Alison is a Glow Yoga teacher, you can book into her classes here.
What is the best time of the day to practise/exercise?
It's good to practice when you're awake. Other than that, perhaps any time you're practising is the best time?
What do you recommend to eat before your class? After the class?
It feels like common sense to me not to eat straight before practice. It can make back bends, forward bends, twists, prone poses etc. a little uncomfortable. After class, well, see how you feel? Personally I don't have any post-practice eating routine.
What do you love about Good Vibes?
Super kind and welcoming front of house staff. They are top class.
What do you teach in class?
I teach restorative yoga. This yoga practice is all about deep rest and relaxation. Through a series of long held stretches and then completely supported poses, a connection to the breath and a sense of grounded-ness are established which gives the opportunity to 'let go'. A wonderful practice when you're feeling depleted of energy or conversely when you're feeling 'hyped up' or feeling the symptoms of stress.
Typically we start with a very comfortable supine pose and gradually establish an awareness of the support of the ground beneath us and a connection to our natural breath. As we begin to soften and release - even here - there's a feeling of the breath becoming free-er, more expansive, maybe a little deeper, maybe a little smoother. There's a real sense of being able to rest/exist within our own breath. We continue with the practice from this very quiet and centred place. The first couple of poses require some muscular effort, some stretching. These allow for a deeper sense of relaxation in final poses, where, once sufficiently arranged over our props, we just let go of all effort. We finish with a long Savasana. At this point in the practice, there's some sense of being able to let the breath go - a sensation of dropping beneath its now very shallow and subtle movement. Maybe finding that place of complete stillness....
How will I feel after your class?
You will feel how you feel. Usually after I practice restorative yoga I feel rested, calm and somewhat tethered back in my body. It completely underpins my more physical asana practice.
Tell us something surprising about yourself…
I don't like surprises!
Alison Henning has been practising yoga for over 12 years and is a British Wheel and Yoga Alliance accredited teacher, having completed her training at triyoga, London. She is now an assistant asana teacher on the course faculty, mentors teacher trainees and continues to learn – both from the great teaching team and from the tremendous students. Alison teaches a bright, strong and precise, alignment-based class; partnering the work of the body with the free flow of the natural breath.
23 April 2014