pilates, yoga & qoya
Do you push yourself to exercise in a way that is not enjoyable, painful or boring? Do you crave movement that leaves you feeling enlivened rather than depleted? Do you wish to feel more vibrant, radiant and free to feel good in your body rather than exhausted and in pain?
As you begin to breathe and move in a more mindful way, you can connect with the feeling in your body which can guide you from external to internal validation… finding the answers from within rather than from the external messages that you receive from the world around you, that tell you how you should be living your life. Your body stores and processes information in ways that your mind can’t. It is the most powerful resource that you possess.
When you move, you can access that information. So your body can be your guide. It can be the portal back to the voice inside that asks for what you really want. It can be the compass to navigate the journey back to trusting yourself and your intuition.
Through the strengthening and aligning aspects of Pilates, combined with the lengthening, breath led movements of Yoga, combined with the energetic embodiment aspects of Qoya, you will begin to give your body what it truly needs.
Strengthens the deep abdominal and postural spinal muscles.
Improves the body's core stability.
Re-educates the body to move in the correct way.
Can help to manage pain and injury.
Corrects the many muscle imbalances which can develop as a result of the stresses and strains of modern day life and training.
As a Chartered Physiotherapist, I have experience in the management of a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions.
During my classes, the physical workout is combined with a mindful focus on the breath, for an added element of relaxation and connection.
Advice can be given on home exercises to deal with presenting issues.
Yoga can make the body strong, supple and healthy. It can have a positive effect on the circulation and on the functioning of the inner organs, glands and nerves, keeping all systems in better health. It can lead to greater energy, concentration and focus.
Breath Initiated Movement is the fundamental principle of the Yoga that I teach.
You do not need to be flexible or any particular shape or size to do yoga.
We breathe, we move and we are present to connect with our body and all aspects of our being. The movements are calming, centering and grounding to soothe the nervous system.
There is a balance of strengthening movements, combined with rest and relaxation, to create balance and connection within the body.
The yoga that I practice and teach includes Asana (postures), Pranayama (breath work), Mindfulness Meditation and relaxation (savasana).
Qoya is a form of movement based on the idea that through movement we remember. We remember our essence that is wise, wild and free.
On a surface level, Qoya is a mix of yoga, dance and free movement. But, it’s more than that. In every Qoya class we are constantly guided to go inward to access our wisdom, our creativity and our capacity to feel good in our body. Qoya cultivates a strong relationship with your inner validation system, i.e your ability to trust your body’s wisdom and intuition.
Qoya focuses less on how it looks and more on how it feels. It cultivates your ability to consciously feel into the physical sensation of your body, to recognize it, and then trust it.
Qoya addresses the whole woman; honoring her mind, her body, her emotions, energetics, spirit and soul. I am honored to be the first qualified Qoya teacher in NI and I am really excited at the prospect of sharing the experience of Qoya with others.