Ashtanga Teacher Training with Manju Jois 3rd – 7th September 2012

I’ve just spent the last week with Manju Jois, Ashtanga Guru and the oldest son of Ashtanga Yoga authority Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Myself and a group of around 20 spent the week carrying out various sessions of Ashtanga Yoga. We were taught and shown adjustments by Manju for several of the asanas (poses), which we then had to practise on each other. After each of the sessions we sat around in a circle listening to stories from Manju’s own life and Yoga experiences. Each day was then ended with chanting mantras in Sanskrit.

I’ve definitely had one of the best Yoga experiences since I began practising. Manju was very different to what I expected from a teacher of Ashtanga. I have always seen Ashtanga as being a serious and disciplined area of Yoga, but Manju was friendly, funny and humble. I loved the way he brought a sense of humour into the practise. He made a point of telling us that Yoga does not need to be so serious and that if you make people feel this way they become stressed and tense (which doesn’t particularly help when your trying to place your foot behind your ear!). He has a refreshingly simplistic outlook on healthy living which embraces modern culture whilst maintaining traditional values.

Taking this course has certainly helped to increase my knowledge of Yoga asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing) and chanting. However, more importantly it has inspired me to push my own boundaries and has given me extra confidence to pass my knowledge onto others. I now believe more than ever that Yoga is for everyone, including all ages and all abilities. I hope that I can bring a little ‘Manju magic’ to my classes and pass on the wonderful healing benefits of Yoga to as many people as possible.

Namaste and I’ll see you all on the Mat!

Maria x

Boot Camp & Yoga Fitness Day 25th August


Boot Camp & Yoga Fitness Day 25th August presented by myself and PT Steve Gordon. This exciting and fitness packed day gives you a new way to exerience a range disciplines in one location.
The day will include, Boot Camp, Box Fit, Kettle Bells, Yoga, Relaxation, Meditation and Group Hypnotherapy. Lunches, Drinks and Snacks are also provided.

Cost: Times:
Saturday Only £42pp 10am to 4pm

Please note payment needs to made by Friday 3rd August, please contact me to book your place or for further details.

Stretch in the City Corporate Yoga

Stretch the City Corporate Yoga Classes – Bring some calm and eliminate stress from the workplace with Corporate Yoga. Employees who feel relaxed and comfortable at work will enjoy their jobs more and experience fewer health complaints related to stress. Yoga also improves immunity, helping to remove toxins from the system and reduces fatigue. Happier and healthier employees will result in a lower number of sick days

Classes cost £50 for a max of 15 people. Visit the bookings page to arrange a session.

Manchester Sports Relief 2012 Yogathon

Hey Everyone,

We did it!! Thank you to everyone who sponsored us. We managed to raise over £600 for Sports Relief. Special thanks to all those who took part in the Sun Salutations you should be very proud of yourselves.

Watch this space for Manchester Yogathon 2013…..

If you still want to sponsor us click on the link below. Thanks again, Maria x

http://my.sportrelief.com/sponsor/teamyoga

Thanks for your support!!

Maria x

121 Tuition Offer (Gift Vouchers)

Get Fit, Toned and Fabulous for Summer with 1-2-1 Yoga Tuition – £30 for one hour or book 5 Personal Yoga sessions for £150 and get your 6th for free!

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Warrior 1

Step legs into Lunge position with the back foot turned out about 45 degrees from the heel.  Make sure the feet are lined up heel to heel.
Bend the front leg  to a 90 degree angle so that your thigh is parallel to the floor.
Both hips should be squared and facing forward.
Pull your belly up and in towards your rib cage.
Bring the arms out to the side and up, palms to touch and gaze up toward the thumbs, coming into a slight backbend.
Neck is long with the crown of the head reaching up towards the sky.
Slide the shoulder blades down the back.

Benefits

Stretches the chest and lungs, shoulders and neck, belly, groins (psoas)
Tones the abdominal muscles and improves digestion
Strengthens the shoulders and arms, and the muscles of the back
Strengthens and stretches the thighs, calves, and ankles
Helps relieve back pain and sciatica.

Down ward dog

Down Ward Dog ( Adho Mukha Savnasana )

Feet should be parallel and hip distance apart.
Hands fingers spread pressed firmly into the mat and with middle finger facing forward.
Gaze back up toward the naval.
Heels should be reaching toward the floor and the body shape resembles an upside down V.

Benefits

Stretches the shoulders, legs, spine.
Builds strength through the body, particularly the arms, legs, wrists and feet.
Rejuvenates the body; improves the immune system, helps ease symptoms of sciatica.
Relieves headaches and calms the mind.