Yoga Series: Self-Care & The "Niyamas"

An online yoga series running this September that explores self-care through yoga’s “niyamas” to encourage us to better nourish our inner and outer landscapes.


Join me on the mat for a five-week yoga series and let me guide you through the five “niyamas” (personal observances) in relation to self-care and well-being.


Together, we'll explore insights, tools and practices to support and nourish us from the inside out, weaving together the sacred threads of body, mind and soul. Each week, we’ll use one of the “niyamas” as a starting point for movement on the mat, paying attention to how these ideas reflect in our daily habits off the mat.


We'll discover that self-care is not selfish but rather a way to take responsibility and ownership of our self and the reality we create for ourselves. We'll begin to nourish our inner and outer landscape in such a way that we develop a more balanced emotional and mental state of wellbeing.


Every class will include:

  • intention

  • asana

  • guided breath work

  • self-reflection

  • relaxation

Classes are all live-streamed online every Tuesday evening from 1st September to 29th September, and can be practiced in the sanctuary of your own space. You'll also receive a recording that you can access for 5 days in case you can't attend live.


Feel free to drop in for individual sessions (£7) that resonate or sign up to the series in full (£30).


Week 1: SAUCHA

Cleanliness & Purity


Saucha isn’t only to do with how we treat our body and the food we consume but also how we can use asana (physical postures) and pranayama (breath work) to clean the body from the inside out, remove toxins and energy blockages.


Saucha also relates to our environment. It asks us to examine any impurities that may be present in the spaces we inhabit and how they impact on our physical and emotional wellbeing. What is no longer healthy or nourishing for us? Saucha invites us to get curious about the "murky" parts of our being that need cleaning up so we can truly thrive.


Tuesday 1st September

19:30 - 20:30 on Zoom + recording

£7 per class | £30 for full series

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Week 2: SANTOSHA

Contentment


This beautiful "niyama" invites us to appreciate and accept all that we are and all that we have. It asks us to forgo refrains like "I'll be happy when..." and "If only...". When our contentment is constantly out of our reach, we are simply bonded more deeply to unhappiness.


Instead of giving up on our dreams and aspirations, Santosha encourages us to be content in the moment, and this acceptance allows us to move towards that which we want with more ease. It is a reminder that lasting peace and happiness lies within and is not reliant on external factors.


Tuesday 8th September

19:30 - 20:30 on Zoom + recording

£7 per class | £30 for full series

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Week 3: TAPAS

Discipline


Tapas is about accessing enthusiasm, passion and courage that fuels our purpose and enables us to show up, and see something through even when the goes gets tough. Even when we don't feel like it, we turn up on the mat because we know it'll benefit our well-being.


Tapas can also be experienced as a subtle pull, a quiet inner knowing. It's going for that daily walk because we know we'll feel better for it.


Tuesday 15th September

19:30 - 20:30 on Zoom + recording

£7 per class | £30 for full series

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Week 4: SVADHYAYA

Self Study


Patanjali says ‘study thyself, discover the divine’. Self study invites us to practice self-reflection so that we become more aware of what causes us harm alongside that, that brings us closer towards our essence, or ‘true self'.


Svadhyaya encourages us to follow what inspires us in an attempt to deepen our own knowledge. In studying, exploring and investigating ‘the self’, our thought processes and habits are revealed with clarity which ultimately empowers us to realise who and what we truly are.


Tuesday 22nd September

19:30 - 20:30 on Zoom + recording

£7 per class | £30 for full series

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Week 5: ISVARA PRANIDHANA

Surrender (to a higher power)


Isvara Pranidhana is about letting go of our expectations. It is trying our best, doing the work, and living fully and authentically, but then releasing the story and our desired outcomes.


This "niyama" encourages a deep trusting in the great mysteries of life and the belief that we are all held by something far greater than ourselves. This perspective can offer a feeling of liberation through surrender.


Tuesday 29th September

19:30 - 20:30 on Zoom + recording

£7 per class | £30 for full series

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