A warm welcome to Yoga with Bijam, dedicated with gratitude to my tutors in Yoga Scotland with whom I did my first yoga teacher training and to the many other teachers, especially from the Bihar (Satyananda Yoga) tradition, who have helped, and continue to help me along the path. I hope you’ll enjoy exploring this website.
What is yoga?
The word Yoga can be translated literally as union, a coming together of body, mind and spirit. When we are “doing” Yoga we are actually going on an inward journey, practising techniques to bring us to this state of union, often described as bringing stillness, peace, harmony and awareness of our own inner radiance. Most people in our modern society experience almost the exact opposite - imbalances and stress factors such as too much to do, too little time to do it, competing demands, exhaustion.
Many find that using a variety of the tools in the yoga toolbox - asana, breathing, rest and relaxation, meditation, study of texts and so on - so much more than postures (asana) only - can help them to become more at ease, calmer and at peace with themselves and better able to cope, not to mention usually sleeping better. What it doesn't mean, in my classes anyway, is tying your body in knots.
In the past few years I've had personal reminders that yoga is for every body, including mine. I received a diagnosis of osteoporosis in 2018 and had a benign brain tumour removed in 2019. The common accompaniments of ageing are also making an appearance, especially arthritis - sometimes I feel as if my springs have gone! So I feel blessed that I can still be supported by my own yoga practice and now have direct experience of the importance of practising safely. I qualified as an Accessible Yoga teacher in November 2019, a course run by the founder of Accessible Yoga, Jivana Heyman, who has recently written this in a blog: yoga is about coming home to yourself, and yoga is a practice for everyone.
COMMUNITY CLASSES WERE SUSPENDED DUE TO COVID 19 PANDEMIC BUT ARE NOW DELIVERED AT THE SAME TIMES ON ZOOM. Contact Bijam (email or phone) to reserve a place. I welcome enquiries for reduced prices due to Covid-related financial difficulties.
For home practice, written class plans with detailed notes and diagrams are sent to class members. Some classes are recorded and circulated to members.
|Mondays: 16.30-18.15 General hatha yoga suitable for all, previously at Sighthill Community Centre within Gate 55. Summer term ended July 18 2022. The class will resume on August 30 via Zoom at present. Gate 55 is now restored to its role as a Community Education Centre so we could have a live class if numbers permit. Contact Bijam for details.|
13.30 - 14.45 Accessible yoga suitable for people with limited mobility due to longer-term physical and/or mental health issues. Wheelchair users and people who appreciate using a chair for the whole class or as a prop for particular asanas are welcome. In-person class at Carmondean Community Centre (Nether Dechmont Farm) Fells Rigg, Livingston EH 54 8AX Term begins again September 6 2022. For further information contact Bijam
19.30 - 21.00 - General hatha yoga, online. Summer term ended July 18 2022. Likely to continue online from 30 August, for the foreseeable future. Contact Bijam for further information.
Payment per class or reduced rate for block bookings via BACS - details available from Bijam on request.