Yoga & Meditation
The Yoga Practice
Yoga is a very broad term that refers to any practice that helps cultivate a greater understanding of self. It is usually described as a discipline that combines exercises with relaxation techniques to form a complete system of self-care, designed to rejuvenate the body and free the mind from tension and fatigue.
The greatest temptation when learning Yoga is to work further into positions than is comfortable. This creates tension, restricts the breath and un-grounds the body. By pushing less, and letting go of our ego our body will find ways to work harder and deeper as it spontaneously releases and lengthens. As we become more self aware we become more sensitive to each moment, learning to fully experience it. This becomes more restorative and transformative and encourages a more meditative awareness within ourselves.
Barbara’s teaching aims to encourage a greater awareness to what is happening inside as we practice, which will allow the body to unravel and unfold into Yoga positions from within rather than having to be pushed or pulled into the posture from without. Each class focusses on:
- Asana, physical posture work
- Pranayama, the control of the breath and
- Relaxation techniques preparing the body for meditation.
Barbara is passionate about core stability, breath awareness and the grounding of the feet with the earth. Each student will be taught a greater self awareness enabling them to work to their own individual limits.
The Meditation Practice
There are many things in life that are beyond our control. However, it is possible to take responsibility for our own states of mind – and to change them for the better. According to some this is the most important thing we can do, and that it is the only real antidote to our own personal sorrows, and to the anxieties, fears, hatreds, and general confusions that beset the human condition.
Meditation is a means of transforming the mind. Meditation practices are techniques that encourage and develop concentration, clarity, emotional positivity, and a calm seeing of the true nature of things. By engaging with a particular meditation practice you learn the patterns and habits of your mind, and the practice offers a means to cultivate new, more positive ways of being. With regular work and patience these nourishing, focused states of mind can deepen into profoundly peaceful and energised states of mind. Such experiences can have a transformative effect and can lead to a new understanding of life.
Barbara will aim to help you with this journey and to give you the tools to enable you to make meditation a part of your daily life.
If you are interested please contact Paadena. Prior to beginning a class you will be requested to fill in a health questionnaire.