Sixteen people enjoyed an excellent morning of mixed yoga led by Lindsay Jones on 22nd October at Wilmslow Methodist Church. Lindsay has a very approachable teaching style. I also found her session thoughtful, helping me to think a bit more laterally about yoga postures.
Lindsay started the session with some work stretching and strengthening our hands and later thinking about using them more effectively in yoga postures such as cat and head down dog. Having arthritic tendencies in my hands I have used some of her “mudras” and ideas both for myself and in my teaching since the training day.
Lindsay introduced us to a series of 4 postures to help ease hip stiffness or other hip problems. The first two were very simple, yet effective. We were seated on a chair with foot supports where needed. Each seated posture could be taken a step further if appropriate. See photos below.
Lindsay then took us through 2 further postures to stretch out and strengthen the hips. These were floor-based postures which also used two blocks for support. We gripped them firmly with our hands to ensure not too much stress was put on the hips/groin.
The last posture in this series was a version of a lying spinal twist. In achieving this posture we were instructed to bring our bent knees right down to the floor, even if it meant lifting our opposite shoulder off the mat. Knees remained “glued together” throughout. Then they were drawn in towards the trunk with arms moved accordingly, before rocking back to centre to move to opposite side. See 2 photos below.
For the main part of the session we worked thoroughly with a range of postures, sometimes using Iyengar blocks or belts to support or enhance them. We took time to comment and discuss the impact of postures on different types of physiques. For example the importance of fully lifting in the legs and knees to support strong standing postures such as parsvotonasana, especially if we, or our students, have a tendency to hyperextend. We worked in a different way with belt support around the heel to enhance skeletal work stretching and strengthening into the hip, rather than with the belt around the instep which is more commonly used in that position to stretch out hamstring muscles. I found the strengthening work really helpful for myself and have introduced some of these postures into my classes, especially where there are more mature students.
For me the time whizzed by and we were soon being shown a 3-part breathing exercise to use as a prelude to relaxation. The session was over but shared lunch and a good chat were still to follow.
Thank you to Lyndsay for her thorough and stimulating programme. I thought it was a true Training Day with lots discussed and plenty of new ideas to take away.
Thanks also to all who attended, to the CYTA Committee and to Gill Justice who provided the photos of Lyndsay’s posture sequence.
Judith Lynch (Ed.)
This is the writeup for the Nada yoga with Rajesh David from Mandala Yoga Ashram.
This seminar was held on November 21st 2015 at Rixton with Glazebrook Community Hall, Manchester Rd, Rixton, near Warrington.
“Before we make music, music has made us”
Rajesh helped us explore the vibrations in our own bodies and in nature with a variety of explanations, techniques and yoga practices. The ultimate aim being to resonate and become one with universal sound. Rajesh explained that Om is therefore THE symbol of Nada Yoga, the root of all sounds. Rajesh patiently encouraged us to learn and practice a number of musical scales and to try to internalize sounds using mantra, postures and mudras. The day included harmony & balance in postural work, chakra sensitisation using Indian musical scales and bija mantra and the importance of rhythm in Nada Yoga.
We practised Yoga Nidra and Rajesh spoke of developing a practice of meditation using sound.
Nada Yoga techniques lead to an increasingly refined tuning of our perception. Tthe resonance produced by our vocal sounds have the potential not only to energise our body & mind, but also to heighten our awareness of the Chakras.
Rajesh presented the seminar with great warmth and charm. He made some complex concepts accessible to the audience. His own singing voice, which he wowed us with during the final relaxation, was so beautiful that it really was the icing on the cake of an thoroughly informative and fun day.
Judith Lynch (ED.)
The day of Nada Yoga with Rajesh David was absolutely wonderful, inspirational, uplifting & fun. Rajesh is a naturally gifted tutor and gladly shows his knowledge of yoga. He teaches from the heart. Many thanks for organising the event & really hoping you will invite Rajesh back to CYTA very soon.
Room OK? It is a big hall & thankfully yogis usually have blankets in tow!
Rajesh was wonderful & I thoroughly enjoyed the whole day. It has encouraged me to include more mantra into my teaching.
Thank you for a really nurturing lovely day.
Lovely session with Rajesh.
Venue perfect as Rixton is easy access. Parking is great.
Love the room-good size, nice & quiet. Did not feel particularly cold.
Session full of heartfelt, heartwarming practices. Mantra was heaven sent! The resonance among us all was electrifying in a most calming way.
Looking forward to my next visit to Rixton.
My first CYTA event. Thoroughly enjoyed it, coming away feeling inspired & my yoga practice & understanding nourished & enhanced.
Location easy to find, parking good.
Room size perfect for number attending. Slightly chilly at times, but did not detract from the day.
Content was informative, broad in scope with a good balance between listening, being active, relaxation. First time with Rajesh & found his delivery was inspirational, authentic & from the heart.
Would recommend the day to others interested in sound, music & yoga.
To improve the experience- 2 days would have been better!
Excellent value for money.
Thank you for organising the day.