Parashakti Yoga was established in 2015 by Srina Patel, a Yoga Alliance registered instructor based in Colchester and Tendring. Meaning ‘highest energy’ in Sanskrit, Parashakti yoga aims to provide the local community with energizing classes in traditional hatha yoga.
Srina completed her teacher training course with the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre in London, part of the international Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres. The Sivananda centres were first established in 1959 by Swami Vishnudevananda, devoted disciple of one of the great spiritual masters of the 20th century, Swami Sivananda. The Sivananda yoga centres have been instrumental in spreading the joy of yoga internationally to countless people over the years.
Srina offers independent traditional yoga classes. Her teaching style is influenced by the teachings and spirit of the Sivananda lineage. Each class places emphasis on breathing techniques (pranayama), the 12 basic physical postures (asanas) and proper relaxation.
Hello! Here you will find a summary of my yoga journey so far. I hope that it will inspire you with your own practice. I began learning yoga over 7 years ago shortly after moving overseas for work. While living and working abroad was a great adventure, the change in lifestyle was also stressful and lead to poor sleep patterns. In my quest to cure this insomnia, a friend suggested trying yoga.
I still remember final relaxation at the end of that very first class - a wave of calm washed over my entire body. Well, I was hooked ever since! Yoga not only helped me regain a good night’s sleep, it did far more than I'd realised at the time, quietly impacting on many aspects of life. Yoga helped to overcome restlessness, bring balance and renewed levels of energy. It helped me stay focused at work, keep positive in difficult situations, and also improve my general fitness and well-being.
A common misconception is that yoga is only a form of exercise. The term Yoga stems from the Sanskrit word ‘Yog’, meaning ‘union’. The ancient sages developed yoga as a kind of ‘toolkit’ to help channel their focus inwards as part of their enquiry into the true nature of existence (see origins of yoga). Many practitioners interpret yoga as union of body, mind, and spirit, as well as finding harmony with each other and our surroundings. In this sense it really can become a comprehensive way of living. The yoga mat is a great place to start, but it’s only the beginning!
I became a yoga teacher as I was inspired to guide others to find the complete sense of bliss I'd felt in that very first class. Whatever your reason for embarking on yoga practice, whether it is to improve strength and flexibility, increase energy levels, connect spiritually, or simply have fun and try something new, my goal is to help you to discover how yoga can help.
Seated forward bend - Paschimottanasana. Yoga class, Colchester, April 2016
instructing on the cobra, Bhujangasana, Colchester
Main Hall, Brotherhood Community Centre, Clacton-on-Sea
Relaxation, Colchester Yoga Class, April 2016
Dancing Lord Shiva pose, Holland-on-Sea, Clacton, Summer 2016
Trikonasana, the triangle pose. Colchester 2016
Parashakti Yoga, Classes in Colchester, Clacton, Frinton, Great Holland, & Holland-on-Sea