ANDREA - a full time Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi instructor.

I fell in love with yoga over seven years ago, when I got a Nintendo DS and bought a game called Let's Yoga. From then, I began 'playing' yoga everyday, sometimes twice a day. At first, the practice was more physical for me, but after few months I started to really count on yoga to bring me a sense of calm during especially chaotic days. Soon after, I began recognizing the benefits of a regular asana and meditation practice and continued to incorporate yoga daily - not just during times of chaos. I found myself feeling more energized, more compassionate, happier, and with more awareness. Now, I teach full-time and couldn't be happier to do what I love. What began as a physical practice for strength and flexibility quickly became a lifestyle. I teach my students to take their yoga off the mat and apply the principles learned in the class to their lives outside of the studio. I do not only teach my philosophy, I live it.

Friday, 26 April 2013

Outdoor Yoga (Days when we will have the Outdoor Yoga)

Escape the stressful hustle and bustle of the city by stretching, breathing and relaxing in our first outdoor yoga class in Luton´s beautiful Stockwood Park on Sunday 27.April. This class highlights both the physical, mental and wellbeing benefits that yoga can bring to an individual and in turn how it can create a stronger sense of community. Yoga can also be fun, inspiring, incredibly beneficial and accessible to everyone, regardless of age or level of fitness.The session will start at 1pm (or as stated next to the date) and will last for an hour, but feel free to come earlier :) This Yoga classes are open to all, Usually we train at Stockwood Park, off Farley Hill, Luton, LU1 5NR at the first car park on right as you come in to the entrance of the Park or we meet in Memorial Park, Luton, LU1 3RQ
Cost is £5 per person.

Next sessions:  

Monday 6.May 1pm - Stockwood Park
Sunday 12. May 1pm - Stockwood Park
Sunday 18. May 1pm - Stockwood Park
Sunday 26. May 1pm - Stockwood Park
Sunday 2. June 1pm - Stockwood Park
Tuesday 4. June 6.45pm - Stockwood Park
 Sunday 9. June 1pm - Stockwood Park
Sunday 16. June 1pm - Stockwood Park
Sunday 23. June 2pm - Stockwood Park
Thursday 27. June 7pm - Stockwood Park
Sunday 30. June 5pm - Stockwood Park
Tuesday 2. July 8pm  - due to the bad weather CANCELLED!
Thursday 18. July 7pm - Memorial Park
Friday 19. July 7pm - Memorial Park
 Tuesday 23. July 7pm - Memorial Park
Wednesday 24. July 7pm - Stockwood Park 
Thursday 25. July 7pm - Memorial Park 
Thursday 1. August 7pm - Stockwood Park 
Tuesday 3. September 7pm - Memorial Park


Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Today´s Farley Hill class was moved to Stockwood Park :P

Yeah, the sunshine gave us a great idea with Mayka to run out to wild and have today´s session in a our nice green park. Well, we waited 10 mins, if someone turn up to the class late, I apologize for not being there, but we really had good fun :) (when we were doing the Cat Pose, one dog really liked it and he was hyper-actively running around us :D)

 And after Yoga, Mayka said: ´On the mat!´ and I happily obeyed :P
If you need massage, don´t hesitate and contact Mayka

Monday, 15 April 2013

Power Yoga @Dunstable

Power Up with Power Yoga

I am so proud of my students! We took the picture after today´s awesome class :)

And lets see what Power Yoga is.... :P
Power Yoga is the Western version of the Indian Ashtanga Yoga which emphasizes developing one's physical flexibility and nurtures the desire for self-discipline.

The name Power Yoga says it all. It is one of the several types of Yoga that has the same potential of emulating a rigorous full-body workout and promotes mental stability and concentration. Be forewarned though that Power Yoga practice may hurt at first.

The concept of Power Yoga was introduced to the West by devotees of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, a renowned Sanskrit scholar who inspired Western Yogis with his Ashtanga Yoga style and philosophies. It's a small wonder why Power Yoga is considered as the Western version of the Indian Ashtanga Yoga. The term "Power Yoga," however, was coined by Ashtanga Yoga teacher Beryl Bendere Birch, author of the widely-read book "Power Yoga: the Practice."

Although Power Yoga is a shortened and modified version of Ashtanga Yoga, it also borrows certain aspects from other Yoga practices like Bikram Yoga and Iyengar Yoga. Some of those aspects are as follows:
  • Power Yoga requires the execution of basic Yoga Poses, like in Bikram Yoga, which guarantees an energetic workout and offers basic challenges that can be done even by beginners in Yoga.
  • Power Yoga also emphasizes on the proper form in executing Yoga Poses as well as perfecting it by holding the pose longer, improving the endurance and flexibility of the person. This is an aspect adapted from the Iyengar Yoga.
Power Yoga is done by doing a series of Yoga Poses while synchronizing one's breathing patterns to each movement, or Vinyasa, resulting in actions with perfect unity and grace. In the eyes of a person who does not practice Yoga, the movement may seem soft and free-flowing, comparable to a trancelike dance. But in the perspective of a Power Yogi, the process is like a vigorous exercise, pushing and contorting every limb to its limit while maintaining a strong sense of inner peace and concentration to pull off each move flawlessly and gracefully.

Keep in mind that the transitions of the Yoga Poses are done in a slow yet steady pace. Some poses are even held longer than the required five breaths. This is the aspect of Power Yoga that raises one's physical endurance and the ability to focus on one task for a long period of time without breaking one's concentration.

The poses involved in Power Yoga are linked on the backbone of Sun Salutation. Hence, anybody who is interested in doing the poses of the former Yoga exercise should at least be knowledgeable of the latter.

Warm-ups are usually done before a session of Power Yoga to relax and stretch the muscles of the body. In addition to that, Power Yoga is usually done in a heated room for a Yogi to achieve optimum muscle flexibility. This is because the moves involved in it can be very painful to successfully pull off to those who are new to Power Yoga. Therefore, it is imperative to condition the body before going through this rough and rigorous type of Yoga. This feature of Power Yoga limits the Yogis to those who are physically fit and are not suffering from chronic ailments.

But even though Power Yoga demands certain requirements for a person to fully enjoy it, a lot of enthusiasts are still loyal to the practice. It's actually attracting more and more people to try it out. Here are some benefits that can be drawn out from Power Yoga:
  • It bolsters strength, stamina, and flexibility.
  • It improves one's ability to focus.
  • It's a great way to release tension and anxiety.
  • It helps a person maintain proper posture.
  • It tones your body well.
  • It's a good way to remove bodily toxins through sweat.
  • It serves as a great training for athletes.
  • It helps improve a person's performance in certain sports like cycling, golf, football, and swimming.
Those are some of the reasons why most Health clubs nowadays promote Power Yoga and a direct transition from aerobics to Yoga.

But despite its vigorous approach in Yoga, Power Yoga still focuses on the general aim of Classical Yoga, which is to unite the body, mind, and spirit. It uses traditional Yoga practices in order to tap in to the inner core of one's power and to help this individual to recognize the different levels of power which are:
  • The physical power which is developed through the poses in Power Yoga resulting in an improvement of the body's natural strength and health.
  • The mental power or the willpower, which is disciplined during the course of the practice as it clears the mind of unorganized thoughts and helps the self to concentrate on a single task.
  • The spiritual power, the driving force behind one's physical and mental power, is nurtured, allowing complete mastery of one's thought and actions.

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Updates of my Project

 Good morning to everyone who is already up after Friday night :P
If you like Yoga, or you would like to try it with me, you should definitely come to  Farley Hill Community Centre today at 11 and vote for my project.
It is the Decision Day today and who wins doesn´t depend on people like me, who prepared the presentation, but it all depends on how many people will vote for them. Well, it is not the fairest thing, because everyone is going to bring their own people, that´s why I need as many friends as possible to get the most votes...
Are you gonna come? I hope the answer is Yes! :)

Classes in Farley Hill Community Centre for:

  •        1. children
  •         2. pregnant women 
  •         3. older people  

(3 classes per week for a duration of 6 months)
Help your kids de-stress and get healthy with Yoga. Yoga for Children will encourage your child to learn about yoga. I will guide you and your child through more than 200 yoga poses, meditations, and activities that are suitable for children. Yoga for Children is holistic: encouraging the skills of focus, mindful reflection, and mind/body awareness, inspiring confidence and self-regulation, while teaching gratitude and optimism. Yoga postures also act to lengthen the muscles.  This will practically assist a child in sitting comfortably for long periods of time, which is of particular importance when at school. Yoga’s aim is to develop a balance between physical strength and muscular flexibility.  This will ensure that a child’s physical manoeuvrability isn’t compromised by muscular imbalances. Yoga postures will assist in enhancing a child’s spatial awareness and their physical self in the environment around them.  Many sports taught to children at school are of a competitive nature, where a child can win or lose.  These are important life skills for a child to experience, as is the non-competitive spirit of yoga. 

Yoga can help women get through their pregnancy with minimal discomfort. It also helps the birth and post-delivery stages. Yoga plays a very important role in pregnancy. Generally, pregnant mums who do yoga exercises appear healthier, both in mind and body. Their bodies are more flexible, which enables them to adapt to various positions when in labour and the ligaments are more elastic, which in turn can help to reduce labour pain. Yoga classes help to boost circulation and also help with fluid retention. The stretching exercises relieve aches and pains. Posture is also improved by yoga and this can help ease back problems, which are common in pregnant women. Yoga helps to prepare for the birth - it encourages breath and body awareness, reduces worry and teaches women to adapt to new situations

Our senior population is growing rapidly as is their interest in leading active, fit lives. On the whole, we live longer than we used to, and we all want high-quality living and good health to be a part of our older years. As we grow older, however, we typically become more vulnerable to illnesses that are linked to aging, and, as a result, we tend to move less. The less we move, the more exposed we become to a variety of diseases, and so it becomes a truly vicious cycle. Extended periods of sitting lead to muscular shortening, tightening and weakening. Lack of weight-bearing activity contributes to osteoporosis. Lack of movement and stretching leads to joint deterioration and loss of flexibility. Yoga has been shown to help alleviate or reduce many of these health challenges, making it an increasingly popular exercise choice for our older adult population. Most of you are aware of the well-researched and documented strengthening and flexibility gains brought on by the practice of Yoga. Many health concerns have been linked to the sedentary lifestyle which is typical of many older people, including, but not limited to, the following: reduced joint flexibility, arthritis/bursitis, high blood pressure, increased body fat and decreased lean body tissue, osteoporosis, low back pain, breathing difficulties, poor blood circulation, vision problems, chronic pain, stress-related symptoms and inability to sleep peacefully.

Priorities of my Project:
Overall priorities: 
       Reducing the fear of crime and anti-social behaviour by encouraging the neighbourhood to come together. 
       More diversionary activities for young people.
Health and Well Being priorities:
       Promoting healthy lifestyle through existing children and people's activities.
Children and Young Children priorities:
       Consistent youth led activities for all young people.
Environment and Economy priorities:
       Need for local evening classes.

Fees for Yoga Classes
       I charge Ł7 for a class in Farley Hill Community Centre (yes, I already started teaching one class a week), Luton Central Library and Raynham Way Community Centre.
       Ł1440 would cover the cost of 3 classes per week for a period of 6 months (Ł20 for each class - hall hire)
       people will pay only Ł2 per class (only 30percent of my normal class charge)
After the end of my project I can continue to hold the classes
and have special offers of the fees for classes. 

Physiological Benefits of Yoga
       Flexibility , joint range of motion, strength, endurance, energy level, immunity, breath-holding time increases
       Weight normalizes
       Sleep, steadiness, balance and posture  improves 

Psychological Benefits of Yoga
       Mood, memory, concentration, learning efficiency, attention improves
       Self-acceptance, social adjustment, social skills, well-being increases
       Anxiety and depression decreases

Biochemical Benefits of Yoga
       glucose, sodium, total cholesterol and total white blood cell count decreases
       Hemoglobin, Lymphocyte count and Vitamin C increases


  1. The word “yoga” is derived from the Sanskrit root yuj meaning to yoke or join together. It most often refers to the yoking of a conscious subject (jiva-atman) with a Supreme Spirit (parama ta man) in order to reach an ecstatic condition (Samadhi, a “placing or putting together”). It is derived from the Proto-Indo-European base *yeug-, meaning “to join” as in jugular.
  2. “Doga” is a type of yoga in which people use yoga to achieve harmony with their pets. Dogs can either be used as props for their owners or they can do the stretches themselves. It reportedly started in New York in 2002 when Suzi Teitelman started “Yoga for Dogs.”
  3. The swastika is a yoga symbol that comes from the Sanskrit term Svastik, meaning “that which is associated with well-being.”
  4. The yoga symbol “Om” is found in Hindu and Tibetan philosophy. It is said to be the primordial sound of the universe and is connected to the Ajna Chakra (the conscience) or “third eye” region.
  5. Hatha yoga is the type of yoga most frequently practiced in Western culture. Ha means “sun” and tha means “moon,” representing hatha yoga’s attempt to combine both complementary forces.
  6. Yoga has been called one of the first and most successful products of globalization.
  7. Several scholars have noted that yoga had been packaged so well as a defense against illness and aging that it is “easy to lose sight of its real purpose—spiritual liberation.”
  8. The lotus pose is a sitting pose meant to resemble the perfect symmetry and beauty of a lotus flower. Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism, and Shiva, a major god in Hinduism, are typically shown in this pose.
  9. Patanjali (150 B.C.) was an Indian sage who recorded a series aphorism on how to practice yoga in the text Yoga Sutras. While Patanjali is typically considered the father of yoga, yoga was around long before Patanjali, who only made it more accessible.
  10. Hindu leader Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) is considered a key figure in introducing yoga into Western culture, and his address to the Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893 is said to have initiated yoga’s evolution in the West. The Beatles, especially George Harrison, also helped introduce yoga into the West. Additionally, the Beatles were the first to bring the sitar into rock and roll and the first to introduce Hindu melodies into modern music.
  11. Scholars believe that yoga incorporated elements of Stone Age shamanism, which dates back to at least 25,000 B.C. Yoga assimilated such elements as shamanic poses, transcendence, asceticism, and illumination.d
  12. Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung was one of the first Westerners to study yoga in depth. His comments on developing higher consciousness in the East helped introduce the West to yoga concepts and practices.
  13. Yoga is defined as having eight branches or limbs. (Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyhara, Dharana, Dhyana, Samadhi). The third limb, “Asana,” refers to postures and poses that most people think of when they hear the word “yoga.”
  14. Scholars believe that the Rig-Veda (“praise of knowledge”) is one of the oldest known texts in the world. Containing elements of yoga, its earliest hymns are believed to be over 4,000 years old.c
  15. A male practitioner of yoga is called a yogi, and a female practitioner is called a yogini.
  16. Yoga teachers debate whether women should avoid inverted poses during their menstrual cycle. Some teachers say that inverted poses raise the risk of endometriosis and vascular congestion, or that inversions disturb energetic flow. Others say that yoga can alleviate menstrual cramps. Still others say the decision is up to the individual woman.
          Yoga is considered to be more spiritual than religious
  1. Most scholars agree that even though yoga and Hinduism are closely related, and that yoga is within religion, it is not itself a religion. Yoga is more often considered a type of spirituality.l
  2. Studies show that yoga reduces the risk of heart disease by improving arterial flow. Similarly, studies show that yoga also helps treat diabetes, high blood pressure, and asthma.
  3. Scholars note that just as the computer scientists who built ARPANET (the early Internet) created the conditions for Google, so American transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) created the conditions for American yoga.l
  4. There are over 100 different schools of yoga, including Hatha yoga, Raja yoga (“royal yoga”), Jnana yoga (“path of knowledge”), Bhakti yoga, Karma yoga, (“discipline of action”), and Bikram yoga. While each school of yoga has different practices, they have a unified goal: the state of pure bliss and oneness with the universe.j
  5. In 2008, a council of muftis in Malaysia banned yoga for Muslims. The believed that the Hindu elements of a standard 60-minute yoga class could “destroy the faith of Muslims.”
  6. The Guinness World Records currently lists 85-year-old Bette Calman from Australia as the world’s oldest yoga teacher. However, 90-year-old yoga teacher Gladys Morris from Royton, Oldham, is petitioning the Guinness World Records to be recognized as the oldest.

Friday, 12 April 2013

Bored alone in Library..

Unfortunately, nobody came to today's Hatha Yoga class to Library, so I took few pics... :P

Friday, 5 April 2013

Yeah, Dubai! :P

I visited a beautiful and sunny Dubai and, of course, how could I survive without taking some yoga pics? :)

Camel Pose on a camel :D

I really enjoyed Dubai! :)