Yoga in Brighton
Is this yoga suitable for me?
A safe, intelligent approach to yoga, particularly useful for people looking for stress reduction and greater ease of movement in everyday life.
Small, friendly classgroup sizes; non-competitive.
Easy to book. Conveniently located close to Brighton main rail station.
Suitable for all ages and all abilities.
If you have not done yoga before, Scaravelli inspired Yoga provides a good introduction. You do not have to be flexible to start with it.
Also suitable for people recovering from injuries and particular health conditions - but contact Anil Rawal first to discuss
What do you mean by "Mindful"?
Despite all the talk, Yoga itself is primarily something to be experienced in the present moment. And once on the mat, whether or not you are "doing yoga" (as opposed to doing a set of exercises) depends on the quality of your attention i.e. are you really present to what you are experiencing, or is your mind somewhere else?
The italian teacher Vanda Scaravelli (1908-1999) worked closely with her students, using classic Yoga asanas as a starting point but constantly varying the practice, exploring the known and the unknown, encouraging students to work hard, with a close attention to breathing and sensing, and always with a view to allowing the spine to gently release.
This approach to yoga engages effectively with the nervous system. It will be of interest to people looking for greater fluidity of movement in everyday life. Expect to work safely and within your own limits, resting when necessary; expect to be challenged and to learn increasing awareness through doing.
Hatha Yoga in the western popular imagination is all about tricky stretches and balances. This can make beginners feel like they can't really do yoga yet because they aren't flexible enough.
A Scaravelli approach to yoga isn't about being super flexible. When we were children, we learned to crawl, squat, stand, hang from branches, move with fluidity and balance between various activities. Then as we grew up we got trained to sit in chairs and our natural impulses to move were supressed, with the result that later we may feel less versatile, more prone to injury. Stiffness isn't all about age - it also happens because we got out of fluid movement habits as we got trained into restrictive movement habits.
This doesn't mean we should all become kids again. But with an intelligent approach to yoga it's possible to release tension and gain greater ease and fluidity of movement in everyday life. Is that worth having?
About the teacher
Anil Rawal is a British Wheel of Yoga qualified teacher and runs regular classes in Scaravelli Inspired Yoga in Brighton and Hove. Classes are small and friendly, so if you are used to large and anonymous groups, expect something a bit different. Book for any of the classes by sending us a contact form here or by phone.
In addition to scheduled classes Anil teaches private sessions with small groups. He also works 1:1 with people managing injuries or particular health conditions, where yoga and/or mindful movement may make a difference as part of an integrated and holistic approach to individual recovery.
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More about Anil Rawal Here
"Anil's teaching style makes yoga so beautifully accessible. It's like no other class I've done and t's made me think very differently about yoga. I've taken this awareness into my own practice and also randomly through my day. I happily recommend it to anyone regardless of age, gender, ability or level of experience"