Yoga creates space in the body through the practice of asana (yoga posture) and deep breathing, space in the head through focusing and relaxing the mind at the same time, and space for ourselves by dedicating a longer or shorter amount of time to deal with what is present in each moment. “Yoga gives us the capacity to create space: between one action and another, between one breath and another, between one thought and another, allowing emptiness to inundate our minds“. (Vanda Scaravelli). These are just some of the ideas Space for Yoga stands for.
Asana styles that I currently teach include Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga and Slow Vinyasa Yoga.
Space for Hatha Yoga
My teaching style of asana is rooted in a precise and detailed instruction of various yoga postures, to make sure you have a healthy and safe experience of the practice.
During a hatha yoga practice we will often use different props such as blocks, belts or walls to support our practice and to get to know the asanas, our bodies and our minds from different perspectives.
Space for Yin Yoga
Yin Yoga is a smooth and calming yoga practice. We will experience the asanas in a passive and slow way, with bent spines and hardly any muscular activity. This way, the movements focus on activating the deep layers of our bodies, such as the connective tissue in the form of fascia, joints, ligaments, cartilage and tendons.
Yin Yoga can complement more dynamic and stronger asana practices, and it both nourishes and energizes. In our fast moving society of performance, this practice can create some balance. Even though Yin Yoga emphasizes slowness and relaxation, it does not mean that the practice is always comfortable or easy. On the contrary, at times it can be quite intensive: “Yin yoga is not meant to be comfortable; it will take you well outside your comfort zone. Much of the benefit of the practice will come from staying in this zone of discomfort, despite the mind’s urgent pleas to leave.” (Bernie Clarke)
Space for Slow Vinyasa Yoga
Slow Vinyasa Yoga is a flowing asana practice. We move through posture by posture in the rhythm of our own breath. This is exactly the meaning of this type of practice: “Vinyasa” describes a fluent transition from one state into the next. We take it slow, work with our strength and breathe deeply, while at the same time being aware of our movements in space.
I very much look forward to practicing with you!