Seasonal Yoga is a vinyasa style flow that is suitable for all levels. It aligns you with the transformational energies of nature and the seasons in a practice that improves your physical strength and flexibility, whilst also bringing balance and harmony into your life.
Based around the Five Elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Seasonal Yoga is a holistic approach combining Yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong as well as Pranayama (breathing exercises) and energy awareness.
Every season we are provided with an opportunity to be guided by nature and the elements. Focusing on certain organs and meridian lines within the body at specific times of the year encourages us to live in harmony and bring us back into balance.
Spring: The Wood Element
The energy of Spring, like the sap rising, is forceful, determined to rise up and move forward, yet it remains supple and flexible like a trees ability to bend in the wind, secure in its strong roots. The organs of the season are the Liver and Gallbladder.
Early Summer: The Space Element
The energy of Early Summer is about connection. The connective tissue in the body and connecting with others. The secondary part of the fire element, which comes before summer as a warm up, energetically less extreme and considered to be more preparation for the full potential of Summer. The linked organs are the Pericardium and the Triple Heater
Summer: The Fire Element
With the energy of fire, summer likes to be spontaneous, vibrant, active and expressive. It loves to communicate and disperse its energy. The linked organs are the Heart and Small Intestine.
Late Summer: The Earth Element
Late Summer is the season to return to and operate from, with a strong sense of centre and self worth. Like the soil that feeds us and the ground that locates us in space, the earth element imparts stability, the power to think, nurture and sustain. The linked organs are the Stomach and Spleen.
Autumn: The Metal Element
A time of consolidation. Keeping what is of value and letting go of the rest. This element has the capacity to shape and refine with high principles, values and expectations. The linked organs are the Lungs and Large Intestine.
Winter: The Water Element
The water element has the capacity to withdraw, repair, rejuvenate, concentrate, conserve and listen. It gives us time to discover our hidden depths and the source of our inherited intelligence. The linked organs are the Kidneys and Bladder.
Yin yoga is the perfect complement to the more yang style of Seasonal Yoga. It is slower and more passive yet can still be quite challenging due to the long duration of the poses. Yin yoga targets the deep connective tissues, bones, joints, fascia, and ligaments in the body.
Yin yoga invites us to enter into a place of stillness and awareness, to observe, to discover, to unravel and to truly embrace ourselves in the present moment.
Are you ready to feel empowered and embrace menopause through yoga? Are you looking for a toolkit of techniques that you can use in your everyday life?
Menopause yoga can help to rebalance and alleviate some of the symptoms of menopause such as hot flushes, anxiety, low mood, fatigue, overwhelm etc by working through a series of adapted yoga postures, breathing practices, mindfulness and meditation techniques to help you transition through the different stages of menopause.
Combining this with CBT, journaling techniques and women's circle where we can come together and share experiences in a supportive safe space without judgement.
Do you struggle with other styles of yoga?
Perhaps you are recovering from an injury or illness, have digestive issues, chronic pain, low energy or generalised anxiety disorder.
Maybe you just feel overwhelmed with the stresses of modern day living and crave a place of stillness and quiet. Time to just be.
Then you might find restorative yoga beneficial.
By using an abundance of props such as blankets, blocks, straps, sandbags and eye coverings, you will be guided through a series of postures which are held for an extended period of time to support, open and guide the body towards a place of complete relaxation without stretching or straining.
There are many benefits to practicing restorative yoga such as:
- Releases muscular tension
- Reduces anxiety and depression
- Lowering blood pressure
- Improve sleep
- Support digestion
- Reduce inflammation
But perhaps the most important thing that restorative yoga can do is recalibrate your nervous system and move us from our sympathetic response (fight/flight/freeze) to our parasympathetic response (rest and digest), allowing you to rest deeply.
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