For the past 20 years, I have mainly practiced King Yoga (also known as Karma Yoga or service to others), following the teachings and practices of Dr George King, a Western Master of Yoga and Founder of The Aetherius Society (www.aetherius.org), an international spiritual organisation dedicated to world peace and healing.
Having gained so many benefits from the spiritual aspects of yoga, I ventured into the physical or asana practices back in 2008 when my husband and I relocated to Portchester in Hampshire, a lovely coastal village between Portsmouth and Southampton. Here I discovered a yoga studio tucked away, teaching classic Hatha Yoga and Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. The benefits of asanas or postures soon became apparent – I became stronger, more flexible and found it easier to physically relax.
Having received such benefits, this inspired me to explore further by undertaking a Yoga Instructor qualification where I learnt and practiced a variety of yoga styles, including Iyenga, Vinyasana, Ashtanga and Restorative. I qualified in 2013 with the British School of Yoga (BSY) and I’ve had the privilege of practicing with some of the best yoga teachers in Hampshire.
However, in 2016 I discovered Yoga Nidra or Yogic Sleep as it's becoming better known as, and learnt the art of deep relaxation, through guided breath work, body awareness and visualisations. Having suffered with stress related anxiety and depression, I discovered that regular practice of Yoga Nidra gently allowed my body to switch down gears, quieten the constant mental chatter and come out rejuvenated, relaxed and very peaceful. It also helped me to start regularly practicing mindfulness and meditation techniques, something which I found very difficult to do in the past.
In April 2018, I qualified as a Yoga Nidra Instructor with Classical Yoga UK and am on a bit of a mission to introduce it to as many people as possible, it is so simple, anyone can do it and it has so many mental, emotional and physical benefits.
Yoga Nidra basically involves lying down for the majority of the practice and being gently guided through breath work, body awareness and visualisations, to induce the state of Yoga Nidra, and just left to be. Want to know more, just click here.
By blending both the physical and spiritual aspects of yoga, this has truly given me a purposeful and holistic way of life, which keeps me fit and healthy – mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally.
I would like to share this way of life with you, as much as possible, so you too can reap the benefits that both me and my husband continue to receive.
With love and blessings