How can Yoga benefit you?

What is Yoga?

The word Yoga, derived from Sanskrit and can be translated in English as, to join, connect and unite. Yoga helps us to unite our inner-self with a higher-self and helps us to realize the Truth, through physical practice (asana), meditation (dhyana), breathing exercise (pranayama) and spiritual practice.

Why practice Yoga?

Practicing yoga will not only improves physical fitness but also improve mental and spiritual wellbeing. Through regular practice, yoga will bring balance to your mind and body.

The Benefits of Yoga

Better flexibility & posture

Develops strength (physically & mentally)

Tones muscles

Re-aligns body

Calms restless thoughts

Improves circulation

Promotes self-awareness

Increases energy

Promotes inner-peace

The Benefits of Yoga

Better flexibility & posture

Develops strength (physically & mentally)

Tones muscles

Re-aligns body

Calms restless thoughts

Improves circulation

Promotes self-awareness

Increases energy

Promotes inner-peace

Akhanda Yoga Approach

I’m trained to teach Akhanda Yoga, designed by Himalayan Master Yogrishi Vishvketu.

In the West, many people practice Yoga as a purely physical practice.

Akhanda means whole, complete and indivisible. Akhanda Yoga includes missing elements that many modern Yoga classes fail to include.

The Akhanda Yoga approach emphasizes a balanced class including a full repertoire of Yoga techniques. All Akhanda Yoga classes are structured systematically yet artfully to align the physical, energetic, mental/emotional and intuitive self through the five elements of practice and the five energetic principles.

The Five Elements of Akhanda Yoga

1. Philosophy: Every class has a theme taken from Yoga philosophy.  You will learn a specific topic and how you can integrate this on and off the mat.

2. Movement (Asana): Every class is balanced, meaning that we make sure we stretch every direction of the spine which includes forward bends, backbends, side bends, twists, balance, and inversions.

3. Breathing Pranayama: We practice Pranayama that is beneficial to the theme of the class to maxmize the benefit of Asana.

4. Sound Work (Mantra): We chant mantra specific to the theme throughout the class to maxmize the benefit of Asana.

5: Meditation: We start and end every class with a short meditation specific to the theme.

What my students are saying….

I had not done yoga for some years when I started Risa’s class.

The first lesson I found very strenuous and controlling my breathing very difficult, due to me being asthmatic and not breathing through my nose all the time.

After a number of lessons this has become easier and my breathing is a lot better, this has helped immensely with my asthma. I now find the lesson extremely beneficial and very therapeutic.

All I would like to do now is cross my legs again (lol) and as my limbs are not as supple as they used to be. I do lot of circuits and which are not very limbering and I do run and swim from time to time.

I like the way you let us perform the movements in our own time. Thank you Risa for a superb class. Keep up the good work.

Joanna T

Risa’s yoga class is one of the best yoga classes I’ve tried so far.

It’s a good workout and even if it follows the same sequence of postures (ashtanga), she always challenges us a little bit more at each class.

I find myself stronger, more flexible and peaceful. It’s the perfect class for me. Try it !

Caroline Z

This is a very friendly class, suitable for everyone with opportunities for extra stretch etc for those more experienced. Susan C

Risa is a fantastic yogi and great teacher.

Her classes are made accessible to all-comers while still stretching those with more experience. I’ve grown in core strength, and confidence.

Joel M

I have been attending Risa’s classes at work for a number of months and started as a complete beginner.

Under her tuition I have now got the hang of the basics and look forward to coming to the weekly class .

She is always patient with us, and is always happy to demonstrate when we need correction.
I would definitely recommend her as a teacher Michael P

I offer one-to-one and private group classes in London area. If you are interested, please get in touch!

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