Yoga in County Durham
Yoga unites the mind, body, breath and spirit in a way that eases tension, reduces inflammation, and promotes health and well being. Regular practice will help you learn poses, correct posture and positioning for your body, improve your breathing, sense of wellbeing and outlook on life.
I am a qualified Vinyasa Flow & Yin Yoga Teacher accredited by Yoga Alliance Professionals. I have been practicing different types of yoga for many years but gravitated towards Vinyasa Flow in the past few years as I love the dynamic aspect of Vinyasa and focus on the synchronicity of the breath and movement. My practice and teaching is also informed by elements of Myofascial release and I also love teaching Yin yoga. I find Yin a good balance for the Yang or Vinyasa flow practices. My approach is primarily a functional rather than an aesthetic or alignment based approach to yoga. All of our bodies are different and I enjoy helping those in my class get the most out of their practice whatever their experience, level of flexibility or fitness. My teaching is also informed by my other profession as a counselling therapist and eco therapist and I integrate an element of mindfulness and holistic healing with my practice.
Yoga Classes in County Durham
I currently 2 weekly classes (more classes coming soon): One face to face and one live online class. Due to the covid physical distance guidelines the numbers for the face to face class are limted so please book! Please contact me for the Zoom link to join the class.
- Monday 6.30pm – Vinyasa Flow Face to face at St Johns Chapel town hall DL13
- Zoom class – contact me for details & more info by visiting www.yogawithalex101.com
Vinyasa Flow & Yin Yoga
Vinyasa is a style of yoga characterized by a variable sequence of postures with a flow from one posture to another, seamlessly, synchronizing with breath. There is a repetition of postures sequenced in the practice for building strength as well as flexibility. As a philosophy, Vinyasa recognizes the temporary nature of things. We enter into a posture, are there for a while and then leave.
While Vinyasa, or Vinyasa-Krama, dates back to the Vedic age—the earliest period of yoga thousands of years ago—it referred to a series, or sequence of steps, to make something sacred. The movement practice of Vinyasa is said to begin with T Krishnamacharya who has had the largest influence on how yoga, in general, is practiced today. Vinyasa is a breath initiated practice, that connects every action of our life with the intention of moving towards what is sacred, or most important to us.
Yin yoga is the opposite to vinyasa or dynamic ‘yang’ styles of yoga. It involves finding stillness in postures for several minutes at a time and being passive, relaxing the muscles so that there can be a hydrating stress to the connective tissue. Although it can be challenging in its own way it is also a calming and mediative posture in addition to being very good for releasing fascia and joint stiffness.
Enhance your Wellness and Calm your Mind
Yoga classes are great way to improve your endurance in other physical activities. After a run, or heavy workout, yoga will help your body relax while stretching, strengthening, and lengthening the muscles you were just working on.
Yoga not only helps improve your body, but also helps with mindfulness and meditation. It is important to take a break from daily life in order to focus on yourself and get clarity. Focusing on your breath during practice is key to staying in tune with your mind and body.