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 3 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.
HERE’S OUR CURRENT CLASS SCHEDULE:-
All classes currently online via Zoom – easy to access and join in. We have a really friendly and inclusive community – and the Birch Moon Community Yoga Pass* offers you multiple classes each week, recordings to practice again at home (or at a time that suits you better) plus podcasts; short recordings of meditations, pranayama, yoga sequences and talks on Positive Psychology and more.
We begin each class with stillness, pranayama and ‘checking in’ – and finish with a deeply restful relaxation too.
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.
TUESDAY – 7pm – 7.30pm – Pranayama & Meditation – Pranayama, breathing techniques, have a multitude of benefits; from calming the mind and body to gently energising, cleansing the body of toxins and balancing the left and right sides of the brain. The Breath prepares us for guided meditation – mindfulness, Loving Kindness Meditation (LKM), and themed meditations too.
WEDNESDAY – 10am – 11.15am – Gentle Holistic Yoga – Following our monthly themes this flowing class builds strength, flexibility and balance in a supportive way.
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.
COMING SOON! From July we’re adding a 30 minute yoga class to our Tuesday schedule; from 6.30pm to 7pm, a short but targeted session to ease out the kinks and knots, the aches and pains (not to mention maybe stress?) that build during the day. A stand-alone session, or stay online to join the pranayama and meditation session. An hour in total – bliss!
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 – all are welcomed.
Monthly YOGA CAFE – On the 3rd Saturday morning of each month we’re meeting in our friendly Zoom Yoga Café from 10am – 11am; bring your coffee, a croissant – and get to know your Birch Moon Community! There’s a short talk on something yoga-related, then you ‘meet’ in zoom rooms to chat this over – and have a natter. Proving fun and popular!
*BIRCH MOON COMMUNITY YOGA PASS –
You have access to 3 x 75 minute classes a week, recordings so that you can repeat the class and/or watch at a time that suits you, the weekly meditation session, PLUS podcasts of relaxation and meditation sessions, and short yoga sequences – just £25 for the month. Do yoga once a week and that is only £6.25 per class. Two classes are a few pence over £3 a class. Very affordable!
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.
Private, 1-2-1 sessions also available – please enquire. Sarena has many years experience as a psychotherapist, positive psychology and resilience coach and cross-cultural music and sound therapist. Adding therapeutic yoga is a natural “fit” for her, sharing the wisdom of “The Power of Slow” and neurobiology. Weaving together these skills supports you in a truly holistic way.
What is included? A tailored one-to-one session via Zoom with follow up home practice guidance. With the reduced fee of just £35 per one hour session (usual fee £50 per session), your health and self-care is even more affordable. In financial difficulty? We can chat through options for you.
About Sarena: I am a Holistic Yoga Teacher (Devon School of Yoga 500 hour training), 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).