Happiness Through Movement
  • Yoga
Yoga is better phrased as a “philosophy for living” a method by which to live your life, how to interact with your surroundings so you can reveal your true nature, which also has the potential to create a vibrantly healthy body and mind.
The term yoga comes from a Sanskrit word, which means yoke or union. Traditionally, yoga is a method of joining the individual self with the true self. Physical and mental exercises are designed to help achieve this goal, and ultimately get your closer to enlightenment or at least acheive what we in the west would consider closer to personal contentment and happiness.

On the physical level, yoga postures, called asanas, are designed to tone, strengthen, and align the body. These postures are performed to make the spine supple and healthy and to promote blood flow to all the organs, glands, and tissues, keeping all the bodily systems healthy. Yoga uses breathing techniques (pranayama) and meditation (dyana) to quieten, clarify, and discipline the mind. Contrary to commonly misconstruded beliefs yoga is not a religion, but a way of living with health and peace of mind as its core aims.

Power Yoga/Ashtanga/Astanga Yoga  “Ashtanga” wasn’t a commonly used or understood word back in 2003 and as I felt that simply “yoga” didn’t describe what I did, I came to the agreement to allow the venues that I teach at, to have my class on the timetable as ‘power yoga’. I felt this was a suitable way of letting people know that they were coming to a more dynamic & challenging type of class. Ashtanga actually means 8 limbs, as it is an 8 limbed path, or 8 step program if you like. Developed many 1000’s of years ago as a method to Samadhi (enlightenment), there are many different reasons why people start a yoga practice & many benefits to having a regular yoga practice.

Mysore Ashtanga Yoga

Mysore

Mysore style is the traditional way of learning ashtanga named after the town in South India where this style of yoga originates from. It is a self practice session which takes place in a group class, a contradiction you say? Each student taught in this type of class receives a personal practice taylored to them as an individual.  They learn at a pace which suits them, and the practice can be modified to match their body taking into account any postural factors, injuries or illness. Traditionally the practice is done first thing in the morning before your breakfast.  One of the benefits of the mysore class is that you can turn up and leave when you want within the allocated class time.  Another advantage to this style of class is that you learn the sequence poses off by heart which means when you can’t make it to class you can still practice as you know exactly what you need to be doing. Thus learning true independence as a yoga student.

New students please get in touch with Alice by text or email before turning up.

Primary Series Led (talk through)

This is the way Ashtanga Yoga has historically been more commonly taught in the west. Your teacher will guide you every step/breath of the way and will guide the whole class through the full Primary series – although if you are new you may well be asked to stop and sit while the more experience practioners work their way throught the later poses. There is not much time for personal adaptations or detailed explanations as the class has to keep on pace with the “breath train” inhale here, exhale there…

Flow/vinyasa

These benefits include …

  • Improves strength
  • Improves flexibility
  • Improves the health of your joints
  • Improves the immune system
  • Strengthens the cardiovascular system
  • Improves overall function of the digestive system
  • Improves the metabolism
  • Improves the functioning of the lymphatic system
  • Balances out hormone levels
  • Develops concentration abilities
  • Makes you feel more energetic giving you a zest for life!
  • Increases feelings of health and wellbeing
  • Reduces the impact of stress
  • Develops an ability to face adversity!
  • Can reduce the symptoms of many chronic diseases
  • Alleviates depression and anxiety
  • It can help with weight loss and weight regulation
  • Can improve athletic performance in most sports

What to wear

Loose clothing that is easy to move in and an empty stomach are essential for this class and you may wish to bring a small towel for the Ashtanga classes. You may also like to brink some drinking water.

  • Alice is a fantastic yoga teacher and really tunes into your needs. Yoga has helped me gain strength both physically and emotionally. I have less headaches, stomach and back problems, and I do actually sleep better after a class. I have learnt to tune into my breath, and have more energy to fill my day. Alice is a brilliant teacher and a wonderful person. Alice guides you through the yoga moves, and inspires each of us to go that bit further. Alice gets to know each persons strengths and weaknesses, and helps us to achieve our own 'yoga' goal posts. I am very happy to know Alice and will continue to enjoy her company, friendship, yoga classes and music! Thanks Alice, you are an inspiration!
    Devina Patel
  • I am always grateful for the really strong grounding I got from your teachings, and for you getting me started with mysore practice. I often find myself thinking of the things I learnt from you. Whenever I am tempted to skip a vinyasa, I remember your teaching on jumping back and through in Turkey (and the importance of working on it everytime), so I skip very few (if any!). Thank you too, as I don't think I ever really said at the time that your classes were a place of sanctuary during what was a pretty tough time for me (when I lived Bath and Bristol).
    Chris Martin
  • If I was only allowed to do one form of exercise it would be Ashtanga. It has given the best body tone I’ve ever had together with an unprecedented body awareness and confidence. Every session you are rewarded with one or two little improvements to spur you on, as you notice slight improvements in postures you previously thought impossible. Once you start getting the knack of timing movement with breathing you can get into a trance like state, lost in another world far away from everyday hassles. Alice has been brilliant, allowing me to develop at my own pace, providing a calm assured presence that never distracts or jars, always there where you need her, ready with sage advice. My biggest regret? I wish I had started 40 years ago.
    Mike Conroy
  • Mind, body, spirit: How fortunate I am to spend time nourishing those aspects of the human journey through the practice of yoga. And how fortunate I have felt to be led toward that nourishment under the guidance of Alice Milner. Alice is a natural teacher, she has a deep love for yoga which infuses her teaching style, she is a constant inspiration. Her compassion and sense of humor create a relaxed and enjoyable environment in which to learn she is passionate about self-study and her own development and she graciously passes the lessons she has learned along to those who are fortunate to be one of her students. Her patience, her kindness, her understanding of each student’s needs, her professionalism, her equanimity and her knowledge enable her to create a safe space to explore all aspects of yoga whether you are an experienced yogi or a first time student.
    Genevieve Pascoe

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