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what is yoga?
Yoga is not about being bendy…….

The practice of yoga is an art and science dedicated to creating union between body, mind and spirit.

Its objective is to assist the practitioner in using the breath and body to foster an awareness of ourselves as individualised beings intimately connected to the unified whole of creation. In short it is about making balance and creating equanimity so as to live in peace, good health and harmony with the greater whole.

Yoga is about uncovering who you really are. It’s about discovering that most of the crazy thoughts in your head are not true. It’s about being healthy without pushing yourself to your limits. It’s about slowing down to get strong. It’s about breathing and moving and smiling on the inside.



This art of right living was perfected and practiced in India thousands of years ago and the foundations of yoga philosophy were written down in The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, approximately 200 AD. This sacred text describes the inner workings of the mind and provides an eight-step blueprint for controlling its restlessness so as to start enjoying lasting peace.
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Health Benefits of Yoga

improves flexibility and joint mobility
strengthens and tones muscles
increases stamina
improves digestion
lower cholesterol & blood sugar levels
improves circulation
boosts immune system



Mental Benefits of Yoga

increases positive body awareness
relieves chronic stress patterns in the body
relaxes the mind and body
centres attention
sharpens concentration
frees the spirit


Common Questions Regarding Yoga

"What if I'm not flexible?"

In the west, one of the most popular reasons for practising yoga is to become flexible. While this is not the main purpose of yoga, it is generally a side benefit. With the right teacher, anyone can practice yoga safely and to their own limits.

"Is Yoga a religion?"

No. While yoga's roots originate in India, it is actually a philosophy designed to calm the mind. The practices (asanas, pranayama, meditation) can be applied to any type of person regardless of race, sex or religion.


"What To Bring To Class"

Yoga postures (asanas) should be practised on a "sticky" mat. These can be purchased online from Yoga-Matters, or obtained direct from myself. I also have a number of mats that can be borrowed free of charge. To prevent accidents, Yoga SHOULD NOT be practised on a towel or blanket as there is a possibility of slipping. A blanket however is useful during relaxation.


"What To Wear"

Please dress modestly. Wear light clothes that do not interfere too much with movement of the limbs. Jeans are not suitable for yoga practice. Yoga is always performed in bare feet.


"Eating Before a Yoga Class"

As Yoga works on the digestive system it is best practiced on an empty stomach. If your dietary needs require otherwise, eat lightly no sooner than 2 hours before a class.
about the yoga man
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Hello, and welcome to my website!

Although I began teaching in 2007, my practice began about 12 years ago following a particularly stressful time at work. The results were truly amazing; I began to sleep better and noticed a general uplift in both my mental outlook and physical wellbeing. As I became more conscious of the positive changes that yoga brought, I began to further my interest through attending workshops and retreats.

I completed the first of my yoga teacher training courses with the British Wheel of Yoga and over the years have continued studying many different styles and aspects of yoga, including extensive studies in the foothills of the Indian Himalayas.

In 2010, after a chance meeting with renowned yoga teacher, Michael Ryan, from Ireland, I commenced further yoga teacher training under Certified Anusara Teacher, Bridget Woods-Kramer, whose guidance and compassion I hold very dear to my heart.

In addition I have also studied Yoga for Mental Health, with the Satyananda Yoga Organisation, and I am a qualified Prison Yoga Teacher. In 2012, I was invited to assist The Prison Phoenix Trust, and Oxford University, with a research project (as reported on the BBC) which looked into the positive effects that yoga and meditation can have within the prison environment. Working within this environment gave special insights into how to use yoga and meditation practices to help people to tune inwards and to learn how to let go and relax. These practices are truly transformational and the trust and ease that builds up through these teachings are truly liberating.

With a philosophy firmly established in ancient Indian non-dual tantra, the concepts and subtle depths of the Yoga Sutras are woven into each class, encouraging mindfulness and self reflection and bringing a deeper understanding of our purpose and place within the Universe.

Classes are both fun and informative, as I share my knowledge as to why the various practices can bring positive transformations to your life.

Although challenging, my classes are suitable for both absolute beginners and established yoga practitioners, as modifications and variations to postures are often employed to assist each individual to achieve their own optimal alignment. By encouraging playful exploration I aim to reveal to students how bringing mindful awareness to our yoga practice, we can access tools to let go of stress, help combat anxiety or depression, as well as many other chronic and physical conditions brought about through living a stressful modern lifestyle.

Kevin Taplin The Yoga Man is a member of these accredited groups
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Testimonials

" I attend Kevin's Yoga Class on a Monday night.

I was a little bit nervous on the first occasion I attended the class as I did not know what to expect, however, I soon felt at ease as Kevin always reassures you and never pushes you to do anything you do not feel comfortable doing. He always tells us that it is not a competition and that we should keep ourselves safe. During the class Kevin will sometimes guide you in attaining the correct position and the way in which he does this never makes me feel as if I'm doing anything wrong, more that I can achieve a position which will be of greater benefit to me.

After the session and relaxation, I leave the class feeling re-energised but also calm and relaxed.
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Sue Cox
Stafford

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" Kevin brings a range of experience and a depth of knowledge to his teaching. His love of yoga and his dedication to his professional and spiritual development is evident in his classes.

Kevin’s classes often have a theme, bringing yogic philosophy not only into his asana practice, but his teachings also allow you to reflect on how yogic principles can flow into the rest of your life.

His classes suit a range of abilities as different options and levels are offered. Kevin pays full attention to each student so you always feel safe and supported when trying different postures.

What I like most about Kevin’s classes is that his personality comes through in his teaching style. The classes are relaxed, fun, and his energy for life is infectious so you always leave feeling energized and positive about the world!"


Nicola Roth
Wolverhampton

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" Kevin is a great teacher, he brings just the right balance of yogic history and philosophy to the posture work, wrapping it all in his unique sense of wonder and fun.

He lives and shares his eclectic yogic journey openly and honestly with great humour and warmth and continues to be a great inspiration for my own practise. "


Samantha Willetts
Eccleshall, Staffordshire

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" My first venture into a Yoga Retreat was Kevin Taplin’s Yoga and Mindfulness weekend in The Burren, Ireland – I was hooked. The yoga, meditation and relaxation were inspiring , reaching all ages and abilities, in peaceful and beautiful surroundings.

Amazing food and conversation completed a perfect weekend, I left feeling relaxed, refreshed and totally inspired by an enthusiastic teacher with a love of life and yoga. "


Karen Johnson
Stafford, Staffordshire

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classes


Mondays – 19:30 to 21:00

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The Avon Centre
Cannock
Staffordshire
WS11 1LN

£7.50 per class


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Tuesdays – 18:30 to 19:30

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Nuffield Health
Fitness and Wellbeing Centre
East Cannock Road
Cannock
Staffordshire
WS12 1LU

For details contact the centre on 0845 564 7015


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Wednesdays – 19:00 to 20:30

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Hixon Memorial Hall
Hixon
Stafford
ST18 0FE

£7.50 per class




If you would like to find out a little more about my Yoga classes please click the 'enquire now' tab.

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retreats


2015

Weekend Retreat in the beautiful West Coast of Ireland

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Friday 8th May - Sunday 10th May 2015

Burren Yoga and Meditation Centre County Galway Ireland

Treat yourself to a stress free weekend of energising yoga, calming meditation, relaxing yoga nidra, amazing vegetarian food, and outdoor walks in the Irish hills or by the coast.

This fantastic weekend focuses on a mindfulness practice within a supportive environment, easily accessible to both newcomers and seasoned yoga practitioners.

An ideal weekend for letting go of the stresses and strains of everyday life. Step into the peaceful and tranquil environment of the Burren, and share some quality time with like minded people.

Cost 300 Euros (Payable to the Burren Yoga Centre)



For full details see:

www.burrenyoga.com




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Hatha Yoga - Meditation - Relaxation

27th June - 2nd July 2015

Quinta Da Calma

Set in the heart of Rural Portugal, this retreat takes us to Quinta da Calma, in the beautiful Algarve, which encourages harmony, tranquility and peace. The retreat will leave you feeling energized, restored and refreshed. In addition to yoga, there is a wide selection of therapies to choose from and other activities at Quinta da Calma. (not included in the price)

The retreat offers daily yoga sessions in the mornings and early evenings, with meditation or deep relaxation sessions in the late evenings.

Prices also includes brunch and evening meal, lovingly prepared with locally sourced, organic produce.

Quinta da Calma is 15-20 minutes from Faro International airport. Transport to and from the airport is not included in the retreat price but taxis are relatively inexpensive and arrangements can be made to share.

Prices from £355 per person with upgrade options available. Early booking advised. Places secured with just a £50 deopsit.

Prices are based on a shared room and bathroom, although some single rooms may be available at an additional cost.

For more info please email hello@theyogaman.co.uk







Yoga workshops


I will be creating some excellent Yoga workshops in the near future. If you are interested in speaking to me about what my Yoga workshops will offer and any other details please hit the 'enquire now' tab.

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Yoga courses


At present I do not have any Yoga courses running however this is going to change in the near future. If you would like to know more about what these courses will include or if you have any questions or queries then please hit the 'enquire now tab'.

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Please find a selection of photos from my classes.

I keep this up to date with various photos from classes, retreats & workshops.


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Links to other sites & thank you messages

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The British Wheel of Yoga
www.bwy.org.uk

The British Wheel of Yoga is the largest yoga membership organisation in the UK. We are committed to promoting a greater understanding of yoga and its safe practice through experience, education, study and training.

The British Wheel of Yoga (West Midlands Region)
www.bwywestmidlands.org.uk

The British Wheel of Yoga West Midlands Region, provides information on yoga classes, events and training in the West Midlands, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

The Prison Phoenix Trust
www.theppt.org.uk

The Prison Phoenix Trust encourages prisoners in their spiritual lives through meditation and yoga, working with silence and the breath. They offer individual support to prisoners and prison staff through teaching, correspondence, books and newsletters.

A registered as a charity since 1988, they work all over the UK and The Republic of Ireland in prisons, young offender institutions, immigration removal centres, secure hospitals and probation hostels.

A key aspect of their work is training and supporting qualified yoga teachers to teach in prison and other secure conditions.

The Burren Yoga Centre – Ireland
www.burrenyoga.com
The Burren Yoga and Meditation Centre was founded by yoga teacher Dave Brocklebank in 1999, on the west coast of Ireland, south of Galway.

The ethos of the centre is to provide the best quality yoga and meditation teaching within a responsible holiday retreat package, following principles of environmental conservation in this area of outstanding natural beauty.

The complete package includes:

The best quality yoga and meditation instruction
Daily guided outings to visit local attractions
Outdoor activities
Amazing vegetarian food
Comfortable accommodation
Great social way to meet new friends
All within a genuine yogic environment






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Matt Partridge (double zero design), for designing and creating such a great website. This guy works wonders and I can thoroughly recommend his services.

My teacher, Bridget Woods-Kramer. a truly inspiring person from whom I have learnt so much.

Dave Brocklebank, at Burren Yoga Retreat Centre, Ireland. Many of the class photographs were taken by Dave at the Burren.

Siobhan O'Neill for allowing me the use of her wonderful photographs.
contact
If you would like to get in touch with me please feel free to contact me via phone, email, social or by filling in the contact form below. I will always reply promptly.

landline: 01543 660151
mobile: 07929418472

email: hello@theyogaman.co.uk







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