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YOGA SESSION

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Zoe is a qualified Sattva Yoga and Meditation teacher. She has spent the earlier part of this year studying and practicing abroad in India. Zoe trained at the Sattva Yoga Academy in Rishikesh. Sattva Yoga is a holistic yoga practice which using Pranayama, Himalayan Kriyas, Meditation, Mantra and Asana techniques.

Yoga is the spiritual path of self realisation and means unity in Sanskrit. It is a holistic health system which can improve the way we live. Through the various yogic practices mentioned above, we can modify and improve our intellect. We can become more aware of our thoughts and actions. Many of these can be reactive and destructive causing an array of mental and physical illness in the world today. When we can transcend our minds, we can ultimately live a more peaceful happy life in tune with nature and our true self. Living a yogic life is not only about a physical practice it also focuses on how we live morally as individuals, what food we eat, what environment we live in. It is a guide on how to live life fully. 

Yoga is the spiritual path of self realisation

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“You can not always control what goes on outside but you can control what goes on inside”

Pranayama is a yogic technique which works with the breath. Prana means life fore and Yama means tuning, so using our breath we can tune the subtle energy in our body. It is a very powerful technique and has many benefits such as calming, grounding and reducing anxiety. This practice can also increase the energy in ones body leaving you feeling invigorated .

Kriya means action which creates expansion. Kriya’s are movements which work with the energy in the body creating powerful shifts. Kriya’s have the capacity to reach the cellular level of the body. The Kriya’s from the Sattva Yoga tradition originate from the Himalayas. They include Meditative Kriyas which both stabilise and increase energy within the body, Laya movements which are devotional heart movements, Mantras which create sound vibrations and Chi movements which access the prana energy. All of these different forms of Kriya’s have different benefits to the body and mind. They can calm, ground and s tabilise or increase energy generating will power, determination, strength and the ability to transcend our ego.

The importance of meditation lies with its ability to allow one to start witnessing and observing the mind without judgement.

Meditation is one of the main practices of yoga. The importance of meditation lies with its ability to allow one to start witnessing and observing the mind without judgement. There are many different meditation techniques some which focus on the breath and others which use mantra to refine the mind and focus. Sattva Yoga incorporates both practices.

Ayurvedic Nutrition

Zoe is a qualified Ayurvedic Nutrition and Lifestyle Practitioner from the Ayurveda Pura Academy in London. Ayurveda is the science of life (ayur – science, veda – life). It is an ancient Indian holistic health system approximately 5000 years old.

“Ayurveda Represents A Balance Between The Physical And Mental States And Nature”

It is believed when these are out of balance illness presents. It is deeply connected with yoga. Yoga being the spiritual dimension of Ayurveda .

Body Constitutions or Doshas

It is believed in Ayurveda that everything within us and around us is made up of five different elements; space, air, fire, water and earth. These elements combine to form different body constitutions called doshas. Vata dosha is made of the elements space and air, Pita dosha is made of the elements fire and water and Kapha dosha is made up of the elements Water and earth. 

In Ayurveda, it is believed that at conception our Prakriti body constitution began to be formed and continued to be manifested until the day of birth. It is believed that our prakriti is our primary or natural body and energetic body.  Some influencing factors on how this is formed include: our parents constitutions at the time of conception, their physical and mental state at the time of conception, the mothers physical and mental state during the pregnancy and other environmental factors such as the time of year, season and weather.

For some individuals, over time, particular influences such as people on our lives, the environment and our way of living can cause an invisible “layer of dust” to cover this Prakrirti. This, in turn, forms an individuals Vikriti. An imbalance of vikriti can lead to difficulties with both physical and mental health. It can additionally lead to illness and disease.

The aim of Ayurvedic Practitioners is to help their clients to maintain optimum health and to restore themselves to their natural prakritis to achieve ultimate harmony.

To Correct An Imbalance We Use The Five Approaches, As Ayurvedic Medicine: Food, Herbs, Massage, Yoga And Ayurvedic Lifestyle.​

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