"I can't balance!"
Do you say to yourself "I can't balance"? You're not alone! But how often do you practice balancing?
Do you know how to help yourself balance? That your sense of balance can vary dramatically from day to day? That your mind has a huge part to play in how well you can balance?
And do you think that wobbling means you 'can't' balance?
I want to show you that everyone can balance (yes even you!). And practising this skill regularly can lead to more stability in your yoga practice and in your everyday life, which could save you from potentially damaging accidents!
But that's not all! The benefits of balance go way beyond the physical.
Practising balance will develop your focus and concentration, both on and off the yoga mat.
It can also help you to deal with the inevitable wobbles that we all face in life. The unsteadiness of balancing positions in yoga reflects the uncertainty and constant changes in our everyday lives, giving you the opportunity to practise stepping into your fears in a safe space - being scared and doing it anyway!
Each time you wobble or fall out of a position, you'll learn something new about yourself, and adapt your approach so next time it's not so scary. And next time you're faced with a real life challenge, you might have the courage to face it head on, and be able to navigate it more easily - working through the wobbles!
Develop balance & focus
Learn the key skills to help you balance no matter how wobbly or uncoordinated you are!
Discover how your mind can affect your balance, and use this to your advantage
Learn how to adapt balancing poses to suit you, so you can build your confidence gradually - did you know you can practice balancing with both feet on the floor?
Learn some simple techniques to turn any yoga pose into a balance challenge (if you want to!)
Develop your concentration through balance, to help you find a more meditative state in your yoga practice, and greater focus in your day to day life
Build your resilience to life's challenges - practise being brave on the mat, so you have more confidence to face your fears off the mat!
Share this journey with a friendly community who face similar challenges
Receive personal support in a small group where you can ask me questions and discuss any challenges
What will you learn?
In this six week journey I'll introduce you to a different set of tools each week to help practice your balancing skills:
Week 1: Foundations & Alignment
How to position your body for greater stability
Week 2: Gaze & Focus
How to use your eyes to stay steady and focused
Week 3: Inner strength
How to use your strength and imagination to balance
Week 4: Power of the mind
How stillness in your mind leads to stillness in your body
Week 5: Let's play with balance!
How to make any yoga pose more of a balance challenge
Week 6: Balancing everything
Recap of all the tools, as we reflect on what our balance practice has taught us about ourselves
Each week we will also explore how what we learn, can be used to help navigate our everyday lives.
Can't wait to get started?
I'd love to join you BUT...
"I don't have time and can't make it to your classes"
You know you’re more productive when you're happy and relaxed. You know you’re better at looking after others when you look after yourself first. But work or family commitments still stop you from giving yourself an hour of ‘me time’.
What would you say to a friend who told you they couldn’t afford to spend one hour a week taking care of their mind and body? You’d probably tell them that they deserve it and to ‘make the time’!
Is there anything you could do differently to create this essential space for yourself?
If you feel you don’t have time for yoga, this is when you need it most!
"I can't afford it"
I’ve lost count of the times I gave someone a free class, and they didn’t show up. Or I sent them a free class recording, and they never watched it.
I now know that one of the most important things I can do is to ask you to pay for a term of classes. Because when you pay for it, you commit to actually doing it! No excuses. Unless there’s a really good reason you’ll be there every single week taking care of your mind and body. And I know my students find yoga so much easier and more satisfying when they come to a weekly class.
If you find it hard to justify spending this money on yourself, think of it as an investment in your wellbeing. There aren’t many things you can buy for £12 a week, that make you feel amazing for a whole hour AND give you a boost for the rest of the week! And I guarantee that the people around you will notice and feel the benefits as well!
You really are worth every penny.
"I can't do yoga"
Is there a little voice in your head still telling you that you can’t do yoga? That you’re not fit enough, flexible enough, good enough?
My classes are designed for people just like you, and are full of students just like you. Beginners. People with injuries and movement challenges. Inflexible bodies. (Check out what they say about my classes below)
We go slowly so no one is left behind, and I give lots of options so you can choose the ones that work best for you.
Please don’t wait until you feel ready as that day might never come.
Come along and I’ll show you that you can do yoga!
How have my classes helped my students?
I absolutely love Anna Banana Yoga!
Being new to yoga, Anna explains every position so well that you don’t need to watch her and I could feel the benefits after the first session. Her gentle approach is really encouraging and after just a couple of sessions I booked up for the term!
I feel so much more flexible and supple.
I'd just like to say how much Anna has helped me. All movements are explained with various alternatives so that they are achievable without straining any injury or discomfort, making you feel confident in the poses.
Her gentle tone and encouraging way have helped enormously in building confidence in my yoga. She's helped me get back on form after my back injury.
I can't recommend Yoga with Anna enough.
I've been to multiple classes where I felt inadequate, embarrassed and self-conscious especially with the injuries I had.
Anna made me feel relaxed and comfortable immediately and I love that she gives me alternatives for poses without putting me on the spot.
How much for balance?
Here's what you'll get when you join Work through the Wobbles today:
6 x 1 hour yoga classes to learn the key skills to help you balance and focus
Option to join an alternative class if you can't make a class (where space is available)
A choice of venues in Highfield Park:
One YMCA St Albans - modern, spacious, well ventilated venue with acres of space to spread yourselves out
Highfield Visitor Centre - modern, cosy, well ventilated venue with underfloor heating
Personal support, guidance and encouragement from me
A friendly community of yoga students
Book today and you get all this for just £72.
My students experience much greater changes to their mind and body, and find their yoga practice more satisfying, when they commit to a regular practice and complete the full term theme.
That's why I encourage you to book the 6 week term by offering you a saving of £15!
A one off class costs £14.50, but if you book for the full journey today it's only £12 per class.
Ready to join us?
It's decision time!
"By challenging our ability to deal with uncertainty on the mat, we create the resilience we need to move more gracefully through our lives beyond it"
— Rachel Land
So what's it to be?
Are you going to keep saying that you 'can't' balance and avoid challenges on and off the mat?
Or are you brave enough to face your fears, and learn how to be more resilient when you wobble or fall?
We start Work through the Wobbles on:
Monday 21 February
Wednesday 23 February
Saturday 26 February
There's limited spaces in each class and most classes were fully booked last term!
I've added an extra class this term, but I also have lots of new students wanting to join so if you have a favourite class, save your space today!