Yoga is a wonderful way to develop a healthy body a calm mind and a happy soul! With regular practice you just feel better every way, physically when you move around, when you sit still, and emotionally both on and off the mat.
I'm passionate about helping people achieve that, whether it takes the form of the immediate buzz after a single class, some relief from physical discomfort after a few months, and maybe even contributing to more dizzy heights of physical freedom and serenity that come with the years of practice!
Yoga prescribes various ways of living as guidelines for finding happiness. For the most part, they're not so hard - don't steal, do everything in moderation, don't harm anyone or anything. But the devil's in the detail, and really sticking to these when things get a little tough is when their power really shows.
The consideration that really resonates with me is Satya (truthfulness). More than simply being truthful to others, truthfulness to oneself and one's own nature requires active pursuit towards self-understanding, as well as courage and inner strength. It's a tough challenge but the rewards are worth it - offering a profound sense of peace and purpose, unleashing personal potential and presenting new opportunities in life. It also enables relationships with others to be based on more honest premises.
When I teach, I incorporate methods to encourage and develop self-awareness, and truthfulness to the self - although you might not realise it when you're in a headstand! My sequences weave together postures that build strength and integrity to take on the challenge, and flexibility to adapt to a continuously changing environment. Meanwhile they develop connection with the breath as a 'voice' for the self.
By playing and experimenting in class you also have the opportunity to explore how you react to various challenges on a physical and emotional level. And achieving a challenging pose translates positively into daily life.
More on the styles I teach...
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Physical, mental and emotional freedom
Yoga is a wonderful way to develop a lean, supple body, a steady mind, and a sense if inner fulfillment, joy and compassion. With regular practice you just feel better in every way: physical movement becomes more free and easy, you find comfort sitting in stillness in your body and in your mind, and emotionally you lighten up both on and off the mat. A single class is enough to find an immediate buzz, while a few months of steady practice will often result in surprising improvements in terms of outlook on life, easing of chronic pain or troubles, and improvements in physical ability.
Natalie's classes centre around developing an empowering, intuitive practice which is adaptable for the body on any given day, season, place or time. They range in intensity from strong, invigorating Vinyasa to super slow, soothing and introspective Yin. Yet they all encourage and develop self-awareness by meeting the student at the level that is accessible yet challenging and offering plenty of opportunity to explore and the body and mind, leaving a sense of being both energised and deeply nourished.
Natalie's training includes: Yoga Alliance 200hr (Vinyasa); Yin Yoga (Sarah Powers 100hr); Strala Guide (Tara Stiles); Yin Immersion (Norman Blair); Kundalini Immersion 40hrs (Gurmukh); Ashtanga Immersion 40hrs (Kino MacGregor)
Natalie has practiced yoga for over 15 years and has been teaching since 2014. Her main teaching styles are Vinyasa, Yin and Strala yoga which range from strong and dynamic to slow and releasing. The common thread is an emphasis on intuition, natural movement to unleash greater freedom physically, mentally, and energetically.