About MSKI Dynamic Yoga
Hi, I'm Emma; I have been practicing yoga for over 14 years. I have a background in acrobatics, dance and gymnastics. I was fortunate enough to come across dynamic yoga with the very accomplished Johnny Fincham after having my daughter as a way of getting back into shape, I am as passionate now as I was after my first session, it has quite simply changed my life.
MSKI Dynamic Yoga classes are designed for all abilities and run for either 60 or 90 minutes. My class consists of dynamic yoga postures designed to improve your strength, stamina, focus & flexibility. Dynamic yoga practice has its roots in oriental medicine, philosophy and practice, hence the language and terms used may seem unfamiliar, particularly if you’re used to other yoga disciplines. Most of the postures are, however, similar to those performed in more traditional yoga. Every class is gently crafted depending on the season, time of day or meridian that I will particularly want to stimulate or cleanse. Alternatively, the class emphases on a particular element.
Dynamic yoga focuses on four elements AIR, EARTH, FIRE, and WATER. Each element will bring a different approach to the postures and breathing techniques used. Starting with Air then Earth, we will move through to Fire and then the Water element, finally finish with Ether - Meditation. Each yoga posture holds a strong affinity with one of the elements, but all can be performed in each. In the dynamic form the elements are a metaphysical tool for understanding all phenomena. The elements describe distinctive human types, patterns of behaviour and classifications of energy. All cultures use elemental metaphors, we all recognise when someone is described as being 'down to earth', like we probably all know someone who is 'fiery'. Elements are derived from observing the laws of nature and behaviour of matter.
- AIR: 'my mind is clear & calm'
- EARTH: 'I am strong & balanced'
- FIRE: 'I am positive & motivated'
- WATER: 'I am flexible & receptive'
- ETHER: 'I am full of energy'
Air is yang (active), light, airy, cool, abstract, spacious. Its season is Autumn. Its direction in upwards
Earth is yin (passive), solid, stiff, deep, slow, heavy, strong. Its season is Winter. Its direction is downwards.
Fire is yang (active), purging, changing, driving, burning, hot, passionate, impatient & intense. Its season is summer. Its direction is forward.
Water is yin (passive), flexible, flowing, emotive, responding, conducting, sensing & adaptable. Its season is spring. Its direction backwards.
Ether can only be described as pure KI or Chi (energy)Ki is the energy of the entire universe, the pure source from which the elements are made.
Meridians: In Taoist cosmology the universe and all that it contains is
considered to be made of Ki vibrating at different levels. In this
philosophy there is no split between the body and the mind, both are
made up of Ki. In dynamic yoga every posture stretches, opens,
clears, or stimulates any one or a combination of the 12 meridians that
run (mainly) vertically up & down the body. These channels of Ki or
pathways are the same used in acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine,
acupressure and shiatsu. Every meridian relates to a certain organ
within the body and they are paired yin & yang.
'Yoga is about energy. Your body is a network of energy pathways giving off enough energy to illuminate a lightbulb. Yoga is about becoming more attuned to the interplay of currents that move within you, become more energised, more alive. Whether you're underweight, overweight, young, old, yoga is for you.'
'The Tao of nurturing life requires that one keeps oneself as fluid and flexible as possible. One should not stay still for too long, nor exhaust oneself by overwork. One should learn how to exercise from nature by observing the fact that flowing water nerver stagnates and a busy door's hinges never rust. Why? Because they exercise perpetually and are always moving.'
Sun Su-Mo (Tang Dynasty Physician)
Points to bear in mind: Don’t try to compete, you’re always working to your own boundaries, you aren’t good at yoga if you’re flexible or poor at it if you’re stiff. There is only a good and a poor attitude to the practice. Rest whenever you need to, and opt out of any posture that causes strain. Try to become aware of the areas of your body where you hold tension unconsciously. Breathe deeply. Never hold the breath. Work the muscles, but do not over strain them. In standing postures, keep the tail bone pointed down to straighten the lumbar area (unless told not to) and in general, never bend at the lower back, always at the hips.
MSKI Dynamic Yoga is a drop-in class for both men & women.
It is for all ages and abilities whether you are completely new to yoga or have been practicing for many years, everyone will get something from this practice.
A yoga mat essential.
Please wear comfortable non-restrictive clothing
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