Sarah Jones in yoga pose on rocks in front of sea.

Spotlight on Sarah Jones: Lotus Flower Yoga

Today we’re speaking to Sarah, from Lotus Flower Yoga – one of the highly experienced yoga teachers at Old School Studio. Sarah has been practising yoga for the past 20 years. In her classes, she ties together the physical and spiritual aspects of yoga for a rounded balanced experience. Here’s what she had to say about her practice:

1. What styles of yoga do you teach?

At the moment I teach my own style of yoga that combines my experience in Hatha, Dru, Ashtanga and Vinyasa.

2. What brought you to yoga and how did your journey start?

My Yoga journey happened by chance. I was seeking something in my life. I was a lost 16 year old living by myself, ungrounded and coming to terms with my existence on the earth. It was 1997 and everyone was talking about India and finding themselves. A lady in a vegetarian cafe suggested I go to a yoga class with her. The class was upstairs above a wine bar, as you went in the air was filled with the scent of patchouli and hippy throws were hanging on the walls. It was an Ashtanga yoga class and I was fascinated by the way the people moved like insects. The two teachers were a couple and they took me under their wing and helped me find accommodation.

3. How long have you been practising?

I have been practising yoga ever since.

4. What do you feel yoga creates in your daily life?

Yoga creates harmony at first a purely physical practice and then healing an awareness shift. Yoga offers what we need in life. When we step onto our mats we find our way.

5.What is one thing that yoga has taught you?

Yoga has taught me that we are all insignificant but important at the same time. We can find a strength that we don’t know we have, we can harness compassion and tap into our inner wisdom.

6. What is your favourite thing about teaching yoga?

At the moment I love watching progression in someone’s practice whether that’s spiritual or physical.

7. What do you like about teaching at Old School Studio?

The studio is an amazing space and it’s a supportive environment to work in.

8. How many times a week do you practice and for how long?

I practice every day, sometimes pranayama – breathwork, sometimes asana practice. I have three children at home, the youngest is three and the oldest is ten. I find being a mum is part of my practice. being in life is part of our practice.

9. What are some benefits students can expect when they practise yoga regularly?

Yoga will bring more energy to your life. It will ripple out in how you live your life, strength and flexibility, less anxiety, more compassion for yourself and others.

10. Can you tell us what your classes are like – what can we expect?

My classes are themed around a weekly reading incorporating a slow flow where you will develop an understanding of movement to breath. I include strengthening exercises, energy block releases and always finish with relaxation/meditation. My classes offer stages to suit different fitness levels but the class is mat based so moving up and down from the floor is required.

11. What advice would you give someone who wants to attend their first yoga class?

Just turn up the hardest part is turning up.

12. What do students need to wear and bring to attend your class?

Some clothing you can move in, a mat, water, cosy jumper or blanket.

13. Do you have any recommended yoga reading?

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse and The Yamas and Niyamas by Deborah Adele.

14. What’s your favourite affirmation or mantra?

I believe in myself.

Sarah teaches Yoga by Candle-light every Tuesday, 7.30 – 8.30 pm and Thursday, 7 – 8 pm. Call 07817 917426 or email lotusyogacornwall@gmail.com to book. Click here to view our full timetable. 

 

Johanna Graham in front of Gong

Gong Meditation Now Available

A treatment offering deep relaxation by bathing your body in sound has been introduced to the newly-refurbished West Cornwall Inner Space.

A gong bath, or gong meditation is a fully-clothed, relaxing and blissful experience where your body is bathed in healing sound waves. People are asked to lie down on mats, wrap in a blanket and put their head on a pillow, close their eyes and relax to listen to a series of gong sounds for around an hour.

West Cornwall Inner Space director Johanna Graham said:

 

“It’s such a great meditation tool as it sends the listener into theta brain waves very quickly. These are the brain waves associated with deep meditative states and relaxation.”

 

Gong, or sound baths stimulate the brain with theta brainwaves which are known to aid with mind and body healing, boosting the immune system, promoting deep levels of relaxation, relieving stress and anxiety and encouraging creativity.

 

Johanna added:

 

“The more comfortable you are, the better the experience. Bringing a blanket is important as your body temperature can drop quite suddenly when you are fully relaxed, and feeling cold will spoil the experience. People love the experience and come away feeling deeply relaxed and often looking so much brighter and lighter in themselves, often reporting back that they had the best night’s sleep ever!”

 

 

The gong is described as the ultimate sound healing tool, as it has the broadest range of tones of any instrument. This vast range of sound bathes the human form and re-tunes the body on every level – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual – thus helping to bring a person back into harmony.

Other layers of sounds and sound healing instruments are also used for sound healing and can include singing bowls , koshi chimes, drums and wind gongs.

Johanna, who leads the gong bath session, said:

 

“I work in a very intuitive way so each sound bath can feel different and bring in the instruments and sounds that feel right at the time. Gong therapy relieves stress and has a profound, revitalising effect on the immune and nervous systems. When you bathe in the healing tones of the sacred gong, the wave of total sound is felt as a powerful vibration sweeping over and penetrating deeply into the body – cleansing, releasing, healing and harmonising on all levels.”

 

The next Gong bath is on the 20th of December in preparation for the 21.12.2020 portal. Classes after that take place on the first Sunday of each month. Classes run from 11am to midday, at West Cornwall Inner Space, The Newlyn Old School, Wesley Place, Newlyn, TR18 5AZ.and are £12 a session. For social distancing measure only 12 per class and booking is essential.

From February Johanna will also offer a weekly Naad Yoga class on Thursdays at 11.30am – 12.30am for the low cost of £1. Naad Yoga explores how sound vibrations affect the human system. Gong and crystal singing bowls are used in this class also.

For more information visit westcornwallinnerspace.co.uk or call Johanna on 07973 694760 for all bookings please visit: https://app.ubindi.com/Johanna.Graham

Spotlight on Shilly Nakedmoon: Tribal Fusion Belly Dance

We have the vibrant Shilly Nakedmoon offering Tribal Fusion Belly Dance classes on Wednesdays, 8pm – 9pm. 

 

Belly dancing has numerous potential benefits, including: 

 

  • Improved mood. 
  • Self esteem / confidence boosting.
  • Better fitness. 
  • Balance / coordination.
  • Weight loss.
  • Core strength. 
  • Improved posture. 
  • Enhanced sex life. 
  • Reduced stress.

 

Shilly is an experienced teacher. She has been studying Tribal fusion belly dance for 9 years and is currently training with Rachel Brice on the Eight Elements Certified Programme. She has had the privilege to learn with incredible international teachers including Lakita, Samantha Emanuel, Colleena Shakti and Hannah Mi Anis. She teaches belly dance, burlesque and sacred erotic dance classes.

 

We took some time with Shilly to ask some questions about her dance journey: 

 

What brought you to Tribal Fusion Belly Dance personally? 

 

I always loved dance but I was a rebel at ballet school as a child, I nearly got kicked out for break dancing!!!! So I was grateful to find more expressive and free form dance forms when i got older – belly dancing, burlesque and conscious dance. 

 

What is one thing that Tribal Fusion Belly Dance has taught you?

 

Embodiment is key for making changes in life, dance helps to ground me and to feel more alive day to day.

 

What is your favourite thing about your role as a teacher?

 

Seeing other women shine and have fun :).

 

What do you like about using Old School Studio to teach? 

 

It is spotless and the atmosphere is beautiful and peaceful. I am very grateful to be there.

 

Are there any other things you would like to say about your Belly Dance Classes?

 

I’m so grateful to all the wonderful women who come to my classes, they inspire me and bring me so much joy.

 

If you would like to book in for a Tribal Fusion Belly Dance class please ring Shilly on 07484803810.

 

The Zen Room at Old School Studio

Old School Studio Offers a Spiritual Home in Turbulent Times

Old School Studio offers a warm, and spiritual welcome for those who want to practice their yoga, meditation and other therapies. 

The multi-purpose soul sanctuary at Newlyn, has undergone considerable transformation to reduce the risk and impact of the coronavirus pandemic without compromising the ethos of the centre.

Thankfully the new Governement rule of 6 does not affect yoga classes as fitness classes where the 2 metre rule is applied are still ok to attend.

Old School Studio director Johanna Graham said: “The premises are marked with Om signs, two metres apart, to enable everyone to have a safe space to work. We have the track and trace scan code if you have the app or you can just continue to write your name and numbers down. There will be hand sanitisers available for all to use, and Old School Studio is naturally well ventilated with high ceilings.”

 

Although the centre has all the equipment needed to cater for the broad variety of classes, it is advised that people bring their own yoga mat and a small towel to cover any blocks they use.

Johanna added: “If you have never practised yoga before, you don’t have to tie yourself up in knots. It’s wonderful for mental and emotional health. We need to take time to cherish ourselves for an hour or so each week learning to unwind naturally and slowly in a safe and comfortable environment.”

The yoga classes at Old School Studio allow new, and experienced, students to work gently, systematically and with awareness through progressive limbering exercises in preparation for the classical yoga postures, which stretch and revitalise the body, increase its potential for movement and release deep rooted tensions.

Breath control and awareness has been shown to improve the circulation, helping to promote calmness and mental strength. Exercises in concentration, visualisation and both moving and quiet meditations will calm and focus the mind, helping to relieve stress thus enabling you to place everyday problems into perspective.

The Old School Studio has yoga, pilates, meditation and dance classes to choose from along with sessions in sound healing, gong baths, chakra healing, belly dancing, adult ballet, tai chi and massage.

Johanna said: “With the children back at school, take time to commit to you again by visiting our conscious living centre and soul sanctuary. We offer a beautiful and tranquil respite from this crazy world giving you space to access your own inner space. Aside from all of our classes, we have lots of lovely massage and healing therapies for you to choose from too, take a look on our website in the therapies section. “

 

Health and wellbeing practitioners are also invited to make use of the space, with some prime teaching slots for those seeking a space to accommodate a good size class at two metres apart.

 

To help facilitate the socially-distanced classes, visitors to Old School Studio are being advised to:

 

  • Book in with your teacher and let your teacher know if you cannot make the session
  • Not to come to the studio if you are feeling unwell (visitors will be asked to check their temperature upon arrival)
  • Use the hand sanitiser and sign in on arrival
  • Observe only 10 people in the studio at one time.
  • Allow 30 mins between each class for cleaning time.
  • Bring their own mat and equipment where possible
  • Arrive in your exercise clothes as the changing rooms will be closed
  • Observe the social distancing subtle markings on the floor
  • When using shared equipment please wash your hands before and after use
  • Leave the building directly after class

 

For more information on Old School Studio, or to book a class, please visit: https://oldschoolstudio.uk/

Photo of Liz Thomson

Spotlight on Liz Thomas: Tai Chi / Qi Gong

We have a wide range of different classes from multiple disciplines at Old School Studio, from belly dance to gong meditation. The wonderful Liz Thomas teaches Tai Chi / Qi Gong on a Monday: 9.30am – 10.30am. 

 

What is Tai Chi? 

 

Tai Chi, also known as Tai Chi Chuan, nurtures mind body connection through a series of movements that flow from one into the next, harnessing deep breathing and mindfulness. 

 

The potential benefits of Tai Chi can include: 

 

  • Improved sleep. 
  • Strengthened muscles. 
  • Improved balance. 
  • Increased flexibility. 
  • Reduced risk of falls.
  • Improved cognitive function.
  • Reduced stress.
  • Improved mood.
  • Improved posture.
  • Relaxation.

 

For some more information on Tai Chi check out the NHS page.

 

We asked Liz a few questions about her personal journey with Tai Chi and Qi Gong: 

 

What brought you to Tai Chi / Qi Gong personally? 

 

A self-healing transformational journey.  

 

What is one thing that Tai Chi / Qi Gong has taught you?

 

That anything is possible. 

 

What is your favourite thing about your role as a teacher? 

 

Sharing my love & passion for Tai Chi / Qi Gong.

 

What do you like about using Old School Studio to teach? 

 

It’s a peaceful, tranquil environment. 

 

Are there any other things you would like to say about Tai Chi / Qi Gong? 

 

The journey of a thousand mile begins with a single step.

 

Please call Liz on 07809763984 to book in for her Monday Tai Chi / Qi Gong class: 9.30am – 10.30am

 

The Zen Room at Old School Studio

The Old School Studio reopens its doors

The Old School Studio has always been spotless and now has had considerable work done to improve it further. The floor is now highly polished and at the moment the decorators are painting it in eco friendly paint.

The floor will be marked with Om signs, 2 metres apart, to enable everyone to have a safe space to work.

The Yoga Room has all the equipment you need and you are welcome to use this, if you are not buying into fear, but until this surreal time is over, I would suggest that people bring their own yoga mat and a small towel to cover any blocks they use. The world Health Association very clearly suggests that the virus cannot live on surfaces but the attendance at these classes has to be at your own risk. There is plenty of hand sanitiser to use before and after the class. Also separate doors to enter and leave by.

If you have never practised yoga before you don’t have to tie yourself up in knots. It’s wonderful for mental and emotional health. We need to take time to cherish ourselves for an hour or so each week learning to unwind naturally and slowly in a safe and comfortable environment.

You will be taught to work gently, systematically and with awareness through progressive limbering exercises in preparation for the classical yoga postures, which stretch and revitalise the body, increase it’s potential for movement and release deep rooted tensions.

Breath control and awareness improves the circulation helping to promote calmness and mental strength.

Exercises in concentration, visualisation and both moving and quiet meditations will calm and focus the mind, helping to relieve stress thus enabling you to place everyday problems into perspective. We have many yoga, Pilates, meditation, dance classes to choose from.

Sign up for our news letter to keep up dated. www.westcornwallinnerspace.co.uk any teachers looking for a space to teach from please contact Johanna 07973 694760.