In Maria’s yoga classes you can expect to experience the classical ‘hatha’ yoga ‘asanas’ or ‘postures’, alongside ‘pranayama,’ or ‘breath awareness’ and some aspects of yoga ‘nidra’ and meditation. A relaxation at the end of the class will encourage the body to rest. We will also ‘sit’ and pause for a minute or two, to adjust, before getting on with everyday life.
The Scaravelli approach to yoga encourages you to explore and investigate movement within the postures. Vanda describes this process herself as an exercise in freeing the body in order to set the mind free. She insists that this process cannot take place until all the pushing and pulling has ended.
This way of working is suitable for all levels of participants; it requires you to cultivate an ability to observe the body and the breath, to wait, to soften and invite the feeling of lightness and energy that the ground will give back to the spine.
In short, we explore ways to rest down into gravity and undo the damage caused by our modern lifestyles: the time we spend sitting hunched over our devices and screens, wearing constricting clothing and shoes, breathing shallowly and holding our bodies in tension and with tension.
Maria is an experienced teacher with The Inner Yoga Trust accredited by The British Wheel of Yoga. She completed her 3 year (500 hour) training in 2012. Trained by Jenny Beeken, herself a former student of B.K.S Iyengar, she teaches movement intuitively, with a strong focus on awareness and integrity of movement.
STMRCC – St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Normandy Street, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 1DN.
RPH – Ropley Parish Hall, Church Street, Ropley, Hampshire, SO24 0DJ.
FMVH – Four Marks Village Hall, Lymington Bottom, Four Marks, Hampshire, GU34 5AA.
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