Having practiced yoga for over 5 years, I have come to certify as a Yoga Teacher (200hrs) in June 2016.
My yoga trip has mainly taken place in my beloved London, the city where I lived between 2010 and April 2016.
London gave me the opportunity to get inspired by all sorts of different styles of yoga and the most amazing yoga teachers, from all over the world. Vinyasa Flow, Iyengar or Ashtanga, have been some of the regulars in my practice along this time in London.
When I decided to train as a yoga teacher, I thought about doing my training in India or Sri Lanka, as at the end of the day, we’re talking about an Eastern discipline. However, in the end, Andalusia -the region in the south of Spain, where I come from-, won me over…
I came to train with Vidya Jacqueline Heisel and her spectacular team of co-teachers, in Suryalila, Vidya’s home and Yoga Retreat in Andalusia.
Vidya counts with over 40 years experience teaching yoga, in India, South East Asia, USA and in her current home, Suryalila in Andalusia. Her deep knowledge in Eastern Philosophy, her passion for yoga and the almost half a century training yoga teachers all over the world, made her training one of a kind.
The yoga style we practice is Frog Lotus Yoga, a branch of Vinyasa Flow Yoga. It can be practiced on a fast or slow pace, making it an invigorating or soothing class, depending on the session.
This type of yoga focuses massively in alignment, offering the practitioner very descriptive cues to get safely and accurately into the poses.
Music and its healing qualities is massively present in the majority of my classes, and moreover in my personal case, being a huge music lover, you’ll get to listen go some real nice tunes while on the yoga mat : )
I tend to choose different topics and sequences, each time working across a different part of the body and group muscles, with its equal energetic benefits:
– Detox Sequences (Twists) – Detaching from old patterns and habits & opening to new possibilities
– Lower Body Strengthening – Grounding and finding calmness
– Upper Body Strengthening – Heart opening sequences, being less serious, more playful
– Hip Openings (Strengthening lower back) – Let go of excessive autro-control – Embrace the playfulness, increasing creativity
– Cardio Sequence – Detox, liberating, invigorating sequences
– Mindfulness – Back to the roots type of session, paying full attention to the now and diving within.
Always while trying to give a framework and some notions to understand each class, and to get a better understanding of Yoga as a whole, putting the Yoga practice into context. The aim is to not only feel its benefits right after the class, but to actually incorporate them into the daily life to live a calmer, happier and more balanced life.
I am also accredited in Yin Yoga, which is a more passive style. It’s composed by passive poses, with the possibility of using props to support the practitioner. Each of the poses has its own unique physical benefits and they promote deep relaxation, while held for longer periods of time. Yin Yoga, is definitely among my favourite Yoga styles nowadays. Its health benefits are simply amazing, it comes from the Chinese tradition and uses similar basis than deep-tissue massages and acupressure therapies. Works really well to relax, to let go and especially to relieve chronicle pains.
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See you at the mat!