Supported Forward Bound Angle Pose

Forward folding poses naturally draw our attention inwards, away from external distractions. They strengthen our ability to explore our inner landscape. When you add to this the seated element of this pose, you add a sense of grounding and safety that comes from physical closeness to the earth. From this position the support and warmth from the earth is more intimately felt and received. In a regular yoga class you might practice this posture and certainly enjoy these same benefits but what we get when we add the additional props to make this a restorative pose is that extra sense of comfort.

IMG_20180501_120808_884.jpgWhen we are comfortable then the body and mind can drop into relaxation and in this state the systems of the body can more effectively restore themselves. Without props this can be a physically demanding pose that requires a certain amount of flexibility but by bringing the earth up to meet you where you are (with the use of the bolster to support your body and the blankets to support your legs/hips) you can reduce the stimulation of the posture and find this sense of relaxation.

 

Join me weekly at Nilaya House, Al Quoz, Dubai

Tuesdays 8pm-9.15pm

 

Weekend retreat @ XVA this August

So happy to be returning this Summer to this sanctuary in the city.

The schedule is a little different to last year to accommodate my new job of looking after a baby! But it is shaping up nicely, offering plenty of opportunity to deepen your yoga practice, relax and enjoy the delicious food and surroundings- it now looks like this…

Thursday 10th

  • Arrive in the afternoon if you want more time to enjoy the hotel and area or to book treatment
  • Dinner 7.30pm

Friday 11th

  • Cleansing and refreshing lemon and mint juice
  • Dynamic Yoga (a vinyasa style practice) 9-10am
  • Breakfast 10am
  • Free time to explore/ relax or book treatments
  • Lunch 1.30pm
  • Free time to explore/ relax or book treatments
  • Yoga flow and relax (a vinyasa style practiced followed by some restorative poses and a lovely long savasana) 4–6pm
  • Dinner 6.30pm
  • Yoga Nidra (a guided meditation also known as yogic sleep) 8.30-9.00pm

 

Saturday 12th

  • Cleansing and refreshing lemon and mint juice
  • Dynamic Yoga (a vinyasa style practice) 9-10Aam
  • Breakfast 10am
  • Yin yoga and yoga Nidra (a slow paced deep stretch class followed by a guided meditation to sooth body and mind) 12-13.30pm
  • Lunch 13.30pm

 

 

You can see the retreats page for more info or email me- yogawithyas@gmail.com and reservations@xvagallery.com to book.

YOGA BRUNCH/ FRIDAY 18TH MARCH

I am so pleased to get the yoga mats back out at XVA!!

Join me for a nourishing morning practice on the newly renovated and delightfully picturesque rooftop at XVA Hotel/Gallery/Cafe in the heart of Dubai’s cultural quarter.

We will begin with an hour long mindfully flowing yoga class open to all levels, finding a sense of balance within the body, breath and mind, building strength and flexibility and discovering a spaciousness within.

Class will be followed by a relaxed, healthy but hearty XVA special breakfast including delicious fresh juice, eggs cooked to order, pancakes, fresh fruit, a choice of bread and tea or coffee.

Whether you are a seasoned yogi or new to the practice welcome in the weekend with some meditative movements to leave you feeling physically and mentally nourished.

Class starts at 10am, please arrive a little early, especially if you are new to XVA as it is set in the middle of a charming but maze like web of alleyways! Breakfast will be served after and can be enjoyed at your leisure! After which why not feed the eyes in the XVA gallery and take a wonder around the Al Fahidi cultural quarter and a long the creek, an area full of little treats!!

The total cost is 120AED (Cash Only)ย and please bring your own mat if you have one. Spaces are limited so make sure youย save yours by emailing me at yogawithyas@gmail.com and if you would like any more information please feel free to drop me an email. ๐Ÿ™‚

See more on the lovely XVA HERE

-NAMASTE-

-THE DIVINE IN ME, BOWS TO THE DIVINE IN YOU-