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Yoga is a state of mind

 

“The goal of Yoga is to silence the distracting and ever-chattering mind. The yoga state is a state of being, a state where the mind is at rest. Through practice, one can become absorbed in this state of being which means one can experience one’s Self.”  Chandra Klee - comment on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra 1.2

 

Sue Chudley is a Yoga Therapist, Yoga Teacher and Ayurvedic practitioner. She specialises in therapeutic yoga for specific conditions and one to one tuition for personal practice. Weekly yoga classes are limited to 10 people who are encouraged to deepen self-awareness during practice. Sue also runs workshops for studying Yoga texts, Ayurveda lifestyle and diet and Vedic Chant.

 

Sue has been practising Yoga for over 35 years. She follows the teachings of T Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar, which emphasise the importance of a step by step approach to individual development (viniyoga) using appropriate physical postures (āsana), coordination of breath with movement, breathing practices (prānāyāma), visualisation (bhāvana) and sound (mantra) as means of focussing the mind (dhāranā and dhyānam). 

 

Sue is a member of The Society of Yoga Practitioners, TSYP and the Association for Yoga Studies, aYs. Having taught classes and individuals since 2006, she has since qualified as a Yoga Therapist with Dr N Chandrasekaran of Yoga Vaidya Sala in Chennai and as an Ayurveda practitioner with Ann Johnston through Sadhana Mala. A recent study trip to the Institute of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine in Bangalore with KYM teacher Nrithya Jagannathan was a special experience before lockdown in 2020. Studying texts, Sanskrit and Vedic Chant with Dave Charlton and Ranju Roy of Sādhana Mālā is an ongoing pleasure. She continues to study with her teacher, Chandra Klee, a long term student of TKV Desikachar. Vedic Chant has become a passion for Sue, studying with Sheela Shankar from Chennai and practising with groups in the UK and via zoom. 

 

Weekly group classes are held in the Barn at Millers Farm. All levels of experience are welcome as classes are modified to suit all abilities. Bring a mat and blanket and wear loose clothing. The barn at Millers Farm has underfloor heating with views out over the fields. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, classes are limited to 10, to take account of safe distancing. The space is well ventilated 

 

Weekly classes:

Monday prānāyāma/meditation on Zoom 7-7.45pm (see below) 

Tuesday evening āsana 'Live' 6-7.30pm - drop-in £7

Wednesday morning āsana 'Live' 9.30-11am - drop-in £7

Wednesday evening āsana on Zoom 5.30-7pm  £42 for 6 classes, payable on booking.

 

Email for further information and to book your place

 

Zoom workshops:

 

Yoga and Ayurveda approaches to the menopause

Saturday 15th January 2022  10am - 1pm

Repeated on Saturday 19th February 10am - 1pm

£20.  To book, contact Sue 

Yoga and Ayurveda can be helpful in offering practical options for self-care. If we look at an individual - her constitution, symptoms and the ways in which she responds to change, we can see that the one-size-fits-all approach of modern medicine to women’s health is unhelpful. This is particularly true at the Menopause - a time of transition in a woman’s life which is least researched or prepared for.

Sue aims to bring a positive perspective to the issues around menopause. The workshop will include practical solutions for diet, lifestyle and exercise that will aid self-care. 

By the end of the session, attendees may understand how Yoga and Ayurveda view life changes. This may help them to feel more at ease with the process of menopause.

 

 

Meditation via Zoom for Wellbeing: Monday evenings   7 - 7.45pm   6 classes for £30, payable on booking by email

Yoga meditation includes some simple seated movements, breath awareness, pranayama (breathing techniques), use of the voice with mantra (Sanskrit sounds and phrases) and silent reflection. Last term's zoom meditation practices were very popular. Being able to practice at home, having a soothing voice to talk you through a practice helps to ease anxiety, overcome stress and focus one’s mind.

Zoom is an easy-to-use platform. Sue will send a link by email. You don’t need to download the app. As this is a safe seated practice, unlimited numbers of people can join the class from near and far.

 

 

One to One Yoga

 

Individual tuition for personal practice is the traditional way of Yoga for those who wish to develop a practice at home. A one to one relationship with a teacher is invaluable and a great opportunity to explore the benefits of yoga more deeply than in a group class. Sue will design a practice of āsana and prānāyāma specific to the needs of the individual at the time, taking into account age, lifestyle, range of movement and state of health aiming to encourage wellbeing and a sense of ease. Over time the person may wish to explore Yoga philosophy and texts, to learn to chant mantra and practice meditation.

 

Yoga Therapy helps a person of any age, level of fitness or state of health to recognise patterns in movement, breathing, diet or lifestyle which may be causing poor posture, stress or illness. A teacher trained in the Krishnamacharya tradition uses the tools of Yoga to help change these patterns to relieve pain, improve breathing, sleep, mobility, coordination, digestion or sleep and may ease anxiety or depression and stress. Movement with the breath, relaxation, sound and visualisation are used as appropriate in modified forms to suit an individual who has serious health problems. A regular home practice helps to overcome the effects of illness, assisting in a greater sense of self empowerment and well being. 

Ayurveda is a well researched, ancient Indian system of healthcare based on changes to diet and lifestyle. Ayurvedic therapies work well in combination with yoga. Understanding your constitution and your relationship to food, times of day, the seasons, ageing and lifestyle choices may help to develop new attitudes to self-care. At any age we can learn new ways to optimise health.

 

One to one sessions are held in the Barn at Millers Farm or occasionally in a person's home. The introductory consultation will last for an hour and a half in which to assess general health, diet, sleep, work and leisure habits. From this strictly confidential information, Sue will plan a simple home practice which will include a combination of the tools of yoga, whatever is appropriate to the individual's needs. It is important that the person is committed to regular practice at home. This will enable her/him to become aware of, and change, patterns of movement, breathing, diet or lifestyle and help the teacher to see how the practice is working. At each subsequent lesson of about one hour, the practice will be revised and adapted to suit development as it arises. Sessions are generally spaced 4 - 6 weeks apart and cost £45 per hour when held at Millers Farm. Prices may vary at other venues according to travel costs.

To make an appointment, please email   

 

Yoga Retreats for the Individual 

 

A retreat includes 2 nights self-catering accommodation for 1-2 people at Millers Farm, yoga practices morning and evening, a Yoga Therapy or Ayurveda consultation, time to walk and explore the Forest of Dean.

Contact Sue by Email to find out about costs and to arrange dates to suit you. 

 

 

Yoga Workshops

 

Patanjali's Yoga Sutra  An ongoing small group. Patanjali’s text was recommended by Desikachar as a philosophical basis for Yoga. Through chanting the sanskrit text and studying the translation, we discover yoga's true value as a tool for quieting the mind. If you are interested in joining a new beginner’s group, please email.

 

Vedic Chant One to one teaching and small groups. The discipline of chanting in Sanskrit is a form of meditation that steadies the mind and opens the heart. Mantra-s come from ancient sources such as the Upanisads, Veda-s and Bhagavad Gita. If you are interested, please email

 

One-day workshops at Millers Farm TBA depending on Covid-19 developments.

 

Bespoke Breaks can be arranged. Staying at Millers Farm in the barn's self-catering accommodation may include personal yoga lessons programmed to your timetable - early morning, pre-lunchtime, early evening or late practices specific to your needs, be they energetic or soothing - postures, pranayama, relaxation, meditation or mantra chanting, a Yoga Therapy or an Ayurveda session. Visits from local therapists can also be arranged: massage, kinesiology, herbal remedies.......And you will have time to walk in the stunning countryside or visit the main attractions in the locality. Please email if you are interested.