Karen Bennett

Yoga and Massage
 

T E A C H I N G   S T Y L E

 

Karen has over 20 years of personal yoga experience and over 10 years teaching experience. She is a fully qualified Yoga Alliance teacher with the  Yoga Campus in London UK.

Her teaching style is rooted in flow yoga and restorative yoga and her classes are delivered in a friendly and accessible manner. With a background in bodywork and nursing her classes also draw on these influences.

 

Classes incorporate asana (postures), pranayama (breath control), meditation and yoga nidra (deep relaxation). Modifications & progressions are always offered. 

 

H A T H A   F L O W  Y O G A

 

This can be either a dynamic or slower paced flowing form of yoga. The sequences help to align your skin, muscles and bones and help to open the many energy channels of the body, especially the main channel, the spine, so that the prana (energy or life force) can flow freely through the body.

 

It often incorporates longer holds than a vinyassa practice and focuses on building our connection of body and mind through the awareness of our breath. The longer holds help to build strength and flexibility but also give more time for the mind to digest the pose and gain a deeper understanding of our bodies postural, mental and emotional patterns.

 

Karen’s flow classes include teachings from the 8 limbs of yoga; being mindful of the yamas and niyamas both on and off the mat, alignment-focussed asana, with hands on adjustments as necessary and as welcomed, pranayama and meditation. 

R E S T O R A T I V E   Y O G A

 

These classes draw on the influences of both restorative yoga and yin yoga.

 

In these classes poses are held for 2-5 minutes with the body in a more yin or passive state, allowing the mind and the deep connective tissues of the body to release and relax at a very deep level.

 Y O G A   N I D R A 

 

Also known as yogic sleep.

 

A healing and restorative guided visualisation of 30-45 minutes.

In this session though a systematic approach you are taken to the point between sleep and wakefulness, you are then guided through a meditation. 

 

It is said that yoga nidra can help to greatly reduce the symptoms of anxiety and stress and that a regular practice can give the same benefits of 2-4 hours of deep restful sleep.