It 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.
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
negative thinking and encourage positive outlook and enhance self-esteem
your understanding of yourself and the world around you
The links below
report on recent research on the benefits of yoga
Generally 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
Sequences of movements designed to free blocked energy releasing body through moving major muscle
groups and joints with the breath
yoga postures (called asanas) or sequences (eg sun salutation)
A specific focus on breathing exercises
guided relaxation or yoga nidra (yogic sleep) to assimilate the movement you've done. Relaxation stimulates the healing
processes and reduces stress.
Often a class completes
with a short period of meditation