OneLifeYoga- The Four Approaches
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Ian Spencer is a qualified Hatha Yoga teacher, a practitioner of Zen Buddhism, an Anglican Priest and Warden of Holland House Retreat Centre (www.hollandhouse.org)
Although rooted in a Christian contemplative tradition, his practice of Zen and his long and thorough training as a Hatha Yoga teacher mean he's able to draw on the profound wisdom and practice of these three wonderful traditions.
He offers teaching on Yoga within a Christian framework through the Retreat Centre, and One-To-One practice and teaching at his home. This website is primarily concerned with his one-to-one practice, i.e. OneLifeYoga, which offers four approaches to working with yoga to support your One-Life (see below)
Ian is also available to visit and teach groups / classes by appointment - do please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org. This can include both Churches and other religious groups looking to see how Yoga might deepen their experience of faith, however any class looking for a meditative style of Yoga would be suitable for Ian's style and practice (viniyoga)
Trauma-sensitive yoga. There are many thousands of people deeply hurt by the traumatic events they've experienced. People struggle on with PTSD and similar issues for many years, sometimes using talking therapies and medication, but never really find peace. Peter A Levine (author of "In an unspoken voice - how the body releases trauma and restores goodness"), writes "Overcoming Trauma through Yoga is a gift for those taking the hero's journey of recovery and vibrancy" - but they could be "over-whelmed in a class......" The postures and breathing exercises of Yoga, particularly when created in a collaborative way through one-to-one teaching, can rebuild trust in the sufferer's body/mind, and help them feel reconnected to themselves and the present moment in ways that can support the healing of the entire person. Yoga has become one of the central healing practices of the Trauma Centre, Brooklyn, U.S.A,
Physio. Many people use yoga postures within gym environments in order to "get fit", which is fine. However Hatha Yoga through the application of viniyoga (special application), provides a different way of strengthening, increasing flexibility, and healing the body. The practice is slow and deliberate, all postures are worked in harmony with our breath, and postures are worked dynamically or with pauses (stays) to increase their intensity and effect. One-to-one teaching provides an opportunity to discuss particular issues / aspirations in order that a practice is created that will address the clients particular need or interest.
Work/life balance. The world in which we live demands a great deal of our time and energy, and it can be difficult to find time to join clubs. Frustration and a general feeling of being out-of-control / hemmed-in / always tired are what many people experience as their lives but even yoga classes can be difficult to commit to. One-to-one yoga provides a welcome opportunity to be be listened to and a yoga practice created that fits your needs, and that you can use in your own home at a time that suits you. And when you're done with the practice, just book an appointment and get another !
Spiritual life. As an Anglican Priest (Church of England) I know the value of a deep and healthy spiritual life. Whatever your idea of God, to be connected to the "author" of all life, to feel a part of the great order of things, to know you are unique, loved, and that nothing other than your healing and wholeness is at the centre of Gods will and heart for you, can be a tremendous blessing. But for many people, religion no longer helps, or at least it goes only part-way. I have found Yoga to be a deeply satisfying way to deepen my experience of God's presence both within and without me. If you'd like to explore how Yoga might reconnect you, or deepen your experience of Life, then one-to-one teaching and practice may be of great value.