I can't believe it's been a year already since I started teaching yoga in Barking.
Last year I joined The Bath House in Barking team, a group of dedicated therapists and teachers who are very passionate about their work and willing to help people improve the quality of their lives. It's all about promoting wellbeing, happiness, body and mind awareness and at the same time creating a nice community around these values. Everyone is welcome, prices competitive and quality of service top end :)
As a yoga teacher and part of the team I've been also involved myself in promoting a healthy lifestyle and a message of yoga at The Boathouse in Barking. I've started first by offering a regular open yoga classes (for all levels). At some point I've realised how important it is to dedicate some time to people who have never done yoga, only heard about it, maybe have seen some videos on you tube and may have some reservations about it. Some people would be simply to afraid to come to a regular class having an image of a fit, young, super-flexible girl in their mind. My aim is to encourage as many people as I can to try yoga to have this first hand experience and really feel what it's all about. This is why at some point I started running yoga for beginners, a specially designed 6 weeks course for these students who want to go slowly through the poses, modify them if needed, learn the breathing techniques and meditation. Over the months I welcomed to my yoga classes / courses quite a few new yogis and yoginis and it is a true joy to observe their journey. We're creating a nice and friendly yoga Barking community in East London. If you are looking for a vinyasa flow yoga classes in East London, don't look any further, please see my SCHEDULE here and CONTACT ME if you have any questions.
Some of my long-term students kindly agreed to share their stories of working with me. These are very inspirational words of people who already discovered benefits of a regular yoga practice on many levels, physical and emotional.
1) What was your situation like before you joined my yoga classes?
Before starting yoga with Benita I was working long hours and finding it hard to relax or switch off. I was also having issues sleeping. In general, I have also always struggled with coordination and, in particular, balance, so someone suggested to me that I try yoga in order to connect more with my body and learn methods for relaxation.
2) What reservations (if any) did you have about yoga or coming to yoga class?
I was slightly nervous that I wouldn't be able to keep up with the class and that I would look silly, as I'd never done yoga before. However, Benita makes the class accessible to all levels of experience, so this wasn't a problem at all.
3) What has the regular yoga practice with me been like?
I have gained so much from doing the beginners course and now my weekly yoga class. The class is a safe environment where I have an opportunity to completely focus on myself. Benita talks you through everything and encourages you to push yourself if you can, but doesn't put any pressure on you. Each week I can feel myself being more able to move in different stretches. It has become one of the highlights of my week.
4) What is the one best result you have got from with working with me?
There have been lots of good results, I'm better balanced, stronger and have really noticed the difference in the tone of my body. However, I'd say the best result is how much it has helped me to relax. I am sleeping better and am using the breathing techniques we learn in class to help me clear my mind and switch off from work. This has had a dramatic impact on my wellbeing.
They say that summer is over. And I guess they're right since I found few spiders looking for a nice, quiet spot in my flat. These little creatures remind me of the end of summer every year. And I don't mind really (the end of summer I mean, not the spiders ;). I like autumn with everything changing and maturing, warm colours, plums, walnuts, mushrooms and chestnuts and I'm always looking forward to these nice autumn sunny days in the park or countryside with slightly sharper sunset light and fresher air.
But it's a pity that people may stop smiling at each other. Yes, I do mean smiling at strangers, here in London, where most don't even look at each other.
Since I started my fascinating yoga journey I focus more on my emotions, on my mind and its fluctuations, on my body and its aches and pains. And I'm also trying to pay more attention to other people as teaching yoga means serving others and sharing the knowledge of yoga with others. It was a big shift for me from self-centred corporate worker, having a tensed, always 'ready to fight' body, including a tension in my face and particularly my jaw to having relaxed, more aware and calm body and mind today. No grinding teeth, no jaw tension any more. When at some point I was able to relax my face and notice other people around me, some of them started smiling at me. First I just thought it was the weather, the Sun making people happy. It is probably true, but only partially. Because what I realised after few weeks (yes, it took me some time to figure it out) is that my face when relaxed and happy in the present moment is simply smiling. So probably some of these strangers were just smiling back at me. But what it also means is that it's natural to smile when we feel good. It's natural and we can smile unintentionally. Not when we are watching a comedy, listening to a friend's joke, reading a funny story or watching something on youtube. Completely natural smile at the Sun, present moment, where we are in our lives, what we have and what we don't have.
Let's try appreciating what we have a bit more, catching the last summer sunny moments and let's try not loosing a smile on your faces when the winter comes :)
Yoga Classes Forest Hill at MindBody Therapy Centre - South London
Another exciting news :) I've started teaching yoga in Forest Hill, South London @ MindBody Therapy Centre.
Two classes every Tuesday
18:30 - 19:30 beginners
19:45 - 20:45 all levels
120 Stanstead Road, Forest Hill, London SE23 1BX
Spread the word and drop in if you're around.
For more details or to book please contact MindBody Therapy Centre.Read More...
Hallo lovely people :)
I'm very happy to announce that we are running another beginners course @ Barking Bathhouse.
This course is for anyone who would like to try yoga for the first time or simply explore the basics of the yoga practice.
NEW TO YOGA?Vinyasa Yoga for Beginners - 6 weeks CourseThis is a great introduction to yoga for new students. In this course we will take an in-depth look at some fundamental yoga poses (asanas) and will be introduced to pranayama (breathing techniques) and meditation.This course will also help you develop the physical fitness and you will learn useful hints and tips to take on to any other physical activity.I will lead you through this course, in an individualised way to deepen your awareness of the connection of the body and mind, to recognize how you can support your goals in life through the yoga practice, while developing fitness, flexibility and peace of mind.Course will start on 31st March, every Monday 7pm – 8pm, finish 19th May (21st April & 5th May - Bank Holiday).Barking BathhouseBarking Learning Centre (BLC), 1st FloorTown Square, Barking, IG11 7NBCost only £40 for 6 classes!Please contact me here, via FB page www.facebook.com/BenitaYoga or contact the Barking Bathhouse team on 020 8227 2991, email@example.com to book your place.
Yoga Classes in Energise Health Club in Goodmayes
This is exciting... we are starting new vinyasa yoga classes @Energise - health club for women on 29th Jan 2014.
Every Wednesday 11:30am - 12:30pm
5 Brooks Parade
Goodmayes, IG3 9RT
For more details or to book please contact Energise Health Club.
Sri Lanka – the journey that is changing my life
The beginning of a year inevitably brings to my mind all the things that happened last year. I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since my teacher training, few weeks spent on looking into myself in a truly magic scenery. When signing up for the course I knew I’d learn a lot, the school I choose was highly recommended to me. But I don’t think I expected to find out so much about myself. So I went… and what happened?We mostly are aware of the good things about ourselves, values that us and people around us appreciate. And these good qualities make us feel nice, comfortable and safe. But what about our fears, anxiety, laziness, dullness…. the emotions we are all familiar with, but very often not wanting to think about? Nobody wants to be afraid, lost, confused, angry….. and these negative emotions can really paralyse our minds and affect our actions sometimes. The way we are very often dealing with ‘bad days’, negative thoughts, emotions is by finding lots of things to distract our mind, to occupy it with something. It may help, but only short-term. So we buy and we buy more, we meet lots of people, we go out, we meet more people, we get busier at work and busier after work and then at some point we cannot stop, we cannot stay still any more.I know now how important it is in today’s hectic life to find some time to be simply quiet, reconnect with our body, it’s needs and to start observing our minds. Awareness and being present. This is what we need right now. I’m not trying to play a wise guy here, I’ve simply realised one important thing – we constantly look out for happiness outside, but the happiness is inside us, this is where we need to look. When you realise it, everything changes.So when you start planning your next holiday break, you may want to try something different for a change – a retreat for your body and mind maybe? Loads to offer in the market with yoga, meditation, breathing exercises, dancing, singing, healthy cooking, delicious food and open hearts of wise and experienced teachers. If you surrender to this journey, you may be surprised where it takes you.Let me also note one thing – they don’t wash your brain there and yoga is not a religion, I heard it few times :). You are just being given simple tools used for thousands of years to help you to live a happy and conscious life on this planet.And a real fun starts when you come back home and try incorporating what you’ve learned into your daily life. Good Luck :).
Vinyasa Yoga for Beginners Course.
Another great yoga offer this year :)For anyone who would like to try yoga for the first time or simply explore the basics of the yoga practice.NEW TO YOGA?Vinyasa Yoga for Beginners - 6 week CourseThis is a great introduction to yoga for new students. In this course we will take an in-depth look at some fundamental yoga poses (asanas) and will be introduced to pranayama (breathing techniques) and meditation.This course will also help you develop the physical fitness and you will learn useful hints and tips to take on to any other physical activity.I will lead you through this course, in an individualised way to deepen your awareness of the connection of the body and mind, to recognize how you can support your goals in life through the yoga practice, while developing fitness, flexibility and peace of mind.Course will start on 17th February, every Monday 7pm – 8pm.Barking BathhouseBarking Learning Centre (BLC), 1st FloorTown Square, Barking, IG11 7NBCost only £40 for 6 classes!Please contact me here, via FB page www.facebook.com/BenitaYoga or contact the Barking Bathhouse team on 020 8227 2991, firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place.
I'm happy to announce a New Year's offer for Yoga classes in Barking Bathhouse in London
Regular prices for a course of 10 classes are :
£60 for 10 weekday classes Now only £50*
£70 for 10 weekend classes Now only £60*
*This offer is available to purchase until the end of January
with 3 months expiry from purchase date
If you're thinking of a more regular yoga practice this year it's a great way to start. Paying for 10 classes will motivate you to stick to your plan and now it's cheaper than ever...... only £5 per 1h yoga class!
Vinyasa yoga is a further developed form of Hatha Yoga based on a sequences of breath-synchronized movements used to transition between sustained postures. This form of yoga offers a range of health benefits to those who practice it, as it encompasses all areas of mind, body and spirit. The flowing, dynamic and continual movement, from one pose to another gives you a cardiovascular benefit. The routine practice of vinyasa yoga can increase muscle strength, endurance, flexibility and reduce levels of stress.
Benita has been a dedicated yoga practitioner for over 10 years, received her RYT200 - level1 yoga teacher certificate in Sri Lanka (YogaArts School) and RYT300- level2 in Bali, Indonesia (YogaArts School), accredited by Yoga Alliance Professionals. Her classes are a creative and joyful experience with strong connection of mind and body, resulting in feeling energised but also balanced and calm. Suitable for all levels. read more