I have a tendency to get tense, both physically and emotionally, so when semi-retirement gave me more spare time I thought I would give yoga a try.
Jacquelyn\'s wholistic approach seemed appealing and it has proved to be just what I needed. The classes are friendly and relaxed and work as well for a male beginner as an expert woman - only wish I had made time for yoga earlier
There have been some excellent side effects too - a lower golf handicap, as my golf swing is more relaxed, and less tension in my shoulders when out on my road bike!
I came to Jacquelyn for a personal session, not having done yoga for a number of years due to it having exacerbated a problem I had with my sacroiliac joint. I was also feeling very stressed and exhausted. I thought that I would have to work my way through a series of exercises and then do some relaxation but Jacquelyn just listened to me and then showed me my "practice" - a series of mindful breathing relaxation exercises with gentle rolling and stretching exercises for my sacroiliac problem, all done on my back. I felt so listened to and amazed that Jacquelyn could pinpoint what I needed as the core and start of my new journey to a deeper yoga practice. I left the session feeling completely revitalised in a calm energetic fashion.
I’m a restless person, inclined to suffer from stress and anxiety and I’ve found meditation a means to gently regain control of my frantic mind. The group session are invaluable as they take you away from life’s little ‘stressors’ for a while, and give you an opportunity to learn a variety of techniques in the company of friendly and supportive folk. I’ve found that the practices are gradually seeping into my daily routine, and that I’ve started to deploy my new found experience when life gets fraught . I’m aware that I’m currently only scratching the surface of something much more profound and I’m looking forward to learning more.
What a great first session with Jacquelyn this morning! I had few preconceived ideas so was willing to have a go. I liked the emphasis on body and mind as an integral system and especially the advice to become attuned to my body and to work with it, moving in ways that my body needs. At the same time I was introduced to some yoga postures and could see how even in a short time I could do more than I anticipated. Already planning my daily routine and looking forward to the next time. Thanks Jacquelyn :-)
This was my first ever taste of yoga, and as a complete newcomer and beginner, I cannot imagine a better introduction. The sessions were so well guided that I never felt out of my depth, but it was obvious that everyone else was also getting a lot out of the instruction and practice - even another instructor that was attending.
Not only are Jacquelyn and Paul incredible instructors, they are also excellent hosts for the weekend. They certainly made the whole weekend fun, relaxing, and definitely live up to its billing as a ‘breathing space’. The other attendees were also fantastic, welcoming me warmly into the yoga ‘family’, like old friends that I simply hadn’t met before.
The location and facilities are also first class and I cannot recommend this weekend highly enough. Whether you are a complete beginner like me, a regular practitioner, a lapsed yogi looking to regain inspiration, or even an instructor looking to just relax and commune with the some of the best in the country, this is a fabulous weekend break.
I don't quite know how to begin it was such an amazing weekend. I enjoyed it all, the more challenging yoga ( despite my coordination problems!), the calmer slower movements and meditation, the delicious food ( I would like some of the recipes), chatting to old and new friends.
Kingham was beautiful and the cottages were lovely, I found the swimming and steam room very relaxing and the aqua yoga very amusing !!
I came home feeling much more content with life, I really do need yoga.Thank you so much
I came back to yoga as a way to help my teenage daughter cope with stress - who knew I'd find a way to help myself too! I have had a lower back 'problem' for years - since joining Jacquelyn's class I haven't had a single episode - she taught me to just let it go. But more than that, along with other members of the class sharing their own experiences, she has taught me to let go of the small things and concentrate on the present moment, with a beginner's mind. It is a revelation - I really look forward to my 'playtime' in class and finding out what I can do, then extending that into my whole life. Letting go is the ultimate buzz!
If a calm, relaxed mind is your goal, if you are looking for certain techniques or practices to find some balance in your busy life, then I cannot recommend the Mediation Workshop at Halcyon Yoga enough. Jacquelyn has such a warm, friendly and open approach that you are at ease within moments of arriving and are gently lead, through mindful movement and guided meditation, to stillness and inner peace - Jacquelyn reminds us of our 'natural state' that is simply veiled by our incessant mental mind stream, and we our encouraged that through simple practice, a little 'me time' each day is all that is required to find that balance that only 'appeared' to be hard to find.
Having attended Jacquelyn's mediatation workshop this morning, I really have enjoyed the experience tremendously. I am someone who is new to the practices that she is teaching here, her relaxed and informal style, with the pick and mix of mediatations that she talked through, have enabled me to leave the session with the confidence to go away and practice on my own, to find what works best for me. It felt great and I would not hesitate to recommend Jacquelyn's yoga or meditation sessions to anyone.
For me, yoga has become a way if creating some space in my hectic world, to the point where I am now prioritising it over work. The "head space" to focus on mind and body are skills that require practice yet allow me precious time for a regrounding and reprioritisation that is enabling me to be more effective.
I am no expert however I feel that this is all part of the learning to NOT feel the pressure of becoming an expert!
To be more mindful definitely does makes us better able to make the right decisions and not feel as pressured. It's also letting me sleep better!