This group is made-up of a collective of yogis (whether completely NEW to Yoga, keen to try, or advanced practitioners), who are in the North Yorkshire area. This group is open to all and woven together by shared interest in yoga, conscious movement, meditation, wellbeing, mindfulness etc. The events listed on this group are hosted by Nicole Kiaya - Yoga & Sound. The events, classes and workshops posted are in different styles of yoga (Kundalini Yoga, Vinyasa/Hatha Flow Yoga, Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra as well as Sound Baths).
The host for this group and events, Nicole, is a KRI Certified Kundalini Yoga & Meditation Teacher (240hr training with over 4 years teaching experience), Multi-Style Hatha, Vinyasa & Restorative Yoga Teacher (200hrs), Yin Yoga Teacher (50hrs) and Sound Healing practitioner. She is incredibly passionate about all things Yoga! Nicole is warm, friendly and approachable and would love to warmly welcome you to a class sometime soon!
Below is an outline of the different yoga styles and yoga events you will expect to find on this group:
Kundalini Yoga - The Yoga of Awareness
Kundalini Yoga is an ancient practice for modern times which teaches the art of self-healing, positivity and courage - it is a blueprint for living a life that's happier, healthier and more in touch with your true Self.
Kundalini Yoga is often known as the Yoga of Awareness or the Yoga of Consciousness. The word ‘Kundalini’ itself, refers to an energy that we all have, which lies dormant at the base of the spine. Once this energy is stirred and activated, you cannot help but transform - feel lighter, brighter, uplifted and more at peace. Kundalini Yoga will meet you where you’re at and take you to where you want to go!
“In Kundalini yoga the most important thing is your experience. It goes right to your heart. No words can replace that experience.” – Yogi Bhajan
This style of yoga is a dynamic practice (yet can equally be a soft, nourishing and restorative pratice too). It combines asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing exercises), meditation and sound (mantra), incorporating all the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of yoga to create one integrated and cohesive system.
Kundalini Yoga is for ANYONE & EVERYONE – of any age, any flexibility, and so is suitable for complete beginners.
IT IS WELL WORTH A TRY ♥
YOGA FLOW CLASSES Nicole's Yoga Flow classes, are a holistic, multi-style, Vinyasa-flow style Yoga with added slower and longer-held postures towards the latter part of the session. Sometimes described as a Vin to Yin (Vinyasa Yoga to Yin Yoga) class. These sessions are enjoyable and offer yoga poses and movements to strengthen, aid flexibility and restore the body and mind in equal measure.
SUITABLE FOR ALL ABILTITIES
Yin Yoga Yin Yoga is a deeply restorative practice where each posture (asana) is held for 3-5 minutes. Nothing too strenuous here! Yin yoga is mostly floor-based and the idea is to allow everything to soften gradually into the pose. Yin Yoga is deeply nourishing, not only for muscles, but also for tendons, ligaments and joints. This style of Yoga can often be related to TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine, due to the origins of this practice). It is very healing for the body, helps to quieten the mind and is one of the best ways to increase flexibility in the body.
SUITABLE FOR ALL ABILITIES
Great for those who may be looking for a slower, more meditative practice.
YOGA NIDRA & GONG SOUND BATH RELAXATION ... Ideal for those who just want to lie down and soak up the healing effects of a well-deserved rest! These sessions are run monthly by Nicole in various locations. Here is an outline of what to expect in one of these sessions:
A Yoga Nidra relaxation meditation to firstly allow the body to sink into a restful space. Followed by a relaxation sound journey through the sounds of the gongs, crystal and Tibetan singing bowls and chimes.
Allow yourself to get comfortable and cosy, as you are bathed in sound waves. The majestic myriad of sounds created in a gong sound journey meditation allow mind, body and spirit to heal, rest and rejuvenate.
Gong Sound baths help to alleviate symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression and help to reduce inflammation in the body. And the beauty of it is, is all that you need to do, is get yourself comfortable and let the sounds to the rest!
A Gong bath is suitable for any age and body, (however, not recommended during pregnancy and are not suitable for anyone with a pacemaker). No prior experience required. Just bring yourself and allow yourself to relax.
I really hope to welcome you to the mat for one or more of these events soon! If you would like any further information, please message me directly or email me at: