I teach a creative and open yoga, with a down-to-earth approach, reflecting my background in personal training. I focus equally on flexibility and strength, specifically in the core. For clients who are new to yoga we start from scratch, with careful thought on alignment, improving back muscles and starting to open hips and “heart”.
Following a course in Supple Strength and Fitness Yoga 10 years ago, I have done courses in Yogalates (a fusion form of yoga and pilates created by Louise Solomon) and Fitness Pilates with Rachel Holmes. Most recently I have broadened my knowledge of Yoga Flow, attending various courses with Claire Missingham (triyoga studios Soho and yogaglo.com), Annie Carpenter (Smart Flow Yoga) and Tiffany Cruickshank (yogamedicine, yogaglo) and more recently a course in Experiential Anatomy and Yoga Therapy with Susanne Lahusen and Tony Watson at YogaCampus. In my class I try to inspire people to be led by their hearts and their passions: you will laugh, sweat and spend the rest of the day buzzing with energy. Every class opens the practitioner to surprising and amazing discovery of self. Every yoga journey is different and personal and I focus on positive thinking and self expression. I encourage my clients to find their own daily purpose to which the practice is dedicated and their own personal goal to aim for, be it strength, focus, acceptance (I emphasise the “I am enough” yogalosophy!), patience or just an extra breath in “Tree” pose! I find this provides clients with something on which to focus, both on and off the mat.
I teach a wide range of different ages and everyone leaves my class with a smile! They challenge their bodies, test their focus and will-power; and they succeed. I am constantly amazed by the abilities of the people in my classes and their improvement. That is my purpose, to see them improve all the time. And they do.
What is Vinyasa Flow?
Vinyasa (literally translated from Sanskrit as meaning “connection”) is a style of yoga in which movement is synchronized to your breathing and covers a broad range of yoga classes. This style is also sometimes called “flow yoga” because of the smooth way that the poses run together and become like a dance. Your breathing is an important component because the teacher will instruct you to move from one pose to the next on an inhale or an exhale.
A cat-cow stretch is an example of a very simple vinyasa, with the spine being arched on an inhalation and rounded on an exhalation.
A sun salutation sequence is an example of a more complex vinyasa. Each movement in the series is done on an inhalation or an exhalation.
You should expect movement, not just stretching.
What Does “Go Through Your Vinyasa” Mean?
When vinyasa is used as a noun, it describes a series of three poses that are done as part of a sun salutation sequence. When the teacher says, “go through the vinyasa at your own pace,” she means do plank, chaturanga, and upward facing dog.
Is Vinyasa Yoga for You?
You don’t have to be flexible or strong to practice yoga, but you will achieve both through committed practice. You merely need to be open minded, to take a journey into yourself, and be prepared to accept it’s a step out of your comfort zone, enjoy what comes easily to your body and soul and at the same time accept with grace the challenges brought by the practice.
Vinyasa’s strength is in its diversity. There is no single philosophy, rulebook, or sequence that teachers must follow, so there is a lot of room for individual personality and quirkiness to come through.
This makes it essential that you find a teacher you enjoy and can relate to. If your first flow class doesn’t work for you, try a different teacher. If you like having things a little varied and unpredictable and like to keep moving, this style is definitely worth a try.
What do you need for yoga?
Wear comfortable, stretchy clothes to allow for freedom of movement and avoid bulky jewellery or distracting accessories. If you have a blanket or a big scarf, feel free to bring it with you to use in aid of certain poses and for relaxation at the end of the session. I have mats and props, but suggest you ultimately buy your own mat for hygiene reasons.
As yoga is a practice to learn to draw your sensation away from the daily activities and bring your thoughts internally. As such I suggest you avoid wearing strong perfumes or scented lotion.
It’s best not to eat a heavy meal or drink a lot of water before your practice. It’s ok to have had a snack and to sip water during the practice if necessary. But basically the emptier the stomach, the easier it will be to practice.
Take a step into your journey to a personal discovery. Take a look at the ESSE timetable and find the most appropriate class for you.
Studio 1: max 8 people
Studio 2: max 6 people
Single Session: £16
5 Sessions: £65
10 Sessions : £115
Whether you have never set foot in a gym before, or if you’ve been exercising all your adult life, I can build you a personalised programme to help you try to achieve your health and fitness goals.
- Tailored training sessions
- Individual fitness and well-being goals
- Dietary advice
After a few years as a Zumba instructor I felt the need to add more of my personality to my classes and introduce more charts songs in the sessions. I am Italian, so Latin songs and Latin moves (Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, Bachata) are always present, as well as Jive, Hip Hop and Street Dance. We dance, we move, we laugh and sing too! It’s like a group of friends out on a Friday night… without the alcohol and in comfortable shoes!! Fun is at the core of the session and we have lots of it. You don’t need to know how to dance, you don’t need coordination. Just a positive attitude and a good sports bra! My routines are simple, but effective. It’s like a party every time, the best compliments I received recently is: “I have laughed so much” and “I couldn’t stop smiling”. To which I can proudly add: “you just burnt 500 to 600 calories, while having fun!” Seriously the hour fly by, even for me.
Studio 1: max 10 people
Single Session: £10
5 Sessions: £55
10 Sessions: £95
Contact me on 07870 601 391 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Or visit my website: realbodyoga | Yoga and fitness classes in the Cambridge area