Musings from a coffee shop

We are delighted to bring you the BAYoga Studio blog. On here Cathy and the team will talk about various explorations into yoga. In this first post, Cathy talks about her thinking behind running back bending workshops…

Why on earth have I decided to do a back bending workshop?!  Well, quite simply because I find them challenging, in fact I’d go so far as to say that they have been my nemesis for many years.

I’d like to share my challenges and how I have worked on developing my back bends so that it no longer overtakes my whole practice.  This used to be one thought:- “Oh no, its backs bends soon, may be I’ll give them a miss today, well my back feels a little tender after all!” Yes, guilty…where is my focus when anticipating back bends?!  Not in the present moment that’s for sure, which means that I am not connected to my body and my brain has taken over – grrr!  Not being in the present moment and anticipating what comes next has often spoilt the enjoyment of my practice, by quieting the monkey brain, (which has a tendency to take over during difficult poses)  along with a thorough search of making back bends approachable, they have become much more enjoyable.

This workshop is the result of a search through various back bending workshops that I have attended, workshops with ashtanga teachers, hatha flow teachers and iyengar teachers, one of whom taught back bends from a wheelchair.  All preparations for back bending have been tried and tested and from these I have prepared a workshop that will be inspirational and fun.  You will have tools to take away and work with, and hopefully back bends will become like a new found friend that lifts your spirits and opens your heart.

Join me on the 30th November 1 – 3 pm at BAYoga studio – How can you resist!

For more information about the workshop, view the workshops page.

BAYoga Studio Yoga Introduction

Yoga is a philosophy of life, which also has the potential to create a vibrantly healthy body and mind.

Benefits of yoga
- Get strong, toned, flexible
- Stand taller, breathe better
- Be calmer, more focused

Ashtanga yoga is a dynamic and physically demanding style of yoga where movement is synchronised with breath, linking a set sequence of poses in a constant flow. This creates a detoxifying heat (be prepared to sweat) and has the effect of stilling the mind and creating a feeling of calm focus. Increased strength and flexibility along with a reduction in feelings of stress, are some of the many benefits of this powerful practice