Kat from Kalindi Yoga is a fabulous yoga teacher based in Bristol and Frome and I am delighted that she will be covering my classes when I am away. Here she gives you and insight into her yoga journey…
“My yoga journey started in 2012. I took my first class in Rishikesh in India while travelling and returned to the UK desperate to find an experience that matched. I came across my teacher’s website, Yogaprema, and kept returning to it day after day before finding the courage to try a class out. Lila, the founder, became my guru (although she’d never say that herself!) and I decided to take my teacher training with her in 2014.
Five years on and I am now a self-employed yoga teacher teaching classes in our lovely town of Frome, Bath and Bristol. I am trained in the Sivananda tradition. This is a traditional Hatha yoga practice offering a meditative and mindful practice. The Sivananda tradition encourages the student to turn inwards, to notice what’s going on in their body and mind. As we hold the postures, rather than moving dynamically through them, there is plenty of time to notice any resistance you have, notice your breath and drop in to the postures to go deeper.
I have such a passion for teaching yoga and teach from my heart in every class. Yoga for me is about exploring your body, noticing where your tensions lie and working with those to release through the breath. It’s about bringing a stillness to the body which in turn brings a stillness to your mind. If we can learn to be comfortable in our body, we can learn to be quiet in our mind. We spend so much time up in our heads thinking about the past and the future. When we step on to our yoga mat, it’s the one time we can give ourselves to be free from those thoughts, connect sincerely to our breath and relax. Truly and deeply relax.
The focus in my classes is on breath and alignment. The more we can connect to what our body is doing, the more grounded we become. Therefore, I tend to explain the minute sensations your body may be experiencing, helping you to connect deeply to yourself. And hopefully helping you notice something about your body you have never witnessed before! It is within the stillness in the mind that we feel most at peace. This is what we are searching for through our yoga practice.
One thing I’d like to give you is a quote that summarises the true meaning of yoga for me, “The mind controls our feelings of pleasure and pain. Control of the mind is the highest yoga” – Swami Sivananda.
I teach in Frome on Saturdays 11am-12.30pm (mixed ability class) and Thursdays 8-9am (beginners class) at the HUBnub centre, upstairs studio. You can find all my classes, including those in Bath and Bristol, on my website at www.kalindiyoga.co.uk/class-timetable.”