Relaxation Techniques – relieve stress and anxiety with these tips

Relaxation techniques - AMALAwellness Teesside

Using Yoga and Meditation to learn how to relax.

“Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is relax”

Mark Black

Relaxation techniques are a great way of helping the body and mind to rest and recover.

Sometimes we can find it difficult to switch off. Especially as we have many day-to-day demands, work stresses and are constantly switched on due to notifications from phones.

This leads to increased stress, anxiety and other mental health issues.

– Why is it important to learn to relax? –

Symptoms of stress, anxiety and other mental health ailments can affect both our physical and mental wellbeing; as well as motivation, relationships, sleep just to name a few things. It can negatively effect the way we behave and react to certain situations.

Relaxation is not only about finding peace or doing a relaxing hobby. It has a very positive effect on both physical and mental health. These techniques help with maintaining wellbeing. They can help alleviate and regress long term health conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure and certain types of pain.

– How Yoga and Meditation can help –

Yoga is a mind body practice, that helps with not only physical wellbeing, but mental too. It combines gentle breathwork with physical postures, gentle, controlled movement, meditation and relaxation. There are a range of practices from the very gentle and accessible Chair yoga, to Hatha Yoga (most suited for beginners), to the very physical practice of Ashtanga Yoga.

When you find a practice suitable for you, it can help us become more flexible, mobile and active as well as reducing stress and anxiety within the mind and body. This in turn leads to a reduction in heart rate and blood pressure.

The Best thing is, Yoga and Meditation is suitable for anyone. All you need to do is practice.

– Aimee, AMALAwellness

Meditation helps with becoming present, slowing the heart & mind down and feeling at peace. When practiced regularly, meditation can have a wonderful effect on mental wellbeing. However, like working our physical body, the mind must be trained to see the benefits.

– Relaxation techniques you can take anywhere with you –

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Consideration of Environment…

Take time to create a peaceful environment where ever you are, whether it is your desk at work, or your bedroom or living room. Make time to create a peaceful and calm environment.

Set time aside for peace, calm and relaxation…

Whether its an hour to read a book in the bath, taking the dog for a long walk or attending a local yoga class. Taking this time is crucial for our wellbeing.

Gentle Yoga

Gently moving the body, stretching and having a focus on the breath can really help to calm the mind in a positive way. It helps to soothe the nerves and the nervous system, takes our mind to the present and gentle movement and stretching helps the body to produce hormones and chemicals which invoke a sense of relaxation and recovery within the body.

Autogenic Relaxation

Autogenic = coming from within…

Autogenic Relaxation uses visualisation and body/mind awareness to invoke relaxation within. It includes guiding muscles to gently let go and relax to take the mind and body into a place of deep calm. Usually, this is practiced lying down and to feel the benefits, 15-20 minutes of uninterrupted practice is needed.

Gentle Breathwork

Gentle breathwork is a process where we use or breath to change out physical and mental state for the better. It helps to soothe the nervous system. Slowing the breath and taking a one point focus to the breath helps us to calm the mind and body, slow down our heart rate and allow the mind and body to relax. Click here for a short practice to take with you anywhere.

Meditation

By just pausing, inhaling deeply, exhaling fully and gently closing the eyes, we can practice meditating anywhere we find ourselves. By just relaxing the shoulders, face, removing the tongue from the roof of the mouth and taking an awareness to the breath, it can being us back to the present moment.

– Guided meditations to practice at home –

Warm Autogenic Relaxation
7 Chakra Guided Sleep Meditation (Practice before sleep)
Guided spoken meditation for beginners
Meditation to Reduce Stress and Anxiety (Connecting to Loving Kindness)

Local AMALAwellness’ classes.

We run classes across Teesside.

Yoga & Meditation – Tuesday Evenings, Ragworth Community Centre, Norton, Stockton on Tees.

Gentle Yoga – Tuesday Afternoons // Meditation and Relaxation – Thursday Afternoons, My Core Wellbeing , Guisborough.

Yoga and Meditation – Friday Mornings, St Mary’s Chuch Hall, Nunthorpe.

See our Yoga & Meditation classes for days, times, pricing and location here.

What Relaxation techniques do you use? We would love to hear from you!

About The author:

Aimee is a Yoga, Meditation and Move It or Lose It! teacher in located in Middlesbrough, England, UK.

To find out more, visit www.amalateesside.com

Hatha Yoga – Middlesbrough & Stockton

What is  Hatha Yoga?

Combining Asana (Postures) with Pranayama (Breathing techniques)…

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Hatha is the root of all yoga.   Iyengar, Vinyasa, Yin, Ashtanga and other forms of Yoga all stem from Hatha yoga. 

A ‘Hatha’ yoga class will typically involve a set of physical postures (yoga poses) and breathing techniques, practiced slowly and with standing, seated and sometimes inverted static posture holds.

Hatha means ‘force’ in Sanskrit हठ and attains that through the physical practice of Yoga, we receive the benefits. So Hatha yoga can be considered as anything you might do with the body to still the mind, including: 

  • asana – yoga postures (practised in any style of ‘yoga’)
  • pranayama – breathing techniques
  • mudra – hand gestures
  • Meditation and relaxation techniques

Hatha practices are designed to align and calm your body and mind. This practice is often modified and can be as challenging as you wish it to be, with modified poses for beginners. More challenging options are included for more experienced practitioners, making it accessible to all. Your practice deepens and grows with you as you progress.

It is recommended that you abstain from eating or drinking anything but water 2 hours before practice.

It has actually been proven that those who attend regular Hatha classes have reduced stress and anxiety levels, also their flexibility, core strength and cardio endurance improved. It also helped to improve balance, posture and mobility.

The Eight Limbs of Yoga.


When practising, asana (postures) are important, but there are 8 limbs to yoga and asana is only 1 of these limbs. When practising the other elements of Hatha yoga, such as chanting, pranayama (breathing techniques), meditation, kriyas (cleansing), and philosophy, plus eating a vegetarian diet, we can begin to link the benefits of healthy mind and healthy body.
 

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What is Hatha Vinyasa Yoga?

Vinyasa means “to place in a special way” , where in Hatha, we tend to hold asana postures for longer, in Hatha Vinyasa we flow through asana, linking postures and movement with breath. Without practising the other limbs of hatha/ hatha vinyasa yoga, you are only doing a gym class. It is really important to develop  a fully rounded practice to learn and get the benefits from Hatha properly. This is an integral part which is sadly getting lost and diluted in the west. 

Who is the practice suitable for?

The practice is suitable for anyone who is looking to begin or deepen their practice. It is suitable for beginners and improvers.

Postures include lying down, kneeling, lying on the front, beginners/improvers inversions and standing.

– Schedule –

Aimee teaches a Gentle Hatha class in Guisborough on a Tuesday Afternoon, an evening class on Tuesdays in Stockton, as well as a morning class on a Friday in Nunthorpe. Please see our timetable for more information.

What other classes are available with AMALAwellness?

If kneeling, or coming from seated to standing is too much of a challenge, we offer Gentle Chair Yoga, Movement and Move it or Lose it! Classes.

See our timetable for more information.

To summarize…

The benefits of this practice are well known. In the west it is mainly used to bring strength and flexibility to the body. However, if you take the time to learn about other aspects of Yoga; you can really begin to develop a deeper practice. Not only for your body but for your mind.

About The author:

Aimee is a Yoga, Meditation and Move It or Lose It! teacher in located in Middlesbrough, England, UK.

To find out more, visit www.amalateesside.com Like6

Beginners Yoga in Middlesbrough

Beginners Yoga in Middlesbrough – at AMALAwellness we cater for beginners and improvers in all of our Yoga and Meditation classes. We run classes in Stockton, Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland.
We also offer private one-on-one classes, on zoom and in-person, as well as running Move it or Lose it! classes across Teesside.

**Main image from a local, talented photographer known as Stephen Hornsey.**

Starting a new Journey…

People decide to come to Yoga & Meditation classes for a vast array of different reasons.

From weight loss, to improving flexibility, strength, feeling a sense of community to alleviating the symptoms of stress and anxiety.

A comprehensive list of things needed to start your yoga journey can be found here.

Why is AMALAwellness good for beginners looking to practice Yoga?

Aimee has had a regular practice since 2013 and a daily practice since 2017.
She has over 470 hours of Yoga teacher training and professional development, with bodies such as Yoga Alliance and Yoga Alliance Professionals.

Experience and Knowledge

Aimee’s practice has grown with her. When she first started Yoga, she couldn’t touch her toes and suffered with anxiety. Yoga and meditation had such a positive effect on her life, that it transformed her physical and mental health. Aimee quit her 9-5 job as a Scientist to travel and practice Yoga around the world. Upon return to Teesside, she decided to set up her own business to teach people the tools she has learnt from her teachers and on her travels to help people transform their physical and mental wellbeing.

Aimee has ran 6 Week Beginners Courses with local Studios in Teesside and knows how to accommodate for all levels within a class.

Aimee is also trained in teaching Yoga and Gentle Exercise for Mobility, as well as experienced in teaching seniors and Yoga in studio and gym settings. Aimee has progressed in her practice, studying and learning from an array of experienced teachers from all over the world. Aimee has a range of knowledge and experience which means whatever your ability or goal, she can cater for you.

Aimee enjoying practicing outdoors in Nepal

Reflections on being a beginner and a focus on progression….


Remembering what it felt like to be a beginner, Aimee always take a holistic approach to practice. Movement is important for both physical and mental wellbeing, but at AMALAwellness we focus on philosophy and meditation to teach Yoga in its entirety.

Aimee always explains postures, breathwork and meditation techniques to make sure that the practice is suitable for beginners and helping improvers to advance.

More than just a gym class…



Meditation, gentle breathwork and philosophy are intertwined with a phyiscal asana practice. This makes the practice suitable for beginners and improvers, with postures differentiated for those looking to improve their postural practice.

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A focus on Community, with a fun, light-hearted and friendly atmosphere…

Classes always have a community feel, where people feel welcome. We focus on inclusivity and believe community and a non-judgemental space where people can enjoy practice should be at the fore-front of lessons.

We also practice meditation and relaxation techniques, allowing the mind to practice being still and peaceful.

Beginners Yoga in Middlesbrough -Affordable classes with a community feel…

Aimee teaches in Community Centres such as:

  • Ragworth Community Centre – Stockton & Norton
  • Norton Grange Community Centre – Norton
  • St Mary’s Church Hall- Nunthorpe
  • Academy 17 – Ormesby

    AImee also teaches in Guisborough.

Classes can be drop in – so you can try before you commit to anything. You can also book onto a block of lessons, to really give the class a go. Block bookings are cheaper, but our drop-in rates are still really affordable too.

Aimee also works with My Core Wellbeing to bring accessible, affordable Yoga to those that need it. To see the full range of classes, please see our comprehensive list here.

What else does AMALAwellness offer?

Community classes Yoga Move it or Lose it Teesside Middlesbrough Stockton

As well as Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Beginners Yoga and Meditation classes, we offer Move it or Lose it! Classes – running across Teesside and online.

Move it or Lose it! classes help encourage and motivate people so they enjoy later life. We encourage top to toe workouts to help people stay active and feel fit for LIFE! Our aim is to help people to stay active and independent – especially those with mobility challenges. Our classes are fun, friendly and help build a sense of community.

Would you like to give one of our classes a try? Why not contact us for more information. You can complete the contact form here, or email Aimee directly at:

aimee.bell@moveitorloseit.co.uk
or
amala.teesside@gmail.com

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

The 8 limbs of Yoga: Philosophy for Beginners

Ashtanga – The eight limbed path

Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras state that to live a meaningful and purposeful life, one should follow ‘Ashtanga’. Ashta translates to eight and Anga translates to limbs in Sanskrit, so the word Ashtanga means the eight limbed path.

There are eight limbs to Ashtanga Philosophy, which focus on self-control, self-discipline and moral and ethical codes we should live by as Yogis.

They give advice on staying healthy, cleanliness of self and environment, meditation and physical asana practice.

The 8 limbs of Yoga: What are they?

  • Yamas – the five ethical and moral codes Yogi’s live by. Ahimsa – Non violence, Asteya – Non stealing, Aparigraha – Non greed, Satya – Truthfulness and Bramacharya – being good with ones energy.
  • Niyamas – Five self disciplines. Saucha – cleanliness, Santosha – Contentment, Tapas – Austerities and heat, Isvara pranidhana – surrenderin.g to a higher power, Svadhyaya – Study of the self and Yogic Scripts.
  • Asana – The physical postural practice of yoga. The most common perception of Yoga, where we focus on the physical and mental well-being.
  • PranayamaGentle breathwork and breathing exercises, designed to help pranic energy (life force energy) flow and nourish the body, as well as helping to calm and still the mind.
  • Pratyahara – Withdrawal of the senses through meditation practice.
  • Dharana – One point focus, removing all other distractions, focusing on inner awareness.
  • Dhyana – Contemplation and meditation. Quieting the mind, unbroken flow of meditative state for long periods of time.
  • Samadhi – Union with the divine and self, deep sense of peace and stillness.

Beginners Philosophy, where is best to start?

It’s best to start with the physical asana side of practice and focus on bringing the Yama’s into your practice. There are many Yama’s we can incorporate into our lives both on and off the mat.

Often, Yoga is practiced for fitness reasons and the essence of the practice is lost. Incorporating the eight limbed path on and off the mat helps us to benefit from the philosophical and meditative sides to the practice.

A good place to start with asana practice is learning Surya Namaskar – The Sun Salutations. They help us learn proper breathing techniques within the practice. It also helps us build strength and flexibility, as well as teaching the foundations of building a lasting practice.

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For example, incorporating the Yamas – Ahimsa and Satya into practice.

Ahimsa – No harm in thought and action.

Ahimsa - the yogi dictionary

Ahimsa translates into Non-harm/Non-violence in Sanskrit. We can start to incorporate this into our practice both on and off the mat.
It becomes obvious to not harm in action, but how often do we do this in thought? Especially to ourselves? are we kind to ourselves on the mat? Do we practice with ease, or do we force ourselves?
could we modify our diet to practice Ahimsa? Perhaps, leaning to more vegetarian or plant based diets. Could we look after ourselves, or others, mentally and physically more?

All of these pointers will help us practice Ahimsa both on and off the mat.

Satya – Being Truthful

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– What is Satya? –

Satya translates to truth in English.

When practicing Satya – Our thoughts and actions should be true, whilst not causing harm and being positive. How truthful are we daily? How many white lies do we tell? To ourselves, to others?
See an article I wrote on the subject of Satya here.

To Summarize…

We can all benefit from learning and practicing the eight-limbed path along side the more physical asana practice.

Do you incorporate philosophy and meditation into your practice? I’d love to hear from you! Comment or like below.

About The author:

Aimee is a Yoga, Meditation and Move It or Lose It! teacher in located in Middlesbrough, England, UK.

To find out more, visit www.amalateesside.com

Gentle Yoga Flow and Meditation Course – Online

Mentally and physically preparing for the easing of lockdown, as well as the return to face-to-face classes.

Yoga Alliance - Aimee Bell Yoga Teacher Middlesbrough Stockton Teesside

 Aimee is running an exciting new five week online course, VIA zoom, starting Thursday the 13th of April 2021. A taster session will run next week (6th of April) so that you can try before you buy.

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Gentle Yoga Flow – get fit, moving and active again after lockdown…

There will be a free taster session next week for our upcoming 5 week online Gentle Yoga Flow Course ran VIA zoom, from the comfort of your home.

As the end is hopefully in sight, preparing for a more active lifestyle is as important as ever. Especially looking after our physical and mental wellbeing moving out of lockdown. We know there are many benefits of practicing Yoga and Meditation. Our gentle movement and exercise classes help to open up the body and tone muscles in a safe, inclusive environment. We also practice gentle breathwork, meditation and relaxation. This helps the body to relax, reducing stress, anxiety and improving mood. We also include philosophy within the course, learning about body’s reactions to stress and how to alleviate this. We learn the theory and philosophy of relaxation and how to access this anytime.

When will the Gentle Yoga Flow course run?

The taster class will be on Thursday the 6th of April at 7:00-8:15pm. The classes will run for five weeks. It will run Thursdays 7:00-8:15pm every week from the 13th of April to the 10th of May.


If you sign up to the full course, here will be weekly emails and articles to help you develop a home practice. It will include tips of how to improve mental and physical wellbeing. This is really important as we start to approach the easing of lockdown restrictions, as many are finding the transition a challenge.

How much will the course cost?

The course will cost £17.50 for the 5 weeks, that is £3.50 a session plus support to develop a home meditation and yoga practice.

Drop ins will be available at £3.50 per class, however you will not get the emails and support to develop a home practice during the time the course runs.

What will I learn on the course?

You will learn gentle flowing yoga to help improve flexibility, respiratory fitness, balance and strength. This will be done with lying, seated, kneeling and standing postures. You will also learn how to incorporate movement into your daily life in bitesize chunks. Also, you will get advice on developing your own routines for day to day life. Incorporating 5-10 minutes practice of meditation and breathwork, for example, can make a massive difference to our day-to-day life.

Do I need specific equipment to join the Gentle Yoga Flow course?

Just a yoga mat, a peaceful quiet room and enough space to stretch out. Also, a blanket and comfy clothes are a must!

Gentle Yoga Flow, Middlesbrough, Stockton and Teesside

Sounds great! How do I sign up?

If you or a loved one would like to sign up for taster session, the process is simple. Just email Aimee at amala.teesside@gmail.com and I will send you a health registration form, then you just log in using the link at the top of the screen (located in the ‘classes’ tab). It is essential the health registration form is filled in prior to joining any classes.

What classes will be running face to face, when restrictions lift?

Click here to see our Yoga classes in Teesside.

Hope to see you all virtually, soon!
Warm regards, Aimee

About The author:

Aimee is a Yoga, Meditation and Move It or Lose It! teacher in located in Middlesbrough, England, UK.

To find out more, visit www.amalateesside.com

Yogi Experiences : The Kriyas – Jala Neti

The experience of Kriyas (1) – Jala Neti

Aimee of AMALAwellness has used a Neti Pot for many years, here she speaks of her experiences:

– What are Kriyas & What is Jala Neti? –

Kriyas are a cleansing technique used in Hatha yoga to help clear toxins and purify the body. One of the most popular Kriyas is Jala Neti.

I have had the chance to experience a few of the Kriyas in my practice and Yoga teacher trainings. One I love doing and regularly do is Jala Neti. I practiced it a lot in Rishikesh, Northern India and still continue to practice to this day.

– How do you use a Neti Pot? –

As the diagram shows; salt water is passed through the nasal cavity, with the aid of a ‘neti pot’ or lota.

When you hold your head at a certain angle and pass salt water through one nostril with your mouth open, it passes out the other nostril.

– Sinus Relief –

Some common symptons with sinus problems include:

  • Pain / Pressure / Swelling / Tenderness in the face
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Nasal dripping
  • Reduced smell and taste

Neti pots with a saline solution help to clear the sinus cavity and reduce these symptoms.

– What are the benefits of Jala Neti? –

Physical Benefits

It is really effective at removing mucus and dirt from the nasal passages and clearing sinuses. I had really bad sinusitis recently and practising jala neti reguarly recently has helped to clear it and my sinuses feel a million times better! Its been a good thing to practice as it can be quite dusty here, so I have been doing it regularly early morning before practice.

It definitely improves a persons ability to breathe more clearly.

Mental & Spiritual Benefits

This process helps clear and cleanse the third eye chakra (agna chakra), helping us think more clearly and aiding with stilling the mind when practicing meditation.

– Give it a go …! –

I would definitely recommend it to anyone who suffers sinus problems or asthma.

It may seem weird at first (I can remember the 1st time I did it and thought… what is this bizzareness!) but its a practice definitely worth doing. When I have showed my friends how to do it, they also enjoyed it!

What are others experiences with Kriyas? I’d love to hear from you!

About The author:

Aimee is a Yoga, Meditation and Move It or Lose It! teacher in located in Middlesbrough, England, UK.

To find out more, visit www.amalateesside.com

As Lockdown Eases – What does it mean for Yoga & Meditation practice?

AMALAwellness – Yoga in Teesside
Easing lockdown – Yoga & Meditation

-Continuing online and transitioning back to in person classes –

AMALAwellness – Yoga in Teesside will be staying online during the easing of lockdown. Until the Government announces we can return, we will keep Zoom classes running. This is looking like May 17th.

– What classes are still available online? –

Our classes will still run as normal till we can return to in-person classes. See our timetable below.

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Teesside / Middlesbrough / Stockton

– Looking after yourself as lockdown lifts –

As lockdown lingers on, many of us may be feeling stressed, anxious or exhausted right now. Even with light at the end of the tunnel and the hope that the worst of the pandemic was behind us. If this is you, you’re not alone. The premise of staying at home should be easy, all this free time! No commuting! – However the reality is not as simple as that. Too much alone time can feel overwhelming, or underwhelming. Whether you live with your partner, family, housenates, dog, cat or by yourself. The first lockdown demonstrated to us that we all face different challenges. As things start to lift, getting used to the new normal will be challenging for us all. Make sure to look after yourself as we start to transition.

Combatting lockdown blues
Yoga and Meditation Classes Online 
Teesside / Middlesbrough / Stockton

Yoga, meditation, Gentle exercise, relaxation and creating a stress-free home environment is so important, now more so than ever. At AMALAwellness we have a regular class timetable designed to help deal with the lockdown blues, maintain good mental health and keep active.

– Transitioning back to classes in person –

There will be some changes to our schedule in person coming out of lockdown and moving out of lockdown. Our schedule is updated on an as-know basis and can be found here.

– Need to contact us? –

If you have any questions, please contact us on:

www.facebook.com/amalateesside

or email us on amala.teesside@gmail.com or aimee.bell@moveitorloseit.co.uk

Aimee is a Yoga, Meditation and Move It or Lose It! teacher in located in Middlesbrough, England, UK.
Find AMALAwellness yoga and meditation classes in Teesside and online.

Satya – Being Truthful (Yoga Philosophy)

AMALAwellness – Yoga in Teesside

Yoga Spotlight – Satya (Truthfulness)

Today we bring a spotlight to Satya and how it can affect our practice. Both on and off the mat.

– What is Satya? –

Satya is a Sanskrit word, translating to truth or essence in English. It is the second Yama which comes from the Eight Limbs of Yoga.

Sanskrit for Satya - Truthfulness, Sanskrit definition.
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We should be truthful in thought, action and in speech. Our expressions and actions should be true, whilst causing the least harm and influencing positivity. What we say, both internally and externally has an effect on our mind and consciousness.


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– How often are we truthful in daily life? –

This is a really difficult thing to practice, if we pause and reflect most would be surprised how often we revert to telling white lies, or falsehoods. Whether it is in our mind internally or externally speaking to others. Exaggerating a situation, belittling ourselves, telling stories, etc. I am sure we can all think of an example when this has occurred in daily life.

Small, white lies can also have just as much effect as big lies too. Or avoidance of speaking the truth. Sometimes, its better to be honest and word things in a way to avoid causing pain if possible. Sometimes, its just better to stay quiet also, rather than cause hurt. However, this is all a fine balancing act, which is why practicing Satya is very challenging.

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On the mat, off the mat and Ahimsa…


We practice Satya on the mat, being truthful with our abilities in Asana. Realising our limitations and not pushing too hard, or not beating ourselves up about progress (practicing Ahimsa).
When we start to open up and progress, we realize a lot about ourselves and our behaviours on the mat. Rushing through certain postures, avoiding things that may be challenging.

It starts to transfer to off the mat too and when we pause an reflect we notice truths we maybe avoid, maybe we should speak up about, or we are aware of and should not speak up due to the pain it may cause. It’s like balancing Satya with Ahimsa (non-violence in thoughts, actions and speech).

Buddha Quote - Truth -Satya. Yoga in Middlesbrough and Stockton - AMALAwellness - Teesside


Do you resonate with this post? Do you incorporate Satya in your life?
I’d Love to hear from you!

Aimee is a Yoga, Meditation and Move It or Lose It! teacher in located in Middlesbrough, England, UK.

Find AMALAwellness yoga and meditation classes in Middlesbrough, Stockton, Teesside and online.

The Yogi Dictionary – 6 useful words heard in Class… Yoga in Teesside

Some regular terms we hear in Yoga Class

When we are in class, we often hear the teacher say some phrases and words that are hard to decipher.

‘Focus on your drishti!’ / ‘Feel your Prana flowing’
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What do these phrases mean? How can they benefit your practice? The Yogi Dictionary can help!

In this post, we look at some common phrases heard in a Yoga Class and break them down, making them easily understandable, with advice on how to incorporate them into your practice.

– The Yogi Dictionary –

1.Drishti is a point of focus that helps us to balance.

The Yogi Dictionary

When we practice an asana posture that requires us to balance, have focus, and be stable, our teacher usually tells find a point to fix our gaze our upon. This helps us stay both physically and mentally steady. ‘Drishti’ can be a point on the wall, our thumbs, a hand, our big toe, to name a few!

the most common time I use this term is when students are practicing Vriksasana-Tree pose.

2. Pranayama is the flow of energy within the body when we practice breathwork.

The Yogi Dictionary

Prana – our vital life force, our energy and breath which gives us energy and sustains and vitalises the body; 
Ayama – “ extend, draw out” meaning to extend and draw out.

In class, we often do breathwork techniques to encourage the flow of Prana and bring a soothing calm to the nervous system.


3. Prana – our vital life force, our energy and breath which gives us energy and sustains and vitalises the body.

4. Nadis – Energy channels through which Prana flows.

Nadi is a Sanskrit word which translates to ‘tube, pipe, nerve, blood vessel, pulse’. It is is a term for the energy channels through which Prana flow. The Nadis are said to connect at special points of energetic intensity, known as the chakras

5. Mudra – the hand positions used in poses and meditation practice.

The term mudra translates to ‘seal, mark or gesture’. It is defined as the use of hand gestures during meditation and Yoga Asana Practice that help with channeling the flow of energy and Prana within the boy. 
A common mudra is Gyan Mudra – the Mudra of Knowledge.

6. Ahimsa – No harm – No violence in thouse and action.

Ahimsa is a Sanskrit word which translates to ‘no harm’ or ‘no violence’ in English. 

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It can be found in the 1st limb of Ashtanga Yoga and is one of the five Yamas. (Yamas are ethical standards and a  code of conduct in the Yoga Sutras).

As well as The Yogi Dictionary , we have some other useful related blog posts for you to read to delve deeper into Yoga Philosophy.

Asthanga means the eight limbed path. (ashta = 8, anga = limbs).

Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras state that to live a meaningful and purposeful life, one should follow ‘Ashtanga’. Ashta translates to eight and Anga translates to limbs in Sanskrit, so the word Ashtanga means the eight limbed path.

There are eight limbs to Ashtanga Philosophy, which focus on self-control, self-discipline and moral and ethical codes we should live by as Yogis.

They give advice on staying healthy, cleanliness of self and environment, meditation and physical asana practice.



You can read more about the Eight Limbed path in our beginners philosophy blog.

Ahimsa is one of the most important aspects of Yoga.

 Ahimsa means no harm. This means to any living beings, including yourself In both action and thought. 

Peace begins with no violence and no harm. To be truly at peace, you have to be at peace with yourself and others, internally as well as externally. 

I wrote a previous blog post which goes into Ahimsa in more depth, it can be read here.

Learning philosophy and Sanskrit will really benefit your Yoga Practice both on and off the mat.

I hope you found this article insightful.

Did you find The Yogi Dictionary useful?

Are there any terms you find challenging? Do you actively learn Philosophy and Sanskrit along side your practice?

I’d love to hear from you!

Aimee is a Yoga and Meditation teacher in located in Middlesbrough, England, UK.


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