Mana Yoga is an authentic, heart based practice that serves to honor, awaken and empower your highest self. It is about raising awareness, expanding the healing journey and cultivating responsibility for the good of yourself and others.
Activating and cleansing all elements of ourselves through specific sequencing of remedial and seasonal yoga asana, breath work, meditation and mantra. The integration of individual adjustments/body work, shamanic ritual and healing techniques also makes for an enlightening and potent experience.
Classes reflect the season, time of day and the needs of individuals to engage in daily living – exercise, breathing, diet, thought and behavior.
By keeping ourselves aligned with the seasonal elements of nature - and maintaining optimal ‘chi’ - we connect, ground and attune with ourselves and the world around us.
Mana Yoga aligns you with the divine within, strengthening your inner voice and expression of source. Above all, revealing your inner guru, so you may walk your path in trust, truth and alignment with divine timing.
5 SEASONS, 12 MERIDIANS
There are 5 seasons and 12 central meridians, according to oriental therapy, upon which mana yoga is based.
Fire element – Heart and Small Intestine; Pericardium and Triple Heater.
Imbalanced meridian: high blood pressure, digestive issues, heartburn, breathlessness, heart problems, poor circulation/cold extremities, palpitations, sweatiness, tight upper back/shoulders, excitability, facial flushes, stuttering, shy/withdrawn, insensitive. Balanced meridian: regulated circulation, calm demeanour, joyful, expressive, friendly and compassionate.
Metal element – Lungs and Large Intestine/Colon.
Imbalanced meridian: respiratory issues, pneumonia, asthma, sinusitis, bronchitis, colds/flus, hay fever, allergies, haemorrhoids, rashes, acne, tense shoulders, sacral and sciatic pain, RSI, insecurity, grief, cellulite, bad breath, judgemental/opinionated.
Balanced meridian: positive and accepting attitude, trusting, vital, clear complexion, ability to let go and move forwards, be inspired.
Water element – Kidneys and Bladder.
Imbalanced meridian: infertility, premature ageing, baldness, over/under active sex drive, ear/bone/lower back problems, fatigue, fear, depression, anxiety, salt cravings, poor memory, tinnitus (ringing in ears), headaches/migraines, cramping, weak pelvic floor.
Balanced meridian: confidence, motivation, courageous, creative, willpower, balanced energy, calm, settled.
Wood element – Liver and Gall Bladder.
Imbalanced meridian: arthritis, weak/painful joints, sore knees, hepatitis, eye sight problems, genital problems, addictive behaviours, manipulative, quick temper, frustration, toxic blood, disorganised, impatience, inflexibility, tight sides, excessively ticklish.
Balanced meridian: patience, ability to plan and delegate, flexible mind and body, creative, intuitive, compassionate.
Earth element – Stomach and Spleen.
Imbalanced meridian: poor digestion and immunity, eating disorders, gastritis, menstrual imbalances, sugar cravings, weight issues, worrying mind, neediness, bloating, weak legs, poor self image, insomnia, mood swings, varicose veins, endometriosis, reflux, ulcers. Balanced meridian: balanced digestion, no cravings, satisfied, sympathetic nature, centred, sense of self worth, secure and supported.
(* NB: This information on the meridians and the seasons is “public knowledge”)
Mana Yoga is unique in that it draws our awareness directly to the source of any issue to heal and create change: physically, emotionally, mentally and energetically. Change that you feel immediately and changes that last. It’s not just about working with a learned set of sequences or postures for each season either – it’s about manipulating the energy within each pose in relation to all of the five elements and creating meridian integrity within seasonal flow. Working like this on a regular basis will cultivate deep and profound healing on all levels. This is my offering to you.
Many Yoga sequences are corrective, which means they target postural and energetic distortion and aim to re-pattern and balance the nervous system, any mental and emotional habits as well as alleviate any experience of dis-ease, for example, Sinusitis = Metal imbalance = Lung/Colon energy.
Asana can be either dynamic or passive, but are always organic, and you are encouraged to make every pose ‘your own’. Dynamic movement involves repetition where we aim to channel ‘chi’ (energy) into weakened, empty and disconnected areas or to alleviate overstimulated, full pathways, in order to find a more holistic balance. Passive movement involves more focused holding of postures with deeper breath work to open, release and build ‘chi’.
The subtleties of energy are addressed and developed so your time on the mat becomes a kinergetic healing experience as well; a powerful and intimate journey that moves you through aspects of each element within every pose.
Practicing yoga with Denby Sheather (accredited Senior/Level 3 Yoga Teacher – Ki and Hatha – and founder of Mana Yoga), will not only build structural and energetic integrity on all levels of your being, but also strengthen your ‘hara’ (belly/mind center), the very essence of oneself, and create lasting inner power that will sustain you when practicing any style of yoga.
Denby is passionate about introducing beginners to yoga and teaching foundational courses, as well as general, intermediate and stronger level classes. She is available by appointment for private yoga, rehabilitation and wellbeing consults. Her approach
is remedial, holistic and kinaesthetic - plus a little bit eclectic as well! Be prepared for change.
… whatever your level of experience, as long as you can laugh, smile and breathe, you can do Mana Yoga!!
SAID WITH LOVE
"The Perfect Guide"
Denby is the best yogi and soul healer I’ve found. She is so intuitive and full of wisdom about the heart, the body and the mind. She is the perfect guide to lead you on your journey toward healing and reminds you that your obligation is to help heal the planet along the way.