“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home” – Gary Snyder
In 2022 I undertook my Seasonal Yoga 200 hour Teacher Training. It was a year of studying, soul searching and making lifelong friends.
In September when I had to start to teach students, I quickly found my niche. I can’t thank my group of willing yogis who came on my teaching journey with me and watched my confidence bloom with each class. Their feedback and support meant that I could quickly develop what it was that they needed.
Within my Complementary Therapy practice I found that clients were looking for ways to help them relax and reduce the stresses and strains of every day life. During my yoga studies I developed a yoga relaxation class where we did gentle movement, explored breathing techniques and entered deep relaxation through guided meditation and Yoga Nidra.
So what has grown from my ten week trial yoga relaxation class is ‘Finding Your Balance’. The ethos behind this is about nourishing your body, mind and spirit in a gentle, kind, loving way and allowing you to find a sense of peace and balance.
I have taken my classes online and will also run in-person classes in Dingwall when I can find a suitable venue with enough space.
What is Finding Your Balance class like?
Generally, we start with a few minutes of settling ourselves and releasing the tension from the day, with either a short meditation or some breathing. At this point I usually bring in some seasonal information; as for me Seasonal Yoga is about moving, eating and being with the season. You can read my talk that I did for my final exam on What is Seasonal Yoga?
Then we move onto the movement part of the class which is kind, gentle and loving to our bodies. This usually incorporates yoga asana, Chi Kung or whatever it is that I feel the group needs at that moment. The movement is suitable for nearly every body, depending on your own injuries or range of movement.
We then practice a breathing technique to help bring balance or calmness to your body and mind, before moving on to a 20-30 minute guided relaxation or Yoga Nidra session, where you lie back and listen to my calming voice guide you to deep relaxation.
Who is this class for?
This class is suited to you if you want to release stress and tension from your mind and body and find peace and stillness. You can even practice in your PJ’s if you wish.
It’s for you if your body enjoys the quiet strength it gets from the gentleness of slower movement.
You’ll enjoy it if you want to explore working with different breathing techniques because as Patanjali said in the Yoga Sutras “When the mind is agitated, change the pattern of the breath”
Who is this class Not for?
It’s not for you if you are looking for traditional yoga asana, want a strong practice or are looking for an exercise class.
What do I need for a class?
You need access to a device for the Zoom class. You may want a cushion or yoga block to sit on to make sure you are comfy, and you will want a blanket and pillow for the relaxation. You don’t even need a mat unless you are doing the class on a hard floor.
View a 35 minute sample class below to see if it’s for you.
Julie Hanson, Director of Seasonal Yoga
“I love the way you have truly found your niche. The energy you give out and the encouragement you give is absolutely spot on to be a restorative enriching practice to anyone who is fortunate enough to discover you as a teacher. What you are giving is the yoga that everyone needs to do especially right now and you make it look effortless.”
“That was just wonderful! Just what I needed after a busy stressful day, thank you”
“Wow! I am just so amazed at how fantastic that was tonight. I can not thank you enough. Just amazing! I’ve never felt so at ease, I just felt like I was on a cloud! Thank you so much”
“What a great experience this has been. Great sleep last night and feeling very positive today”
“I was so relaxed throughout and the guided meditation was the best yet”
“You are so clear with your instructions and I really enjoyed the relaxation at the end”
“Thanks Jane, did it in my PJ’s and straight to bed. Great nights sleep and raring to go this morning”