We recently welcomed the incredible Amanda Winburn to the Yoga Kula team, and wanted to take some time out to get to know her better. Amanda Teaches Restorative + Meditation every Sunday at 5:45pm.

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Your Restorative and Meditation class sounds divine!  Can you tell us more?

I feel that in our busy lives we have become a little disconnected, and so my main focus is try to give everyone the opportunity to relax, surrender and accept where they are. This takes time & patience as there’s an element of vulnerability. Through the use of breath and restorative postures we can start to feel into the body and mind, and ask ourselves what do we truly need.

What does being part of the Yoga Kula team mean to you?

I have so much respect and admiration for all the teachers at Kula. I have practiced here for many years, and attend a range of classes and workshops. For me this is home, my safe place. This is the essence of Yoga Kula. I came to Kula as a total novice and have been guided and still am by very proficient teachers, and I feel that I’m passing on the incredible breadth of knowledge that was passed to me.

Have you practiced yoga all your life? If not, when did yoga become such a huge part of who you are.

I used to be a gym bunny and suffered a back injury. At that point was when I found yoga.  I’m 56 now, but it’s fair to say that I’m very committed to my practice. My life looks very different since the start of my yoga journey. I’ve seen improvements in my confidence, self worth, inner peace, strength in body and mind, as well as knowing myself at a much deeper level. There are so many more benefits.

Your class fits into the Restful category of our classes, what is the importance to you of taking time out to rest and relax?

Finding balance in your body and mind. At first, my practice was quite dynamic, and through attending classes with the amazing Julia Knight, who nurtured me through the yin, restorative slower practices, I began to to focus more onto the breath and looking deeper into the body. At first I struggled with the slower practices, but over time through yielding, softening, and listening to myself,  everything began to connect.  As a result, my practice is much more balanced, and my dynamic practice has become stronger.  I cannot emphasis how beautiful and beneficial it is to body, mind and soul to have a restful practice.

If you could sum your class up in 3 words, what would they be?

Nurturing, loving, and soulful.

You took your yoga teacher training course in Rishikesh in India. Is your teaching and meditation style very traditional?

My class is quite traditional, although it’s fair to say that I take inspiration from everywhere, all of my teachers and the world around me. In India I had teachers who focused into the inner world. We explored emotional healing, energy work, nutrition and most importantly studying the Sutras of Patanjali.

If you’re not on the mat, where are we likely to find you?

Most likely with my children, in Crust & Crumb talking about Yoga with my friends, in my cottage in the countryside or planning a travel trip!

What is your favourite style of class to attend as a student?

Wow, hard question. I learn and grow from any yoga class because I’m so focused on my breath and my heart space, feeling deep within …. bliss. Every time I come to the yoga mat I discover something new about myself – and that’s amazing! At Kula you’re likely to find me in a Hatha class with Angela Sykes, a Yin class with Julia Knight, or a Vinyasa Flow class with Susi Wick.

How often do you practice yoga?

I practice everyday, I receive so much from every style –  patience, tolerance, acceptance, spirit, peace, strength, I could go on. Yoga is a big part of my life.

Would you like to add anything?

If you’re considering coming to my class, or any class for that matter – just step onto the yoga mat, and keep coming back, no one is looking or judging. It doesn’t matter if you can’t touch your toes or if you can, the feelings and experiences are the shared. We are all on this journey together, Yoga is the hand of the universe guiding you on your way.

 

Details

Join Amanda Winburn for Restorative + Meditation every Sunday at 5:45pm.

Book your place here.