My classes follow the rhythms of nature…the cycles of the sun and moon. My yoga follows the dance of the moon so that women may attune to the lunar tides, this is a path of empowerment, a spiral dance through the changing rhythms and rites of passage that shape our lives. Yoga Nidra, the nourishment of deep rest is woven throughout my practice and teaching.
I was taught yoga by my mother in 1966 when I was 5 years old. I explored the art of yoga for hours in the garden and the woods and fell in love with Nature. I found yoga to be a wonderful way to come home to Nature and simply be. Today I go forest bathing, take yoga walks and meditate in Nature as this is truly the source of my wellbeing.
Gentle Yoga became central to my practice after an accident which tore the muscle down my back. I was in the middle of my Yoga Teacher training course just as we were moving on to the advanced postures and I still had to practice for an hour a day. To do this safely I had to adapt each pose down to its essence with small gentle movements that allowed the muscle in my back to heal. Gentleness was the key as I learnt to move with awareness of my body’s limitations. Some days the movements were quite simple, focused on breath easing the tension in my body. I kept moving, breathing, and finding that calm centre.
Once my body healed, I found I could perform complex poses with ease, even better than before the injury. My attitude had changed. The way I move has become a dance, no longer focused on fixed forms framed by expectation, exploring instead rhythms and patterns of movement that allow my body to breath and move with ease.
Inspired by my love of nature I became a Bard and Druid when I moved to Glastonbury in 1990. Glastonbury's unique atmosphere, myths and legends are a key source of inspiration for my teaching which is a fusion of Druidry, the Goddess, and Yoga
In 2013 I trained with Swami Satyadaya who inspired me to share my passion with others by teaching yoga. After two years of training under the directorship of Swami Nischalananda Saraswati on the Mandala Yoga Ashram Teacher Training course I gained my Yoga Teacher Diploma accredited by the British Wheel of Yoga.
To broaden my understanding of Yoga Nidra, I trained with the Total Yoga Nidra Network teacher & facilitator training . I also completed the Yoni Shakti Well Women Yoga Therapy training accredited by IYN.
For more information go to my website; www.gentleyogawiththalia.com