Introduction to Yoga Narada™
A flowing approach to achieving aesthetically pleasing line and form through breath and anatomical correctness.
Who was Narada?
A wise, yet humorous Vedic sage who believed that through music, movement and dance, one can open the doors to wisdom and enlightenment, with clarity and grace.
His foremost teaching was: To treat others as you would like to be treated yourself.
What is Yoga Narada™?
Yoga Narada™, formerly known as Hilary Cartwright’s Yoga for Dancers, (HCYFD), seeks to embrace and support people from all walks of life.
Yoga is a coming together of body, mind and spirit. Yoga Narada™ provides a way to achieve flexibility in the body, while maintaining coordinated control, passing smoothly from one shape to another.
This class offers each student, be they dancer or not, the chance to relax a little from the everyday pressures and tensions of their regular work-life. It is about learning to meet challenges without undue stress, and finding the channels whereby an ease, rather than force, can enter into the learning process. The approach is gentle yet powerful allowing both expressivity and artistry.
Unlike a traditional Hatha Yoga class, positions are not held but repeated in a fluid undulation that gently unravels the knots both mental and physical, giving the body a sense of comfort in its movement. Each day is taken for its own individual merits, so no two classes are identical. There is a common thread, but, as in nature, there are many ways to achieve the same end.
By allowing the mind to stop fighting the body, rhythm and breath take over. At the same time, the class addresses elements of technique that apply directly to ballet placement, line and control, which are still suitable for everyone.
Description of the Class
During the class, one moves from a sensory awareness of the physical body, to a progression of specific breath work, which activates and stimulates the nervous system. The focus is on inspired imagery and rhythmical structure. Through flowing movements, the class progresses with a series of standing, seated, lying and again standing sequences, concluding with an acknowledgement of oneself and the space around. Each person is brought back to the reality of both their external surroundings and their inner self.
Retreats, workshops and classes are held regularly.