is? & Why Do? Yoga
Yoga is about learning to come back to your-‘self’. It's about
finding your limits, expanding your personal boundaries and being able
to truly relax with who you are. It's about taking time out for your-‘self’ from
the fast pace of life that the majority of us run with.
On a physical level, as you learn about feeling ‘centered’,
the yoga poses you learn will start to bring you into the present moment – providing
small windows of release from worrying thoughts about the past or the
future. With practise and experience, you may start to realise that the ‘centeredness’ you
have found through yoga can positively filter into other areas of your
What Are The Rewards Of Yoga?
The combined, physical, psychological and spiritual aspects of Yoga,
brings long-term rewards for both body and mind:
- Sense of expansion and calmness in mind.
- Increased strength and stamina.
- Relief of stress and anxiety
- Lowered blood pressure.
- Increased flexibility.
What Does Yoga Mean?
Over 2,500 years ago, the author of Yoga-Sutra (Patanjali),
defined Yoga as “turning or stilling the mind”. In Sanskrit, the original
word for Yoga is ‘Yoga Sana’ with the literal translation
of Yoga (to unite/union/join) and Sana physical postures). To simplify
- when soul meets physical exercise in a spiritual way, that's Yoga
Sana, and if we exercise, control our breath and meditate, a complete
of the mind and body occurs.
Who Is Yoga For?
‘Think Yoga’ classes are holistic. Everyone
is welcome, irrespective of current fitness levels or previous experience.
improvers and advanced level participants are all catered for by varying
and demonstrating postures at different levels, specific to each of
The body, mind, and breath are all connected
when working in a Yoga Asana (posture). To keep your body in tune with
your mind, it is therefore
vital to observe and listen to your body and avoid over-stretching - ‘Think
Yoga’ will help and ensure that you learn to do so in a safe and
Can I Just Turn up, Or Do I Need To Book?
Both weekly classes are run on a Drop-In basis,
so just come along. If you are new to the class, it’s probably
worth you coming along 5-10 minutes earlier just for that first time,
as it will give us the opportunity
to introduce ourselves, chat the class format through and I can answer
any questions you may have.
What do I Wear?
Loose comfortable clothing.
Most perform Yoga with bare feet (optional) though bringing a warm
pair of socks is recommended
to keep your feet
nice and warm
Do I Need A Yoga Mat?
I have spare mats that you can borrow in class.
However, if you prefer to bring your own mat, that’s great too. You can also purchase a mat or mat-carrier
from me – just ask before/after class or contact me using the tab
How Often Do I Need To Practice Yoga?
It’s up to you is the short answer. Whether you just come along to your
weekly class, come to both classes or include practice at home – you
will benefit from your Yoga experience/s. However, the best form of Yoga
practice, is when it is is integrated into life and performed regularly
as, with continued
practice, long-term rewards for both body and mind are most likely.
I'm Not Very Flexible, Is That OK?
No problem! The more you practice, the more your
flexibility will improve –and
with dramatic results. Yoga is non-competitive, so just come along
and I will help you listen to your body, take the poses slowly and at
to your needs.
What About Meditation?
Meditation means to ‘become familiar with... ‘ and when practised,
is a way of exploring your inner ‘self’. Meditation is
a wonderful tool that enables you to turn inward on your own journey
Many people use meditation to help them to relax, cope with stress, help manage
pain, balance emotions and feelings or simply, to slow the busy mind down and
live in the moment for a while.
There is always a 15 minute guided meditation
at the end of each ‘Think