A New Season – Saluting the Sun

A New Season – Saluting the Sun

Sun Salutation infographic - via Health Perch, Aldo Baker

Sun Salutation infographic - via Health Perch, Aldo Baker

In my home-town of London it feels like the sun has officially come out of hibernation and that Spring is here at last! With a mix of my own home practice and recently teaching sunrise yoga in the beautiful New York loft-style, light-filled studio at Victor’s Lab on Mondays, I’ve been making the most of the brighter mornings by taking the opportunity to salute the sun for real!

I was recently introduced to this great Sun Salutation infographic by Aldo Baker via Health Perch and it’s a really handy guide to refer to if you’re new to sun salutes and want to practice outside of class. I’ve attached a jpeg alongside this post, but you can see the guide in full at the Health Perch website by clicking here.

On another note, I am always surprised by how time flies! It doesn’t seem long ago that we were just starting the very first south London-based Stretching the City Yoga Beginners course in Pimlico in January – now it’s already the halfway point in the second 6-week Course in Pimlico.

So far we’ve been working on standing poses, forward bends and twists. Week 3 is where we introduce backbends and we’ve also been introducing sun salutations into our practice.

If you’re new to yoga (or know someone who wants to start) and would like to learn in a relaxed group setting, then why not join the next 6-week Pimlico course? It starts on Tues 15th April 7.30-8.30pm. As well the sun salutation mentioned above you’ll get a good overall grounding in yoga basics. I also like to suggest different options to encourage you to safely adapt and modify poses to suit you. By the end of the six weeks you should feel confident enough to attend drop-in yoga classes, practice at home and attend yoga retreats.

You can find further info on Stretching the City’s courses and sign up by clicking here.

In the meantime, take care and I hope the sun is shining where you are 🙂

Beginners Yoga Courses with Stretching the City

Beginners Yoga Courses with Stretching the City

NEW for 2014 - Beginners Yoga Courses in Pimlico with Stretching the City

NEW for 2014 - Beginners Yoga Courses in Pimlico with Stretching the City

“You can learn new things at any time in your life if you’re willing to be a beginner. If you actually learn to like being a beginner, the whole world opens up to you.” – Barbara Sher

Is one of your goals for 2014 to start a yoga practice or do you know someone who would like to take up yoga? Or maybe you’d like to go back to basics in your own practice. On Tuesday evenings from January 14th onwards I’m thrilled to be teaching Stretching the City‘s popular 6-week beginners yoga course in Pimlico, SW1 at The Men’s Club, St Gabriel’s Halls – their first South London venue.

From the Stretching the City website:
“Committing to a course of yoga classes will bring focus and frequency to your practice. So, whether you’re a brand new beginner just stepping on the mat, or a head-standing old hat looking to get back to basics, Stretching the City’s 6 week beginners course aims to teach you the basic postures, practices and philosophies of yoga. By the end of the course you should feel confident enough to come to drop-in classes, on yoga retreats, or even to practice at home.”

You can click here for further course info and to book please email sally@stretchingthecity.com.

And if you’re just after a quick refresher instead of a complete course, then you can click here and scroll down for details of the ‘Back to Basics’ Beginners Workshop coming up next month.

See you on the mat! 🙂

A Healthy Start to 2014

A Healthy Start to 2014

January Yoga & Wellbeing Retreats 17th-19th Jan & 24th-26th – EARLY BIRD DEAL: Book and pay by 30th Nov for £225. £250pp thereafter.

January 2014 Yoga Retreats with Stretching the City  - Early Bird Offer 'til 30th Nov

January 2014 Yoga Retreats with Stretching the City - Early Bird Offer 'til 30th Nov

I’m delighted to be teaching alongside the fantastic Sally from Stretching the City on two yoga and wellbeing weekend retreats in the beautiful Sussex countryside. Join us at Brantridge Park manor house in Balcombe where we’ll stretch, twist and breathe out the festive excess. Arrive after work on Friday and stay until 3pm on Sunday, enjoying twice-daily yoga classes, healthy vegetarian meals, a guided countryside walk, raw chocolate making workshop*, pampering treatments* (*incur an extra cost) and plenty of time to rest and unwind. There’s just a few days left to book for the early bird price of £225. (Price will rise to £250 from 1st Dec onwards). So before the Christmas chaos commences, book yourself in for a healthy weekend to kickstart 2014. Join us on 17-19th or 24-26th Jan.

Click here for full details and to book please email sally@stretchingthecity.com