Bhānumati Yoga With Gregory Angell
a journey of the head, heart, and soul
Come to your mat in order to nourish your body, calm your mind, soothe your emotions, stimulate your energy, and honour your soul.
Yoga In Farnborough
St Marks Hall
Guildford Road East
Farnborough- Friday 1830-2000 (Doors open 1800)
Should the day/time of this class not suit you : I have an extensive library of classes available online (head to my online section). It’s so easy, not to mention convenient, to download a class onto your phone, iPad, computer and/or TV so that you can practise anywhere, anytime.
I’ve been teaching Yoga at St Marks Hall for 17 years. It’s always well attended, all age groups are represented, with a 50/50 split female/male (average). Every session has a wonderful energy, newcomers are always made to feel welcome, and variations and modifications are offered throughout the class to support beginner students (95% of attendees started out as complete beginners).
St Marks Hall in Farnborough is ideal for teaching Yoga. There are plenty of free parking spaces next to the hall. The hall is large enough to offer each practitioner plenty of personal space. It is always clean and tidy and has a beautiful wooden floor. The underfloor heating is an added bonus. If you’re blessed with time, the hall opens 30 minutes before the start of class for personal practise.
“My husband and I have attended Gregory’s classes for the best part of 17 years now. He is a total inspiration and his classes are so much more than doing a bunch of postures. You leave feeling as though your entire being has been refreshed and renewed. His classes are completely different to anything else I have ever experienced since I started attending yoga classes 25 years ago. Thank you for all you do Greg.” Tonia Robertson
Over the years I have combined my exposure to Sivananda Yoga, Anusara Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Jivamukti Yoga, and Yin Yoga with my own extensive/intensive personal practise. This ‘melting pot’ of exposure has produced a unique style, I call it called Bhānumati Yoga.
Bhānumati (भानुमती) – Shining Like The Sun
Bhānumati Yoga defines health and physical fitness in the following terms:
- Sthira – a stable structure that can remain upright and balanced within gravitational pull;
- Sukha – a good space, free of suffering. It can be defined both as ease of movement to enable us to do whatever we need to do, and freedom from physical pain that can be unpleasant and disturbing for our physical, mental, emotional, and energetic bodies;
- Angalaghavam – feeling of ease and lightness in the body. It could also be described as agility. It allows us to move through the day with fluidity, grace, and confidence;
- Dvandvanabhighatah – ability to adapt, adjust, and accommodate. Every day brings with it new challenges and we need to make sure that they don’t knock us off our feet. We could call this resilience.
To summarise, a Bhānumati Yoga practise makes us structurally stable, enables us to move with fluidity, grace, ease and confidence, frees us from pain and physical suffering, and enables us to withstand changing circumstances. On the principle of everything being linked, this leads the practitioner into the calming of the mind/emotions, an uninterrupted flow of energy, and the pleasant experience of simply being. Call it a coming home to oneself.
The practise of Bhānumati Yoga works on a three week cycle: two weeks of Bhānumati Shakti classes are followed by one week of Bhānumati Shiva classes. Shakti needs Shiva to ground it, otherwise it becomes chaotic; Shiva without Shakti becomes inert and sterile.
The classes are suitable for all levels of students and variations and modifications are offered throughout to support beginner students. Each session ends with 10 minutes of guided relaxation.
The Bhānumati Shakti sessions are packed with strong, flowing, dynamic, and deeply healing content. As much as it is a complete physical workout, the grandeur objective is to calm the mind and fully relax the practitioner.
The Bhānumati Shiva sessions are slow-paced, calming, and deeply healing. Poses are held for longer periods of time with a focus on floor-based postures. We target the joints and connective tissues (ligaments, tendons and fascia) to help improve flexibility and create the feeling of space and freedom in the body. You will feel amazing!
The Nature of Shakti Energy
Shakti is pure becoming in all her flow and creativity as well as her endless opening to possibility. Shakti represents dance, movement, power, energy and the freedom to become. Shakti is exquisitely beautiful embracing life as a dance. She is fluid, flowing and powerfully flexible. Shakti energy can be wildly sensual, raw, and expressive. Shakti energy can be seen in everything that lives. Shakti energy is deeply cleansing, healing, and transformational.
The Nature of Shiva Energy
Shiva brings great inner strength and spaciousness. His energy is steadfast, stable, peaceful, strong, and totally unmoved with complete presence. Shiva is centered, grounded, and compassionate. Shiva is pure being in its stillness. Shiva energy is formless. There’s deep wisdom and capacity for awareness within Shiva. When we cultivate clear presence and purpose, we are resting within our inner Shiva nature. Shiva holds space for Shakti to move through. Shiva gives direction to Shakti’s shape-shifting energetic flow.
The union of Shiva and Shakti conveys complete balance, joy, and presence.
Gregory Angell – Yoga Teacher in Farnborough
Yoga Siromani (Teacher) 2004 – 400 hours
Sivananda Yoga Acharya (Master) 2007 – 400 hours
The British Wheel of Yoga (Foundation) 2003 – 60 hours
The British Wheel Of Yoga (Teacher) 2006-2009
The Chiang Mai School of Thai Massage (Teacher) 2004 – 330 hours
Anusara Master Training/Intensive Immersion with John Friend
Yin Yoga training with Paul Grilley
Dharma Yoga training with Sri Dharma Mittra
Cultivating better movement is more like sculpture than painting. You improve your art by taking things away, not adding them.