Mindful Somatic yoga differs from other yoga forms because it is focused on how movements feel to you from the inside, rather than on how they look to anyone else. The focus is on sensing your way in and out of poses rather than pushing yourself towards a certain position. This can help you develop a more self-compassionate relationship towards yourself and your body.
Classes start with a section of somatic based floorwork to encourage a deep release of holding patterns and to promote the ‘felt sense’. This then moves into more traditional asana (posture) work. Students are encouraged to notice how they are, to discover more natural and easeful ways of moving and to move freely in the practice of yoga without using strain or force. Postures unfold rather than being forced or imposed. This is a class of meditation in movement.
The use of breath is paramount, and students will be guided to use breath in posture work as well as in seated Pranayama/breathing practices.
Mindful Somatic yoga appeals to those who want to nurture themselves, really inhabit their own bodies and practise true self-care from the inside out.
This class is open to all levels of students with some previous experience.