Discover the healing art of yoga at a new drop-in class at Forgan Arts Centre in Newport-On-Tay on Wednesdays at 6.30pm.
The 90-minute sessions are suitable for all ages and abilities, and offer easy and strenuous options. Research shows habits of sitting, standing and moving, profoundly influence how we think and feel. With this in mind, the goal of this class is to move more skilfully – not to obsess about attaining the perfect body or posture.
The classes will explore the effects of powerful, extroverted postures such as Warrior that can boost performance at job interviews – and introverted, reflective movements that calm the nervous system and improve mental clarity.
Discover how to soothe a painful lower back with simple techniques such as bending the knees – and improve digestive function with stomach churning twists.
Classes experiment with mudra – the expressive hand gestures that help us cultivate qualities such as compassion, courage and determination when we need them. Ganesh Mudra is said to overcome obstacles with a determined hand grip that releases tension within the chest and energises muscles around the heart. Lotus Mudra helps nurture compassion with expansive flowering of the fingers towards the light and warm of the sun.
The class teacher Heidi practices the Japanese healing art Shiatsu which is heavily influenced by Five Element Theory, Qi Gong and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She draws this wisdom into her teaching, showing how to boost energy by simply repositioning weight while standing to stimulate Traditional Chinese Acupuncture points in the feet.
Sessions also experiment with sound. Chanting the simple mantras So Humm or I Am That creates soothing vibrations in the chest and throat. The effect can be mesmerising, blurring identity boundaries that make us believe we are lonely or separate from the world.
Repeating the profound opening lines of the Patanjali Yoga Sutras: “Yogas Chitta Vritti Nirodha” succinctly sums up of the essence of yoga – a practice for settling the mind into silence.
For more information call Heidi on 0753 6837 853 or email firstname.lastname@example.org