Yoga is for everyone regardless of age, gender or ability. It’s an excellent way to start exercise, is complementary to a variety of sports and helps to maintain wellbeing as we get older. Yoga is not a religion; it is a useful tool for life.
I teach a sometimes gentle, sometimes demanding, form of hatha yoga inspired by the work of Vanda Scaravelli. For those looking to exploring all aspects of yoga (and not just a physical workout), instead of just ‘performing poses’, we seek to make the yoga useful to our individual needs. There is emphasis on a longer, stronger and more flexible spine, a calmer mind, increased energy and ease of movement. With practice, it is particularly helpful for those who are working with postural issues or back pain and to learn how to deeply relax.
Each class starts with a relaxation to minimise bringing tension into the practice. The Asanas (yoga postures) exercise every part of the body safely through a natural range of movement. Breath work might be just awareness of the breath or a more formalised Pranayama practice. Each class finishes with Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation or ‘Yoga Sleep’) to bring mind, breath and body together resulting in a feeling of wholeness.
What will you need?
As a minimum you will need a non slip mat, comfortable clothes and bare feet. Yoga blocks, a yoga belt, a bolster and a blanket are useful additions.