Uma has a genuine love of teaching yoga, and this reflects in all of her classes. She has a keen interest in somatic movement and embodiment, which is often woven into her sequences. Influenced by the works of Dr. Hillary McBride, Liz Koch, Judith Lasater and Adriene Mishler, she draws upon her own personal experiences to create a safe, supportive environment to practice yoga and engage in community.
Uma initially discovered yoga as a means to support her spine, as she experiences chronic pain from idiopathic scoliosis. Many years later, she continues to deepen her faithfulness to daily yoga practice. Her style of teaching is unique, and Uma encourages students to find curiosity and inquisitiveness within the poses.
Uma qualified as a Yin and Vinyasa Yoga Teacher in 2023 after being taught by Mariza Smith in Chamonix, France. She holds a 200-hour RYT Yoga Alliance certified certificate. She is dedicated to the constant pursuit of knowledge and further training in the field of yoga, anatomy, mindfulness and breathing. Uma is studying to qualify as a Physiotherapist.
“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” The Bhagavad Gita.
How can Yoga help you?
Stress & anxiety. Yoga helps to bring us out of our heads and back into our bodies. Yoga has been shown to have positive effects on the vagus nerve (a cranial nerve which plays a major role in our physiological response to stress and relaxation), by teaching our systems to return to a calmer state, more often and more efficiently.
Muscular tension. Both the physical and meditative aspects of yoga help to relax the muscles through stretching, rest and breathing.
Inflexibility & stiffness. By regularly practicing yoga, we can work to lengthen the muscles in order to increase flexibility and reduce stiffness. Yoga is also an excellent form of preventative care for injuries. (You do not have to be flexible to practice yoga! A lack of flexibility is very common in students, so please do not be discouraged. It is simply another reason to try yoga.)
Mobility. Over time, yoga can help to improve mobility in the joints by decreasing muscular tension and increasing range of motion.
Balance. By practicing yoga poses that require a degree of balance, we can slowly build strength and coordination in stages to improve the pose. As a result, this can help us to have better balance and core awareness in our daily lives.
Physical fitness. Yoga helps to improve several aspects of our fitness, including improved cardiovascular health, muscular strength, posture and endurance. (Vinyasa is a more energetic and dynamic form of yoga that is useful for improving physical well-being.)
Sleep issues. Yin yoga is especially great for soothing the nervous system and quieting a restless mind, which when practised in the evening can help transition your focus towards letting your body rest.
Spinal care. Yoga stands as a valuable tool for preventing and relieving back pain. In the traditional yoga perspective, the spine takes the most prominent role in each asana (pose), serving as the conduit for the flow of prana (energy or life-force). Yoga addresses both the physical and energetic aspects of the spine. Scientific studies have consistently demonstrated that yoga can significantly reduce back pain.
Relationship to body & self. Yoga gives us a unique opportunity to begin listening to our bodies in a non-judgemental way, especially for those who may have spent time ignoring their body’s needs due to chronic pain or negative self image. Yoga can become a safe space for us to rediscover joyful movement. Creating time for asana, meditation, and breath is a wonderful way of taking care of yourself. Think of yoga practice like a ‘thank you’ to your body for all that it does.
Improved concentration & energy levels. Practicing yoga postures which involve getting the head below the heart (e.g. downward dog, forward fold), helps to increase blood circulation to the brain. Improved circulation allows the brain to receive more oxygen, therefore increasing alertness, awareness and memory.