“Yogas Chitta Vritti Nirodhah” (Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, Sutra 1.2)

Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind. This is the starting point in Theiya Yoga classes. That we get out of our thinking, whirling, judging, criticising mind, and instead drop into deeply listening and feeling; observing sensations, thoughts and emotions. Rather than spending an hour tying ourselves into knots, we are undoing those knots - mental and physical.

The style we teach is Vinyasa (movement with breath). We rest awareness on the breath, and on how movements and postures feel in the body. The classes are accessible to all bodies, and posture variations are offered throughout the class. One variation is never considered more or less advanced than another. It’s just different. Currently, our classes are all online, and so we encourage students to use household items as props for their yoga practice – chairs, footstools, dressing gown belts, cushions, tins, Tupperware boxes, blankets, nearby family members… they’ve all been used!

In our yoga practice, it’s about developing the confidence and ability to empower ourselves to make good decisions about how to practice our yoga, based on how we feel while practising, on that particular day, and in this way, we are developing self-acceptance and self-regulation.


The focus of our classes for our January/February block is a balanced approach to working mindfully with the different muscle groupings that operate the hip joint.

After last week’s classes that focused on the fronts of the hips and our hip flexors, this week we head around the corner to the muscles referred to as the ‘adductors’, or the muscles in the inner thigh. When these muscles contract, they help draw our thighs together, and when they stretch, they open up poses that require our legs to be at a wide-angle. These muscles are important in providing stability in this area of our body.

Our classes this week will include postures that strengthen, as well as postures that lengthen, these muscles.  And of course, we’ll also not be forgetting the other muscles groups we’ve worked with so far, feeling their added support in the postures. 

These wide-leg poses are interesting ones to work with from an emotional and mental perspective also. When we are in a physically challenging posture in yoga, it is the opportunity to practice keeping our breathing steady, observing how the body feels and what sensations are there, listening to our authentic inner voice, and noticing and letting go of the automatic judgments that arise in our mind with every experience we have.