My Thoughts on Yoga
My studies and experience have taught me that yoga is far more than just a physical exercise. It is an intelligent, systematic approach which supports and enhances our emotional, mental and physical well-being. It is about creating positive change in our daily lives.
To quote the preface of Fire of Love by Aadll Palkhivala:-
“True yoga is not about the shape of your body, but the shape of your life.
Yoga is not to be performed; yoga is to be lived.
Yoga doesn’t care about what you have been;
yoga cares about the person you are becoming.
Yoga is designed for a vast and profound purpose, and for it to be truly called yoga, its essence must be embodied. ~ Aadil Palkhivala, Fire of Love”
Yoga is a tool which is and should be available to each and every one of us, which is why I love to take yoga to those who would not believe it is possible to practice. If you can breathe, then you can practice yoga - it's as simple as that.
I have worked and still work with people with various medical conditions, some of them life threatening, and am so grateful for these opportunities. This work has been an inspiration to me and I can only hope to continue to be of help to others and be enriched and enlightened along the way.
Thank you to all my teachers and students who have made this possible.
I first encountered yoga in my late teens; but it was not until many years later when a knee injury forced me to give up karate, that I "fell into" a hatha yoga class and got hooked. At the time I was a book-keeper; after having been a PA; worked in import and exports; and various other office jobs in and around London and abroad.
Practicing pregnancy yoga while carrying my second son, and becoming more aware of the physical and mental benefits of yoga, I knew that I wanted to study this fascinating practice and become a teacher.
So, after my son's birth, I began my studies and completed the British Wheel of Yoga Teaching Diploma in 2006.
However, my own personal practice and teaching style was already heavily influenced by my one-to-one sessions with Sylviane Gianina, with whom I continue to study in the viniyoga style of teaching. And with whom I explore other realms of practice.
Encouraged to further explore the viniyoga approach, I completed the approved three-year cYs viniyoga of Yoga Teaching & Therapy Practitioner Programme in 2010 and I continue to develop my passion for yoga therapy through ongoing studies with Ganesh Mohan of Svastha Yoga.
My experience includes group and individual teaching/remedial work, yoga for back care, fibromyalgia, Parkinsons Disease, stroke survivors, the elderly, cancer care and addictions.
During the last few years my interest in the energetic pathways of the body and the possibility to encourage healing has been realized through various other healing methods, such as Theta Healing and Quantum Being.
This has changed my own personal practice and my teaching and has pushed me to explore newer and wider dimensions, for which I am truly grateful.
“Focus is not only on keeping the physical body healthy but on what is within; increasing our self-awareness and listening to our heart leads to healing on many levels.”
Please check timetable for current times & location.
If you have any injuries or conditions you are worried about, please call me to discuss.
General Classes - small, intimate groups
These sessions work on strengthening and stabilizing; releasing and mobilizing; using the Viniyoga approach. The key to this approach is in tailoring the practice to suit the individual, thus making the practice accessible to all who wish to join in.
The session will include asanas (postures) and sequences supported by the breath to encourage body awareness and mindfulness within the practice. Relaxation and elements of other holistic practices may be included.
Chair yoga is a general term for a session where yoga poses are modified, so that they can be done either seated or standing. Using the chair for support ensures a safe but challenging practice. Thus yoga becomes accessible to people who may not be able to stand for long, may have balance issues, or lack the mobility to move easily from standing to lying to seated. However, participants can still expect to enjoy the health benefits of yoga, such as stretching, improved muscle tone, better breathing habits, etc.
Yoga for Stroke Survivors
These classes are specifically designed to aid stroke survivors in their long-term rehabilitation. Physical exercises focus on targeted issues such as balance, stretching, strengthening and co-ordination. Breath-work, sound and relaxation techniques are incorporated to aid with anxiety, breathing problems and speech. These are just some of the many benefits yoga can offer.
Yoga for Parkinsons Disease
In these lessons yoga is used to address the numerous side-effects of the disease in order to help students in their daily activities. This is a hands-on class where we look at particular issues that individuals are experiencing; support is offered through specifically designed exercises, breath-work and relaxation to aid and support all body systems.
All students are encouraged to work to the best of their ability, yet appreciating where they are at this present moment.
Village Hall, Park Street, St Albans AL2 2PX
Gentle Viniyoga Classes
Wednesday 19.00 - 20.00pm - Park Street Village Hall AL2 2PX
Friday - NEW CLASS - 9.30-10.30 am - Park Street Village Hall AL2 2PX
Fonthill Care Home
Monday 11.15-12.00 pm
Fonthill House Retirement Home
Cassisus Drive, King Harry Lane,
St ALbans AL3 4GG
Traditionally, yoga was taught on an individual basis. And today the 1:1 method is still regarded the most effective way to explore yoga, helping you to deepen your understanding and develop your practice.
Studying on a 1:1 basis is a self-empowering process which evolves over time.
So what is special about these sessions: -
How Does It Work?
In quantum being we learn to tune in to our body and to our emotions.
We learn to listen without getting caught up in the drama, which often takes place in the mind.
This allows our emotions to move, allows healing on a cellular level.
The more we listen, the more we speak our truth, the more we start to trust our own inner guidance.
So the next time you are faced with a choice, take a moment to be still, listen to your heart, not your mind; feel into what your body is telling you and go by your instinct.
For Theta Healing/Quantum Being sessions, please contact me on 07563 577666.
by Or Koren - Enlighten the master within you
BEING - to Listen from the Heart:
As opposed to hearing which is the technical activity that occurs through the hearing organ - the ear—listening involves the heart. When we learn to listen with our hearts, additional, novel qualities from the use of our senses begin to appear, naturally opening before us, to our innate intuitiveness to life, and to the potential healing and change that we have inside us.
"Listening" is not limited only to our sense of hearing. You can utilize all of your senses and integrate all of them when listening.
This allows us to begin listening with our hearts as we see, feel, smell, taste and of course hear the person in front of us, or the situation in which we find ourselves.
Listening while using our heart brings us to a state in which we are more present, more in a state of "being". The more present we are, the greater our ability to live with a free will.
This freedom, first and foremost, is the freedom to feel. Emotions are something which are always inside of us and they are constantly in motion. We do have some level of control over the expression of our emotions; however, we do not have control over the authentic emotions that are already inside of us. We cannot order our emotions to disappear. We can choose whether to speak or remain silent.
Throughout our lives we may try to avoid feeling a certain emotion because we might feel that it is "negative", or perhaps "threatening". However, the understanding that feeling an emotion does not necessarily mean acting upon it, opens a new door for us…that is the door to freedom, the freedom to feel, or in other words, the freedom to listen to what we feel, without the need to immediately act upon that feeling.
Quantum theory describes the behavior of matter on the smallest scale such as the atomic and subatomic levels. These forces are not physical on the scale of our senses, but their movements create the physical world and the way in which we perceive it. We meet the connection between the world of quantum particles which serves as the basis of substance, and the material world as we experience it through our senses.
The term "quant" describes the tiniest possible particle/quantity that allows a change in a certain condition of a system.
For example, a photon of light is a quantum of light—meaning the smallest particle of an electromagnetic field.
Quantum physics offers an explanation for the occurrence of a number of phenomena that cannot otherwise be explained through classic physics. It is a magical world in which the matter no longer behaves like "classic" matter.
The most well-known of these concepts is the wave-particle phenomenon. This phenomenon relates to the fact that under certain experimental conditions, in which isolated particles, such as electrons, are sent through two slits, researchers found that the above present an interference pattern. That is, the electron passed through both of the slits simultaneously acting as though it was a wave and not a particle of matter that is only able to be in one place at a time. The particles were in a state known as "superposition" in which, essentially, the particles made a "quantum leap".
However, when researchers tried to determine where the electrons were located when they passed through the slits, those "energetic beings" were now passing through just one slit, behaving like particles. This process, of moving from superposition to position, from infinite possibilities to one possibility, occurred purely as a result of the measurement. In quantum physics this process is also known as a collapse of the wave function or collapse of quantum states. It can be considered to be the other side of the coin in terms of quantum leaps, resulting from a state of superposition.
One might say that quantum leaps that produce the phenomenon of superposition, as it manifests on the quantum level are the main elements that differentiate between the quantum world and the macroscopic world of our daily life. A world in which, as we all know, an object is not capable of moving at two different speeds simultaneously, just as an object cannot be two different colors. In the quantum world, however, these phenomena, these quantum leaps, are not only possible but are fully acceptable and make sense.
In the "quantum being world", the way in which scientists choose to look at the experiment, or more precisely: the way in which they choose to listen to the experiment, affects its outcome.
Fusion: Quantum Being
The essence of quantum being is the understanding of the significance of how we choose to meet things in our life and in our bodies. In this context, it seems that when we judge and analyze things, it is possible that we give them a material-like quality, fixing them in place and bring about their collapse, that is, their presence in our reality. Conversely, when we are present and listen to life and what is found inside of us without judging, we allow these feelings and emotions to be in a state of superposition, to behave as a wave and make quantum leaps. The analysis/judgment, in their essence, are analytic—moving in the direction of yes or no, and not both. Therefore they are parallel to the measurement in the experiment. As opposed to being and listening, which does not require a decision and allowing the state of superposition to exist.
In this state, in practice, a tumor can disappear, a broken bone can heal and the quality of fear and the body chemistry that accompanies it, such as an increase in stress hormones, can disappear. A world opens up before us and it can change to a state of calm that is subsequently expressed in our physiology, all of this is derived from a process and depth of listening.
It is important to me to mention that the goal of quantum being is much broader than healing one pathology or another. Dealing with this path as a tool for healing alone, severely limits its fantastic potential to bring about change and transformation in our developmental processes. That said, it is certainly possible that phenomena of wellness and spontaneous healing of the body, out of the recollection of the natural abilities to balance and heal, would be a welcome result.
When we learn how to listen and observe our bodies in a new way and on a quantum scale, we connect to the energetic level from which our bodies are composed, and to the basic vibrations that eventually produce the matter on this scale, and in this plane. From this place, in which the body serves, exists, and functions as energy with a deep intelligence, we can allow healing and change in the physical, emotional, and mental body, and also in the rest of the energetic and spiritual bodies, to bring about breakthroughs in our consciousness, our perception of the world, and reality.
We can enter the quantum spaces between the beats and, from there; create our lives anew at every moment. In other words, the presence, the quantum being, allows us to go back to a state of superposition in which we invite the essence of the source of creation to fulfill, produce, and manifest the most ideal position for us.
Dear Stacey ,
I practiced with you for three years, until you left for the UK, and when I think about it, you are the yoga teacher I studied with the most up to today ...after experiencing various methods of yoga over a span of 10 years,
And I don't think I missed a single lesson ...
Thank you for three wonderful years,
You helped me make yoga a way of life which blends great with my philosophy of life.
I discovered the depth of the practice and its relation to everyday life, profound thanks for listening to my needs and my limitations, for adjusting the practice to suit my body; for the new habits which were instilled in me, and above all the dedication, warmth and your love. Riki. 2013.
As soon as Stacey steps into the room with her reassuring and genuine air of calmness, and we step on the yoga mat, an inner world of peace and harmony abounds.
Stacey seems to know exactly how much to challenge us with, combining the physical movement with breathing techniques and further concentration on tapping into our ‘inner self’. She is a most skilled and empathetic teacher who brings a modicum of humour into the class too. She will undoubtedly encourage you to develop the physical and mental ‘awareness’ that will enable you to lead a more balanced, healthier and fulfilled lifestyle, and I cannot thank her enough for the personal growth and enlightenment she has brought my way.
Jacky Dror September 2015