Hi and welcome!
"When the breath wanders the mind also is unsteady. But when the breath is calmed the mind too will be stilled, and the yogi achieves long life. Therefore, one should learn to control the breath." - Hatha Yoga Pradipika
Inner Balm is a YOGA Studio, located in Umina Beach on the Central Coast of NSW.
I enjoy teaching in the local community, offering one-on-one yoga and yoga therapy sessions. I aim to expand my teaching this year into community classes for specific issues.
Yoga is for everyone, regardless of age and flexibility. Yoga calms the mind and opens the heart. When people ask "what style of yoga do you teach?", it is actually quite a difficult question! The answer is "Hatha yoga", but that still means a lot of different things. I describe my teaching style as somewhere between yin yoga and meditative yoga. In my teaching, poses are sometimes supported with various props - that is partly to make the poses accessible to everyone, partly because we all need to get into poses without straining, and because props can enable even the most advanced yogini to get into a pose correctly or hold a pose a little longer.
Most yoga teachers will have experienced a variety of teachers in their own training, and will have picked up the aspects that they feel are most beneficial. So I tell my new students that if they don't enjoy my style of yoga, don't let it put you off, try another teacher and you will probably find it is quite a different class. Some teachers teach fast, high energy yoga, some focus on relaxation, some on stretching. There are literally thousands of variations on yoga poses and techniques.
Yoga is not just about the poses. Yoga is a way of improving your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual fitness. These things happen almost unknowingly as you become more familiar with your yoga practice. Practising yoga with awareness, incorporating your breath into the movements, enjoying the feeling of stretching your body and getting clean fresh air into muscles that may not have been stretched for a while - all these things help to release tension and allow energy to flow more freely in your body. All this leads you to experience a sense of well being.
I am a qualified Yoga teacher, registered with Yoga Australia. I completed my study to 350 hours with Kate Pell at Bowral Yoga Studio, have a current first aid certificate and have also studied meditation and holistic counselling at Nature Care College in Sydney. Yoga study doesn't seem to end, and in 2015 I completed a post-graduate diploma in Yoga Therapy, as well as learning more advanced meditation and relaxation techniques. 2017 has provided me an opportunity for deeper study of yoga nidra and restorative yoga through Anahata yoga centre in New Zealand.
All classes start with a short relaxation (5-10 minutes). During the class you will be offered guidance using your breath in the poses, you will practice yoga exercises (asanas), breath awareness (pranayama) and finish with yoga nidra, a relaxing meditation to allow your body to absorb the benefits from the exercises you have done. We finish the class by bring our hands together in the yoga prayer position and say "Namaste" to each other. This translates to "The divine light in me salutes the divine light in you".
People often seem to think you have to be flexible to try yoga. That is like saying you need to be able to play the piano to go to a piano lesson! Go to yoga to help your body become more flexible.
It doesn't matter if you're trying to start a business, lose weight, start exercising, write a book, look after your family, reduce stress, or achieve any number of other goals ... who you are, what you have, and what you know right now is enough to get going.