“Yoga classes can be repetitive, following the same pattern of poses from week to week and no more exciting or stimulating than a routine exercise class. Yoga with Tim is a journey, with a real sense of forward movement and discovery. His classes are never routine and rarely the same from one to the next. He’s a terrific teacher, full of interesting and helpful details and Shadow Yoga and the elements of Qi Gong he introduces are a real pleasure to learn and practice”.
~ Mark Redhead
Yoga for beginners in London
Shadow yoga is perfect for beginners! In fact it is one of the most beginner friendly schools you will find. Scanning over this or other shadow yoga websites, one could however, be forgiven for thinking it is only for the more seasoned yoga student. This most certainly is not the case.
The terminology that we use is taken from the texts so it can sound very serious, but don’t let that put you off. This system of yoga takes a specific approach not found in other modern day schools, in that it uses preparatory forms. These are dynamic sequences of movements, the likes of which are still found in many forms of martial arts, as well as the traditional dances of Southern India. In a nutshell, these simple movements are essential for cultivating inner power. Believe it or not, advanced yoga poses and extreme flexibility are not actually necessary for this most fundamental, and indeed crucial aspect of yoga and the physical arts. Without this inner power however, one resorts to blind muscular force which leads nowhere of intrinsic value.
So where do you start?
The best place is with an introduction course to learn the fundamental principles which includes joint warm up sequences, basic stances to build strength and flexibility, and developing coordination of movements with the breath to develop mental focus. This can be done in a group class, or in one to one private sessions, or of course both. Tim teaches introduction courses at his home to small groups on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. These courses run once there are sufficient numbers and must be booked in advance so please contact me to register your interest in attending. Private bookings are available Monday to Friday.
To book a private class, call Tim. Tel: 07888730542 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org