“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.