What to expect when doing yoga on Xwejni beach, Gozo?

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So it has been quite a while since I posted the first blog. A lot has happened the last few weeks! We’ve moved to Gozo and I have started teaching yoga on the beach again. Two weeks have passed since my first class on the beach and I can only say it has been even better than I remembered. Better in terms of how yoga, the beauty of the beach, the sound of the waves, the lovely temperature and the smells of salty sea, sunscreen and fennel blend into a perfect mix to practice. And even more important, the mix of people who have come to my morning or evening classes: beginners or more experienced, from different countries and backgrounds but with a shared interest to breathe & move and connect to one’s inner-self. It’s awesome!

Relax, energize, enjoy!

I teach a kind of yoga that is called “Saswitha” yoga in The Netherlands. It’s a type of hatha yoga in which movement & breath are combined at all times.  A basic principle in this kind of yoga is that body and mind are one, and the breath is the connecting element. So expect some breathwork, standing, sitting and lying positions in a typical class, as well as some guided meditations during Savasana, the final part of each yoga class in which one can relax completely. Or expect what my students tell me: “doing yoga with you is a fun and relaxing way to work on a fit body, a quiet mind and to get new energy at the same time”.  What I also hear a lot is that people like this yoga style because all poses can be adapted to one’s own possibilities. Not very flexible? No problem, just adapt the pose, for example by bending the knees or using some kind of other alteration. Not very strong? No problem, we’re getting stronger together while we are practising. Anyone can participate, something I really, really like, apart from the fact that I am not the most flexible or strong person in the world myself either! And I have learned through the years that yoga is not about those things. It is about your body-mind connection, your sense of wellbeing, about getting to know yourself better, and about relaxation, new energy and enjoying the moment, both on and off the mat!

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