Vickie is a Hatha Yoga Teacher and Holistic Healer. She fell in love with yoga after witnessing the incredible transformational effects it had on her own health and wellbeing. In this short interview, we find out more about what brought Vickie to yoga, her classes and poses that can be done at home to help alleviate stresses and strains this festive season.
What drew you personally to yoga?
“Yoga appeared in my life at a time when I was dealing with severe anxiety and panic attacks (contributed to by a painful chronic condition I then knew nothing about: Endometriosis). Looking back, it was during my first yoga class when I realised my health and wellbeing are my sole responsibility and I can change the outcome to my story.”
What is Yin Yoga and what can participants expect from your classes?
“Yin Yoga is a floor-based practice that encourages your muscles to relax, allowing the deep connective tissues surrounding your joints to be gently stretched. This helps to maintain the health of your connective tissue and encourages the free flow of ki (‘energy’ – also spelled ‘Chi’) through your meridian lines.
“By promoting the flow of energy through the meridians, Yin Yoga helps to maintain your physical health, as well as your emotional and energetic balance. Participants can expect to melt into stillness whilst holding postures for 3-5 minutes each, allowing a deep sense of release and relaxation.”
Are there any poses that people can do at home to help alleviate the stresses and strains associated with the festive season?
“Cobra/Sphinx Pose. During the festive period, we can often find ourselves focusing outside of ourselves and dashing around leaving us feeling a little frazzled inside. Cobra is a gentle back-bend that helps to connect us back to the truth in our heart space, activating the unconditional love for ourselves, all whilst feeling fully supported by the ground beneath us. It softly opens up and creates space across the chest, allowing us to breath deeply into our lungs and bring us back to feeling calm.”
To find out more about Vickie’s classes, you can view Clerkenwellbeing’s class timetable here.