All bookings through the bookings link on our timetable and bookings page or by contacting Sarah. 077035996
I am delighted that my good friend and colleague Andy Gill will be running a workshop for us at The Yoga Hutch on March 17.
‘Finding freedom in your practice’
A day of Ashtanga Yoga practice & workshop exploration
With Andy Gill
Sunday 17 March
Morning Mysore Practice at The Yoga Hutch
9-10.45am or 11.15-1pm
Afternoon workshop at St Mary’s Community Hall.
Sarah and Andy will both assist your morning Mysore practice and in the afternoon Andy will work closely with his observations and share his perspective…
“I consider the practice of Yoga to be a healing modality that has the potential to bring freedom to your mind and body. However it can be a struggle to find that very freedom, and instead attempt to push and impose the postures on your body in ways that are less than optimal. Meeting Yoga in this way gets us no closer to personal freedom and may achieve the opposite as we struggle with the pain and injury that can often result from this approach.
I passionately believe in the healing power of Yoga, and that it can be practiced for life when approached with intelligence and understanding.
During the day through practice and workshop exploration I will to share information that will give you a better understanding of how to find more freedom, more space and more lightness in your yoga practice, thereby setting you on the path toward a more effort-less practice.”
The practice and workshop are available for everyone and all levels of experience are very welcome.
About Andy: Andy has been teaching Ashtanga Yoga for over 15 years. He is a 3rd Series practitioner and has the experience and knowledge to teach primary, 2nd and 3rd Series asana practice in the Ashtanga method. He has been practicing and studying Yoga for over 25 years, in particular with John and Lucy Scott.
As a Yoga teacher, a practicing Life Coach and an experienced Yoga practitioner in his 50s, Andy understands and respects the needs of the individual student, placing their needs at the heart of his teaching. He brings an intelligent, supportive, collaborative and non-dogmatic approach to teaching Ashtanga Yoga.
Andy is passionate about teaching Ashtanga and he draws upon his experience both as a teacher and coach to provide a supportive, nurturing and inspiring space in which he can facilitate the personal growth of his students through their practice.
I met Andy 12 years ago when he was assisting Gingi Lee at the Shala and we now work together on Thursday mornings at Stillpoint Yoga London.
The morning Mysore practice and the workshop is £55. There will a few spaces available for just the afternoon workshop £35
Please book through the timetable page for either the 9am or 11.15am practice at The Yoga Hutch. We all come together at St Mary’s Community Hall for the workshop. Please contact me if you would like to attend just the afternoon workshop
Introducing you to Mysore Practice
Saturday 23 March 3-5.30pm at The Yoga Hutch
Introduction to Mysore: An opportunity to learn what Mysore practice is, how and why we do ‘self-practice’ and to understand and feel the benefits of an Astanga self-practice.
During this introduction we will learn all about Mysore practice, a version of Ashtanga that aims towards cultivating a life-long self-practice and commitment with yourself.
Mysore style Astanga is a unique style of class where you practice in a group environment, but unlike other yoga classes, it is not a led class. Instead you come in and move through the practice at your own pace.
If this sounds daunting to you, then you are not alone. Mysore classes can seem intimidating at first – it seems like everyone else knows the sequence and is practicing advanced asana, so it can be off-putting to a beginner.
In this introduction we will demystify the practice. We will learn that Mysore practice is for EVERYONE – beginners, advanced, young, old, those with injuries, those in perfect health… everyone will benefit and it can be the perfect place to start a practice as well as to develop a long established practice and shift us from repetitive patterns into a healthy, mindful method of movement and breath.
Our intention is that this ‘Introduction to Mysore’ will give you the confidence and knowledge to come in and practice in our regular Mysore classes.
What is a Mysore Practice? Mysore refers to the traditional way of learning ashtanga yoga as taught by Sri K Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India. In a Mysore class students do their own practice while given individual instructions and hands on adjustments from the teacher. There is no fixed start time as you come in and begin at your own pace. Over time and after some practice with a ‘cheat sheet’ the intention is to learn the sequence. If you are used to guided class you will really notice the benefit of a quiet space where you move at your own pace with the rhythm of your breath. We will work closely with you to develop your ‘own’ practice. How far you go in the sequence is adapted to your own body, you have time to work and stay with difficulties and develop your strengths. It is only by self-practice that you progress deeper into the system of Astanga Yoga. By learning to listen to, and move in synchronicity with your own breath, you begin to draw in the senses and bring about a deeper sense of awareness. In this way your yoga practice will in time become like a moving meditation. Having your own practice is an invaluable tool that you will always be able to use whether you practice in a Mysore class or at home.
Overview: We have four Mysore classes on our timetable and would love to encourage each and everyone of you interested in an Astanga practice to come along.
I teach the Wednesday Mysore classes (morning and evening) and invite you to come and practice in a quiet space where you can really explore your practice with 1-1 assistance, advice and support. Kate teaches on a Thursday morning and this class is aimed particularly at those that are starting (although remember all classes are suitable EVERYONE)! Kate offers more verbal guidance and plenty of support and modifications if needed. Saturday morning is a well established and busy morning, come and join us and enjoy the collective energy and breath in the busy room, we often add a later time to accommodate everyones practice.
Some thoughts from our Mysore students…”I have not long started my yoga journey and was apprehensive about forgetting what comes next in a Mysore class or even how to get into poses but Kate has created a very safe space which has empowered me to own my individual practice. Mysore gives me the space to feel though the poses particularly those that I find challenging and enjoy my practice even more. I am very grateful to you and Sarah for all your encouragement.”
“As someone new to Ashtanga, guided classes felt safe and there was a comfort in practising along side others. So despite Kate’s reassurances about guidance and cheat sheets I was reluctant to try a Mysore class. However I am so pleased that I did. Working at my own pace I am able to connect with my breath and body to look inward and feel my way into the poses so that the experience is both satisfying and spiritual.”
“Thank you for the opportunity you have given me to learn and develop a personal practice. The Hutch is a much needed restorative sanctuary for my body and mind.”
“I am blessed to have you in my life, thanks for all the awesome tuition and sharing your knowledge.”
This is an intimate workshop for just six people and is £20.
Tap and breathe your way to balance
(another date to be confirmed)
In this highly informative, practical workshop, Lou & Kate will explain
Why our thoughts can take over and why we can feel on constant alert
Why breathing techniques are so incredibly important and powerful
Tapping tools to reduce unhelpful emotions or inner voices that hold you back Pranayama (breathing) techniques to manage your emotional and energetic state
“I’ve gone from feeling overwhelm, redness and anxiety every day to feeling calm, self-confident and alive again – it has been life changing and I cannot thank Lou enough for her expert guidance and support.” – EP
“Kate is a wonderful and understanding teacher and I look forward to each class. Not only is yoga great for my overall fitness and flexibility but it has also helped my deal with stress and the other curveballs thrown at us in our everyday lives” – JD
Spring 2019 Retreat: ‘Find your Balance’ Astanga and Restorative yoga Retreat with Sarah Vaughan and Becky Pell
6 -13 April 2019, at ‘YogaPulia’ in Southern Italy
YogApulia is a boutique retreat centre exclusively for yoga and meditation practice, set up and run by two friends of Sarah’s, dedicated yoga practitioners Mark & Nicola. it is an intimate space in tune with the natural rhythm of nature and incorporating principles of permaculture, where guests can escape from the demands of the modern world to deepen their practice in the beautiful, peaceful setting of the Valle d’Itria in Apulia, Italy.
Sarah and Becky will host their ‘Find your balance’ retreat at this wonderful place that incorporates the fundamental principles of yoga into everything they do, including living sustainably with nature and the seasons and giving back to the local community.
Please contact me (Sarah) 07703599609 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to reserve your space.