Amber Land completed her yoga teachers training at Ananda Kutir Yoga Centre in Cape Town in 1992 and has been teaching yoga ever since. She is trained and teaches in the Sivananda Integral Yoga Style, incorporating what she considers the best aspects of other schools into her teaching. She has fifteen years teaching experience doing communal classes, private classes and workshops in the Cape. She teaches beginners, intermediate and advanced students. Each class is an hour and a quarter long, with and hour body and breath work, and ends with a fifteen minute complete guided relaxation period. There is no strain in the class, as each person will work their body to a point that it can comfortably reach at that particular moment in time. However, that doesnt mean that anyone can get away with being lazy.
She has written a specialized yoga book, Yoga for Pregnancy, published by New Holland Publishing in 2003, so pregnant women are welcome in her classes. This book is written specifically for pregnant women but is an excellent guide for anyone wanting to do yoga at home. It gives the basic outline of how a yoga class should be structured, how to do each posture, with precise written guidance and pictures, benefits and cautions for each posture, and has a practical and easy to use layout.
Amber has produced three yoga CDs. Each CD constitutes a complete yoga class, with vocal guidance, ambient music and a full colour brochure depicting each posture. Listening to, and doing the yoga CDs is like having your own personal teacher in the room, right there with you. Each and every breath and movement is vocally guided. The CDs are split into tracks with one posture on each track. The layout is that of a live yoga class with one hour breathing and postures, and a complete fifteen minute vocally guided relaxation. The latest CD is a chakra yoga class and has been specially put together to activate the chakras one by one, by taking the energy all the way up the spine to the crown of the head and then back down to the base of the spine, by doing classical yoga postures that active each chakra in turn. While actively doing each posture one is guided to meditate on the sound that the chakra makes as it spins, and to focus on the symbol and element that represents each chakra. As the chakras are named and activated, one by one, the organs relating to each chakra, as well as their subtle qualities are also mentioned.
Every chakra resonates with a musical note, and the wonderful Indian-style music has been specially written by Mel Roux to resonate with the chakra that is being activated by a particular posture. The music, on its own, is available on a separate CD. The fifteen minute relaxation at the end of the hour long class concentrates on the colour of each chakra as one moves slowly up the spine visualising and balancing each chakra in turn. This is an extremely powerful CD and is not recommended for beginners. It is however an essential tool for all intermediate and advanced yoga practioners. These CDs are a fabulous aid to doing yoga at home when you cannot make it to a yoga class. To order CDs or make enquiries about classes contact Amber on 073 203 7617 or amber at new . co . za
Amber is the assistant editor of Renaissance Magazine, an alternate magazine which describes itself as a cutting edge consciousness magazine. She also writes for the magazine, which covers yoga, shiatsu, art, architecture, nurturing the earth and people, food and other important matters.
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