Avani Yoga

The word 'Yoga' means to unite or bring together - Practising Yoga integrates mind, body and spirit, bringing a sense of 'wholeness' and well-being.  Regular practice improves core strength, balance, flexibility and concentration. Physical and mental tension can then be released and this helps the mind to rest in the present moment and become aware of inner peace.

Yoga Therapy responds sensitively and holistically to each client's individual health needs, creating a sustainable personal yoga practice to improve well-being.  This begins with a one-to-one consultation with a yoga therapist, which may include assessment of posture, physical mobility, breathing, mental and emotional health and lifestyle. Client and therapist then work together to create a yoga routine that fits the client's needs, lifestyle and abilities.

Hatha Yoga  (or ‘sun energy’ /‘moon energy’  yoga) balances the fiery energy we need to be active and full of life, with the cooling energy we need to rest and relax.  Avani Yoga has five aspects:
  • Relaxation - As life becomes busier we need to develop healthy, effective ways to relieve stress.  Taking time to simply ‘be’ in the present moment, tuning in to one's own body and consciously letting go of tension promotes deep healing and connects us to inner peace.
  • Gentle exercise - Yoga postures are called asana, yoga sequences are called vinyasa.  Asana and vinyasa practice is accompanied by deep, gentle conscious breathing. The benefits are absorbed by resting for a few breaths between each asana.  Practising a balanced set of asana and vinyasa, preceded by a thorough warm-up, is deeply beneficial for the body-mind.  It releases tension and improves strength, stability,  flexibility and balance.
  • Yoga breathing / life-force expansion (pranayama) - Subtle energy/life force (prana) is drawn in with each breath and controlled through breathing practices called pranayama. Practising pranayama has a profoundly positive effect on the nervous system and therefore on all of the body's systems. Pranayama increases vitality, balancing energy and enthusiasm with the ability to remain gently focused and relaxed.
  • Healthy eating - Prana (life-force) is also assimilated through eating.  Fresh, simple, unprocessed food is rich in prana.  Healthy diets contain the right balance of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, fibre and water.  It is best not to eat two to three hours before practising yoga asana and vinyasa.  It is beneficial to sip water regularly throughout the day, particularly whilst exercising.
  • Mindfulness and meditation - with full attention gently focused in being present, we experience depth, freshness and beauty.  This helps us to let go of worries about the past and future, accept ourselves as we are and awaken to our connection with the whole of life.