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|About||Ashtanga yoga teacher & sound therapist based at The Mandala, Preston. Also runs yoga & sound events and teaches yoga at Cardinal Newman college.|
Hi, I'm Emma. I teach and practice ashtanga yoga. I am fortunate to have completed my 200 hour teacher training with John Scott, one of Pattabhi Jois' dedicated students and a truly inspirational teacher.
I fell in love with ashtanga yoga during my first class. I had no idea what to expect but after that first 75 minutes I went home and declared that I was hooked.
The practice is energetic and flowing, it feels like a dance to the rhythm of the breath, yet it creates peace in body and mind. It requires us to focus on moving in time with our breath while we make and hold a series of shapes (asana). This requires focus and therefore we have no time to think and our minds are at peace. We breathe deeply and slowly which calms the nervous system.
The physical practice is a set sequence which works every part of the body building strength, flexibility and balance as well as cardiovascular strength.
I have found that the practice gives me space to check-in with my body and mind to see how I'm feeling. It has also trained my mind and body to focus and to respond calmly to situations that I previously found stressful.
For me the greatest advertisement for ashtanga yoga is that friends and family noticed that I am calmer and more joyous - who doesn't want that in their life?
If you are thinking about coming along to a class but have questions please do send me a message.
Wishing you joy, laughter and adventure, Emma