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ALAFIAYOGA

Enabling The Impossible
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GREETINGS!

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ABOUT WALE

Way back in the 80's when I was a martial arts instructor in London, I started yoga for more flexibility. Some years later in 1996 I moved to Bristol and trained as an Iyengar yoga teacher. Further along in my yoga journey I came across Ashtanga and was immediately struck by its similarities to martial arts. I was instantly drawn to Ashtanga as it combined the discipline and work ethic of martial arts, with the harmony and balance found within yoga. I studied Ashtanga with Guy Donahaye who now teaches in New York and in 1999 I went to Mysore, south India where I practiced with Pattabi Jois. I now teach Yoga in Bristol.

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The best way to get in touch is sending me a message via my instagram.

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Ashtanga

Ashtanga yoga is a dynamic style which synchronises movement and breath. The individual postures are linked by flowing movement called Vinyasa. The Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga starts off with Sun Salutations and ends with the Finishing Sequence. The more difficult postures can be modified to suit everyone.

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Ashtanga, Asana & Pranayama

Pranayama is the practice of breath regulation. The class will help train the lungs and improve the capacity of the respiratory system.

A necklace has beads  linked together on a thread.

Ashtanga Yoga has been described as postures linked together on a thread of breath.

In this class we will provide a foundation for breathing techniques such as Udjayi, the mainstay of your Ashtanga practice, then moving on to more complicated breath retention techniques.

While this is not a Meditation class as such, we will be learning the tools needed to take into your Meditation Practice on your Endless Journey to your Authentic Self.

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Private One On Ones's

Hopefully we will be able to return to teaching privately sometime soon. In the meantime one on one's are allowed only in public outdoor spaces and online.

Contact me to discuss private classes.

For those who's financial circumstances have been adversely affected by the pandemic, concessions are available. 

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Ashtanga Technical

Coming Soon...

In this class we will emphasise detail, precision and alignment, we will spend more time with individual postures. We will focus on work in the posture and  the story behind the posture, usually contained in the Sanskrit name of the asana. We will use equipment, blocks, belts and blankets if needed to help us experience the posture fully.

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Yoga HIIT

Contrary to popular belief Yoga is not just stretching, it also builds strength and endurance. This class will work on this by using repeated movements at high intensity, along a particular theme. For example, focusing on arm strength for handstands.

How strong do you need to be? As strong as you need to be for your yoga practice!

To do this we will fuse an ancient practice with the modern training method of Tabata. The desired result is to increase your metabolism and put more energy into your yoga practice.

In 1996 Dr Izumi Tabata a Japanese Physician and researcher conducted a study  using an interval training based model to see if athletes would benefit from short bursts of high activity with short rest periods. This became known as the Tabata Protocol the most common expression of which is 20 sec on, 10 sec rest done 8 times.

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Ashtanga Expanded!

Having fun with the sequence :)

 

What we'll do here is  E- X - P - A - N - D  the Ashtanga Primary Series to include variations and accessible postures  from the Intermediate and Advanced series!

 

EXTRA POSTURES!!!

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Beginners Ashtanga Yoga

Coming soon...

The National Pandemic has thrown up many challenges. We have found that under lockdown it is difficult for those who are not familiar with the Ashtanga Primary Series to join  pre-existing classes. As a result, we are in the process of setting up entry point classes especially for beginners, to introduce the primary series in small, bite sized chunks.

Beginners can often get overwhelmed by the fast paced flow of the sequence; it can be daunting to feel as if you're under pressure to seamlessly follow along. This class is specifically designed with this in mind.

The class will be 1hr long, with pauses after each block of postures for questions and coaching. My class will always begin with Sun Salutations, followed by five fundamental standing postures - this is the necessary foundation of your Ashtanga Yoga journey. We will generally build on this with warrior postures, and 5 basic seated postures. 

My hope is that this will give you the tools to climb the steep learning curve often associated with starting your Ashtanga yoga practice. 

 
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Welcome to the Alafia Community.

Namaste, a word familiar to yoga practitioners dating back to Old Sanskrit. The first part of namaste comes from "namaha" a Sanskrit verb originally meaning to bend. Over the years it evolved to mean salutations or greetings. The "te" in namaste means to you. So in all Namaste means greetings to you. The use and meaning of the word has evolved to mean - Hello.

"Se Alafia ni" is a Yoruba greeting meaning "are you well" or "are you in good health". If you ask 20 Yoruba speakers what Alafia means you'll probably get 20 different answers! The common factor which might unite the different meanings is their connection to wellbeing.

Alafia came to the Yoruba language through Hausa from Andelucian Arabic (al afya) and ultimately from classical Arabic (afiya).

Afiya meaning health.               

Now Yorubas use it to say Hello!

Our Logo and Strapline "Enabling the Impossible".

We are living in troubled times. In the midst of a global pandemic and economic downturn, Alafiayoga rose like a phoenix from the ashes. Our logo should reflect this struggle.

Yoga is a practice rooted deeply in the past. Our name Alafia is also rooted in the past and it is in that direction we look for our logo.

Adinkra symbols represent concepts and aphorisms. They are also a visual representation of proverbs with significant historical and philosophical meaning.

Originally Adinkra symbols come from Gyaman, a West African Kingdom which existed (during the European middle ages) in the area now occupied by modern day Ghana and Ivory Coast.

The symbols, spread by the Ashanti and other Akan peoples, are now referred to as Ghanaian symbols.

We have adopted the symbol that characterises our ethos. Owo Foro Adobe meaning Stedfastness, Dilligence and Prudence. It is called  "Snake climbing the rafia tree", because of its thorns the Raffia Tree is a very dangerous challenge to the snake. Its ability to climb is a model of the persistance and prudence needed to confront and achieve the seemingly impossible.

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