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Moving Forwards Together - Complementary Sessions


Hello Yogis.

What you may have been looking for

As you are reading this blog, you may have, in the past, contacted me to receive news and advice about the ancient science that is ‘Yoga’.

You may have wanted help achieving better health, a fitter and stronger physical body, or a happier and calmer mind; all of which lead you towards a much more productive and fulfilled day to day existence. 

You may have a deeper calling to find out more about why you are here and what this life is all about.

What it all means

The philosophical goal of yoga, according to the Sutras of Patanjali, Sutra 2, Book 1 is, “Yogas Citta Vrtti Nirodhah”.

Yogas = Yoga, 
Chitta = of the mind-stuff; 
Viitti = Modifications; 
Nirodhah = Restraint. 

Translated this means “The restraint of the modifications of the mind-stuff is Yoga” (taken from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Sri Swami Satchidananda).

In theory, all the other aspects of yoga, such as the physical postures, breathing techniques and meditation practices, are designed to lead you towards this destination. 

Today's Stress

With all the stress in the world today, making life hard; if we could each achieve this clarity, the world would be happier, healthier, calmer, and more productive. The world would also be kinder and more compassionate. Moving into this space leads to a passion towards giving rather than receiving, allowing us to be more at peace with whatever is experienced in this lifetime.

Does this sound too good to be true? Well it isn’t.

One of the struggles modern society has with this goal, is giving it time to flourish. Yoga is a practice that takes time to master. It is like anything, if you want to do well at it, you have to invest the time to do so.

I am really lucky because I have managed to work towards a way of life that is filled with a passion for and a deep interest in, all that I practice myself every day.

How I want to help move this forward

In order to help society along the way, I have decided to dedicate one hour a week complementary tuition for the study of meditation, breath work (pranayama), gentle asana and deep relaxation. I will also be touching on aspects of Yoga Philosophy, such as that listed above to encourage you on your journey.

In return, all I ask is that you dedicate a few minutes each day to taking the teaching and putting it into practice. There is a saying that if something is free, it is not valued. You can add value to this by dedicating time and attention.

I will help you to manage the chatter of the mind and to help you to become aware of when you are self-sabotaging your own efforts.

If you would like to join us, the complementary one hour session will take place once a month on a Wednesday evening in Kingsthorpe, for 3 months, initially.

Booking is essential as this class is designed to encourage a continued and dedicated practice. 

Bookings will be taken on a first come, first served basis. 

The first session will be on 

Moving Forwards Together - Complementary Meditation and Philosophy Evening 

Wednesday 14th March
Church of the Holy Trinity
Balmoral Road

As this is not yet bookable online, do let me know if you wish to attend by contacting me here. You can also book via text or calling 07984191016.

Yoga Freedom reserves the right to cease the delivery of these sessions at any time. Sessions are subject to the completion of a short health questionnaire.

Why do a Seated Forward Fold every day?


Paschimottanasana - Seated Forward Fold - Back Stretching Pose

Performing this posture

Sit with your legs outstretched, feet together and hands on knees.

Check that you can sit comfortably, with a lift that is tall and upright through your spine with your legs straight, if you find you are leaning back and curling the pelvis under, or if there is any pain or tension in your lower back or hamstrings, it would be safer for you to practice with your knees bent. You may be more comfortable with a yoga block placed under your hips.

Be sure to draw the toes towards you and allow the heals to press gently into the floor. 

Your legs are parallel and the toes are pointing towards the ceiling.

Slowly bend forward from the hips, keeping a natural length in your spine, by drawing softly in the public bone, and the lower rib, whilst gently lengthening up through the collar bones; to allow the shoulder blades to slide effortlessly down your back.

Allow your lower ribs to rest comfortably onto your thighs. Your lower ribs should remain in contact with the thighs throughout the performance of the posture.

Allow yourself to be comfortable. You can measure this by ensuring your breath feels smooth and steady with no feeling of constriction or restriction around the breath.

The edges of the body should gently soften and lengthen into each inhalation, as you imagine the breath passing through the skin.

Now let your body relax into each exhalation; only moving deeper into the pose when you feel the edges of your body relaxing into nothingness.

Flow into and out of this posture a few times and then allow yourself to hold the posture, while breathing softly and smoothly for a few rounds of breath. 

Let your mind dissolve into the sensations of gentle expansion and the deep connection to stillness that this pose evokes. 

Physical Benefits

This asana stretches the hamstrings and increases flexibility within the hips and legs. The abdomen is strengthened and the internal organs are compressed and massaged. 

The spinal column lengthens and the rib cage gently expands within each breath, allowing greater movement and a rejuvenation of those areas of the body.

Emotional Benefits

When resting completely into this posture, the gaze is turned inwards as the eyes look down towards the tip of the nose. This helps to calm the mind as the focus is drawn away from external distractions.

Once you can lie down comfortably and completely onto your legs, you may like to turn the gaze upwards towards the eyebrows. This will help you to lengthen the spine further. You can then experience a lengthening from tailbone to the top of the pallet and back again as you breath.

A lengthening of the exhalation is promoted due to the forward motion of the posture, which gives rise to a feeling of deep inner peace.

Cautions and Contra-indications.

Students who have a slipped disc or who are suffering from sciatica should not perform this posture.

As with all yoga postures, it is best to seek the guidance of an experienced teacher when attempting any posture that is new to you, or if you suffer from any injury or illness you feel may impact on the safety of your practice.

Pregnant women should not draw up the abdomen in any asana but may practice a seated forward fold, softly and with knees bent and legs apart; and under the guidance of a qualified yoga instructor.

*Yoga Freedom is not liable for any loss or injury sustained due to the guidance given in this article.

Valentines Day Offer - Show them how much you care!


Come along to a heart warming yoga session and bring your partner for FREE!

You will still have time to have that romantic dinner following the class!

Class time 6.30pm-7.45pm on Wednesday 14th February

Church of the Holy Trinity,

Balmoral Road




Booking is essential as space will be limited.

One free guest per paid student. - Cost to paying student £8.50

Class is suitable for beginner level and above.

Your booking will be secured on receipt of payment. As places are limited, this evening is non-refundable and non-transferable.  Payment details will be given at time of enquiry.

For more details and to book your special place!

With warmest wishes.


Poem of Gentleness - Carrie-Anne Bridel


To Be Gentle

Emerging with softness, fluffy and full of feeling, I feel tingles arrive as I surrender to the heart of inner peace.

I can be alive with this gentleness, at peace with this gentleness. 

It is to me, a blessed arrival upon the nurturing doorstep of release.

Leaving no room for fear, anger, judgement or control.

I feel the tender touch of her silky smooth sentiments, driving away the harshness of past moments in time.

Love spills out, gratitude  looms and a sense of complete belonging, protection and security surround me.

When connected to her wonder, I need nothing more than to experience and appreciate before me, each second of her enlightenment, enticing a deeper surrender towards her power.

Stay with me, don’t let me fall into harshness!

Like an angel’s wings engulfing me, I cannot be tempted to stray from her grasp!

Have a peaceful Christmas and New Year! 

Lots of Love - Carrie-Anne.

Christmas Timetable and New Year Celebrations


Hello Yogis.

I will be taking a short break for Christmas so thought I would detail classes and events in one easy blog.

Dates for my weekly classes are as follows:


Yoga & Sound Relaxation

Time: 7.30pm-9.00pm

Venue: Church of the Holy Trinity, Balmoral Road, Kingsthorpe, Northampton, NN2 6PQ

Last Class - Monday 18th December

First Class Back - Monday 8th January

Contact me to book your place


Time: 11.30am - 12.30pm

Venue: Wootton Community Centre, Curtly Hill, Wootton, Northampton, NN6 4ED

Last Class - Tuesday 19th December

First Class Back - Tuesday 9th January

Contact me to book your place

Yoga & Relaxation

Yoga: 6.30pm to 7.45pm

Relaxation: 8:00pm to 9:00pm

(7.45pm-8.00pm - Tea and Biscuits are provided)

Venue: Church of the Holy Trinity, Balmoral Road, Northampton, NN2 6PQ.

Please contact me to book your place

Last Class - Wednesday 13th December

First Class Back - Wednesday 10th January

Special Events and Celebrations

Re-scheduled - Winter Deep Chill - Relaxation Evening  

Sunday 14th January - 6.30pm-9.00pm

Boughton Village Hall, Butcher's Lane, Boughton. NN2 8SH

Cost of the evening is £20 

Full details and booking info can be found here. 

Winter Solstice Celebration

Wednesday 20th December - 6.30-9.00pm

Church of the Holy Trinity, Balmoral Road, Kingsthorpe, Northampton. NN2 6PQ

Cost of the evening is £20

Full details and booking info can be found here. Bookings to be made and paid of in advance please as each guest receives a gift so I need to be sure on numbers. 

New Year Yoga and Gong Celebration

Wednesday 3rd January 6.30pm-9.00pm

Church of the Holy Trinity, Balmoral Road, Kingsthorpe, Northampton. NN2 6PQ

Cost of the evening is £8 Yoga, £10 Gongs or £14 for both - Bookings in advance as required due to the holiday period please. :-)

I do hope you have a wonderful Christmas and you feel ready to walk peacefully into 2018!

With warmest wishes.

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