Angie Brand


Yoga teacher

 

Qualifications and professional membership
BA Hons Degree in Performing Arts, First Aid trained, Yoga Alliance certified

What type of yoga you teach
I have trained in Mysore Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga. I love teaching Vinyasa flow yoga because the movement feels so fluid. Using the breath to flow through movement helps to create a positive relationship with the body and mind.

Any specific area of interest
I am most interested in the physiological reaction the body has to yoga. Connecting breath and movement actually reduces stress and helps to change our response to stressful situations by stimulating the nervous system. I love that yoga helps alleviate pain throughout the body and aids us in leading a more positive and peaceful life.

I began yoga because of the almost euphoric sensation the body feels when releasing into Savasana (final relaxation pose) – it’s definitely my favourite position! The strength and flexibility that comes with yoga is just a gorgeous side effect!

The most challenging injury you have treated
I have found that the greatest challenges often offer the greateast opportunity for learning and improving, both professionally and personally. I have initially found difficult working with terminally ill patient since symptoms can so quickly change and affect quality of life.

What makes a good yoga teacher
For me, a good yoga teacher is someone who encourages us to reach our full potential, both physically and mentally. Reminding us to never judge ourselves or others and to be curious in every movement we make. Creating an intention for the class helps us stay focused throughout – and, of course, a good teacher will always end the class with a lovely, long Savasana!

The advice you give most to clients
Patience. My clients find that this is the hardest aspect of yoga to master. In a society where everything is instant, and especially in a city that is so fast-paced, the modern day person will find frustration in their practice to begin with. Having patience will allow your body to get the most out of yoga. It will release the tension that there’s no use for, and it will teach you that the most important thing is to be patient and kind to yourself. The rest will follow.