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Three Questions: Paul Fox

Three Questions: Paul Fox

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What is your favourite time of day to practice yoga and why?

PAUL: It should be sunrise or 6am, but I actually prefer late morning before lunch or late afternoon. Or if the sun is shining, any time of day out on the grass is a treat.What is the best amount of time to spend in a restorative posture?

When did you realise you wanted to teach yoga?

PAUL: I realised I wanted to practice yoga in 1995 when I watch my first teacher, Yogi Hari, give an asana demonstration that just blew me away. I fell into teaching by accident. I wanted to find out more about yoga and thought I’d do that by training to be a British Wheel of Yoga teacher. One thing led to another and now I have three yoga teaching qualifications, a PGCE and train people to be yoga teachers!

What would you recommend for a quick 15 minute practice?

PAUL: Sit cross-legged and centre yourself – 2 mins

General mobilisation – cat and lying twist for the spine, side stretches from extended child’s pose, downward dog for the hamstrings and to awaken bandha (core), low back-bend lifting away from the floor from lying on front to strengthen the back and open the front of the body – 5 mins

Sun salutations or earth salutations (sun salutations from kneeling) for dynamic breath and movement that will raise heart rate and blood flow – 5 mins

Sit cross-legged and do alternate nostril breathing (morning practice) or Savasana (evening practice) – 3 mins.

Thanks Paul!

 

Three Questions: Beverley Nolan

Three Questions: Beverley Nolan

bevHow did you discover restorative yoga?

BEVERLEY: Through my initial Iyengar Teacher training. In addition to the rigours of our 5am asana sessions, we practiced restorative every afternoon to prime us for the work in the evenings. So, I have always had Restorative as an integral part of my practice. What I feel is happening now is that interest in approaches like Restorative, Yin, and Scaravelli, which are perhaps more tamasic in feeling, are helping to restore sattva (harmony or balance) to the yoga world that has seen an explosion of rajasic practices like the dynamic, power, and hot approaches.

What is the best amount of time to spend in a restorative posture?

BEVERLEY: Firstly, like all asana practice, if something is uncomfortable or indeed painful you adjust or let it go. Depending on the pose, the duration could be anything to 5-15mins. The important thing to remember is not to stretch! As odd as that sounds, the practice is designed to deactivate aspects of the nervous system that are primed for action and put them into the back seat. Giving ourselves the permission not to do anything is probably the biggest challenge of the form.

Is yoga historically a men's practice or have women always done it too?

BEVERLEY: We have to remember that surviving documents and archaeological fragments are only a glimpse into the history of humanity’s search into the nature of being. It is true to say that many of the images and stories that have survived depict more male than female participants; but it is certainly not exclusive. I would imagine that along with many culture and traditions the Divine Feminine and the role of woman in understanding the nature of being will have at times been revered and encouraged, and at times will have suffered from the rise and dissemination of partriarchal influence. The important thing to remember is that Love is completely unconditional, completely unjudgemental and in fact totally indifferent to gender, and it is Love that lies at the heart of it all.

Three Questions: Rachael Moore

Three Questions: Rachael Moore

rachaelCould you explain how you went about learning to teach flow? Are there specialist training programme?

RACHAEL: Although I have always been drawn to more of a 'flow style yoga practice' I opted for a more general yoga teaching training when I took my first 200hr teacher training. I felt I wanted to have a good grounding and understanding of 'yoga' and how to teach safely and effectively whilst leaving room for my personal growth and exploration . Once I had a few years of teaching experience and I had had the chance to see what style of teaching I was drawn to and what felt 'authentic' to me in my teaching and practice, I took the decision to embark on a second teacher training specifically in the art of Vinyasa flow yoga with Claire Missingham. This second tt offered me the opportunity to explore all the layers that go toward making a rounded, accessible vinyasa class. As both a student and teacher of yoga , I feel I am constantly evolving and making subtle changes to how I interpret certain aspects of this practice. Both tt courses have enabled me to do this and also provided me with sound theoretical knowledge so as I can continue to grow as both a student and teacher of Yoga.

Why does yoga always make me so emotional? Sometimes I feel myself on the verge of tears in savasana and I have no idea why! Is this normal?

RACHAEL: Bless you! Yes it is normal and If we are honest I think we have all been there at some point in our practice. A regular practice will help to align not only the physical body but also our subtle anatomy. Our yoga practice teaches us about the intwined relationship between our state of mind, our breath and our bodies so it stands to reason that our passed experiences and our current emotional state is imprinted in our bodies which will affect the balance of our our energy and the harmony of our whole being. Energy is constantly moving around the body but through habitual holding patterns in the body, or past injury/trauma (emotional or physical) ,this energy can get blocked in certain places in the body. In our yoga practice, we stretch, strengthen, twist and fold our bodies, our bones, muscle , organs and skin and in doing so help release this blocked/stagnant energy both physically, energetically and also emotionally It is partly for this reason that you may notice a release of emotional energy seemingly unrelated to the specific moment at hand. Sarah Powers a well respected Yin yoga teacher, says in relation to this that "Yoga is a great way of moving these patterns through you... I suggest neither blocking nor seeking to mentally figure out these feelings as they emerge during your practice. Simply stay with the feeling-tone itself and notice the way it affects your experience in your body……There is nothing wrong with emotional release during our yoga poses, this is healing."

Q5) Do you think it's important to be able to do advanced poses? Should we always try to work towards these?

RACHAEL: Hmm…. Do I think advanced poses make you an advanced student of yoga? An emphatic 'no'! Do I think it is important to be working towards something and enjoy experiencing the journey as you travel toward the destination? An emphatic 'Yes'. It is good to challenge yourself, to take yourself out of your comfort zone , to work towards a different place from where you started, but at the same time, it should be done with a clear intention and approached in a mindful way. Yes some of the advanced poses will offer you increased strength and focus but only if your ready for them, otherwise there will be no sukha (ease) in the body, just Dukha (heaviness and dis-ease). There are many, many 'advanced' poses that I continue to practice and work towards. Some of these I may one day be able to achieve, others I will not. As Desikachar states 'we start where we are and with what we have, and whatever happens, happens". Enjoy the challenge of some of the more advanced poses but don't make it the goal of your practice. There is so much joy in discovering all the subtleties of this practice that to get hung up over never being able to perform an unsupported handstand (for example) would be such a shame!

Rachael Moore teaches Yoga Flow and Pregnancy Yoga at Camyoga. She is also a member of our esteemed teacher training faculty. Click here to view her class schedule.

Camyoga at the OM Yoga Show

Camyoga at the OM Yoga Show 2013

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We're very proud to have a big presence at this year's OM Yoga Show in London, the largest event of it's kind in Europe, with three open yoga classes and two talks as part of the business conference. We'll also have a stall at stand F7 throughout the entire weekend so come and say hello!

Camyoga Classes Fri 1.45-2.15 Open Class 1 Jivamukti Andrea Kwiatkowski

Sat 2.15-2.45 Open Class 5 Breathing for Better Living Louise Palmer-Masterton

Sun 3.45-4.15 Open Class 1 Core Strength Yoga Paul Fox

OM Yoga Business Conference Talks by Camyoga

Sat 15.30-16.00 Top 3 Challenges Facing Yoga Studio Owners in 2014 Louise Palmer-Masterton

Sun 4.45-5.30 the use of social media and marketing in yoga Louise Palmer-Masterton

Friday 25th October opening times 11am - 6pm Saturday 26th October opening times 10am - 6pm Sunday 27th October opening times 10am - 5pm

How to Get There:

Travelling to The National Hall, Olympia could not be easier, with rail and underground stations less than 1 minute's walk together with on-site parking.

OM Yoga show Olympia National London W14 8UX

Join Camyoga at the Om Yoga Show

Join us at the OM Yoga Show this October

Europe’s largest yoga event, the OM Yoga Show, is back for its 10th year at Olympia National bringing together the whole yoga community.

At OM Yoga Show you can visit over 200 exhibitors for training, clothing, mats, bags, book, dvds, equipment, nutrition, retreats, accessories plus lots, lots more.

Try different yoga styles from a choice of over 120 classes and experience in-depth workshops with world class teachers. There's even a kids section with children's classes for ages 4-11 alongside live stage demonstrations, entertainment and shopping opportunities galore.

Interested in becoming a yoga instructor? The Yoga Teaching Conference will tell you all you need to know about getting into teaching the exercise and, for those already teaching, how to develop retreats and workshops and what's needed to start a successful yoga studio.

- See more at: http://olympia.co.uk/whatson/yoga-show#sthash.cbKimFB2.dpuf

Europe’s largest yoga event, the OM Yoga Show, is back for its 10th year at Olympia National in London from the 25th to the 27th October and Camyoga will be exhibiting once again! Try out one of the workshops led by Louise Palmer-Masterton, or come and say hello to us on our stall!

IMG_3040At OM Yoga Show you can visit over 200 exhibitors for training, clothing, mats, bags, book, therapies, dvds, equipment, nutrition and food, retreats, accessories plus lots, lots more.

Try different yoga styles from a choice of over 120 classes and experience in-depth workshops with world class teachers. There's even a kids section with children's classes for ages 4-11 alongside live stage demonstrations, entertainment, not to mention plenty of opportunities for a bit of shopping.

Camyoga are proud to once again be running a stall at this event, whilst Louise Palmer-Masterton, the founder of Camyoga, will be leading a workshop - "Breathing for Better Living" on Saturday 26th October from 2.15pm - 2.45pm (Open Class 5). This workshop is free to ticket holders. Buy your tickets online here. Make sure you come and say hello to us on our stall!

Europe’s largest yoga event, the OM Yoga Show, is back for its 10th year at Olympia National bringing together the whole yoga community.

At OM Yoga Show you can visit over 200 exhibitors for training, clothing, mats, bags, book, dvds, equipment, nutrition, retreats, accessories plus lots, lots more.

Try different yoga styles from a choice of over 120 classes and experience in-depth workshops with world class teachers. There's even a kids section with children's classes for ages 4-11 alongside live stage demonstrations, entertainment and shopping opportunities galore.

Interested in becoming a yoga instructor? The Yoga Teaching Conference will tell you all you need to know about getting into teaching the exercise and, for those already teaching, how to develop retreats and workshops and what's needed to start a successful yoga studio.

- See more at: http://olympia.co.uk/whatson/yoga-show#sthash.cbKimFB2.dpuf

Europe’s largest yoga event, the OM Yoga Show, is back for its 10th year at Olympia National bringing together the whole yoga community.

At OM Yoga Show you can visit over 200 exhibitors for training, clothing, mats, bags, book, dvds, equipment, nutrition, retreats, accessories plus lots, lots more.

Try different yoga styles from a choice of over 120 classes and experience in-depth workshops with world class teachers. There's even a kids section with children's classes for ages 4-11 alongside live stage demonstrations, entertainment and shopping opportunities galore.

Interested in becoming a yoga instructor? The Yoga Teaching Conference will tell you all you need to know about getting into teaching the exercise and, for those already teaching, how to develop retreats and workshops and what's needed to start a successful yoga studio.

- See more at: http://olympia.co.uk/whatson/yoga-show#sthash.cbKimFB2.dpuf