Bram Williams

Hatha Yoga and Antenatal Yoga teacher

Based in
London Borough of Ealing, London, United Kingdom
Also teaches in Central London
Bram Williams | Hatha Yoga and Antenatal Yoga teacher

Rates: Various


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“You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and
vibrantly alive in repose.” (Ghandi)

In ‘Yoga: A Mindful Practice’ classes we practice this awareness using the breath as our vehicle.

When we first begin the study of yoga we are immediately confronted with our body. This body, even if you are supple, carries the stresses and tensions of your day, week, job, environment and lifestyle. Unchecked, this tension becomes habit, lodging itself in our system and eroding away our happiness, sense of well-being and our general health.

For our yoga to become effective we have to return to and fully experience a relaxed breathing pattern. Yoga or breath control exercises without this in place fundamentally changes nothing as we are only changing the form of our breathing and not the underlying tendencies. To discover this effective free and natural way of breathing it is essential to relax and with our minds fully merge with our breathing. This is not a technique, method or form of breathing, but a feeling that arises naturally whenever we really relax and focus.

In this truly relaxed state the breathing will become more balanced and still, and our minds at peace. This is not so much a learning process as an unlearning one; the natural breath is a birthright. If we begin our yoga with this foundation then we are no longer trying to control form but working with pure feeling, sensation, and awareness.

First we relax and then fully focus our awareness on the breathing. Then, using movement and posture, sensitively we can discover that each asana (yoga posture) has a very distinct effect on our breathing. Each exercise opens up different parts of the body and lets the breathing in. In this way of working asana isn’t seen as a means to stretch but as an aid to opening up and becoming aware of our breathing. The posture will feel ‘perfect’ because of the mindfulness we bring to it, not because it has text book perfect form. Working in this way will greatly develop our understanding of asana and enhance the experience of breathing and deep relaxation. The natural progression from this point is meditation.

Group Classes

Yoga: A Mindful Practice

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It's a: 
class
Venue: 
St Andrews Church Centre
Location: 
Mount Park Road, Ealing, W5, United Kingdom
Date and time: 
Thursday 7.30-9pm
Rates: 
Approx £99/term (depending on length) or £11 drop in

Experience

So what style of hatha yoga do I teach? What’s my background?

My principle current teacher is from the Mahasiddha Yoga School in Oxford, with whom I undertook my British Wheel of Yoga Diploma. Most of the practical, ethical and philosophical study was held at the Samye Ling Buddhist Centre in London, while also attending regular classes in the Kashmir Style of Yoga, in Tai Chi and in Kum Nye (Tibetan Healing Practices). My own daily yoga practice has evolved over the years into a subtle, meditative approach to asana (yoga posture) with a large emphasis on pranayama (breath control) as a lead into seated meditation.

Studying in mindfulness, and both Shamatha and Vipassana meditation at SRSG in Northern India means I am fortunate to have contact with my teacher there, as well as studying with teachers from the Himalayan Institute in America. I recently undertook the BWY Meditation Module with BWY Diploma Course Tutor Maarten Vermasse.

Having trained in many styles and forms of yoga over more than 10 years, my own teaching approach is flexible and adaptable to the needs of a particular group (or individual). The emphasis of my teaching vocabulary stresses breath release, so awareness is directed to the ‘sensation’ of the posture, rather than on a body aesthetic or idealised end result.

Dates: 
Apr 2008

Services

Aimed at: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.

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Varies - see individual course details on the website.


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