Your body is a land
Over a lifetime you will explore many lands. But your body is the most important land you can get to know.
Your body is a safe landing place, from which you can be everything you need: grounded and free, expansive and centred. To make the most of your journey in greater wellness it is essential to befriend your body.
Yet, in daily life, we spend so much time in our heads, ignoring the body or demanding from it, sitting down for hours and then pounding it out at the gym, and all the while busy exploring other lands: countries, cities, jobs, projects and experiences - on and offline.
But really the land of the body, is the most important land we can get to know. With practice, here are just some of the benefits of greater connection with your body through yoga according to Yoga Journal:
Improved posture, flexibility and strength
Enhanced feeling of wellbeing
Better quality sleep
Reduction of anxiety and depression
Yoga doens’t “fix” you. It simply offers the opportunity to get to know our own lands so that we can navigate through them with greater understanding, compassion, strength, courage, care, freedom and joy.
And this is at the centre of our yoga practice: an exploration, a returning home, to our own lands. Through increased conscious awareness and informed placement we start to have a fuller experience of our own bodies in movement, breath, and stillness with greater familiarity which benefits our whole being - holistically, physically and mentally.
“Our sense of agency is defined by our relationship with our bodies and its rhythms: Our walking and sleeping and how we eat, sit and walk define the contours of our days. In order to find our voice, we have to be in our bodies - able to breathe fully and able to access our inner sensations”.
~ The Body Keeps the Score, Bessel Van Der Kolk
This is not a matter of indulgence, it is a matter of supporting our whole wellbeing. By exploring, knowing and taking better care of ourselves we can offer the best of ourselves to ourselves, and, with time, also to others including our family, friends and colleagues, which benefits all and improves the quality of our life experiences off the mat.
What does Lands Yoga offer?
It is an absolute privilege to be able to offer and support practices, spaces and teachers for you to navigate this journey back to and with yourself - your own land. Our aim at Lands Yoga is to offer yoga classes, workshops and retreats to help you reconnect with you.
We pick beautiful locations and facilitate welcoming spaces in which you can move freely, be still, explore ways to nourish, restore, strengthen, relax and rejuvenate your body, breath and mind. We do this so that you leave each class feeling great, like you have arrived back home to your land, to yourself.
So join us on the mat and start exploring. You can find a list of our classes here and upcoming workshops or courses here. You can also join us for retreats and holidays which offer the perfect opportunity to nourish and restore and are open to non-yogis too if you wish to bring a non-practicing or total beginner with you on your holiday.
Lands Yoga was created by Juliana
Juliana is a Yoga Alliance qualified registered yoga teacher (YA RYT 200+hrs), also trained with the British Wheel of Yoga, Yoga Campus, triyoga, and Independent Yoga Network.
Juliana is dedicated to continuously investing into learning from some of the world's most experienced teachers and has studied with Doug Keller, Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Caroline Tautz, Montserrat G Mukherjee, Zephyr Wildman, Charlotte Watts, Swami Saradananda, Nadia Narain, Rod Stryker, among others. Juliana’s main areas of interest are in the therapeutic application of yoga and she’s is really pleased to currently be furthering her knowledge of this at the Institute of Yoga Therapy in Amsterdam to become a qualified IAYT yoga therapist.
In class, Juliana offers students a fluid hatha yoga practice to support body, mind and spirit as informed by her training, personal practice and experience of different body practices and modalities. Her practice and teaching aim to bring a certain radiance, fluidity and therapeutic elements to yoga so that it is of service to the body, mind and overall wellbeing with an emphasis of nourishing your authentic self in a proactive (not just reactive) and holistic way.
Juliana’s classes are suitable for all levels and abilities and work to encourage awareness in movement and stillness. This approach provides you with the freedom to work at your own pace, in your own body, to create space, strength and balance that is unique to you - helping to develop positive habits to take off the mat through the growth of self-awareness, self-expression and greater self-care.
If you have any questions about yoga or for Juliana you can get in touch here.
Enjoy your practice!
Much love, Lands Yoga x