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 three 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 ALL SUSPENDED DUE TO COVID 19 PANDEMIC BUT CLASSES BELOW 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.|
|Mondays: 16.30-18.15 General hatha yoga suitable for all, previously at Sighthill Community Centre within Gate 55. Online places available. Contact Bijam for details. Summer term has finished but the class will resume online from Monday August 30th.|
Tuesdays: term has finished. The evening class will continue via Zoom from Tuesday August 31st.
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. Previously at Carmondean Community Centre (Nether Dechmont Farm) Fells Rigg, Livingston EH 54 8AX . Summer term has now ended. Fingers crossed, resuming live class at Carmondean Community Centre (North Barn) on Tuesday September 7th.
19.30 - 21.00 - General hatha yoga, term finished July 20th. Autumn term begins August 31st. Likely to continue online for the foreseeable future. Contact Bijam for further information.
For home practice, written class plans with detailed instructions and diagrams sent to class members. Some classes are recorded and circulated to class members.
Payment per class or reduced rate for block bookings via BACS - details available from Bijam on request.