My Yoga Journey
Siân Walsh – My Yoga Journey
My yoga journey began in February 2017 when I started attending a class in my local gym. Due to the timings of the classes at that gym I could only go on a Saturday morning. I liked to push myself and test out the more difficult variations of the asanas (postures); seeing yoga as more of a fitness class than anything else. When I was younger I was an acrobat and competed in national competitions … so some of the more difficult postures came easily to me and I really enjoyed using my flexibility again.
I first met Jackie King (founder of Jkyogaflow) when she covered a Pilates class at my gym. I loved her Pilates session and chatted to her at the end; luckily we got talking about yoga and she told me she was setting up her own classes close to my work. Since then I have been hooked. I now regularly attend classes 4 times a week (if not more!) but the best thing is that I am now developing my practice. Yoga is no longer a fitness class for me but more of an opportunity to develop myself and my awareness of my own body. I am no longer yearning to get to the end of a difficult posture to tick it off my ‘I can do this pose’ list. In many ways, I feel like my yoga journey has only just begun; visiting my yoga mat as if it is the first time.
Jackie is an inspiring teacher and her classes have a lovely balance of challenging asanas and relaxation. I always leave her classes with a big smile on my face; feeling rebalanced. My favourite thing about Jackie’s classes is the relaxed, community atmosphere … everyone feels welcome. Yoga is for everyone! I feel very privileged to have developed my yoga journey alongside Jackie developing her yoga community. I have made lots of new friends and shared so many beautiful experiences with others during Jackie’s weekly classes, monthly candlelight yin yoga sessions as well as her retreats (days, weekends and longer retreats).
Alongside yoga, I have developed my interest in well-being and mindfulness. Jackie has encouraged me to undertake mindfulness courses; I tested the water with an online course Future Learn: Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance but since then I have also completed an 8 week MBCT (Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy) course based on Mark Williams and Danny Penman’s book, Mindfulness, a practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world. These courses have given me a deeper insight into myself … I may spend an hour and half practicing yoga with meditation… but there are another 22 and a half hours in the day to practice mindfulness.
For me, an important thing to remember is that yoga, meditation and mindfulness are all practices. The more you practice; the easier it comes. I find it difficult to practice by myself so I like to share my practice with others; which is why I really recommend joining us for a yoga class or a retreat so you can experience it for yourself. You can find loads of information about all of Jackie’s classes/events/retreats on her website: www.jkyogaflow.com. Jackie and I are working together on a beautiful Nature, Nurture, Nourish Yoga and Mindfulness retreat in Tuscany, Italy in May 2019. There will be daily yoga classes and mindfulness sessions and so, so much more including Indian Head Massage.
A traditional Indian Head Massage is a seated massage; it can be considered less intrusive as the treatment can take place with you fully clothed (it is best to wear a vest top that can be pulled down over your shoulders).
An Indian Head Massage isn’t just for the head; it involves massage on the shoulders, arms, neck, face and scalp. It’s a wonderful choice if you have any neck and shoulder problems. The pressure can be varied depending on your preferences.
The massage is designed to help you relax; be it physically, emotionally or spiritually – your body will take what it needs from the Indian Head Massage.
Indian Head Massage can vary from therapist to therapist (as with all treatments) so please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or if you want to check specific points: email@example.com join us on our next retreat www.beyondwellbeingretreats.com
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