 25 years having been fully qualified with the Scottish Yoga Teachers Association (SYTA) 500 hour course. The SYTA is the predecessor of Yoga Scotland.  I was Chair of Yoga Scotland, the governing body of Yoga in Scotland, and I am now advisor. 

All my classes are friendly, sociable, and are for anyone wanting some ‘me time’ for re-energizing and revitalizing your whole body and mind, and for bringing some peace and calm into a hectic lifestyle.

The classes I teach enable the students to practice at their own level, whether you are a beginner or more experienced, not very flexible or very flexible, fit or not so fit. All postures can be adapted to individual needs. 

Don't worry if you have never done yoga before!   If you are not sure what to expect, have a look at a typical class which I have described below

All classes cost £8.00 a session, except for Berwick upon Tweed which are prepaid 
and cost £80 for a block of ten classes.

I also take classes by appointment with various organisations, ranging from primary schoolchildren to groups of adults with learning or mobility difficulties. Individual classes on a one-to-one basis are becoming increasingly popular and these can also be arranged. I have also been invited to take all-day seminars. 

Please wear loose clothing and bring a yoga mat and a blanket. If you do not have a yoga mat, please let me know and I may be able to help. Good value yoga mats can be purchased at some local stores, but if you are not sure what to buy, please ask me first.  Some yoga mats can be quite slippery and are not suitable.

It is important that you do not eat a full meal before coming to yoga. A light snack two hours before is acceptable.

All new students will be required to fill in a confidential medical form for your safety.

Please contact me by email if you have any queries.


                                               A Typical Yoga Class 
                             POSTURES - BREATHING - RELAXATION

  The yoga we practice in class is Hatha Yoga.  It is a practical form of yoga which has been adapted for Western use. Its main elements are postures, breathing and relaxation/meditation, and when practiced properly it will bring balance and health to all the systems of the whole body, the mind and the spirit.

Relax (short), warm ups and breathing will focus and prepare the mind and body for:-

ASANAS        Postures (Poses)
Each week the postures practiced will be a routine from the following -  Forward, back and side bends, twists, balances and inversion, posture sequences, and occasionally practising with a partner (optional).  The classes will be different each week.
he postures exercise the whole body, gently stretching and toning the muscles and ligaments, allowing more flexibility in the spine and the joints, enabling fluid movements, building strength and improving circulation. They also work on internal organs, glands and nerves, keeping all systems in tip-top health.
By releasing physical and mental tension, the exercises re-energise and revitalise the whole being.  

PRANAYAMA     Yoga Breathing 
This means breathing fully and rhythmically, using all, not just part of the lungs, increasing the 
intake of oxygen to the blood, and thus to the brain and body.  Pranayama will also teach you how to recharge the body and control the mind, by regulating the  
flow of prana – this is the life force (energy) conserved in the Chakras. 
The Chakras (which means ‘wheels’ in  Sanskrit) are points of energy running along the spine.  There are seven major Chakras. Each has a different colour, mantra, meaning etc. and they spin in a clockwise direction.  They feature in early writings of yoga and in ancient medicine. It is worth noting that the spacing of chakras taught all those years ago accurately matches major nerve and endocrine centers in the human body today. 

Some benefits of correct breathing are:
   ·  It helps to control the mind, so a feeling of calm and being refreshed can be achieved.
Vitality is increased and so is resistance to disease
Some breathing exercises are cleansers. Purifying the respiratory system.
It can help with breathing difficulties. Eg. Asthma and  bronchitis.
    ·  Breathing techniques are also used as a pre – meditation focus, i.e. ithdrawing   the mind (pratahara) from outside distraction and looking inward.

YOGA NIDRA      Relaxation (long) 
The natural state of the body and mind is to be relaxed.
It is the way we live and the stresses of today can change this state.
Proper relaxation rests and refreshes the whole system.
It teaches you how to conserve energy and how to let go your worries and fears.




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