Types of Yoga

All my classes draw on ancient & modern yoga teachings to keep your yoga practice varied.

All sessions offer guidance through the postures, breath awareness and relaxation techniques, helping to create a feeling of support & wellness for your body & mind.

HATHA YOGA: Traditional classes to strengthen, balance, release & relax

The most popular Yoga sessions are Hatha Yoga, which is suitable for everybody; 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.

True yoga is not about the shape of your body, but the shape of your life. Yoga is not to be performed; yoga is to be lived.
Aadil Palkhivala

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.

Yoga helps targets areas of discomfort in the body, and supports the nervous system to heal and release

THERAPEUTIC YOGA: Yoga for Back Pain, Anxiety, Stress, Injury or Post-Surgery Recovery

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


YOGA FOR TRAUAMA: Yoga for Grief, Addiction, Overcoming Mental or Physical Abuse and PTSD

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; this is done by practising suitable postures, mindfulness and breathing techniques, and guided relaxation.

Yoga can give you the tools to deal with any trauma you may be experiencing. Through your practice you become more informed to deal with difficult emotions, and changing the narrative that is repeating itself. This helps provides the opportunity to release pent up emotions such as anger, shame or guilt.

If you would like to discuss any aspects of yoga & how it could help you, message me confidentially ~ Pamela

FURTHER READING:

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

Caroline Spring Website Reversing adversity, recovery from trauma | Carolyn Spring