Next week I will be attending the wonderful, fun and exuberant David Sye's workshop. The first time I experienced David's Yoga which, is an incredibly fun experience, was at the Yoga Show last year, when he gave all of us a chocolate button to suck on as we did our practice. David is considered to be the bad boy of Yoga by some, but I don't believe that to be the case at all, as he is able to bring a fluid spontaneity to the practice of Yoga which can sometimes be lost in very formulaic environments like the world we live in today. Sye has divided his workshop into two sections 'Fun is the easy road to advanced postures (and consciousness)' which I think shows his great sense of vitality, and then 'Meditations into the Heart of Love', which again shows the deeper intrinsic value in the practice. David's general Yoga style is known as Yoga Beats, please do visit his website yogabeats.com or watch some of his fun youtube clips. I will let you know how I get on and will hopefully have a photo or two from the experience.
I am very excited to say that from next week, I will be joining the team at Te, London. They have taken over the studio that I was originally teaching at in Parsons Green, originally known as Manuka. Te is a fitness boutique that takes on a highly tailored approach for its' clients and I am delighted to be joining them. I will not only be teaching from their new Parsons Green studio on a Thursday night at 6.30pm, but also offering private sessions in their gorgeous studio through them. Please take a look at their website and if you would like to book into a class please do so online.
Last week I went for the most amazing massage ever! I lay on this water bed while Ben Barnett massaged me from both the top and underneath. The water bed allowed Ben to massage my back and my underneath body whilst I relaxed on my back, so there was no turning over during the treatment. Although Ben is highly qualified in so many areas of massage including pre and post natal, he insisted on giving me his signature treatment. The signature treatment was a massage meditation, so Ben talked me through my massage and really made me breath through any of the tougher bits. I have to say there were no moments of grinding teeth, as the water bed allows your body to move in so many different ways. The way Ben took me through the massage was incredibly intuitive, he would pin point exactly what the areas of tension in my body meant with regards to my life, without even asking any questions related to it. Ben then highlighted the main points at the end of my treatment, which really were so spot on. I left the treatment room feeling incredibly open and perhaps more importantly with a clearer idea of the direction of my life. I had to go off and teach a group class afterwards and I am happy to say that Ben left me feeling refreshed and revitalised, full of good energy, so that I was able to proceed forward with my day.
Yesterday Ben sent me a recording of my treatment, which again was another form of meditation. The fact that the session was recorded allowed me to really relax and not have to try to remember what he had said.
I have been recommending Ben to all my clients, so please do get in contact with him and do mention my name if you do. He is at Triyoga Chelsea on Thursdays and on New Burlington Street on Wednesdays. I am not entirely sure of the rest of his movements, but I do know he also does freelance. www.benbarnett.org
or phone him on 07891339943.
On Friday I experienced the beauty and joy of Rivkah Parker's singing at the Mind, Body and Spirit fair. Rivkah is a highly accomplished Yoga teacher and I am honoured to have her in my life as one of my teachers. Rivkah launched her new Kirtan and general music CD at the show, her performance was moving, uplifting and fun. I purchased a CD for myself and would highly recommend getting hold of one from her www.liquidgoldyoga.com. If you wish to sample her music, I suggest coming to one of her classes on a Friday night at Triyoga where she usually chants on her harmonium towards the end of the class.
I am very happy to say that I have finally organised my Reiki room in my home. It really is a beautiful space with beautiful energy.
While I play healing music that lulls you into a sense of calm, candles flicker in the background. To commence with, I encourage the Reiki receiver to open their heart space, this is facilitated by a short meditation on all the chakras of the body (energy centres at different points in the body). I then encourage the Reiki receiver who is at this point lying on the therapy bed to totally give in and just allow any feelings of relaxation to take over their body.
I love giving a Reiki session and I usually lose myself in the music, forgetting what time it is. Reiki receivers will often find that they fall asleep and then wake up with a wonderful sense of well being. This sense of calm and well being tends to continue for several days after. I find Reiki really useful for people who are going through a lot of stress or trauma or just need some TLC.
Reiki sessions usually last for an hour and are in the region of £30.