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Hi, I'm Joanna Edge at RealMe Yoga and I offer a variety of different classes to suit your style and your need, from gentle Hatha Yoga, Restorative Yoga (Stretch, Relax and Restore), Hatha Yoga with Flow Sequences, Pranayama and Relaxation, to our Tender Loving Care (yoga with a chair sessions) all delivered as either private or group sessions in a relaxed and informal, yet supportive environment, giving you the freedom to choose the yoga that suits you best.
‘Life is travelling to the edge of knowledge, then a leap taken’ DH Lawrence.
Whatever your motivation for starting yoga: strength, flexibility, relaxation, healthy relationships or mental clarity, in yoga there is a lifetime’s scope of opportunity. Make your classes your time for self-reflection and nurture a space in your life in which to ‘dance on edge’. Feel guilty at taking time out for yourself? Remember that we do yoga, not only for ourselves, but to feel better as the effect ripples over those around us.
‘I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all the kinds of things you can’t see from the centre’ Kurt Vonnegut
"Breath is the king of mind."
"Yoga allows you to find a new kind of freedom that you may not have known even existed." BKS Iyengar.
"It is through the alignment of the body that I discovered the alignment of the mind, self and intelligence." BKS Iyengar
"Yoga is a light, which once lit, will never dim." BKS Iyengar
Yoga is a threefold science. It does not discriminate, is not a religion and could be described as one of nature’s best wellness practices offering stress relief for all mankind: householders, professionals, workers young and old from all communities; those with a ‘faith’ and those with none.
When you begin to practice, challenges gently arise that stretch mind and body, challenging one’s limitations whilst enhancing flexibility. Learning to pay attention to the breath as you move becomes the way to give your moves personality enabling the practitioner to work at their own pace and within a private range of movement. This is why yoga is known as a ‘gentle’ form of exercise science, but there is nothing meek in learning to challenge stiffness or ‘self-sabotaging habit patterns’ Max Strom ‘A Life Worth Breathing’ of mind, body and emotion ‘samskara’.
‘sthiram sukham assanam’ Yoga Sutras, Patanjali I.
When people tell me that they want to try yoga, but don't because they're 'not flexible enough' I tell them yoga isn't about attaining the perfect pose, it's not about being 'good enough' or 'right'. Yoga is about removing judgement and letting us be present to who we are right now. Yoga opens up the possibility of connecting to what we already have and to who we already are.
"I just wanted to thank you. I have never been to a yoga class before, so I had no idea of what to expect! While I felt frustrated that there seemed so much I couldn't do, and thought that probably I hadn't managed to do any of the exercises properly, I wake this morning to feel, somehow, that my body is more level? Balanced? Lengthened? I also slept through from 10pm to 5.40am without waking at all, which is completely unheard of for me. Coincidence? Anyway, I feel sufficiently different this morning to want to give it another go!
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