Hey everyone! This week is flying by so fast, I've been working on my retreat classes this week and I am so excited to welcome everyone along. I hosted a vinyasa flow workshop at the beautiful Breathe Bristol yoga studio this past weekend. It was a lot of fun and I thought that I would share with you a few of my thoughts and explain what went on (you know, just in case you want to come along to the next one!).
I hired the beautiful space that is Breathe Bristol. It's a cute yoga studio which is situated in one of my favourite areas of the city - St Nics Market. I just love wandering around exploring all the stalls, especially the ones with the handmade jewellery! On a side note, it's well worth exploring if you are visiting the city. The studio is limited to 10 people which not only makes it cosy but it keeps things personal. I like to keep my workshops on the smaller side that way I can make sure to give everyone individual attention.
I was working around the theme of balance - on and off the mat. When I first organised the workshop I didn't really have a plan in mind other than the 30 minute yoga nidra meditation, so when I was working out the logistics this week I figured that balance was the perfect theme to work with - because as yogis that's what we are continuously working towards right? We began with a short meditation and intention setting, I then read a quote from my current favourite book Yoga Girl -
Balance is key in everything you do. So dance all night long and practice yoga the next day. Drink wine, but don't forget your green juice. Eat chocolate when your heart wants it and kale salad when your body needs it. Wear high heels on Saturday and walk barefoot on Sunday. Go shopping at the mall and then sit down and meditate in your bedroom. Live high and low. Move and stay still. Embrace all sides of who you are and live your authentic truth! Be brave and bold and spontaneous and loud, and let that complement your ability to find silence and patience and modesty and peace. Aim for balance. Make your own rules and don't let others tell you how to live according to theirs.
We had a total mixture of abilities. I always like to make my workshops accessible to everyone, I tend to work with yoga kramas aka modifications. Which basically means that as we work our way through the flow I will give options for all levels. If we are working towards an arm balance for example, I will breakdown and demo the stages of the pose and invite people to have a play, see where it goes but without any stress. As they have seen the stages they can take the pose up to the stage they are ready to. We worked through a sweaty vinyasa flow, building heat and energy in the body as we progressed and ended up playing around with a few arm balances (crow and baby flying pigeon) before winding down and working towards the meditation.
The Yoga Nidra
Yoga Nidra is otherwise known as the yogic sleep. It's a deep meditative practice where the student remains fully awake and aware but leaves feeling totally refreshed. It can be quite powerful. I hadn't done a full yoga nidra in one of my classes before so I was interested to hear what people thought. Although I felt quite nervous (nerves are a thing I still deal with on a daily basis) it was great and I really enjoyed leading everyone through the meditation.
What are your thoughts? Do you enjoy yoga workshops? I am looking at expanding my workshops beyond Bristol - where should I go? Leave me a comment!