At MoaAlm, I teach a Hatha Flow yoga with a focus on the breath and awareness from moment to moment. I always try to offer modifications and options for people of different experience and
physical capabilities, and encourage people to listen to their own bodies, as they each know themselves better than anyone else. I balance challenging and energising flow sequences with
restorative poses and longer holds, to cultivate a harmony between the yin and yang, which many of us find a challenging balance in our daily life off the mat. We need one, to enjoy the other. A
rest is always available, in child’s pose or savasana (resting pose), and a challenge is always available if they’ve got more in the tank on that particular day.
I try to emphasise that you don't compare or criticize. We’re all unique; our bodies are different, and we all are working with our own strengths and limitations, so comparison is really a waste
of precious energy (that could be better used in propelling you up the snowy mountains!). We each come on a retreat and to the yoga mat for a slightly different reason, whether that’s to
improve sleep quality, to learn to breathe properly, to calm an anxious mind, to get stronger, become more flexible, to look better naked or simply because your partner drags you out of bed every
Over time, regardless of your intention in starting yoga, you might start to notice some subtle shifts. You become more attuned to what your unique body needs as fuel, what brings you joy and
feeds your soul rather than what you think you should or should not be eating because it’s deemed “healthy” or “unhealthy”. You start to look forward to the time on your mat and outside in nature
as “you-time”. You start to tune in and notice the way you are breathing, and the way you are thinking. You become aware of negative thought patterns which are becoming a part of you, and by
recognising those thoughts, you take away their power. You start to slow down, which is what we all need a little bit more of in our busy lives, and its exactly what we encourage at MoaAlm.
Balancing the yin with the yang, the challenge with the ease, the activity with the relaxation, the herbal tea with the wine. “Relaxingly Active” - the MoaAlm motto and the lifestyle.