A Satyananda yoga class typically consists of a series of Asanas, Pranayama practices, Yoga Nidra or some form of relaxation practice and simple use of Mudras and Mantras. The classes are mostly gentle and are suitable and adaptable for everyone. The classes intend to progress in accordance with the level of the students and aim to develop a good foundation for practice and understanding of the sciences of yoga.
Weekly classes are available for all levels. Regular attendance is recommended, especially for beginners to ensure that you have a good foundation in yoga.
Don't forget to sign up for classes and let me know that you are interested in coming.
Individual lessons are also available.
Are you interested in a more focused learning or a session focused on your therapeutic needs?
A private lesson will be molded to your specific needs and interests and focused on you as an individual. It will progress in your speed and address any specific issues that you might be experiencing.
Please contact me for more information.
60 min 600 kc
Joining a course?
Following a course of any set number of lessons is the best way to learn and progress in your yoga development. It gives you the chance to be introduced to the various practices in steps and so have the chance to understand and embody all the various elements and layers of the practice. It also gives you the chance to gain an understanding of what the various practices are for and how to use them by yourself, as a part of your personal toolkit of development and well-being.
Being with a set group for the duration of the course also allows for the development of a safe space of containment which may let us go a little deeper in to ourselves. As well as creating a nice and friendly feeling of community.
The role of the teacher in Satyananda yoga
In a Satyananda yoga class the teacher takes a role in the background. Rather than practising alongside the students the teacher sits quietly giving instructions for the students to follow. There is a few reasons for this. Firstly so that the attention of the student can be internalised and can focus on them selves and their own practice and experience rather than have an external attention focused on watching the teacher. Secondly it gives the teacher a chance to observe the students and what they are doing so as to give the appropriate instructions to ensure that no damage is done and that the practice can be of optimal benefit.
Another reason is that, as yoga is a holistic training, this helps the brain to learn how to assimilate information and understand how to put that information in to practise, stimulation the creative faculty.
The teacher can give demonstrations of practices but not simultaneously as instructing.
What to bring to class
Bring your own mat if you have one. It is always best to practice on your own sacred space.
You may want to bring a light blanket for relaxation or Yoga Nidra practice and also a thin pillow or folded blanked to support your head if necessary during longer periods of Shavasana.
You can bring a bottle of water if needed.
Come with an empty stomach.
What to wear in class
The best clothing to wear for a yoga class is some loose comfortable clothes. Tight clothes are constricting on circulation and will distract attention from sensations in the body. Also, it is nice to allow for the yoga class to be a space where you let go of all concerns with outer appearance and allow your attention for some time to leave the external world and go inward to discover the internal world.
It is best to practice with bare feet unless it is very cold. It is also best to remove all jewelries, watches, belts and other unnecessary items. Let the body be totally free and open during practice.
Satyananda Yoga Nidra
Yoga Nidra is translated as Yogic Sleep, psychic sleep or sleep with awareness.
It is a systematically guided relaxation technique where the body enters a state of sleep yet the mind remains alert and aware, on the threshold between wakefulness and sleep. This becomes a very powerful state where old negativities may surface and release from the deeper layers of the mind and new seeds may be planted.
The practitioner lies in Shavasana throughout the practice and may experience a state of profound relaxation and consequently emerge feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
It is said that 30 min of Yoga Nidra practice equals 2 hours of deep and sound sleep.
What is Kirtan?
Kirtan is a practice from the branches of Mantra Yoga, Bhakti Yoga (the yoga of the heart) and
Nada Yoga (the yoga of sound)
Simply said; Kirtan is the singing of short Sanskrit verses ,or slokas, set to a simple melody,
repeated over and over for a certain length of time.
The form Kirtan takes can be flexible but usually has a few components in common:
- a kirtan wallah leads a group of people into song, singing Sanskrit lines in a simple melody.
- the group sings in a call and response format.
- musical instruments join the group
- the people join in clapping their hands.
Kirtan is not about singing pretty. It is also not about celebrating Hindu gods and goddesses or any form of religious devotion.
The vibration of the mantras are said to have the direct power to change the shape of the consciousness as it is also essentially vibration.
Kirtan works with the power of emotions and is a practice for developing emotional health and clearing out emotional turmoil. Kirtan can be a channel for the contained expression for the energy of emotions and feelings that we tend to keep inside of us.
Also, by bypassing the judgement of the intelligent brain all together one can soar straight up to heights of blissful experiences.