You’ll not have been able to escape the numerous articles and reports about how good yoga is for us – now more than ever!
Yoga has been practiced in various forms for thousands of years to bring stillness to the mind and health and vitality to the body.
Today we are rediscovering how this ancient art can be used to bring balance to the stressful demands of modern life.
In Sanskrit, the classical language of East Asia, the word ‘yoga’ means union, yoke, or that which brings together. In this sense, the mind and body cannot be separated during the quest for good health. A regular yoga practice will help us to feel more ease and in our physical bodies and more peaceful in our daily lives.
If you’re healthy, well and pain free – lucky you – I’m sure you’d like to keep it that way and even improve aspects of strength and flexibility, as well as learning more about how to stay on top of 1 your mental health. But if, like many people, you suffer from aches and pains, not being able to ‘switch off’, or the effects of stress, I’m certain that yoga will be able to help you, too. In fact, there are a large number of studies, as well as anecdotal evidence to show that people with conditions such as arthritis, chronic fatigue, hypertension, anxiety, osteoporosis, insomnia, menopause symptoms and back pain have improved their quality of lives by practicing yoga.
I also specialise in offering yoga to people living with a cancer (read more below). If you choose to practice yoga with me, you’ll be joining people of all ages, shapes and abilities, with a wide range of needs and intentions. My in‐depth training and teaching of Hatha Yoga in settings such as village halls, community centres, corporate wellbeing events, gyms, retreats, mental health inpatient facilities and a women’s refuge have giving me the knowledge and understanding of how the benefits of a carefully curated yoga class can be far reaching for everyone!
Necessity in 2020 meant that our timetable moved online via Zoom, but even when we are able to return to In‐Person classes I’m pleased to say that virtual yoga is staying! So now you don’t need to live or be visiting North Norfolk to join me!
Yoga is a holistic healing system for bringing about balance and harmony on all levels: body, mind, emotions and spirit. When this balance has been disturbed by illness, practicing yoga can help in a number of ways to restore it.
Breathing exercises improve respiration, relieve tension and restore balance and calm.
Meditation develops the detachment and clarity that enable us to acknowledge and accept the realities of our diagnosis, and to manage our fears and worries.
Physical postures increase energy levels, help remove toxic waste and enhance the functioning of our internal organs and systems.
The simplest of yoga breathing, movement, relaxation and meditation techniques help us to deal with the powerful emotions that can come with the diagnosis of a life changing illness. They can also help to manage the stress, anxiety and pain of cancer surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
One-to-one sessions are available in your own home. First meetings are free of charge, during which we can explore how yoga could help you, and whether it’s something you’d like to do.
Yoga has been part of my life for over 30 years but after I moved to Norfolk from Kent in 2002, I was able to devote more time to learning first hand the different ways it could positively impact my life, and the lives of others.
I have been teaching yoga since 2007, having qualified with The British Wheel of Yoga. I have since furthered my knowledge with numerous courses with many respected teachers, and successfully completed the BWY Modules ‘Yoga for People Living with Cancer’ in 2011, and ‘Yoga and Mindfulness’ in 2016.
My classes are suitable for beginners as well as those with more experience. I believe that yoga should be truly accessible and can accommodate most people in my mixed ability classes. A gentle, chair based yoga class is always on the timetable, either online or in-person.
One to one tuition is available in your own home or on Zoom. This could be because you have a preference for private tuition, or that you have a condition which would benefit from a more tailor-made approach, either long term, or less frequently to complement your weekly class. Get in touch if this is something you’d like to consider.
For visitors to Norfolk, I’d be delighted to see you at class! Many holiday makers come back year after year, particularly to Sea Palling, and with the popularity of Zoom now, we can connect all year long!
With a variety of days, times and venues – including on Zoom – I really look forward to welcoming you to a class soon!
Why Yoga Breeze? Breeze is the surname of my partner and my son – and I thought it sounded nice!
If you require further information about any of my classes, or one-to-one sessions, please contact me.