Each class is an opportunity to reunite body and mind. Experience moment by moment. Be in the here and now.
The emphasis of each session is meeting every body's needs, and encouraging each individual to develop their own understanding of yoga.
Yoga became part of my everyday life from the moment I discovered it.
I completed a 200h Yoga teacher training in Vinyasa Flow with YogaLondon in order to share this practice with others.
I offer balanced and varied classes incorporating meditation, yogic philosophy & mindfulness. At the heart of the Vinyasa practice is Pranayama (breath regulation) which plays an essential role in my classes. I'm inspired by Tai Chi and Qi Qong too and these martial arts are often introduced in the sequence.
In May 2019, I trained with The (fantastic & very knowledgeable) Yoga People to explore Yin Yoga. Yin has been an interesting and profound discovery that has offered me some new tools to tune body and mind through surrendering - allowing me to witness my body's language and its sensations without applying any physical force in a pose.
It has been a pleasure teaching Yoga for 4 years and I am constantly amazed how yogis get a better understanding of themselves by its powerful benefits. Yoga provides many tools to broaden your horizons and experience a healthy life full of awareness.
I undoubtedly recognize this ancient tradition and its values, but I never thought it would blend so effortlessly into my everyday routine. My previous jobs were time-consuming and self-care wasn't a priority for me. Yes, I worked out, enjoyed going out with friends, reading, exploring the outdoors, and keeping busy. But... What about some quality time for my inner self? It was a challenge at times to create space for it and I wasn't sure how to nourish it.
For a while I even thought it was selfish to take time out. It was actually more about allowing myself to take that time off.
Yoga has helped me to find that answer and still does. I found a healthy ego and I feed it on a regular basis.
However, the days without answers are always going to happen - these are the days where silence is a golden gift. In my opinion, these are the days for meditation when all you have to do is listen. Listen to what is happening within yourself. I believe serenity awaits you there. As Eckhart Tolle says "stillness speaks".
The so-called crazy monkey in reference to our minds is a fact. Our perpetual reality. In his Yoga Sutras, Patanjali refers to it as 'mind-stuff'. He also mentions 'maya' which is translated as illusions. To my understanding the mind-stuff and maya are mental distractions that we create. When our thoughts and emotions are overwhelming they influence negatively or positively our perception of reality. They might even prevent us from living in the present moment. Not being present takes us closer to our tipping point.
That's why a healthy routine is important. Not essential but important because taking care of yourself matters. Develop a gentle, fun and clear one. Something that is you, something which reflects who and what you are. For me it is Yoga; but not only. Find yours and invite every day to be a new move towards mindfulness and establishing a fixed pattern. A structure to train and rejuvenate mind and body until it becomes second nature. Only then it belongs to you. And only then an exploration of full self-expression begins. It doesn’t get easier though, you simply become stronger & more comfortable with your strengths and imperfections.
What do you get? Introspective Fun!
With introspection, Yoga has invited me to keep an eye on several layers of myself: my emotions, thoughts, needs & desires. Additionally, Yoga is fun! It is a constant reminder not to take yourself too seriously and be humble of your achievements & failures.
A friend once told me – the question isn’t why is it hard to practice but what stops you from practicing. What is getting between you and your mat? Because, yes, it does come down to you sometimes, and only you - In Yoga but in life too.
In short, start to observe what you are. Notice, feel, and experience. Acknowledge, accept and let go. Expect each practice to be different, as are you every day. Yet it is an opportunity to grow and change, not repeat certain patterns. Yoga is an alternative response that leads to the inner world within each individual.
Hopefully I'll see you on a yoga mat and we will share this experience together.
Namaste to you !
What my Yogi fellows are saying
I had the pleasure of attending Amandine's Yoga class which I recently joined. As an experienced 10 years yoga practitioner, I have found her lessons very much enjoyable, refreshing and boosting me with energy. She combines different styles of Yoga by adding her own professional touch. Highly recommended for all levels!
I’ve been going to yoga lessons on and off since I was 16, and Amandine’s classes for a year. Since starting with Amandine, I have started to enjoy the Vinyassa Flow style of class more and more. Amandine has helped us work on our tightest points – hello hip flexors! – and adapted the class well around various injuries suffered within our group. More than that, her personal style means she’s always on hand to adjust my position and even support me in a position when I’m struggling or a bit wobbly that day. Amandine adds a lovely touch to the Shavasana at the end. I look forward to seeing Amandine, she is always a friendly face to cheer me up in the middle of the week :)
Amandine is a fantastic yoga teacher whose lessons are always enjoyable and challenging. Each week she provides a different routine but tailors the session to our needs. We were initially only very occasional yogis but now look forward to our weekly class with the whole family taking part. Amandine is highly recommended.
Angelika & Rob
Until I started classes with Amandine, I had never really understood how beneficial yoga practise can be. She creates a lovely atmosphere in which to learn. Private classes were an excellent place to start, and now I attend a weekly group class.