ANDREA - a full time Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi instructor.

I fell in love with yoga over seven years ago, when I got a Nintendo DS and bought a game called Let's Yoga. From then, I began 'playing' yoga everyday, sometimes twice a day. At first, the practice was more physical for me, but after few months I started to really count on yoga to bring me a sense of calm during especially chaotic days. Soon after, I began recognizing the benefits of a regular asana and meditation practice and continued to incorporate yoga daily - not just during times of chaos. I found myself feeling more energized, more compassionate, happier, and with more awareness. Now, I teach full-time and couldn't be happier to do what I love. What began as a physical practice for strength and flexibility quickly became a lifestyle. I teach my students to take their yoga off the mat and apply the principles learned in the class to their lives outside of the studio. I do not only teach my philosophy, I live it.

sobota 25. apríla 2015

Yoga in Breznicka #1

Well well well... I've been home for a week now so I guess its time to post few pics from our yoga sessions from my home village :-)

I got here on Saturday and we started on Sunday
Here are the pictures from day one :-)


streda 15. apríla 2015

Holiday - Covers for my classes 17th - 28th May 2015



I really think I deserve a bit of holiday and because I haven´t been in my country for almost a year, I decided to go now - well, I am leaving in 2 days actually :P

You can imagine how hard it is to sort all my covers, especially when I teach in so many places, so here are all the updates about the classes when i´ll be gone

17th Friday
7.15pm Yoga Bannatyne's Luton - Tina

18th Saturday
9.30am Hatha Yoga Hitchin LC - Lucy
10.30am Tai Chi Hitchin LC - Lucy with yoga
12.30pm Power Yoga Dunstable LC - ask at the Reception
1.30pm Anti Natal Yoga Dunstable LC - cancelled!!!

19th Sunday
10am Pilates Bannatyne´s Luton - cancelled!!!
11.15am Yoga Bannatyne´s Luton - Brendan

20th Monday
11.30am Fitness Yoga Hitchin LC - Lucy
6pm Pilates Tiddenfoot LC - ask at the Reception
8pm Power Yoga Dunstable LC - ask at the Reception

21st Tuesday
11.15am Pilates Venue360 Luton - ask at the Reception
12.15am LBT Venue360 Luton - ask at the Reception
6.15pm Pilates Tru Gym Luton  - ask at the Reception
7.30pm Pilates David Lloyd Luton - Andrea 

22nd Wednesday
6pm Tai Chi Hitchin LC - Lucy with yoga
8pm Yoga Pure Gym Luton - ask at the Gym

23rd Thursday
7pm Hatha Yoga David Lloyd Luton - Chris
8.30pm Fitness Yoga Houghton Regis LC - ask at the Reception

24th Friday
9.30am Hatha Yoga David Lloyd Luton - Jane
7.15pm Yoga Bannatyne's Luton - Tina

25th Saturday
9.30am Hatha Yoga Hitchin LC - Lucy
10.30am Tai Chi Hitchin LC - Lucy with yoga
12.30pm Power Yoga Dunstable LC - ask at the Reception
1.30pm Anti Natal Yoga Dunstable LC - cancelled!!!

26th Sunday
10am Pilates Bannatyne´s Luton - Brendan
11.15am Yoga Bannatyne´s Luton - Brendan

27th Monday
11.30am Fitness Yoga Hitchin LC - Lucy
6pm Pilates Tiddenfoot LC - ask at the Reception
8pm Power Yoga Dunstable LC - ask at the Reception

28thTuesday
11.15am Pilates Venue360 Luton - ask at the Reception
12.15am LBT Venue360 Luton - ask at the Reception
6.15pm Pilates Tru Gym Luton  - ask at the Reception
7.30pm Pilates David Lloyd Luton - Andrea 

So many thanks to all of the Instructors helping me out - it´s a pleasure to know you guys!! :) 

nedeľa 12. apríla 2015

Winners of the Spring Challenge 2015

We had a 21 days long Spring Challenge started from the 21st of March.
There wasn't so many people posting photos, which was a bit of a dissapointment for me, to tell you the truth, but there were few people who send me pics every day. 

I would like to announce 3 winners, people who really lived through these 21 days wigh so much enthusiasm for yoga, thank you!!! They are winning a 2hours private class with me :) Can't wait! 

It is John, Sarah and Lucka :)

Congratulations and Ill keep giving you some challenging poses once in a while :P 

Have a great day!


sobota 11. apríla 2015

My first Sun Salutation for you to practice with me




It was such a beautiful day yesterday, so I got out to the park and thought I'll do what I said I will do few months ago, and here is the yoga video only for you :) 

I hope you like it :) 
Namaste! 


piatok 10. apríla 2015

Final Day Spring Challenge

Here we are!
We made it...
Not so many of you took part, bat ones who did, made me so happy!!! 
I honestly thought you will post more pics, since it was you who wanted to continue, but never mind, I enjoyed every day of the challenge, and here is the 

FINAL POSTURE:
Scale Pose - Tolasana
Strengthen your wrists, arms, and abs, hanging in the balance of Tolasana :)

Good luck, my beautiful yogis, have a great day, an amazing weekend and tomorrow I will announce 3 winners who will win 2hrs private class with me :) 

Namaste!


štvrtok 9. apríla 2015

Day 20 Spring Challenge

Today's pose is

Handstand

Like its inverted cousins such as Forearm Balance and Headstand, a major obstacle to Handstand is a natural fear of falling. So make sure you are trying it with the heels supported against a wall. Make sure that there are no hanging pictures or other decorations on the wall directly above you ;-)

Good luck!

Namaste 🙏

streda 8. apríla 2015

Day 19 Spring Yoga Challenge

A bit late, but still - a pose for today: 

Boat Pose - Paripurna Navasana
An ab and deep hip flexor strengthener, Paripurna Navasana requires you to balance on the tripod of your sitting bones and tailbone.

utorok 7. apríla 2015

Restorative Yoga Workshop 17th May 2015

If you're feeling the need for a reset, a chance to hit pause for a moment, or if you've ever wanted to linger a little longer in those deep twists and restful opening poses, then this is the workshop for you. Restorative Yoga, as you would expect from the name, is the calm yet deeply nourishing side of the practice.

We'll begin with some gently paced vinyasa flow and a few standing postures to build some heat in preparation for the deeper opening and release that will follow. Restorative poses are soothing and well supported with blocks, cushions, and belts so that you can settle in to each asana in maximum comfort, allowing time to entirely let go of any muscular, physical and emotional tension. The aim is to still our fidgety bodies, calm our busy minds and allow ourselves to rest in the present moment and move towards a state of deep contentment.

At the end of the workshop we will practice yoga nidra, yogic sleep - a state somewhere between consciousness and sleep - which is reached through a guided relaxation.

WARNING: You may leave the workshop feeling a little spaced out, blissfully happy and carefree and possibly with the desire to hug a stranger.


To book text Andrea: 07766873666

When:  Sun 17th May 2015 2-4.30pm

Where:  Dunstable Leisure Centre, Court Drive, Dunstable LU5 4JD  

Fee: £30
           - payment will secure your space,
          as spaces are limited and running out fast!


A bit of inspiration...



I was just looking through some yoga pages and I've found a new inspiration... 
If you think I can do things, I am noone compare to HER!!!! 
I defo need more practice... :/ 



Recording the meditations - FINALLY!!!


I'm recording the meditations for my first Meditation CD (half an hour already done!)


What a great morning... 

Who's excited?


Day 18 Spring Yoga Challenge

Good morning everyone, we are coming closer and closer to the end of our challenge, only 4 more poses to go, and I can´t wait to announce 2 winners. They each will win a 2hrs private class with me :)

Today´s pose is: Fish Pose (Matsyasana)

Matsya, the Fish, was one of the incarnations of the Hindu God Vishnu. Vishnu assumed this form to save the world from the Flood. The Fish Pose or Matsyasana in Hindi, is the counterpose to the Shoulder Stand and must always be practiced after it. Doing the Fish Pose also relieves the stiffness of your neck and shoulder muscles and corrects any tendency of having rounded shoulders. Holding this Yoga Pose exercises the chest, tones the nerves of the neck and back, and ensures that the thyroid and parathyroid glands obtain the maximum benefits from the Shoulder Stand. Performing the Fish Pose also expands the rib cage fully, increasing your lung capacity and aids in deep breathing. You should remain in this Yoga Posture for at least half the amount of time you spent in the Shoulder Stand in order to balance the stretch. 

pondelok 6. apríla 2015

Day 17 Spring Yoga Challenge



Good morning Yogini!!
Happy Easter to everyone :)

Today's Challenge is to remain in an Egg Pose for 30 breaths (5-6 mins :P)

The Egg Pose is perhaps more of a state of mind than a posture in yoga. The Golden Egg involves sustaining and concentrating your core strength, creating what Sadie Nardini calls an "abdominal balloon."


nedeľa 5. apríla 2015

Day 16 Spring Yoga Challenge

Good morning my lovely yogis - we have a pose for today and a bit of more challenge in it as it is an Easter Sunday today :)

Light As a Feather, Stiff As a Board: Plank Pose

You can take a picture and send it to me, but the real challenge is to stay in the pose for 3 long minutes!

Good luck with it! 

Namaste

sobota 4. apríla 2015

piatok 3. apríla 2015

Day 14 Spring Yoga Challenge

Hello, hello my beautiful yogis, I am a bit late today, but the Easter just began...

Thank you for all the photos posted to me and... 
today´s pose is 

Seated Wide Legged Straddle - Upavistha Konasana

štvrtok 2. apríla 2015

Day 13 Spring Yoga Challenge

Today's pose is a king of hip openers - Pidgeon Pose

Yoga handles stiff hips in a variety of ways, but most directly through a family of poses that are known loosely as “hip openers.” Some hip openers increase the external, or outward, rotation of the femur bone in the hip socket. Others lengthen the psoas muscle, a primaryhip flexor connecting the torso and legs that gets chronically shortened in our chair-bound society. Pigeon Pose is an extremely effective hip opener that addresses both areas, with the front leg working in external rotation and the back leg in position to stretch the psoas.

Pigeon is actually a variation of the advanced pose, One-Legged King Pigeon Pose. The two poses share similar alignment in the hips and, more important, an imperative to be approached thoughtfully and consciously. Most practitioners recognize that One-Legged King Pigeon is an advanced backbend that requires precise alignment. Yet many of us are likely to thoughtlessly fold into the forward-bend variation of Pigeon, which can put a lot of stress on the knee and sacrum. To avoid injury, I approach Pigeon by first doing variations that will open the hips gradually and safely. Once your hips are open, you’ll be able to craft a well-balanced Pigeon that benefits your hips and lower back. If you practice it consistently, you’ll notice more ease in your lower half as you sit, walk, and stand.

Pose Benefits:

Increases external range of motion of femur in hip socket
Lengthens hip flexors
Prepares body for backbends
Prepares body for seated postures such as Lotus Pose.

Contraindications:

Knee injury
Sacroiliac issues

streda 1. apríla 2015

Day 12 Spring Yoga Challenge

Today´s Challenge Pose is:

Crescent Moon Pose 

It strengthens your legs, back, shoulders, and arms, building stamina. It opens your hips and chest, and improves balance. This is an excellent exercise to start a number of backbends with. The lower back gets relaxed, the leg muscles are stretched and you build up strength in your legs. You also improve your coordination and concentration.