Vinyasa flow pays much attention to the transitions between poses, creating a continuous flow of movement lead by the breath. I mostly teach a slow flow so that the body moves following its own wisdom as well as the cues of the breath, as if in a slow kind of meditative dance. I offer variations and modifications so that everyone can find the best and safest option for their body, focussing the whole process more on how it feels rather than how it looks.
Restorative yoga is the practice of actively resting. It is based on the lack of physical effort and allows the body to re-align itself physically, energetically as well as emotionally, shifting the nervous system back towards balance.
In restorative yoga, the body is supported with props and feels extremely comfortable and rested whilst the mind will be present, but in a state of deep calm and stillness.
Meditation and restorative practices are complimentary to more dynamic ones: we can train the mind just as much as we train the body.I teach meditation practices based on mindfulness, which pays attention to the breath and the body in order to bring awareness to the mind. Through awareness we can respond - instead of react - to life's events, and generally feel calmer and more connected to the world and the people around us. The aim is to live every moment fully, switching off the auto-pilot and making most of our lives.
The hot yoga sequence I teach is called Tapasya, which means "to be with intensity for the sake of transformation". It is a powerful, nurturing sequence of static postures designed by Kristin Campbell, practised in a studio heated to between 36 and 38 degrees. Following specific alignment and timing principles, you will systematically work the entire body to facilitate a safe, deep stretch, cultivating balance, strength and flexibility; being with intensity of the heat will challenge your focus exercising your mental stamina. Read more on how I started teaching hot yoga.