To live is to move and to breathe & to live fully demands strength flexibility and focus
All of these are grown and nurtured through yoga
When we do more yoga, when we simply move more, we start to feel more, we breathe more consciously
& we notice the difference that moving this way has on our state of mind. It opens up a world of possibilities
Being a yogi, & learning more about the practices, is about being a conscious human being, saying yes to life, letting go of the past, opening your arms & heart to your future, caring for all life and the environment and knowing that we are all deeply interconnected
YOGA CAN AND DOES CHANGE THE WAY WE SHOW UP AND RESPOND TO THE WORLD
The process of using the breath to quiet the voices in our heads and return to our bodies is something we learn on the mat, but take into our lives and share with everyone we meet.... We become calmer and more contented... More present... More patient... More resilient... We can focus better... Take care of our bodies better... Take care of others too... We are nicer... We are happier... We are more ‘us’
YOGA HELPS REDUCE STRESS
YOGA ALLEVIATES BACK PAIN
YOGA HELPS YOU SLEEP BETTER
YOGA REDUCES INFLAMMATION
YOGA MAKES YOU FITTER
YOGA MAKES YOU HAPPIER
YOGA IS AN ANTIDOTE TO MODERN LIFE
What should I wear?
Wear loose comfortable clothing, which allows you to breathe and move freely. You may need an extra layer (inc. socks) to keep warm during the warm up exercises’, the breathing exercises & finally the relaxation. The main Yoga practice will be taught with bare feet.
What if I have an injury or health issue?
Please contact us to discuss this before you start classes, some conditions are not suitable for our yoga classes, you may need a specialist teacher rather than being in a general group, Yoga postures can be adapted for most conditions, likewise, please inform us if you develop a new injury or medical condition.
Can I eat before a yoga class?
Practising with a full stomach (food or liquids) is uncomfortable; it is not advisable to eat for 2 hours before your class, longer if you need to digest a heavy meal
Hello & welcome...
As a new student you may have many questions, hopefully this guide will answer some of those
What is Yoga?
Yoga is an ancient system of Indian philosophy encompassing many practices, including the practice of physical postures (Asana), breath control (Pranayama) and meditation (Dhyana).
The Sanskrit word yoga has been interpreted in many different ways but it is widely accepted as meaning 'union,' i.e. union of our physical, mental and spiritual selves. It is said that the union of these aspects of ourselves enables us to experience our true nature.
There are many different styles of yoga that follow the teachings of a particular Guru (Iyegar/Ashtanga ect...) We teach within the classical tradition of Hatha Yoga, taking elements from all. The classical tradition of Hatha uses breath and movement to focus the mind, and tone the body's muscles, nerves and glands.
Why Practice Yoga?
People practice yoga for many different reasons; because they want to learn to relax; to improve their physical condition; because of the health benefits that regular yoga practice brings; or simply because they enjoy it. Regardless of what brought you to yoga the most important thing is that you enjoy it.
Yoga is not a quick fix. It takes patience to undo patterns of tension that may have become entrenched over a long period of time. So respect your body and give yourself time to explore your own potential.
What are the Benefits of Yoga?
Some of the benefits of practicing yoga over time include:
What happens in a Yoga class?
Each class consists of physical posture work (Asanas), breathing practices (Pranayama), and concludes with a guided relaxation session.
Classes are designed to leave you feeling balanced, working towards a relaxed state in both mind and body.
Students are encouraged to challenge themselves whilst developing a safe yoga practice, working with awareness and respect for their own bodies.