1| Yoga leaves you feeling good
A yoga class brings you to a quiet healing place in yourself and charges your batteries for the coming week. Yoga students often report sleeping better the night after a yoga class. Yoga styles vary, and to maximise the benefits of your yoga class, it’s important to find a class that you enjoy. So do explore what is available in your locality – most teachers will offer a drop-in or a try-out session. My classes include a slow mindful physical practice followed by a relaxation exercise, to give your body a good stretch out and to calm the mind. Learning how to breathe well in yoga relaxes your whole system and increases vagal tone which feels good and helps you deal better with stress.
2| Yoga is very adaptable
Yoga practices can be adapted to all levels. In my classes I specialise in offering clear options so that you can work to your own level of fitness or stiffness, level of experience, how you’re feeling on the day and working around medical issues. If you let me know about your injuries and ailments, you’ll get specific guidance on how to choose versions of practices that are right for you. My style of yoga is suitable for long covid (I have it myself) and other causes of fatigue. Yoga eases many health conditions when practised intelligently and appropriately. Its adaptability makes it suitable for all ages, shapes and sizes.
Yoga improves fitness, and both physical and mental health, by using yoga postures to develop strength and mobility, as well as improving balance and relaxation skills. These are aspects of life that we need to work on regularly in order to maintain optimum health and wellbeing, especially as we get older. All these aspects are rolled into one in a yoga practice session. Because the practices involve bodywork, mindfulness and breath awareness simultaneously, some seemingly gentle practices can have more effect than you might expect. Also, once you have learnt yoga postures and how to practice these in a safe and healthful way, you can do your own practice at home in between classes if you wish, or you can incorporate ‘yoga snacks’ into everyday life to fend off aches and pains, which I highly recommend. No special outfit is required for yoga – an old loose or stretchy T-shirt and leggings are ideal, and we work barefoot. Simplicity is at the heart of yoga, and the only essential equipment you need to grab on your way out to class is a yoga mat and a blanket.
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