Yoga with Anne-Marie Le Sève
I have been practicing Yoga for 22 years, and teaching for 15. I attended my first yoga class when I was 20.
The practice resonated with me instantly at a deep level. From then on I have explored and practiced many different styles with a variety of different teachers, both in the UK and also in India, the birthplace of Yoga. In 2002 I qualified with The Devon School of Yoga as I liked their eclectic and creative approach. Since then i have taught for the DSY on their Foundation and Teacher Training courses, general group classes in Cornwall, private one-to-one classes, yoga therapy, kids yoga in many different schools locally, family yoga as part of the Lafrowda festival and yoga weekend retreats and holidays.
I like to take an authentic yet open minded approach with my teaching, being a firm believer that Yoga is about flexibility in mind as well as body. So I bring influences of different styles into my classes which creates an eclectic yet authentic blend of asana, pranayama, relaxation and meditation. The practice is both dynamic and restorative, challenging and nurturing, rejuvenating and cleansing, inducing a feeling of ease, strength and well being. I integrate flowing dynamic practice (Vinyasa flow) as well as more restorative, grounding practice, always focusing on alignment, breath and presence, as well as energetic flow and the more subtle aspects of practice.
Over the years I have been practicing I have found that along with the amazing and transformative physical benefits, one of the most valuable gifts Yoga brings me is peace of mind. The therapeutic effects of a good yoga practice are incredible, and can have a profound knock on effect on all areas of our lives. I like to focus not only on the wonderful physical side of the practice but also on the mental and spiritual aspects. The word Yoga comes from the Sanskrit word “Yog” which means to yoke or to join, so literally Union – union of mind, body and spirit, as well as the more subtle meaning of connecting individual consciousness to higher consciousness, or ‘the bigger picture’ of life. The effects of yoga on the nervous system and the mind are phenomenal, and I have experienced first hand the healing effects in this area.
Yoga practice gives us the opportunity to let go of our external world and focus inward for a change, a chance to tune in, increase self awareness (both on and off the mat), cultivate self compassion, find some inner stillness, so then we can go out and be more present, more effective in our external lives and have a more positive effect on the people in our lives around us. By nurturing a more healthy and loving relationship with ourselves we can then have more healthy and loving relationships with others.
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (ancient and iconic yoga text) state “Yogas citta vrtti nirodhah” which means “The cessation of the fluctuations of the mind is Yoga”. In our busy modern day lives I think we can all relate to the “fluctuations of the mind”, or constant mental chatter. If we are mindful about our practice, and this is very much the way I like to teach, we can use our yoga practice as a form of mindfulness, a meditation in movement. Self acceptance and self compassion are key areas of interest for me, and hence this is a strong focus in my teaching.
I like to keep my teaching fresh and inspired by attending workshops and retreats, and reading books on the subject so I am continually learning new things and developing my own personal practice. This gives me a wealth of heartfelt experience and knowledge to share from, so I am always enthusiastic about this vast and wonderful practice.
I am based in West Cornwall and currently teach yoga classes in St. Just and Penzance.