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, 25 December 2015

Merry Chirstmas! - Awesome Christmas Sayings

If you will get bored this Christmas you can have a look at this video and you can try this special Sun Salutation with me :)

10 Awesome Christmas Sayings: 

What is Christmas? What does it mean to practice the true spirit of Christmas?

1. “Christmas doesn't come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more....” ― Dr. Seuss

2. “Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” ― Calvin Coolidge

3. “My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?” ― Bob Hope

4. “Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind.” ― Mary Ellen Chase

5. “Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.” ― Charles M. Schulz

6. “Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. ” ― Norman Vincent Peale

7. “Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends." ― Margaret Thatcher

8. “Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.” ― Hamilton Wright Mabie

9. “Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts.” ― Janice Maeditere

10. “What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace." ― Agnes M. Pahro

Honor the true meaning of Christmas in your hearts and not just today, but for all days to come. May all your practices and paths lead you to greater peace, abundance, beauty, light, and love!

Merry Christmas, yogis!

Friday, 11 December 2015

Practice 11th Dec - a bit of twisting in classes

Twists are one of my very favorite groups of postures. Twists are postures that generally involve moving the shoulder girdle to face in an opposing direction in relation to the hips. There are different twists that target the upper, middle and lower portions of the torso, all having their own unique set of health benefits. 

Here are my top five reasons why you should practice yoga twists.

1. Improve Digestive Function

When you are in a twist, you will be essentially compressing your digestive organs – placing them under weight. This will cause a lack of circulation. When you release your twist there will be a rush or fresh blood that will flood your digestive organs. Fresh blood flow equals fresh oxygen and nutrients. Twisting will increase blood flow to the digestive organs, thus increasing their ability to function.

2. Detox

As mentioned above, when you twist you will cut off blood supply to your digestive organs, and then re-introduce fresh blood to your abdominal organs when you release your twist. This re-introduction of fresh blood can help to cleanse the cells of any built up waste because with increased circulation comes increased cellular detoxification. You can also help to move stagnated impurities and gas through your digestive tract due to the compression that comes with twisting.

3. Maintain Normal Spinal Rotation

The muscles and other tissues that surround the spine can become stiff overtime. This will lead to a decreased range of motion, pain and discomfort that can really affect quality of life. Practicing twisting postures helps to keep the spinal muscles mobile, helping to keep you mobile as well.

4. Reduction In Back Pain

Slumping over a computer at the office, slouching behind the steering wheel, sitting in chairs that offer poor back support and standing with our shoulders drooping forward are all things most of us do on a daily basis. All of these habits can lead to back pain. Twists stretch and strengthen the back muscles which can provide serious relief from the back pain caused by everyday life.

5. De-Stress

Twists are wonderful postures if you deal with stress or anxiety. These postures will help to open the chest, shoulders and back, all of which can help to decrease feelings of anxiousness. You will be releasing stored tension in the body as you twist, which can have a positive effect on your mental state. You will get double the benefit if you combine your twist with slow, rhythmic breathing as well.

Changes in my Timetable from Jan 2016

Good afternoon my lovely yoga people :)

There will be few changes in my timetable from January, so I want to keep you posted :)

  • There is a possibility that I will teach another Pilates class in Venue360 on Monday 6pm - this needs to be confirmed - I got a confirmation about this class - I will teach Pilates on Mondays at 6.45pm. It will be a 50 min class. Can`t wait to start!

  • I won`t be teaching LBT in Venue360 on Tuesdays anymore.

  • The yoga class in David Lloyd Luton on Thursday 7pm will be removed from the timetable Body Balance will be the only holistic class that evening and will start at 7.30pm. (This means we can move the yoga in Pure Gym sooner - I will talk to you next week) - this class was reinstalled and put back into the Timetable thanks to all of you who spoke to management and filled out comment cards - THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR FIGHTING FOR ME!!!! 

  • Saturday 5pm Yoga in Bannatynes is cancelled :(

If anything else changes I will let you know asap.

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

A little practice today...

I haven`t been on my blog for ages now, so sorry for that, but I was extremely busy, I` ve been in America, plus I have new classes from mid Nov - maybe some new in new year :P 

I` ve been practicing a little today, I got a new phone so I tried to make a video for you, so you can watch it and practice with me :)  here it is