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treecrop.jpgmatseyendrasana.jpgmatseyendrasana.jpgIt can be daunting to walk into a class to do something new with people you've never met, but believe me, that first time is the hardest bit! For a start, yoga is personal and non-competitive and is for every single body type, shape, size and age. It is a complete practise, using all your body but benefitting breath, mind and spirit too. In my classes there are people of all ages (18 to 86 actually), sizes, abilties (beginners to yoga teachers), gender. It works this way because yoga works on different levels and yoga teachers are skilled in teaching in stages or modifying to suit who's in the class.
Unlike gym classes you will meet the same people and all classes are friendly and supportive.
There's a growing body of research which demonstrate just some of the benefits of practising yoga. Here are some of the ways yoga may be able to help you:

Relax, reduce stress and tension

Ease back pain and other physical discomfort

Increase flexibility and strengthen core muscles

Ease negative thinking and encourage positive outlook and enhance self-esteem

Develop your understanding of yourself and the world around you 


The links below report on recent research on the benefits of yoga

fern.jpgGenerally yoga classes run for an hour and a half and follow the following format...
A class begins with a short welcome and a few minutes mindfulness practise (usually lying down) to calm the body, become acquainted with the breath and how you feel in the present moment.
A short 5-10 minutes movement to warm the muscles as well as getting the energy moving in the body
Energy Block Release Sequence
Sequences of movements designed to free blocked energy releasing body through moving major muscle groups and joints with the breath
Posture/Asana Work
Specific yoga postures (called asanas) or sequences (eg sun salutation)
A specific focus on breathing exercises
A guided relaxation or yoga nidra (yogic sleep) to assimilate the movement you've done. Relaxation stimulates the healing processes and reduces stress.
Short Meditation
Often a class completes with a short period of meditation