This approach to yoga applies the principle of viniyoga as taught within the tradition of T Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar. It has as its foundation the premise that each individual is unique, and takes into consideration gender, age, lifestyle and ability.
Postures (āsana), special breathing (prānāyāma), and meditation techniques are taught in such a way that each person has an experience of yoga that is meaningful, relevant and useful in their daily life.
Students notice that over time, troublesome symptoms reduce and they feel better physically and mentally.
Yoga brings a sense of well-being to
body, mind and spirit.
The benefits of yoga are well documented and over the years I have practiced
it with various teachers and I would say Linda is by far the best.
I have been attending her weekly classes for about 10 years ever since she
began working in this area.
Her practices not only provide gentle exercise but they also provide
relaxation. No matter how stressed or harassed I am at the beginning of the
session within a short while of listening to Linda's soothing voice as she
gives us intructions, I am calmed.
She provides a stimulating range of postures and meditations, some of which
are quite challenging but we are never pushed out of our comfort zone and
each student is able to modify postures to suit their themselves.
If you are thinking of taking up yoga I thoroughly recommend Linda as a
Liz Shute, Pwll Trap April 2014
Finding Linda’s Maternity YOGA group was much more than just practising YOGA.
Before Linda’s maternity Yoga class became part of my pregnancy, I was 42 years of age with a 23 year old daughter and I was 5 months pregnant, extremely tense, stressed, scared and isolated. I also have two prolapsed disks in my spine and suffer with Fibromyalgia - a long term, wide spread chronic pain syndrome.
During the weekly sessions Linda was highly attentive to the individual needs of each expecting mum to be, offering advice and support freely on the many concerns any of us had. She was faced with questions regarding diet, breast feeding, life styles, birth choices and fears, difficulties with our midwives and doctors and even the choices of products we might use for our new born babies to be, all of which she dealt with and even brought in experts to talk to us if the need arose, but most importantly she served as a stable and central, emotional lighthouse for us all.
The group itself was diverse in our ages, lifestyles and knowledge of YOGA and was exciting, as new mums to be joined and others popped off to deliver their babies. I suppose we became a clan, we were all heading in the same direction for sure. Each week we would find ourselves gathered and being able to share the week we had just experienced, concerns we had, and the treats and teas Linda would provide for us, and the literature on so many aspects of childbirth and motherhood to explore that she would loan to us. All of this wrapped around and was integral to the YOGA session itself.
Linda’s YOGA combined with a maternity massage (Cranio-Sacral Therapy) she recommended to me, freed me from so much pain that I had been carrying in my body and that had also altered my posture from the Fibromyalgia, that I was able to finally relax and get ready for my pending birth adventure with a focus of strength and belief in myself.
I gave birth to a beautiful, healthy, strong baby girl on November 20 2011 at home in a water pool. It was an intense experience as it was only three hours long so I did not have the time to use all the techniques I had learned at the classes but I was able to remain in control by using the ‘warrior technique’ Linda had taught me. I must say also that with Linda’s support I felt strong enough to be true to myself and write the birth plan I wanted and to be able to engage with my midwifery team and my partner deeply enough that they all actively supported me and helped me to have the birthing experience I longed for.
Linda’s Maternity YOGA is truly holistic. It is simply beautiful, fun and supportive for every mum to be.
Love and blessings to all on their birth journey
Bariane Louise Rowlands March 2012
A new mother's testimonial to Maternity Yoga
After having done yoga with Linda for a couple of years, it seemed natural for me to carry on during my pregnancy.
It helped me on many levels. Firstly it allowed me to keep on exercising when I had to stop everything else due to a bad back. It also helped me relax in the last stages of pregnancy. It was nice to be in different positions for my belly and I could even feel the baby react.
However the time I felt yoga most beneficial was during labour. Thanks to yoga breathing techniques and soft movements, I managed to control my breathing and the pain for hours without pain killers. I stayed calm throughout the experience, which the midwife noticed and recognised as a result of yoga practice.
I had the opportunity afterwards to do yoga with my baby when he was a bit older and he very much enjoyed it too.
Stephanie, St Clears, February 2012