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Akasha Yoga

Address:
Halstead, Essex, CO9 4SW
Phone: 07921913398
Website Address: https://www.akashayogaessex.com
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Hello, my name is Amanda, thank you for visiting Akasha Yoga.

Let me tell you about my yoga journey. After the birth of my daughter I was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease. Conventional medicine (of which I had worked in for 10 years) couldn’t help me. Because of this I started my quest in looking into alternative medicine….. something very strange for one who had been working in primary care and hospitals for so long!

I began looking into many different ‘alternative therapies’; Reiki, Colour therapy, Aromatherapy, Flower remedies, Homeopathy to name a few. Then one day I noticed that my local gym was advertising yoga classes, so I thought I’d give it a go ….I remember thinking " Isn’t Yoga supposed to chill you out? I’m not very flexible though!" (Sound familiar?!) Despite my reservations I gave it a go. After my first class I was smitten. There was something it did to me…. couldn’t quite figure out what……was it the stretching? Breathing? Mediation?

My body became stronger and more flexible, my mind stronger, steadier and focused. My attitude to myself changed. Mind, body, spirit in unison; I was healing.

I wanted to share the remarkable power of yoga with others so after practicing for 3 years I was able to begin my year long foundation course with The British Wheel of Yoga (BWY). From here I then completed a further 2 years study with the BWY to gain my certificate in teaching.

​I draw inspiration from many styles of yoga and movement therapy, from Hatha, therapeutic, Vinyassa, Taoist, Yin, Qi Gong and Jivamukti.

I hold a 400 hour BWY Yoga teaching certificate have  gained qualifications in teaching Restorative and Yin Yoga.

AKASHA आकाश;  'Space'

"For me, yoga is about creating 'space'. space in the body, space in the mind and a beautiful space in which to practice".

My Hatha classes are suitable for all levels, including beginners. Hatha Yoga aims to balance the mind and body with the practice of physical postures (asanas) to increase your bodies strength and flexibility, breathing techniques (pranayama) and the calming of the mind through mindfulness, relaxation and meditation.

Hatha

MY CLASSES

Anodea Judith

"The breath is the central key that unlocks the body and opens the realms of the heart"

Hatha into Slow Flow

My Hatha Slow Flow classes are a sumptuous blend of physical exercises (asana), breath control (pranayama), mindfulness and/or mediation. Our bodies are gently warmed up the body before working into slow flow, linking movement with the breath to create grace and ease within the mind and body. Class is finished with a gentle cool down and blissful Savasana.

Slow flow is slower than vinyasa flow and can be extremely rewarding, since it allows you to be more aware of your body as you take your time with transitions and you hold poses for longer periods of time.

During class we delve into the philosophy of yoga, physical and energetic anatomy and the fundamentals of mindfulness which then gives tools and techniques to take yoga off your mat and into everyday life.

Open to beginners.

Restorative

Restore and rewind classes consist of gentle postures  held with the support of bolsters, blankets, cushions and blocks to allow the muscles to soften and let go and the nervous system to come back into balance. A truly relaxing experience for mind, body and spirit.

During class we approach the fundamentals of mindfulness and relaxation which gives you insights to take off your mat and into everyday life.

Suitable for all levels, including beginners and those with injuries.

Yin

Yin postures are held for a longer period of time; generally anywhere from1 to 5 minutes. Unlike restorative, gentle sensation (stretch or pressure) is usually present. The aim of Yin is to stretch, pressurise and release the deeper layers of connective tissues of the body (tendons, ligaments and fascia). The poses also work as a type of  Acupressure as the meridians (energy lines) are stimulated so Chi (energy) can flow freely.

As poses are held for long periods, students are invited to focus on the breath,  'let go' and relax as they experience patience, quiet and mindful enquiry.

During class we delve into the philosophy of yoga, physical and energetic anatomy and the fundamentals of mindfulness which then gives tools and techniques to take yoga off your mat and into everyday life.

At present I do not teach Yin as stand alone classes, instead the practice is incorporated into my other classes

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