Ashtanga Yoga now at Manadon
Ashtanga Yoga at Manadon Sports Hub every Friday morning 10am-11am.
£7 per session or £6 (block cards/student/unwaged)
Karen is a very experienced, approachable and supportive teacher who aims to make Ashtanga Yoga accessible to everyone. Having practised many forms of yoga throughout her life, she discovered Ashtanga Yoga in her 40's after it was suggested as a solution to her back problems, and immediately noticed that it differed from other forms of yoga and exercise in the way it had a huge positive effect on her emotional as well as her physical well being.
Karen is a registered RYT 200 teacher and now also an Associate level 2 member of the Yoga Alliance Professionals. She teaches a multi-level approach so classes are accessible to all levels of ability, and has a great deal of experience with complete beginners, modifying and assisting with postures as necessary.
Over the last decade Karen has been lucky enough to further train with many leading Ashtanga teachers around the World such as Sharath Jois (paramaguru/lineage holder) of Ashtanga Yoga), Manju Jois, Kino Macgregor, David Swenson, Doug Swenson and Ryan Spielman...and feels honoured to continue to share their teachings with an amazing community of students.
Ashtanga Yoga is a dynamic and energetic form of yoga in which postures are linked in a flowing sequence through careful synchronisation of deep, regular breathing that uses the whole lung capacity - a process producing intense internal heat and a purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs.
This sequence provides routine and structure as well as a physical challenge and, with the additional focus of listening to the breath (there's no music for this reason), as well as 'gaze points', the senses are actively drawn inward allowing practitioners to move through the Ashtanga primary series with complete awareness and presence, transforming the physical practice into a 'moving meditation'.
These three focal points of breath, asanas (postures and bandhas) and dristi (gazing point), known as the Tristhana method, sets Ashtanga Yoga apart from other systems of yoga.
The physical benefits of regular Ashtanga Yoga practice include improved circulation, improved digestion, increased oxygenation of the blood, greater strength and flexibility in muscles (especially core muscles), as well as spinal flexibility and improved posture. The result is a light and strong body, and a calm mind. So you feel better in both mind and body after a relatively short time!
Recently Karen won the Move GB award of best yoga instructor in Plymouth and also the Muddy Stiletto award of best yoga instructor in Devon.
She loves being able to share this practice and to watch students progress. The great thing is that it is accessible to everyone. You don’t have to be flexible or have any experience to start, you just need to start.
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