For me, yoga is play. It makes me forget about commitments and work. It adds joy to my life, relieves stress, connects me to others yogis, and I feel refreshed, more productive and balanced.
In our busy, hectic and modern lives, many of us focus too much on work and commitments and hardly ever make time for pure fun. At some point between childhood and adulthood, most of us stop playing. When we carve out leisure time, we end up in front of a screen, social media, or the TV, but we don’t actually engage in rejuvenating play like we did when we were young.
Just because we are adults, doesn’t mean we have to take ourselves so seriously and make life all about work. We all need to play!
When I go to a yoga class, I feel I connect with my inner child. Do you remember doing handstands and cartwheels as a child? Challenging yourself to balancing acts, playing with your strength and being upside down?
Children do it because it comes naturally to them. And it’s good for them. It helps the brain, stimulates balancing mechanisms and helps learning. It’s all really beneficial for us adults, too!
So – imagine yourself to be as solid as a tree or a mountain, or envisioning your body to move like an eagle, a cow or a dog, connecting yourself to nature by doing sun salutations or sheltering in child pose; it all helps finding the lightness of being that we were all so familiar with when we were a child.
At Tribe Porty, we are all about this healthy work/play balance, about making good things happen, and living the good vibes. To make sure we play enough we are introducing new lunchtime yoga classes.
Come play with us. Whether you are an advanced Yogi or looking to start your yoga journey, let TribePorty be your doorway to yoga!
Monday – 12.30pm Vinayasa Yoga with Rebecca Pitkin
Tuesday – 12.30pm Kundalini Yoga with Sharon Jacobson
6.15 pm Vinyasa Yoga with Sarah @Yogabeet
Thursday – 12.30pm Vinayasa Yoga with Rebecca Pitkin
Saturday – 16.30pm Beginners Vinyasa Yoga with Charlotte Gardiner (starting 30th July)
Special charity event on the 17th July 10.30am – Donation-based yoga session in aid of Street Child Nepal with Rebecca Pitkin: 108 Sun Salutations.
About Vinyasa Yoga
Vinyasa yoga is a dynamic practice where held yoga postures and transitions flow together to create a fluid feel. There is a focus on synchronising breath and movement, with students moving through pose groups built around sequences such as the Sun Salutations and their variations.
At Tribe Porty, our Vinyasa classes are energetic and upbeat. We focus on building towards key poses or pose groups, with the long-term aim of building strength, flexibility and balance. In these classes, expect to break a sweat while developing a greater awareness of your body, its edges, and component parts.
About Kundalini Yoga
Wake up. Heal. Evolve.
For more than 40 years, Kundalini Yoga has been on the leading edge of therapeutic yoga. Kundalini Yoga is one of the most comprehensive, effective, safe and healthy forms of yoga.
Kundalini Yoga can produce immediate results as you travel on your path to consciousness. It balances the glandular system, strengthens the nervous system, expands the lung capacity, and purifies the bloodstream. It brings balance to the body, mind and soul. It trains your mind to think positively and be in control of your thoughts and attitudes. It builds your inner strength and self- awareness to its maximum, assisting you in reaching your highest potential.
About Sarah @Yogabeet
Sarah is passionate about well-being, mindful movement and real food.
She leads Vinyasa yoga classes, food and yoga workshops …aimed at inspiring people to find balance and wellbeing with ease.
Her yoga classes are dynamic and energising with focus on the individual, finding space on and off the mat and most of all enjoying the moment. Sarah was born in Malaysia and grew up in Brazil, after a short spell on the Isle of Lewis. Since leaving school she has lived in Edinburgh.
Rebecca has been practicing yoga since 2002, and teaching since 2014. She practices a variety of styles, including Ashtanga, Hot Yoga, and Yin Yoga, and teaches Vinyasa Yoga.
Her key teachers are Aki Omori, Jeff Phenix and Jason Crandell, whose ‘Power + Precision + Mindfulness’ approach strongly influences her teaching style.
My background includes writing, directing, producing, dramaturgy, creative Camp; project development for theatre and film, designing and facilitating experiential group processes – and a lot of challenging life experiences.
I believe that connecting with people from a place of intuitive knowing – that unique composite of wisdom gained through the challenges, conflicts, lessons and insights of lived experience – is the most potent and authentic form of transmission.
My own healing journey has shown me that Kundalini Yoga is a powerful tool for raising awareness and clearing negative subconscious patterns in the form of limiting beliefs and emotional conditioning that keep us on the merry-go- round of fear, pain and lack of self-acceptance. By committing to the process of transformation we can heal the wounds of the past, uncover our gifts and offer them in service to others as we come to align with who we really are – the truth beyond the ego.
I practice for the awareness it brings to mind and body – which allows me to recognise what I need to progress, strengthen or heal. Every body (and mind) is different but I think yoga is a great tool for almost everyone who tries it, whether you just want to stretch out tight hamstrings, want it to be a ‘moving meditation’ or want to gain strength and flexibility in body or mind.