Yoga with Soul
Our philosophy here at Yoga with Soul is to create an overall experience with your breath, mind and body; to align with your heart and soul.
Our amazing team of teachers do just that!
Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing a series of articles on how each Yoga with Soul teacher brings their own expertise and style to enhance your experience and practice.
All of our classes are unique, as yoga student Mali reveals in her immersive review of Discovery & Balance and Relax & Restore.
I hadn’t come across the concept of a yin and yang yoga practice before I attended two such classes at Yoga with Soul – Diana Brook’s new yoga studio in Caerphilly.
The first class ‘Discovery & Balance’ represents the yang, a practice all about strengthening and stabilising our bodies from the inside out.
From the outset, the emphasis is on having patience, with ourselves and our abilities. Dan encourages us to allow things to happen organically. For each posture he offers alternative options – none of which leave you feeling ‘less than’ or patronised but give the strong message that each of us can truly discover our own rhythm and capabilities. In other words, that we are empowered to unlock and to cultivate a meaningful relationships with our bodies. With Dan’s guidance a personal discovery begins. This is what is noteworthy about this class – it’s a collective practice that feels almost bespoke.
Discovery & Balance – Thursdays 6:30pm. Picture credit: yogamattershq
Without doubt Dan wants us all to move together towards a committed practice and to improve.
And we do, at least I do.
There is nothing like feeling your body growing, stretching and letting go – all done with care and kindness, using the breath to centre the experience.
We are strengthening from within, engaging and breathing into our muscles in order to build support. At times it is concentrated, even intense but we only go as far as our bodies will take us. It’s a considered intensity, one that drives the breath into every crevice, clearing the baggage and detoxing the mind, the benefits of which are felt immediately and throughout.
I’m left wondering how much better I’d feel after weeks of such a practice.
Then it’s time for the yin or as it’s known at this studio ‘Relax & Restore’. The postures in this class are all about giving the mind time to unwind. The pace slows down and we move even further into the breath. The postures are held for longer – this, along with the concentrated breathing is a gratifying experience – it’s as though this is what my body has been calling out for and the more I work through the practice, the more I can feel the physical delight.
Dan explains by remaining in these postures for longer we are allowing our bodies the time to release. That’s the point – to give the body a chance to adjust, shift, change and grow.
Relax & Restore – Thursdays 7:45pm. Picture credit: yogamattershq
Truly letting go is something we need to train ourselves to do.
Allowing ourselves to remain draped over a yoga bolster and trust that we are doing ourselves some good is hard. I kept thinking about the work I still had left to do once I arrived home but then… I surrender. I succumb. I let go.
I sleep better that night than I have in a while.
A restoration had happened, a cleanse.
At one point, Dan refers to us all as ‘golden’ and that’s exactly how I feel…golden.
I think you’ll agree as I continue to share this series of articles that we only have the best handpicked team of yoga teachers here at Yoga with Soul!