SAGUNA YOGA - Hatha Yoga, Yoga for Pregnancy & those living with M.E & CFS
© Shaw Malcolm PhotographyEmma Burton has been a keen practitioner of yoga for the past eight years. She completed her basic and intermediate teacher trainings in New York City with the Integral Yoga Institute and now practices as a Registered Yoga Teacher under the Yoga Alliance. Since relocating to London in 2008, she has completed her Yoga for Pregnancy (and Post-natal) training with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, and Yoga for M.E and CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) training with Fiona Agombar.
© Shaw Malcolm Photography Emma's approach is rooted in the style of Hatha yoga combining physical poses (asana), breathing practice (pranayama), deep relaxation (yoga nidra) and meditation. Since her own practice has evolved over time, Emma's teachings have been influenced by the work of Vanda Scaravelli and BKS Iyengar. Her aim is to allow the holistic practice of yoga to heal and invigorate the entire body on a cellular level, to encourage full and efficient breath work, and to centre the mind.
© Shaw Malcolm PhotographyEmma encourages a non-competitive approach in which individuals can safely challenge their physical and emotional edges to deepen their practice. Within this space her students can connect to their uniquely wonderful bodies and the inner wisdom of the breath, whilst challenging the mind to stay present and grounded.
Yoga for the pregnant lady offers an opportunity to connect within, to the ever-changing physical body and her growing baby inside. Yoga for pregnancy helps to:
- Stengthen the pelvic region, deep abodominals and pelvic floor muscles which help to maintain functional bladder control during and after pregnancy and to recover well after labour
- Stretch the parts of the body that can often feel tight in pregnancy, including but not limited to the muscles in between the ribs, the waist, hamstrings, calves and upper back
- Connect and be empowered by the breath. This connection to the breath can help to ease anxiety and stress, and can be used in labour and delivery to ease pain and maintain mental stamina
- To make other pregnant friends. In a time where one may feel isolated and alone, these classes offer a safe environment to be honest about how you are feeling and to gain like-minded support from other pregnant ladies.
Emma also offers post-natal yoga and Mum and Baby yoga and is a professional birth partner.
This form of yoga is very gentle and specific to the conditions of M.E and CFS.
Emma works directly on:
- Connecting to and deepening the breath. We engage the rib-cage (as opposed to the chest) in yogic breathing in order to strengthen the diaphragmatic area. This naturally promotes a more upright posture with many physiological benefits
- Engaging with gentle stretches, lead by the breath that allow for the body to open. This uplifts the spirits and allows for a more positive outlook on life
- Resting the nervous system with deep relaxation techniques, in order to retrain the body how to relax and let go
- Focussing the mind with simple meditation techniques that allow for the mind to quieten and allow for a deep sense of calm to unfold.

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