Liz teaches Vinyasa Krama Yoga. This includes sequences with variations and all elements are taken step by step, with options given in class. Movements are predominantly slow co-ordinated with the breath, leading to held postures. This approach is designed to strengthen the body and improve flexibility. Specific breathing exercises (Pranayama) are included and can help to create balance, groundedness and calmness. The class usually finishes with a short meditation. The aim of a yoga practice is physical well-being and mental peace!
This is an authentic and ancient form of yoga with a direct lineage back to Krishnamacharya (known as the Father of modern yoga). The sequences are intelligently linked together and there are also ‘mudras’, important body positions that are held for longer again and have a more significant effect on us. This approach with a particular emphasis on breath gently energizes the body, focuses the mind, calms the nervous system and promotes physical and emotional health. It is true to yoga’s ancient roots.
Krishnamacharya lived for over 100 years from 1888 – 1989. He was a brilliant student in yoga, Eastern philosophy and the ancient Sanskrit language, gaining several degrees. He set up a school for yoga at the request of the Maharaja (King) of Mysore, teaching and demonstrating yoga for 20 years. He was able to undertake feats such as stopping his heartbeat. While classes don’t aim for that (!), you can experience the sequences and breathing practices that are so beneficial to mind and body.
Students can receive individual attention where needed and possible in a class but you can also book a private session to learn more deeply and apply the sequences specifically to your body and needs.