Derived from the root word 'yuj', yuja means to have a companion, to be in union or unison, to be equal.
Yoga Yuja is creating a community of love, equality and sisterhood.
The first yoga class I attended was in 2007. I still remember it distinctly; the back room in a lady’s house complete with a disused brick-fronted fireplace and 1970s patterned carpet. I loved the feeling of calm that fell over me, the fact that I wasn’t ‘just moving’
but also connecting to my breath and becoming more flexible. For 10 years I dipped in and out of classes, trying different types of yoga and experimenting with my practice. I went on Ashtanga retreats, attended yin yoga workshops
and resonated deeply with the heart-based practice of Anusara.
In 2016 I had my second child and was quickly diagnosed with post-natal depression. I had never felt this way before. It was like I was seeing the world through dark glasses, nothing brought me joy and it became normal for me to feel empty, devoid of any emotion with daily thoughts of what it would be like if my life came to an end. I started anti-depressants but wanted to help myself in other
more ‘natural’ ways, and that’s where my daily yoga practice came in.
Yoga helped me when I was in a dark place. I was returning home to my inner temple, my breath,
and the incredible body that had birthed two strong babies.
It was at this point that I wanted to give back. I wanted others to feel what I felt after I had finished a yoga class; I felt like I had accomplished something huge and magnificent every time! I enrolled on to a RYS 200hr teaching training
with Samara Yoga School, run by my incredible teacher, Sam Mills.
My personal practice has changed a lot over the last couple of years. I don’t step on to my mat every day but practice in other ways. Sitting with the stillness of the present moment, being in nature, standing in tree pose while I chop vegetables,
or chanting a mantra while driving.
This year I completed my Second Degree Reiki training which has strengthened my bond with the Divine,
the powerful life force energy that sits within each and every one of us.
Your mat is a safe haven, a place where you can move, breathe and explore without judgement. My classes are open to everybody, all bodies, and I encourage you to approach yoga with an open mind. Many people never attend a yoga class because they think they’re not flexible enough but this is where yoga can help!
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