Namaste and welcome to Sarvanga Yoga!
The Sanskrit word Sarvanga is made up of two parts "Sarva" meaning all or whole and "Anga" meaning limbs or body. Altogether it can be taken to mean All Limbs or Whole Body and reflects the holistic nature of yoga and the ethos of the studio.
"Good for the body is the work of the body, good for the soul the work of the soul, and good for either the work of the other."
~ Henry David Thoreau
Yoga works in so many ways for so many people that I feel it is a self-treatment that we should all have the chance to learn. It is something we can grab with both hands and adapt throughout our lives, yoga changes with us and enables us to change for the better. To know our bodies better enables us to take control, to improve, to treat ourselves well. We do not need to master yoga to enjoy the rewards, we need only open ourselves to exploring it.
A little about Rebecca...
It is hard to pin down exactly when my journey with yoga began, but it began with meditation, borne from a desire to recreate the peace and sense of wonder which I had felt so deeply visiting temples in Tibet, Nepal and South East Asia during my travels in my early twenties.
The practice developed in to a physical one a couple of years later, when back pain and headaches drove me to seek relief and educate myself about self-care and the body.
During those early morning asana and meditation practices in my living room, something dropped quietly in to place and my love of yoga was cemented.
"Sarvanga" translates from Sanskrit as "All limbs" and I choose this to embody my approach to yoga - to embrace, live and teach the many aspects of yoga holistically and with passion. My group classes usually feature asana (physical) yoga with a strong but accessible and soothing flow of postures combined with pranayama and deeply restoring meditation considering ancient yogic traditions and fresh modern insights.
Yes, yoga can help you become strong, flexible and balanced but it also takes you to a much deeper place, and that is what makes it so special.
I have been teaching since 2014 and in 2017 opened a studio in Wokingham which I hope will be place of peace and calm and quiet for you to enjoy, I hope to have to created and to maintain a true sanctuary for yoga and meditation practice.
In 2019 the studio is grew into a larger space and I am honoured to have welcomed on board some wondeful, creative and talented teachers to share with us their knowledge and passion for yoga, meditation and more. There are lots of regular classes and events coming up so please do book a class soon and become part of our community.
Remember, yoga is not about doing headstands or touching your toes, you don't need to be fit or flexible to begin your yoga journey... start where you are and the rest will follow.