Yoga


Heart Flow Yoga Classes in Derbyshire

Our weekly classes are suitable for beginners and for those who are already enjoying the benefits of yoga. Heart Flow Yoga teaches you to get in touch with your heart and to allow its gentle flow to guide you through a series of warm ups, asanas (physical postures), deep relaxation and pranayama (breathing practices). The class can be as gentle or as strong as you want it to be, with options provided for all levels of experience. This combination brings a life changing depth to the classes as we gently build strength and flexibility in the body, while bringing peace and stillness to the mind.

Tuesdays 5:30-7pm Stanton-in-Peak Village Hall

Thursdays 6:30-8:o0pm Club Room, Wirksworth Town Hall

Both classes open to all, regardless of experience. Drop-in rate is £8 or block booking of 6 classes for £36.

Testimonials

Vishwam is a humble, learned and intuitive teacher with a clear and meaningful instruction. ... You'll learn a lot in one class, but regular practice here, at home or away will bring about changes that will truly surprise you and enrich your life in untold ways. This class is a golden nugget...

Chris

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You'll find a wonderfully warm, bright welcome at Vishwam's yoga classes. ... Questions are always met with openness and clarity, any confusion is met with compassion and empathy, so that I never feel awkward about asking anything. Smiles, laughter and illuminating insights are scattered throughout. ... Why not give it a go, if it could be as easy and as pleasurable - and even profoundly revelatory, maybe - as that?

Amanda

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Great Yoga sessions, calming, fun, nourishing, and I always feel great afterwards. Thanks!

Liz

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I'm not very flexible. Is it ok for me to come along?

A: Yes! Yoga is a wonderful way to become more flexible over time. Every body is different, which is wonderful. Yoga isn't a sport or a competition. It's a chance for you to explore your own experience.

Q: I would rather have a one-to-one session. Do you do those?

A: Certainly! Please get in touch and we can arrange an appointment to suit you.

Q: What should I wear?

A: Loose comfortable clothing. Natural fibres are best. We generally do yoga barefoot to give a better grip, but warm socks and layers are nice for the deep relaxation at the end.

Q: Is it ok to eat before yoga?

A: Because we do a lot of bending and twisting, it's generally better to have an empty stomach. Ideally, avoid eating in the two hours before class begins. If you need something, a banana or a little juice can be good.

Q: Do I need my own equipment?

A: If you've got your own mat and blanket, please bring them along. If not, don't worry. We are well stocked with yoga mats, blocks and blankets. You may also want to bring a bottle of water.

Q: I'm pregnant. Is your class suitable for me?

A: Unfortunately no. You will need to find a pregnancy yoga class where the teachers know which postures and practices are best suited to you.

Q: I see all those religious symbols on the Heart of Living Yoga symbol, and I'm not religious. Is this class really for me?

A: The Heart of Living Yoga Yantra includes images of all faiths to show that they all point to something. We might call that the Universe, Nature, Love, Light, God or simply Life. We might not give it a name. How you relate to that is your own personal path. Heart of Living Yoga is here to support people of all faiths and none.

Our Teachers

SRI REV. PADMA DEVI SUMANANDA

Padma Devi is the founder of the Heart of Living Yoga Foundation which trains yoga teachers as well as providing support to the poorest women, men and children in Sri Lanka, India and the UK. She is a much-loved teacher by those who have had the opportunity to work with her. Padma shares her own experience of living in the radiant heart, offering retreats where people can live together in the spirit of yoga including an annual day retreat in Matlock. Vishwam had the unspeakable joy of becoming a devoted student of Rev. Padma Devi Sumananda in 2013 and continues to be inspired by her teachings and her loving presence.

VISHWAM HECKERT, PHD

Vishwam is a Heart of Living Yoga teacher and teacher trainer. He began his yoga journey in 1998 and has been enjoying the benefits ever since. Vishwam started teaching yoga in 2011 after many years of teaching in schools, universities and in popular workshops. Vishwam offers classes and workshops across the UK and internationally where he shares his experience of movement, stillness and the peace of the heart. His great passion is working with individuals to bring the therapeutic benefits of yoga to those in distress. He is a well-loved and loving teacher.

Our Yoga

Heart of Living Yoga Yantra

As the name suggests, Heart Of Living Yoga is a way of bringing yoga into every area of life – a practical way of bringing heaven to earth. It is a path of love and service through self-development and direct experience of the Real.

It offers a harmonious combination of the 4 traditional Schools of Yoga – Bhakti – the path of devotion; Karma – the path of selfless service; Raja – the path of yogic psychology; Jnana – the path of intellectual self-enquiry - together with Kriya Yoga – the path of internal action; Hatha Yoga – the path of physical postures & pranayama; & Japa Yoga – the path of mantra repetition.

Each Heart of Living Yoga class is based on the Heart Practice and offers the simplest way for teacher and students to share the experience of Oneness. Whether the class is through a combination of hatha, raja, pranayama, chant, relaxation, meditation & mantra – or any single one of those, the Heart Practice gives us full permission to re-connect with the Divine, whose home is the heart - and it gives us the means of connecting, through the heart.

The founder of this tradition, Rev. Padma Devi Sumananda, was blessed to be a devotee and student of Sri Swami Satchidananda, who set up Yogaville in America and founded the Integral Yoga organisation. This essence of grace was passed to her through him, as it had been passed to Sri Swami Satchidananda through his Guru, Sri Swami Sivananda, and so on back through the ages.

The lineage, Heart Of Living Yoga, also includes and is nurtured and supported by beloved Sri Anandamayi Ma, Paramahansa Yogananda, Lord Jesus and Mahavatar Babaji.

Heart of Living Yoga is a pure channel of love and service through sharing the joy of Yoga in all its forms.

To learn more, visit the Heart of Living Yoga website.

Yoga Teacher Training

Vishwam, Padma and a trainee teacher

Heart of Living Yoga offers life changing Yoga Teacher Training in three parts. Beginning in March, 2018 in the New Forest and in Stony Stratford (near Milton Keynes) groups will be learning to embody Heart of Living Yoga in their everyday lives. I will be one of the main trainers in Stony Stratford and assisting in the New Forest. To find out more, visit Heart of Living Yoga or come speak with me informally.

To book a session or if you have any questions, please contact Vishwam on 07759 723 939 or Vishwam@flowing-with-life.com.