Ada Crawshay-Jones

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Ada Crawshay-Jones, Yoga Teacher
What does Yoga mean to you?

Yoga is a way of life for me, a way of being. It provides me with a framework for spiritual growth and for interacting with the world around me. Through meditation and the physical postures, yoga brings space and stillness to both my body and mind. The practice equips me with the tools needed to find balance and to trust in the universe. Yoga has offered me a language for the world that has true meaning. Through teaching yoga, it has been a pleasure to introduce beginners to the deeply healing power of yoga, to help those with injuries on their journey to recovery and to guide more advanced practitioners to delve deeper and continue their learning.

How would you describe your style of Yoga?

I am passionate about good alignment and setting up the foundations of a pose from which you can grow, expand and find space. I strive to put together ever-evolving creative classes that feel challenging when needed but also provide a comforting and trusting space to let go and focus inwards. My classes at New Energy Yoga are inspired by the structure of Ashtanga - the flow includes a range of dynamic poses to help strengthen muscle and increase range of movement. The classes are varied and focus on building strong foundations, refining alignment and moving deeper into each pose by uniting posture, movement and breath through a moving meditation. My style of yoga guides you to find balance, recharge your energy and leave the class feeling lighter both physically and mentally.

What is your favourite Yoga pose and why?

My preferred yoga pose depends on the day! One of my favourite yoga poses is Wild Thing - one poetic translation of Camatkarasana means "the ecstatic unfolding of the enraptured heart." I love how it opens the heart, lungs and hips. It has a lovely way of making you feel strong, powerful and ready to take on the day. Another pose I really enjoy practising is Bound Lotus Pose - I find this a very reflective pose that allows me to travel inward, re-focus my energy, draw on self-awareness and truly recuperate mind, body and soul.

An interesting/quirky fact about yourself and your experience?

I am a total Nature Nerd - I love bird watching, I am a keen hiker and have an encyclopedia on butterflies - I also live on a farm and help with the calving in late summer which means daily 5am starts and being covered head to toe in mud!

A quote that means something to you?

"Yoga is concerned with the fusion of nature and soul because this is the essence of human life with all of its challenges, contradictions, and joys" - Iyengar

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