Pamela Deal Yoga classes encourage you to practice mindfully: listening to your body and appreciating all that it can do! All my classes draw on ancient & modern yoga teachings to keep your yoga practice varied, and includes guidance through all the postures, as well breath awareness and relaxation techniques, to create a refreshing yoga practice to support the body & mind.
Hatha Yoga is perfect for improving energy levels, releasing tension in the body and calming a busy mind. It offers some restorative ‘me’ time away from the distractions of work, home and family.
“Yoga is the breath, Yoga is Balance,
Yoga is Harmony, Yoga is Movement,
Yoga is Stillness, Yoga is an Evenness of the Mind
~ The Upanishads
Progress comes with regular practice, yoga takes you on a journey: making you aware of your whole body, helps with to focus not just on the physical, but what’s happening internally as well.
When weather permits, join me for some outdoor yoga in a tranquil setting, enjoying all the benefits of the Northamptonshire countryside. More details here
Therapeutic Yoga is very focused on areas of support: injury, surgery or general health concerns eg. back pain can cause a great deal of distress and upset in our lives. It can help to build strength where needed; improving flexibility, balance and range of movement in the body.
Stress and Anxiety can manifest itself physically in the body and affect our daily life and sleep patterns. It can cause us to ‘lock’ up in a ‘fight or flight or freeze’ mode when faced with certain situations.
Working in a group, or on an individual basis, gentle yoga postures, relaxation and meditation are particularly beneficial in this area. Yoga helps targets areas of discomfort in the body and support the nervous system to heal and release.
Wherever our mental or physical health is challenged, Yoga can help. We have all experienced a feeling of helplessness at some point in our lives, and how we deal with these emotions and situations can have a lasting affect on our body and mind.
When we think of grief, it is sometimes described as a physical pain, even though it is the trauma of the emotion that is so hard to bear. Someone once told me that grief or loss is like glitter; it permeates everything, and just when you think it has all gone, you find another piece, and the grief can overwhelm you again.
“Trauma is not stored as a narrative with an orderly beginning, middle, and end”
– Bessel Van Der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score
Feeling helpless, alone, anxious or afraid has a detrimental and lasting impact or our nervous and immune system. Sleep, digestion and other natural parts of our daily life are affected. In severe cases (such as PTSD), a person’s survival feels threatened, and that person is not able to maintain a balance between reality and normality when triggered.
Working on an individual basis, Yoga can help people overcome deep routed or learned behaviour, By practising suitable postures, mindfulness, breathing, and relaxation techniques, it gives you the tools to deal with any trauma you may be experiencing, and can help you deal with difficult emotions, work on changing the narrative that is repeating itself, and provide release from pent up emotions such as anger, shame and guilt.
If you would like to discuss any aspects of yoga & how it could help you, message me confidentially ~ Pamela
The Body Keeps the Score (Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma) – Bessel Van Der Kolk
Waking the Tiger (Healing Trauma) – Peter A Levine
Trauma-Sensitive Yoga in Therapy (Bringing the Body into Treatment) – David Emerson
Practical Yoga Psychology – Dr Rishi Vivekananda
Overcoming Trauma through Yoga (Reclaiming Your Body) – David Emerson & Elizabeth Hopper