Yoga With Gemma

'A yoga posture can be simply a mechanical action, an exercise. That's fine if that's what you want... Is that what you want? If you desire more, then begin not by diligently forcing yourself into the forms, but let the forms emerge from you' Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen

Hatha Yoga Classes
Classical and authentic, these classes offer a mix of static and flowing sequences to help you energise and unwind. Physically they target the Yang tissues/systems in the body including: muscles, cardiovascular system, digestive, lymphatic and endocrine system. Often energetic elements (chakras, koshas, vayus, mudras and bandhas) are introduced, highlighting the multi-dimensional benefits of yoga and offering a deeper connection to the practice. Each class is tiered to accommodate all levels with students being guided and encouraged to find their own balance of challenge and restoration. Breath awareness is instructed throughout. 

Yin Yoga Classes
This practice is a great compliment to all other styles of yoga, targeting the Yin Tissues in the body; the ligaments, joint capsules and fascia. As a floor based practice, this class is composed of long held postures (3-5 minutes) with the body being supported by a multitude of helpful props. Often energetic aspects of the practice are highlighted as we stimulate the meridians (energy channels) that lie within the fascia. There is no strength work, no balance, no co-ordination or specific breath involved. Yin Yoga is perfect antidote to modern day life; offering you the chance to be instead of do! 

Initially been drawn to yoga for it's many physical benefits (see About), the approach to my own practice and how I teach has definitely evolved over the years. These days I am mostly inspired and influenced by movement teachers and body workers like Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Donna Farhi and Kerry Castell-Spence. Their work emphasises the importance of movement and position arising from the inner plane, a bodily impulse, an intuitive knowing rather than imposing externalised, prescriptive forms onto another person's anatomy. In this 'model' each practise is approached in the spirit of innocence and inquiry rather than the need to complete or achieve.

What to expect:
Depending on length, classes can include;
  • A variety of still and moving postures (asana)
  • The use of props to facilitate more ease in postures
  • Breathing techniques (pranayama)
  • Short relaxation (nidra vidya)
  • Full relaxation (yoga nidra)
  • Meditation (dhyana)

Testimonials from students:

'Gemma has really helped me rebuild my body after bowel cancer. Her knowledge and intuitive nature is amazing and she is always willing to share fabulous information about how our bodies work and how to attain harmony within our minds and our body'.
Hayley Martin, Auckland.

'I always feel good about coming to your classes Gemma, and I feel Yoga and You are one. You are definitely a great ambassador' 

Betty, Coatesville.

'Gemma was amazing. She handled herself and the class with true professionalism. I could not think of another person who could fit her role better. The benefits of Yoga were amazing. Gemma, you are a Star!!' 

Joanne Verry, Newmarket.