The practice of yoga originated in India thousands of years ago. The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit word “yuj”, which means to unite. The union initially is between the body, the mind and the breath. The yoga postures (asanas) work every body system. With time and practice we become stronger and more flexible whilst attaining a sense of inner peace. The release of physical and mental tension through yoga practice also liberates vast resources of inner energy. The practice of yoga breathing (pranayama) revitalises the body and quietens the mind.

Kathryn’s style of teaching is based on structure, alignment and precision in the postures to best benefit the body and as a means of focussing the mind. A typical class may start by freeing up the breath and then taking this breath awareness through our stronger based standing sequence followed by a quieter floor based sequence, concluding with relaxation, often incorporating mindfulness techniques.

Yin, Vinyasa and Restorative yoga are frequently taught in Kathryn’s workshops. Yin Yoga uses a series of mainly floor based postures to stretch the connective tissue and facilitate the flow of energy (that the yogis refer to as “prana” or “chi”) through the body. It is believed that the connective tissue houses the energy channels (nadis or meridians) through which the body’s energy flows. In yin yoga the quietening postures are held for a length of time and the postures are performed with the muscles relaxed in order to access deeper connective tissue.

Vinyasa flow yoga is a series of connected postures that flow from one movement to the next, building heat in the body and improving strength and stamina.

Restorative yoga is less concerned with strengthening or stretching the body but rather positioning the body in order to restore our energy levels. For this reason restorative yoga poses are ideal at times when our energy may feel depleted. It can help us build stores of energy, and can if practised regularly prevent us from feeling drained. Props passively support restorative postures, so you don’t have to use the body’s energy but are positioned to receive energy.