Meet The Trainees-A conversation with Heather & Davey

Meet The Trainees-A conversation with Heather & Davey

Watch this recording to see our interview with Davey Johnston, who many of you will know as one of our brilliant teacher trainees as well as a regular student of Heather Yoga!

We’re thrilled to announce the doors are now officially OPEN for enrolment to our Yoga Unwrapped© 200 Hours Yoga Teacher Training Programme this October ‘21 - May ‘22!!! 🤸‍♀️

The final touches have been made to this next intake of our outstanding 8 month Yoga Alliance accredited course held in-person and online at Heather Yoga which we’re READY & EXCITED to share this with you!

And there’s a brilliant EARLY BIRD PRICE (Saving £600!) & EXTRA BONUSES (worth £420!) available now until 30th July! Take a look in here: www.heatheryoga.co.uk/teacher-training/ ⭐

Energised Relaxation and Internal Clarity: Taking Your Practice Outside

Energised Relaxation and Internal Clarity: Taking Your Practice Outside

One of the most amazing things about yoga is that you can move your practice literally anywhere. It is there for you to access whenever and wherever you need it.

This Sunday we are moving our mats once again to the glorious surroundings of Roberts Park. As we flow through an accessible and invigorating vinyasa style yoga class under the gaze of Sir Titus Salt, our ceiling is the sky and our floor is the grass! There is something inherently beautiful about breathing new life into our practice as we experience an enhanced feeling of energised relaxation and internal clarity, enjoying the simplicity of movement whilst being connected with nature.

Join @Heather Yoga on Sunday 25th July at 9.45am-11am for @Yoga and Meditation in the Park. Reserving your spot is essential and our bookings will close on Saturday 24th July at 8pm

www.heatheryoga.co.uk/workshops/#yitp25july

What is somatic teaching?

What is somatic teaching?

Many people understand Somatics to be particular movement sequences/exercises that have an aim to release muscle tension and bring the muscles and nervous system back in to balance. But as teachers, if we only instruct students/clients what to do ("arch your back", "tip your pelvis", "lift the left buttock off the floor") are we really teaching Somatics?

Somatics is about creating a learning environment and allowing each soma to sense, move, learn, choose...this cannot be done by only following instructions.

Should you have your feet together or apart in Tadasana/Mountain Pose?

Should you have your feet together or apart in Tadasana/Mountain Pose?

Sometimes it feels like there are so many different options available in the yoga practice. As a beginner practitioner this can get confusing and even a little daunting. So do you have your feet together or apart in this simple but very key pose?

Having your feet under your hips works well for the majority of people as it's a more natural stance and can help you feel more stable, spacious and secure - compared to feet together which is a narrower base to balance the body weight across. Everyone has a unique anatomy with individual proportions and so the spacing between the feet can look very different across many bodies.

Why should you bring the standing hand forwards of the shoulder in Side Plank (Vasisthasana)?

Why should you bring the standing hand forwards of the shoulder in Side Plank (Vasisthasana)?

You may have heard Yoga teachers cueing to “step the bottom hand a little forward” as you move into Side Plank. But why is this detail important?

In Side Plank the body is not parallel to the ground (i.e our feet are lower than the line of the shoulder joint) which means when your wrist is directly under the shoulder the angle as the shoulder is less than 90 degrees. The result is a more acute angle and a less stable weight bearing joint.

How Should You Move Your Arms To Start Sun Salutations?

How Should You Move Your Arms To Start Sun Salutations?

Should you move your arms “forward and up”, or “out and up” when you start sun salutations?

This is an interesting small detail which can have huge effects on our neck and shoulders. The shoulders are a region of the body where there are many muscles. It’s a very complex and busy area and good health of the shoulders requires a very balanced and diverse approach of strength, mobility and stability.

Both movements are valuable in themselves but what is also important here is that when we move, we do so with intention, presence and awareness.

Delve deeply into the fascinating world of Yoga Anatomy and learn why we move the way we do in our upcoming Yoga Booster: Master Class Series-starting Wednesday 21st July and running until Saturday 28th August at Heather Yoga

Circling Sun & Moon: A Summer Qigong Flow

Circling Sun & Moon: A Summer Qigong Flow

This Qigong practice, which is called Circling Sun & Moon, opens up the body in a way that stimulates the heart and small intestine meridians- both of which run along the arms. These are the organs for the season of summer, both responsible for circulation in the body. 
 
Some of the postures we practice in the summer are used to get the heart pumping! This is a great way to facilitate circulation which helps to send prana/chi around the body. 
 
Join us for 'A Summer Flow with Debs'-Saturday 19th June 5pm-7pm at Heather Yoga online to practice 'Circling Sun & Moon' as well as other Qigong and seasonal Yoga Flows. 
 
Full Price £25 (7 Day replay included)
 
Book here: www.heatheryoga.co.uk/workshops/#summerflow

More Yoga in the Park

More Yoga in the Park

Wow Wow WOW! Our Yoga in the Park Charity Fundraiser for India on Sunday was incredible!

After over a Year of teaching online throughout the pandemic - we were back together in person outdoors! And following the rain of late - the Sun came out and truly shined for us ☀️

A pretty emotional & very memorable morning was also had after all this time - finally seeing so many of your lovely faces there and getting to connect & practice together in our most loved local Roberts Park, and whilst raising money for a much needed cause for those in India who need help right now.

Our favourite Philosophy Books That Aren’t Philosophy Books!

Our favourite Philosophy Books That Aren’t Philosophy Books!

It can be really nice to have a variety of reading to accompany those slightly denser non-fiction Philosophy books which can take a little longer to digest. Philosophy Fiction is a great way to engage with some of life’s most important lessons. Heather Yoga would love to share two books which have been a highlight from this past year and there is a reason why they are both best sellers.

Way of the Peaceful Warrior and The Midnight Library  are both enlightening and empathetic. I like to describe them as very gentle page turners which are comforting, thought provoking and fully absorbing all at the same time.