Can you practice Yoga purely as a form of sport, without believing in its system of values?

Yoga is not a belief system, yogi is not a believer, yogi is a seeker. We start our yoga journey at different points and circumstances in our life, very often interested in purely physical results. But this is where the power of yoga is, it is a path of seeking and discovering. When you’re constantly encouraged to listen to your breath, observe your body in every yoga class, sooner or later you will notice that there is more to this ancient science than just stretching and toning the body. I remember my first yoga class, the only reason I went there was my back pain that was getting worse and worse. I didn’t know anything about yoga and my colleague said it might help. I remember confusion, frustration as my body was so out of balance. I cried in savasana hearing words: let go, let go of everything…. what a relief for this stressed corporate worker that I was back then. I didn’t expect that reaction, these emotions. It wasn’t comfortable, nobody else cried, what would they think about me. But there was a part of me that didn’t actually care and wanted to learn more.
And if you told me back then that one day I’d be meditating for 11hours a day, I would think you’re mad. And yet, here I am, over a decade later seeing my own practice and what I want to teach from a very different perspective. We have our own time and pace to experience and understand certain aspects of yoga. And if you want to just stretch and relax, that’s fine. But yoga is more like a marathon, rather than a 100m sprint so you may get bored pretty quickly when focusing on just stretching 😉

From a perspective of a teacher I’ll add that this is our, yoga teachers’ big responsibility to continue communicating all the potential of this practice, as best as we understand and experience it and the students we meet will walk their own path of self discovery and take what resonates with them, what and when they are ready to understand and embrace in their practice. This superficial layer of yoga advertised in the media as exercise with catchy titles like- sixpack in 20min power yoga class, calm mind in 5mins etc will continue to be there but it’s up to us, yoga practitioners, both teachers and students to make sure we do not stupefy yoga. And at the end of the day it’s better to ‘do some yoga’ than not moving at all, right?

Online Live Yoga Sessions

Current situation is quite unusual and will be affecting more and more of us this way or another.
I truly believe we need to have a practice, rituals that help us to stay sane in times of challenges and uncertainty.
As I continue my own yoga and meditation practice daily, I’m also doing what I can to encourage and support you in practising too, with whatever tools I have available. Practices like yoga and meditation with their calming and balancing effects are needed now more than ever.

Therefore we’re going online with our yoga classes and sound relaxation.
I know that online session are not the same as face to face classes in our lovely studio, also some of us may start worrying about the financial situation therefore I’m reducing the pricing of all the classes.

Reduced prices for online sessions:
– drop-in single class – £8
– block of 6 classes (2 months expiry from purchase date) – £45
– monthly – unlimited access to all classes for a month – £40
*these prices do not apply to special events, like Gong Baths, workshops etc

If you’re interested in joining, please follow these steps:
-please make a payment up to 30 min before the start of the class. This will give me enough time to send you the link to access the class. Classes will shows different payment options, choose the. You can pay via PayPal or credit/debit card. You’ll receive a link 10-15 min before the start
-if you purchase a block of 6, please let me know on the day that you’re joining so I can send you the link to the class you’re interested
-if you’re on a monthly option, you’ll be sent the link automatically to each open class for a month. Monthly members additionally receive the recordings of the sessions so they can practice again on their own.

We meet via ZOOM platform – if you use the desktop/ ZOOM app – on the phone so please make sure you have the app installed on your phone and you’re logged in to start the class. The use of this platform is very simple.

You will need space to move during the session, you may ventilate the room before the session.
You may want to use the yoga mat but please do not panic if you don’t have one. Any cotton rug, blanket or carpet will do ? You may also want to prepare a blanket or cushion to sit on or cover the body in savasana – your final relaxation.

I hope you’ll join me so we continue practising together, stay connected and support each other even if we’re not able to meet at the studio.

Hugs to you all , Benita