Q: What about beginners?
A: Beginners are welcome in all classes. This egalitarian approach is deliberate and a strong supportive group dynamic is the result – for beginners there is accessibility, for the more experienced, there is always challenge. We like to call it ‘free range’ Yoga.
Q: Why do you work in a circle?
A: It works. It centres the group – provides a collective focus. I guess it’s the egalitarian approach again, where it’s not just about ‘following the teacher’ but being part of something more. The candle provides a point of concentration that is always magical.
Q: ‘Why don’t you start the classes on the mats?
A: Unlike many yoga studios, I don’t rush to get out the mats. I prefer to start on the floor (carpeted of course), or against the wall or on the bolsters with slow, sensuous movements. Mats are added about halfway through so the dynamic can be revved up once students have warmed up. WE always finish the class with a LONG blissful relaxation.
Q: What about music?
My Yoga classes are invariably accompanied by music. It connects with the ‘feeling’ body and tends to bypass the analytical brain so that body and music can coalesce. I use both classical Indian music as well as a wide range of both classical and ‘world’ musical styles.