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Find freedom on a physical, emotional and intellectual level.

Do you ever feel trapped in the spinning wheel of life?

Almost as if you are only taking part in a play and life can feel as if it is passing you by?

Practicing yoga can help you become more aware of the present moment and this in time can help you feel more satisfied with the way your life is going. You might find more freedom, as you slowly awaken from the mundane, mechanical wheel of life, to a place where you have choice. No longer caught up in a big fuzzy cloud, instead feeling as free as a bird, even when life is still taking you from one place to the next, suddenly you realise there is perspective. Looking through the hourglass with a different lens.

Omm Shanti

Love & Peace,

Samira x

Samira teaches Vinyasa Flow Yoga on Tuesday’s and Restorative Yoga on Wednesday’s here at The Yard as well as guest teaching at our gatherings.

Tuesdays 7:30-9pm

Open class; everyone is welcome!

Samira’s 90 minute classes are inspired by the moving body & will open your body & calm your mind. A faster paced class, moving deeper into postures with more emphasis on the breath. This class incudes flowing sequences, pranayama & meditation.

Classes are led by Samira Schmidli, a qualified Yoga and Movement teacher RYT500 and Dip. Contemporary Dance. The cost of this class is 5 classes £50 or £12 drop in.

For further information or to book please call Samira on 07713 94 14 79 and see: www.samirayoga.co.uk

Tuesdays 7:45-9pm

Taught by Katie Myers, this class is suitable for all, including post-natal, with no previous experience required. It is perfect for beginners and students looking for a safe and enriching way to practise yoga. The class focuses on cultivating sensitivity and attentiveness to the body’s needs, by way of alignment and breath/body synchronisation. By looking closely at how the body responds to the action of the yoga postures, it allows tension to be released,strength to be built and a sense of stillness to encouraged.

Katie’s teaching is based on her training in Dynamic Yoga, with Godfrey Devereux. Dynamic yoga is a step by step (vinyasa karma) method which uses yoga posture practise (Asana), breathing (Pranayama) and movement (ullola) as a form of self enquiry.

The cost of this class is £12 drop in or 6 classes for £60. For more information or to book a space please call Kirsty on 07976 74 73 22 or email info@gracelandsyard.com

Sunday 21st September, 5:15-7:15pm

No better way to celebrate the Autumn Equinox than in a fabulous environment here at The Yard. Join us on Sunday where we will be pairing Gong Gathering with some rejuvenating yoga, for our special Equinox celebration. The yoga is suitable for all levels (even complete beginners), and is followed by a relaxing, refreshing session with the gong – the combination of yoga and gong is a very powerful one, and a great way to enter the new season. We then reconvene in the second studio at Gracelands for some tea and snacks at the end, and a little bit of traditional-style aural storytelling.

We also ask that people bring some offering of food to share with the group at the end – nothing major, just a contribution, savoury or sweet. A perfect opportunity to practice your baking skills!

Equinox events are very popular and a lot of fun. We will fit as many people in as we possibly can, but places will be limited so it is very important that you book your spot! The cost of this workshop is just £10!

If you have any questions or would like to book a place, then contact Faze on itsjustafaze@gmail.com or 07584 575 088. You can also contact The Yard at info@gracelandsyard.com or 07976 747 322.

Yes we will all need a good collapse on the sofa every so often. Perhaps with a great movie or a nice bottle of wine or whatever helps you to unwind. But a lot of us, only ever do this as our means of relaxation.

The point Vanda Scaravelli makes so beautifully is that most of us are fighting our bodies. We all have to be so driven to make enough money to pay our bills, we are keen to achieve and forced to compete with our colleagues in order to climb up that ladder. Most of us might have forgotten to listen to what our bodies are trying to tell us and more than likely, right this moment, it is something like: stop and slow down I’m busy enough as it is, give me a break!

So this summer try to give yourself the chance to look up at the sky, lie down in the grass and smell the flowers, taste some new and yummy flavours, experiment in your kitchen, go to a museum or look up the amazing London architecture. I was at a gig last night at Somerset House and even just wondering around through town was exhilarating. Gazing up at those beautifully constructed buildings, some old some new. Ways to make us remember and keep us connected.

All of those above mentioned are mindfulness techniques, we can use to access the present moment. They are at our disposal all of the time, as long as we remember. This is the trickiest part of it, but well worth playing around with.  If we practice enough we might receive a feeling of connectedness to the here and now, a moment of relaxation and perhaps even a sense of peace in one self, there is no need to be perfect- we want to be just as we are.

People most often come to yoga in order to get fit, or feel more healthy, but for anyone who has done yoga before knows it is so much more than just a physical practice.
Some of my clients who have suffered from insomnia have been amazed by the results even after doing just a few classes. Sleepless nights no more. Taking care of us, yes!

“Now we have to work in the opposite direction, by letting go, giving place to a different action, an undoing action. This will stop the habitual process of doing which has become mechanical.” ~ V. Scaravelli

There will be yoga classes going on this summer, hopefully most of them done in Roundwood Park, so that we can feel the grass between our toes, smell the summer breeze, gaze to the beautiful pink sunsets and listen to the rustling trees. If you would like to come along, please let me know so I can clarify where we will be.

Wishing you all a wild, wonderful, exciting and relaxing summer!

OM SHANTI
Love, Peace, Harmony and Happiness

Samira xx

Samira teaches Vinyasa Flow Yoga on Tuesday’s and Restorative Yoga on Wednesday’s here at The Yard as well as guest teaching at our gatherings.

How the mind-body works, our physiology.

Transformation involves unlearning old patterns and learning new ones. Embodiment of direct experience is the key, in this way we change on a cellular level. In neuroscience this called neuroplasticity. The modern understanding of the brain is that, rather than being a static structure, this organ is constantly remodelling itself. Repeated thoughts and actions can rewire the brain, creating new neural pathways, thus creating new experiences. Learning to regain awareness, sensation, and motor control of muscles is an educational process that can only be achieved through movement.

Below is a paragraph I took form The International Association of Yoga Therapists Magazine. It is an interview with one of my teachers, Bo Forbs, Psy D, Yoga Therapist healer, and founder of Integrative Yoga Therapeutics in Boston.

“There are two types of embodied insight: We experience the first kind when mental insight or understanding “trickles down” into the body and becomes integrated on almost a cellular level. The second is a more visceral, body-based insight or gnosis, which can “trickle up” to the conscious mind, but may not necessarily do so, and it’s fine if the mind never comprehends what’s happened.  Embodied insight, to me signals that the neural and even the “pranic” wiring in our mind-body network has changed. This kind of change is utterly life transforming. The two states (mental understanding and embodied insight) are markedly different and sometimes mutually exclusive”.

In my classes I truly give space for this embodied insight to start to trickle up and down to your body and mind so it can be understood holistically. Slow somatic exercises will mark the path so you will know what is going on as we progress in the practice and understand the nature of your body-mind.

Working inside out like this is absolutely the only way we can experience true insight, becoming fluid systems with a capacity to adapt to life challenges.

As we practice mindfulness of the body-mind simultaneously, this insight will start to filter through our ordinary states of consciousness which will ripple out into how we live ordinary moments.

Marcela Wakeham is one of our fabulous yoga teachers here at The Yard, leading ‘Body & Mind‘ and ‘Stretch & Strength‘ classes.

Mindfulness is a meditative awareness practice that develops a capacity to attend to the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, bodily sensations, and external stimuli with a receptive, non-invasive attitude.

In order to develop this attitude of sensitive, non-manipulative attention, we need to develop proprioception during our classes (the term proprioception is used to describe the sensory information that contributes to the sense of position of self and movement).  The way to cultivate proprioception is through simplifying what we are doing, slowing down to observe what is happening and create a space for reflection.  This is why it is good to do a quiet practice in order to discover what’s going on in our body moment to moment.

Below is a list of things to do to help increasing proprioception and amplify our capacity for this receptive attention -

  • Simplifying a position
  • Narrowing the range of movement
  • Providing props, such as blocks and straps for support
  • Choosing a different position

Your own body will let you know how to do it as all of us can perform movements that will help to ease up our experience.  This is all about bringing awareness to the bodily sensations once proprioception is in light, and the question then is;  how I can bring this body more comfort using the breath as a companion?  Then, how I can get still, move with awareness or stay with everything in place?  This is somatic intelligence.

As we start to understand our bodies and accept what is in the present moment as we work with the use of props and the body intelligence to modify a posture, the ease we are trying to feel in the exercises or postures will come, we just need to hear what the body needs, and then acceptance itself shifts our experience.

In mindfulness practice we are neither controlling what is happening to us, nor wallowing in resignation of our fate.  We are simultaneously accepting what is here, and allowing room for the potential of change.  This attitude becomes the foundation for authentically befriending our self.

Sometimes emotions of frustration will be triggered or feelings of confusion can arrest us, this is all natural, it is the old habits and conditioning being exposed, but this old stuff is not us.  As Sarah Powers, a Yin Yoga leader teacher, says -

“When we can include rather than deny or fight with what is really true within us, the emotion becomes a little more porous.  We can then inhabit the feeling consciously, discovering how every feeling feels inside our body. While we are exploring the immediate body sensations, we also relax believing the story we might be telling ourselves, whether we are justifying, blaming, or feeding self-condemnation for having these feelings.  Instead of analyzing, we stay with the direct immediacy of our experience as it is unfolding in the body, giving our feelings room to breathe.  Since emotions are not static, we will naturally notice how they morph into other feelings.  As they shift, we continue to allow these changes without self-definition.  In this way we learn to know anger or sadness directly, free of creating a permanent self or me out of them.  We remain fluid within our moments, with a wider range of capacity for allowing the totality of human emotions to move through us”.

Marcela teaches ‘Body & Mind’ and ‘Men’s Stretch & Strength’ classes here at The Yard. Look out for the second part of her blog next week on how the mind-body works!

Graces class will resume in September

Join us for 75 minutes of your eveningwhere will remind your body & mind to move, open, play & flow by using the magic of the breath & vinyasa. Stretch out from the deepness of your core to the tips of your fingers & toes…60 minutes of flow, 15 minutes of sweet restoration. Classes are led by Grace Brown, a 200 hour qualified Vinyasa Flow & Hatha Yoga teacher. Grace’s class will accommodate your body to move, play, stretch, restore and breathe.

Classes take place weekly from 7:00-8:15pm and are open to every level! 6 classes for £50/ £10 to drop-in.

To book please call Kirsty on 07976 747422 or email info@gracelandsyard.com

Come and join us for a sweet 75 minute Hatha Vinyasa Yoga class, moving mindfully with your breath , feeling and  flowing. And at the end of the class you will enter the most lush relaxation, after all your hard work! Classes are led by Pip Roberts, a yoga teacher who’s natural energy and zest is reflected in her teaching style. The class will run fortnightly on Thursdays from 7:45-9pm so come and take an evening out to breath, bend and smile.

This is an open class which means it is suitable for absolute beginners or yoga experts! 6 classes for £50 / £10 drop in where available.

To book call Kirsty on 07976 74 73 22 or email info@gracelandsyard.com

Yoga Workshop

Saturday 24th May 2-4pm

Take some time out after a busy week at work and join us for this beautiful workshop using asana, pranayama and dhyana to open the heart centre.

Led by Hannah Rzysko, she intends to share some of the well being, peace and happiness that yoga has given her.

Only £20 for a 2 hour workshop! For bookings please call Kirsty 07976 747322