Since starting at We Are Wellness Orla‘s hatha classes have become known for their heart-felt intentions, particularly perfect for a Sunday evening…so we thought we would ask her to explain a little more about her approach.
Yoga is about taking the gaze inwards and listening in to our inner teacher. Each week there is an opportunity to set an intention, or sankalpa to guide your practice, sowing seeds that you’d like to manifest. I like to focus on the cultivation of an inner feeling, or bhavana, that can help to make yoga transformative.
My hatha class will have a focus on the breath, as well as a variety of grounding postures, to nourish and strengthen the body and calm the mind. To help you let go, release tension and make space for your mind, body and spirit. To find comfort and ease within the breath and asanas. We will spend time moving the spine in all directions, enjoy some energising twists as well as standing poses such as flowing Sun Salutations as well as the strong and solid Warrior poses. An opportunity of self care and we will always end with a nourishing relaxation- hopefully you will leave class with a state of balance.
Furthermore we will explore various themes, which can serve as a focus for the poses and overall practice. For example, nurturing ahimsa (non-harming) starting on the mat with ourselves. To practice ahimsa is to act with love and compassion towards ourselves and others. Knowing our unique differences and when to slow down. Another theme we will explore is cultivating contentment in our yoga. Helping us to feel at ease and peaceful within the breath and asana. We can then meet ourselves on the mat with a smile, and transfer these qualities into our lives off the mat.
The classes will always involve opportunities to pause and notice the present moment, our breath and body. As one of my teachers wisely told me, “yoga is about minding the mind” (she was quoting A.G. Mohan). The practice will honour yoga as a practice of returning to yourself, unwinding and undoing, being.
The class will often involve a thought provoking quote or poem. For example, this poem by John O’ Donohue;
“May I live this day compassionate of heart,
Gentle in word
Gracious in awareness
Courageous in thought
Generous in Love”.
You’re warmly invited to come for a grounding, heart-felt practice to balance mind and body.
Come and meet yourself on the mat!
Gratitude to my teachers at Yoga Campus, Clare Kerrigan, Gillian Shippey, my restorative yoga teacher Judith Hanson Lasater, and my most importantly my family (especially my dad who meditates daily and introduced me to yoga).
‘ Living your yoga’ by Judith Hanson Lasater, ‘ Bringing yoga to life’ by Donna Farhi and ‘Yoga for wellness’ by Gary Kraftsow have all been a huge inspiration to me.