You are a gifted teacher Sarena, and your obvious passion for what you do communicates through to me, and leads me to not only enjoy our sessions, but feel inspired too.
OUR NEXT 7 WEEK COURSES START FROM MONDAY 7th June 2021. (Enquire for in person and Zoom spaces)
New to Yoga? Or New to Birch Moon classes? Please contact me to arrange a free chat to explore your needs.
CLASS SCHEDULE – We’re BACK In Person (& continue with Zoom)!
MONDAY – 10am – 11.15am – Chi Yoga – a fusion of Chinese/Japanese practices with traditional Hatha yoga that draws on the wisdom of meridians (energy channels in Chinese medicine) or Nadis in the Yogic tradition. Self-massage (Do-In), flowing movement, energising yet relaxing. A great way to start the week. (Shipham village hall)
NEW: From Tuesday 29th June – 7.30pm – 8.45pm Yoga for Wellbeing -Axbridge Town Hall. An introductory 4 week course suitable for complete beginners, those that are “rusty” or those looking for a class that both soothes and gently energises.
WEDNESDAY – 10am – 11.15am – Gentle Holistic Yoga – Following our monthly themes this flowing Hatha class builds strength, flexibility and balance in a supportive way. (Badgworth Old Schoolroom)
THURSDAY (meeting fortnightly) 8pm – 9pm Yoga for Better Sleep. online via Zoom – Soothing postures/asana, breath work and a long Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation). Calming mind and body to support better sleep. (£7 per session includes a recording)
FRIDAY – 1.45pm – 3pm – The Chill Zone – A favourite way to end the week! Restorative, supportive and deeply nourishing – we use home made props (bolsters, pillows, cushions, straps and blankets) to give the body the time and space it needs to unwind from daily stresses, fascia is released and the mind calmed. A long “yoga nidra” (yogic sleep) finishes the session. (Shipham village hall)
INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS: Traditionally yoga was only taught on a one to one basis, teacher to student. The advantage of these sessions is that they are tailored to your needs (physical, mental, emotional and spiritual), and alignment and refinement of your practice can be advised. Accountability is important – keeping you focussed and inspired to take care of your health and make the changes you desire. I often weave in other skills or tools to make this, too, a truly Holistic support for you.
Gentle Holistic Yoga – The Power of Slow…This style of yoga is accessible to everyone – from complete beginners and those with health issues or injuries, to experienced practitioners who recognise that, as part of a healthy lifestyle “strong yoga or the gym” is only part of the jigsaw. Rooted in Hatha yoga, these classes are influenced by other traditions such as yin yoga, restorative, vinyasa flow. Ultimately, we connect mindful movement with the breath, gaining a deeper awareness of our true self (rather than the perceived ego-self), and the perfection that we are. All are welcomed.
PRICES: Classes are booked by the term (£8 per week x 1 class or £15 x 2 classes) and this includes a recording of your class, access to the Free Podcasts (audio recordings of relaxation, pranayama/breath work, short yoga sessions such as a bedtime routine, positive psychology and more).. Contact me HERE for a complimentary chat about your needs, any health issues etc.
Gentle holistic yoga has a power all of its own; the Power of Slow. Drawing on the wisdom of traditional Hatha yoga and the modern science of neurobiology, my classes support health and healing through exploring asana (postures), pranayama (breathing for health), meditation and yoga nidra (deep relaxation). We synchronise movement with breath, pause to allow the body to assimilate the practices, and learn to listen deeply and respectfully to our inner wisdom.
From 4 gentle yoga classes a week, meditation and podcasts too – there is an abundance of options to support your wellbeing in mind, body and heart. You will improve strength, flexibility and balance, plus develop a calm, clear mind – in an easeful way. You can join us HERE.
During this Covid-19 situation your online yoga classes have been an absolute god-send Sarena; offering me structure to my week, support and a sense of community. It continues to be invaluable. (PJ, yoga teacher, Bristol)
Yes this is “exercise” but it’s so much more; it is “innercise”. When we’ve been rushing around in our daily lives and allowing our thoughts to take control, these practices help us to switch off the ‘monkey mind’, be in the present moment, and gain a better perspective on life events. Our culture, our personal history, and current day challenges can all create an environment where connecting to the body is an alien concept (what body?!). An over-active nervous system, fuelled by anxiety (adrenaline and cortisol), stress, fear or the constant rushing around juggling work, family and other responsibilities is very common; this style of yoga supports you in calming the mind and the body in kind, compassionate ways. Whilst gentle yoga is perfect for beginners, you’ll also be challenged in ways appropriate to your health and situation.
Why Do Yoga? People often join yoga classes for the physical benefits – flexibility, strength, better posture, maybe to ease out aches and pains. You’ll know it’s excellent for reducing stress too – but actually I would put the mental and emotional benefits at the top of the list. Why? Until we calm the mind, get better control of our ‘monkey mind’ (we’re rarely in the present moment), and develop better equilibrium in our emotions – the body will continue to experience muscular tensions, pain, inflammation, limited movement and ill health.
Click here for the multiple benefits of gentle yoga – physical, mental, and emotional.
One participant says, “My ongoing journey with CFS/ME and fatigue issues has been challenging; joining in with your classes I now have more physical strength, am calmer and more energy!” Brilliant. KL, Glos.
Join our community HERE If due to the Covid-19 situation you are in financial difficulty please contact me privately and we’ll discuss other options.
Other yoga classes for beginners were too hard and/or too fast for me. I gave up – but Sarena is so patient and encouraging and she teaches in a warm and accessible way. I’ve fallen in love with yoga! Mr G, Cheddar, Somerset
MINI-WORKSHOPS: 2-3 hour mini workshops are a regular part of the Birch Moon Wellbeing Community gatherings. From walking meditation and yoga in the woods to positive psychology tools for boosting mood naturally and fun, creative yoga themed journaling – we enjoy coming together to deepen our practice of self-care. With lockdown easing/changing, it is safe for small groups (max 6) to come together. Additional mini-workshops are offered online in the safety of your own home too.
About Sarena: I am a Certified 500 hour Holistic Yoga Teacher (Devon School of Yoga), Advanced Cross-cultural music and sound therapist (over 20 years of study and practice) and have a real passion for healing chant and mantra from various traditions, teaching students internationally. A Positive Psychology Life Coach, my trainings have been with Dr Chris Johnstone, one of the UK’s leading resilience experts and Mentor Coach (USA).