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, 31 July 2015

Timetable 31st July - 6th Aug 2015

The next week is going to be extremely busy for me, here's are all the classes you will find me teaching :) (there's no private classes, don't panic :P )

9.30am Hatha Yoga David Lloyd Luton
6pm Pilates Tru Gym Luton  
7.15pm Yoga Bannatyne's Luton

9.30am Hatha Yoga Hitchin LC 
10.30am Tai Chi Hitchin LC  

10am Pilates Bannatyne´s Luton 
11.15am Yoga Bannatyne´s Luton 
4pm Pilates Dunstable LC 
5pm Power Yoga Dunstable LC

11.30am Fitness Yoga Hitchin LC
12.30am Tai Chi Hitchin LC
6pm Pilates Tiddenfoot LC 
8pm Power Yoga Dunstable LC

11.15am Pilates Venue360 Luton 
12.15am Pilates cover Bannatyne's  Luton 
6.15pm Yoga Tru Gym Luton  
7.30pm Pilates David Lloyd Luton

9.30-11am Yoga cover DLL
5.30pm Yoga cover Active4less Luton
6.30pm Pilates cover Active4less Luton
8pm Yoga cover DLL

12.15 Yoga cover Active4less Luton
7pm Hatha Yoga David Lloyd Luton
8.30pm Fitness Yoga Houghton Regis LC

Thursday, 30 July 2015

A bit of Inspiration...

Let´s Yoga in France - my Carcassonne trip

Last week I travelled to France to see a fortress I wanted to see for few years now - a beautiful city Carcassonne!! Here are some yoga pics, too, I recommend to visit this amazing place at least once in a lifetime :) 

If you want to know more about Carcassonne...
The earliest known occupation of the site where Carcassonne now stands dates from the 6th century BC, when a protohistoric hill-fort (oppidum) was built on this rocky spur overlooking the valley of the Aude and the ancient routes linking the Atlantic with the Mediterranean and the Iberian peninsula with the rest of Europe. Following the absorption of the region into the Roman Empire in the 1st century BC, this settlement, known as Carcaso Volcarum Tectosagum, became the Latin Colonia Iulia Carcaso in 27 BC.
During the turbulent years of the late 3rd and the early 4th century it was protected by the construction of a defensive wall some 1200m in length, the impressive remains of which still survive around two thirds of the interior fortifications of the later town. It earned the town the appellation castellum in a document dated to the 330s.
It came under Visigothic rule in the 5th century, and resisted repeated attempts by the Franks to capture it. It was a frontier town on the northern boundary of Septimania. The Arabs were more successful in 724, but were driven out in 759, after a siege led by Pépin the Short. In the 9th century it became the seat of a count, and later of a viscount.
The Visigothic period saw the creation of a bishopric at Carcassonne, sometime in the 6th century. It is probably that a cathedral was built here, on the site of the present Romanesque cathedral, on which work began in June 1096. The chancel of this structure was demolished in 1270, when construction of the new chancel started, not to be completed until the 1320s. A Lady Chapel was added in the early 15th century, adjoining the infirmary and chapel built by Bishop Radulph in the 1260s. The 12th century count's castle (chateau comtal) was built over the western part of the Roman walls; it was surrounded by a rectangular fortified enclosure in 1226. At the same time the external defensive walls were built, so as to make the town, recently annexed to the Royal domains and made the seat of a senechal, completely impregnable.
Two final construction campaigns took place in the 13th and early 14th centuries, following unsuccessful sieges in 1240 and 1280. By the end of the 13th century the town had assumed its definitive appearance as a medieval fortress. A local revolt in 1262 caused the king to expel most of the inhabitants. He allowed them to settle on the other side of the river, \\-here the new town that they set up was itself fortified in 1347.
Such was the impregnability of Carcassonne that it was never attacked during the Hundred Years' War, even during the Black Prince's raid in 1355. The Huguenots made two surprise attempts to seize the town by force in 1575 and 1585, but both were quickly repressed. It became an arsenal and supply depot during the Ancien Regime and then during the Revolution. It was removed from the list of military fortresses in 1804, then reinstated as a second-grade fortress in 1820.
As a result, it was quickly treated as a convenient stone quarry and its walls and towers began to be dismantled. The survival of this magnificent set of fortifications owes its salvation to J P Cros Mayrevieille, \\-ho succeeded on 31 July 1850 in having the decree that abandoned the defences to demolition annulled. Prosper M6rim6e, at that time Inspecteur General des Monuments Historiques, began discussions with the War Ministry to save the ramparts, and the first funds were made available for this purpose in 1852.
Eugene-Emmanuel Viollet-Ie-Duc, who had been commissioned to prepare a report as early as 1846, began his restoration work at the Porte Narbonnaise and the Porte de l' Aude, and continued working at Carcassonne until his death in 1879. During this time the internal fortifications were almost entirely restored, along with a number of the towers on the external defences.
In the last part of the century his successor Paul Boeswillwald removed the houses that had been constructed within the lists (the area between the two lines of walls) and continued working on the restoration of the walls and the castle. The restoration process was not completed until1910.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

MK Wellbeing & Yoga Festival - 1 August 2015

Milton Keynes has over 5,000 acres of parkland, woodland and lakes and because of this wealth of stunning parks and well-designed urban spaces we have are well known for our many festivals, carnivals and outdoor events across the year. Many of these events are free to attend and they welcome a diverse range of people from the local and wider community. 
Here is the one I want to go this Saturday! - Let me know if you want to go with me :)

MK Wellbeing & Yoga Festival - 1 August 2015 - Medbourne Sports Pavilion
The MK Wellbeing and Yoga Festival will showcase: Wellbeing talks, The Love tent, Wellbeing stalls, Healthy eating stalls, Yoga studio, Wellbeing studios /workshops and more.
OPENING TIMES: 12.30-7pm

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Short trip to France covers

Here are all the covers for the next 3 days as I am off to a short trip to France :P

Venue 360  - both classes will be covered
TruGym - the class will be covered
DLL - Andrea is covering

Pure Gym - cancelled

DLL - Toke is covering
HRLC - cancelled

I will see you from Friday on - hopefully my knee will get better :) 

Monday, 20 July 2015

Thank you for a great participation in our trial classes in DLC!!

Our trial classes in Dunstable leisure centre look really good and I was told yesterday that you will be able to book yourself to these classes - actually, you can already book them for next Sunday! 
That is a great news and I am so thankful so many of you are able to come to the classes even on Sundays!!! 

My clever idea - how I injured my knee :/

If you are wondering what happened to me.... 
We had a great idea with a friend of mine to do this cool handstand from acro yoga and we tried few times... until I landed badly and my knee twisted so I couldn't even move. I can at least walk super slow now, but it hurts a lot, even if Im not moving the leg... 
I survived 4 classes yesterday, I have 4 more today and Im off to a short trip tomorrow.. Hopefully Ill be better very soon. If you are having a class with me today - it will be different, but doesn't mean it won't be hard!

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Trial classes in DLC

Don't forget that from today, we have these new trial classes in Dl
4pm Pilates
5pm Power Yoga

 We really need many people in the classes, so they can stay in the timetable, so if you are free on Sunday afternoon, or maybe bored - come and join us!!!!

If the weather is nice, we will be in the park in front of Gary Cooper :)