Improve flexibility, strength and posture
Move and soothe, stretch and tone for better all-round fitness and vitality.
Reduce stress, anxiety, learn to breathe well, sleep well and bring yourself into the present moment, the only place where life truly exists.
Spirit and self-discipline
Create a healthy and positive ‘climate’ for your spirit to thrive and soar, with a regular diet of relaxation and guided meditation. Know ‘resilience’ and discover that you can do more than you ever thought as possible.
So who is ‘Yoga with Andrea’?
Fully qualified and insured with Yoga Alliance, I am a qualified fitness instructor, with a history of teaching in my teens as a sensai instructing in Shukokai karate, emphasising physical power and strength. It was here that I first discovered the huge benefits of self-discipline as one of life’s greatest attributes. In my late teens and early twenties, through some turbulent life experiences, including profound loss, a felt sense of losing ‘connection’, I began to traverse the ancient Eastern philosophies and passages from the vedic texts in my search for answers to the mysteries of life.
In my search, I happened across the works of Swami Vivekananda whose teachings transformed my ideology relating to strength, that the greatest strength lies in gentleness and the tenderness of the heart. This message reached me at exactly the right time. As I began this search for a way to transform the mind, body and spirit towards this ideology, yoga found me through the vedic texts. As I entered into yoga, the search was over as the realisation dawned that the greatest teacher one can ever have is oneself. You. All of the wisdom is already there inside of you.
I have studied with a variety of gurus and teachers in the past, including martial artists and recently Swami Atma Gyanam Saraswati (of Norwich-based ‘The Yoga Tree’), who has been a great influence on me, my practice and really opened my eyes to the idea of storytelling as a visual art and of physical expression. I completed my 200hr yoga qualification with the Swami – and went on to complete a 50hr qualification in Yin yoga (Daoist yoga) with Ram Jain (Indian and Netherlands Ashrams). I have a passionate interest in complementary therapies, massage and ayurvedic medicine, coming from a medical and teaching background (Masters level).
Yoga is a beautiful discipline which is over 5000 years old, its origins in the oldest sacred texts of the Rig Veda practised by Vedic priests in Northern India. Yoga has propagated in the West and I thank my lucky stars that yoga found me approximately 20 years ago as I began the search for a way to transform the mind, body and spirit. I truly believe this is it! By working to unite the body, mind and spirit through yoga, I am discovering a much happier, healthier me and you can too with me as your guide!
With so many branches and styles; there is something for everyone. Some styles can be challenging, demanding even; others can be relaxing, meditative and utterly peaceful. All yoga styles can help to put the body, mind and spirit into balance achieving this in a variety of ways. In Yoga with Andrea, you will join me in a fusion of Bhava, Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa flow, Kundalini, Iyengar and Yin-inspired styles with a regular diet of relaxation and meditation.
I listen carefully to the wants and needs of my students, guiding you through your Yoga journey and back to yourself in your practice.
Yoga with Andrea is a practice for all levels, ages and abilities. Whether you have tried Yoga, never practised before or practise regularly, come and see us, we cannot wait to meet you!
See the page for links to classes and do get in touch. There is no such thing as a silly question and I am always delighted to hear from you.
Namaste Andrea xx
P.S: The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists.