Jane blends over 20 years of personal yoga practice with a formal London Art School training and experience of life as an artist, mother, teacher and traveller.
A strong personal practice enhances her ability to teach from experience. Jane’s seasonal flow classes are influenced by the many styles of yoga she has practised over the years and the numerous teachers who have inspired her.
Jane is a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher, trained through SYTT in Glasgow.
Students have said of her classes:
“This is intelligent dynamic yoga”, “Jane is patient and observant”, “An inspiring teacher whatever your size, shape and fitness”, “With Jane, yoga is fun”.
What is involved in a typical class?
The class consists of a warm up, sequences of postures in standing, seated and lying to improve body awareness, flexibility, strength and muscle tone while focussing on breathing and mindful movement and concludes with a relaxation. Breathing techniques are integrated into the classes.
Can everyone take part?
Yes, the classes are suitable for all abilities and levels of fitness. Many of the postures and sequences can be modified to suit particular health conditions. Please let me know of any injury or health issue which may affect your practice.
What should I bring?
Don't feel you need your own mat if it's your first time. There are always some to borrow. In time most people prefer to use their own yoga equipment.
What should I wear?
Comfortable clothing such as leggings/sports trousers/joggers and a t- shirt are ideal. Layers are advisable as your temperature will change during the class, it is good to have an extra top or blanket for the relaxation at the end of class. Yoga is best performed in bare feet.
Is there anything else I should know?
It's advisable not to eat for an hour and a half before class and this should only be a light snack. It's a good idea to bring some drinking water.
At Seasonal Yoga Experience the way we feel and how we move evolves with the seasons. The style and focus of classes changes week by week, month by month. This keeps your focus but more importantly promotes and maintains good health of your mind and body
Each time we stretch we are having an effect on our health and energy. In Chinese Medicine energy is defined as ‘chi’, circling within us and all around us. Chi moves through our bodies in paths called Meridians – like energy rivers that course through every area of your body, these meridians have a protecting role, nourishing specific organs and systems. Yoga encourages vitality and balance in these meridians and organs by gentle movement, stretches, postures and breathing techniques.
Below is a summary of the year with a rough outline of postures to expect in class together with seasonal tips, a pranayama ;breathing techniques that vary in complexity and can be used to transform not only your breath but also your state of mind, and a seasonal meditation. Look forward to seeing you at a class soon. (click here for class info & timetable)
A time to reflect, regenerate, and develop your curiosity and imagination. To achieve a sense of stillness and contemplation, avoid stressful situations and allow life to develop smoothly. Cook foods for longer with less water, keeping the lids on pots to retain goodness and energy, preparing warm hearty soups , stews and wholegrains.
- Repeat postures are employed to stimulate deep into the body ; twists bring balance and clarity ; forward folds encourage quiet introspection ; backbends produce courage and self awareness ; always working on gently lengthening the spine and creating flexibility. Yin yoga postures are a key feature, relaxing muscles, lowering blood pressure and heart rate as we withdraw, finding stillness.
- Caring breath to help us feel nurtured and soothed.
– Set a Sankalpa or resolve at the start and end of your meditation. A Sankalpa is a short positive phrase, clearly expressed, to bring a positive change in your life eg ”I am loving and caring to my family”, “I am becoming more content”. Repeat the phrase inwardly three times at the start and the end of your meditation.
A time of growth with enhanced energy levels. A time to inspire change and refresh your practice and lifestyle. Spring clean your diet, mind and home. Eat a lighter, drier diet, including some raw food and those rich in chlorophyll to help cleanse and detox the body and build healthy cells.
- The focus is on your foundation, encouraging strong stable roots to anchor you in your practice. Cleansing postures are used to prepare for summer; side bending and twists increase flexibility and help lose the extra padding acquired over the winter months.
- Simhasana or Lion’s breath. This practice is fierce and fun ! Stretching, toning and relaxing the muscles of your face, cooling the breath. A great way to let go of any staleness you’re holding on to from the winter months as we roar our way into the new season .
– Spring clean your lungs. Imagine your lungs are three separate rooms on three different floors of a house. You are going to fill each room with vibrant, fresh, clean energy and open all the windows and doors to let the stale energy out, until you feel relaxed, then just bathe in the stillness of the mind, pushing thoughts away like clouds.
Summer is a time of high energy, living life to the full. We feel invigorated and robust. Soak up some energy from the sun to drive you through to late summer. Eat lighter foods that contain plenty of energy, avoiding processed or pre-prepared meals. Eat little and often. Hydrate the body and the skin.
- Encompass a regular, frequent yet simple yoga practice. Sun salutes will lift the heart rate, improve circulation and energize the body. Cooling postures balance and close the practice.
- Shitali, the cooling breath. This breathing practice calms the mind and reduces stress levels. It cools the body and mind, lowering the blood pressure, calming the nervous system and relaxing muscles.
– Guided meditation, the perfect way to unwind after a busy day to enable us to feel where tension accumulates in the body and begin to understand why. A simple powerful tool to help you to a relaxed state.
Feel connected to the earth at this time of year. Go on walks in the countryside, get busy in the garden, do something that makes you feel good about yourself. Cook with yellow foods, naturally sweet and in season.
- Intended to generate power, stability and strengthen your legs to support you and connect you to the earth.
- Ujjayi breathing or victorious breath is an ancient yogic breathing technique that helps calm the mind and body. The breath should be long, deep, calming and rhythmic, the sound audible. This practice is intended to be both energising and relaxing. Ujjayi has a balancing influence on the entire cardiorespiratory system and releases feelings of irritation and frustration.
– Walking meditation connecting each foot carefully with the earth, focus on an intention to nourish yourself with each step. A simple powerful tool to help you to a relaxed state.
A time to gather energy inwards and prepare for colder months ahead, let go and clear negative thoughts. Cleanse yourself with an open mind. Eat healthy hot comfort foods, adding spices to warm you from the inside.
- Develop a slower practice with a focus on breathing exercises. Incorporate wide arm, open and closing postures to maximise lung capacity eg drawing the bow, release and letting go.
- Nadi Shodhana or alternate nostril breathing. A beautiful gentle breathing technique, suitable for everyone to balance breath, energy levels and brain hemispheres. A few minutes of Nadi Shodhana pranayama in a day helps de-stress the mind and release accumulated tension and fatigue, as it helps clear out blocked energy channels in the body, which in turn calms the mind.
– Mindful meditation to notice differences in your thoughts and feelings eg, crowded/quiet, soft /hard. With practice you can learn to soften and melt these thoughts with the rhythm of the breath.