My Group Classes, Hatha or Slow Flow
Generally I begin my public classes with a short breathwork or mindfulness practise, either lying down or in a restorative pose, followed by a gentle opening of the body and breath. After warming up, the class is led into a yoga asana sequence, either a flow or non-flow, depending on which class. I offer adaptations and variations for the students present. Gradually moving from the peak of the asana poses to warming down poses, coming to stillness, ending the class with relaxation.
During class I often share mindfulness based teachings and seasonal observances, based on the natural calendar of the moon and current season, weaving in complimentary teachings which are relevant and useful for the students present.
Throughout the classes, students are encouraged to bridge connections between their body and mind and to build up strength and flexibility of both. I guide the students with an emphasis on safe, creative sequencing, working up towards more challenging or dynamic poses, and holding classes with themes to give students the opportunity to deepen their practise. With the consistent development of breath and body awareness, growing deeper in their moving meditations, students are able to cultivate stillness of mind; steadiness of spirit; increased energy and understanding of their mind-body connection, positively affecting their well-being.
In an open level class where beginners are welcome and present, I will instruct more emphasis on the form and postures with some instruction of bandhas and pranayama.
In an intermediate/advanced class or when more intermediate students are present I will instruct the form but include more instruction of bandhas, mudras, mantras and pranayama throughout the sequence.
My Group Classes, Meditation and Mindfulness
The mindfulness and meditation classes start with a simple mindfulness based teaching. The students will be guided to consciously bring their attention to their physicality, softening the physical body and breath. Sometimes to begin I’ll instruct a breathing technique to gently open up the breath and to promote breath awareness. I will sometimes include a theme or a message to open up the space of deep contemplation. The students are then encouraged to drop into a space of compassionate curiosity and self enquiry. In this safe space, the students are guided on throughout their practise while I hold space, taking them through the process. I will talk throughout the class-time, leaving enough quiet pauses for the students to explore the process for themselves in silence. All levels of experience are welcome to these meditation and mindfulness classes including complete beginners.
These classes are inspired by various methods and philosophies of thought, while informed by my own personal practise and study. Though the methods may be rich in variety, they lead us to universal ground. My first yoga and meditation teacher taught me that it’s vital to have a daily practise and to build it up from a few minutes every day to longer periods of time. Something which I take much inspiration from, he imparted the understanding that meditation is a way of being, more than something to do, and finding the way to that lifestyle is key in developing the practise. I share the practises true to their origins, hoping to impart the clear wisdom of the heart that they offer to all.
“When we take the one seat on our meditation cushion we become our own monastery. We create the compassionate space that allows for the arising of all things, sorrow loneliness shame desire regret frustration happiness…Make no mistake about this, it is not easy… but… to meditate is to discover new possibilities, to awaken the capacities that each one of us has to live more wisely, more lovingly, more compassionately, and more fully.” Jack Kornfield
My personal practise is deeply influenced by mindfulness and meditation. The practises themselves have changed my life – they are a continuous source of inspiration. I’m guided by Buddhist, Daoist and Vedanta teachings, and the teachings of Jesus, these are the inspirations I learn from which I go on to share.
The following could be a long list, as I could name authors of books who influenced me along the way, but for this I’ll keep it brief and concise to the main teachers. Alongside my first yoga and meditation teacher, Yogi Ashokananda, my meditation/mindfulness inspirations before, during and present to this time are Jesus, Buddha, Lao Tzu, Baba Ram Das, Jack Kornfield, Thich Nhat Hanh, Osho, Alan Watts, Swami Sarvapriyananda and Liana Shanti.
Yuli is a registered Yoga Teacher, Himalayan Hatha (200+ hours), Meditation and Mindfulness (100+ hours) and Yoga Nidra Teacher (40+ hours) with Yoga Alliance Professionals. She has 4 years / 2000 hours of teaching experience.