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.
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.
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
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.
(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.
The 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
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
· 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.
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.