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?
It’s hard to describe yoga briefly! The word Yoga can be translated literally as union, a coming together of body, mind and spirit. English words such as “yoke” are derived from the same root word. When we are “doing” Yoga we are actually practising some form of technique 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 yoga practice 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.
Unfortunately because my driving licence is suspended until at least May 2020 I had to cancel the Wednesday evening class at Choose You Yoga and Wellness Centre in Livingston. Because of planned renovations to the Ability Centre in Livingston the Chair Yoga class was relocated to the Carmondean Community Centre and moved to Tuesdays in order to secure the room booking. For more information on these, as well as individual tuition and occasional courses, see Classes and Courses.
|Mondays: 16.30-18.15 General hatha yoga suitable for all at Sighthill Community Centre within Gate 55, Sighthill Road EH11 4PB Places available. The autumn term will conclude on Monday 16th December and resume on Monday January 6th 2020. Contact Bijam for details.|
13.00 - 14.15 Gentle hatha yoga suitable for people with limited mobility due to longer-term physical and/or mental health issues who are wheelchair users or simply need to sit down for parts of the class. Carmondean Community Centre Fells Rigg Livingston EH 54 8AX . This day and venue is for the next 9 months while the Ability Centre is being refurbished.
19.30 - 21.00 - General hatha yoga at Currie Community Centre, 280 Lanark Road West, EH14 5RU. The autumn term will end on Tuesday December 17th and we'll restart on January 7th 2020. Suitable for all. The room is small and barely takes 8 people. Contact Bijam for further information.