Christina’s classes incorporate mindful breathing synchronised with movement. Through the practice strength is developed, along with a deepened sense of calm and steadiness of mind.
Each class is personalised to the needs of individual or small group (how yoga was classically taught).
Before each individual class Christina will meet with you for a free 30 minute consultation to discuss your lifestyle and changes you might like to make, as well any injuries or chronic conditions, after which she will plan a class, or a series of classes for you.
Small group or family classes are also available. Christina specialises in beginners courses, therapeutic yoga for anxiety and stress, as well as yoga for healthy backs. Class sizes are kept deliberately small to ensure individual attention. Modifications are offered for all postures to ensure that all students can benefit from the practice. She also teaches private therapeutic yoga classes.
My teaching philosophy
Across the world people are taking up yoga in various forms. However, the way yoga is promoted is often perplexing. It is commonly promoted as a way to become super fit, or as an esoteric exercise. The original meaning and purpose of yoga is to achieve personal wellbeing.
“Yoga is an inner experience, a work-in within a workout” A.G Mohan, Yoga Reminder.
The essence of yoga is yogic mindfulness – achieving a state of lightness in the body and brightness in the mind. This state of mind is known as ‘sattva’, and is characterized by a sense of clarity and mental steadiness. This balance and strength of our mind and body is supported by the yoga practice – through asana (posture), pranayama (breathing exercises), meditation and other tools outlined in the Yoga Sutras of Pantajali. The Yoga Sutras, far from being an out-dated esoteric text, are a yoga psychology manual with parallels in positive psychology and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
The yoga practice also extends “off the mat”, bringing mental clarity to everyday life encounters.