THE BENEFITS OF YOGA

and the styles of Yoga I offer

 

Yoga is said to have originated in India thousands of years ago and the original translation of the word Yoga means "to yoke" or "to unite".  This has also been translated to mean "joining" or "union"  between the self and spirit.  For me personally, I think of this as the joining of the breath, mind and body and this is what I practice as both a student and a teacher.

Workouts come and go as fashion changes, but no other form of exercise has been around as long as Yoga.  Over the past few years it has increased in popularity with a variety of styles becoming available  but Hatha Yoga is a good place to start. 

There is a style of yoga to suit everybody no matter what your age, size or physical ability.

There are so many benefits to making yoga part of your life and just a few are listed below ....


BENEFITS OF YOGA 

Physical

  • increased flexibility

  • increased strength

  • improved balance

  • increased stamina

  • can help to reduce joint pain​

  • could reduce chronic pain

  • may reduce inflammation

  • promotes sleep quality

  • could improve heart health

Mental Health

  • reduced stress

  • promotes positive body awareness

  • may fight depression

  • relaxation

  • improves quality of life

I teach Hatha, Hatha Flow, Pregnancy, Restorative and Nidra 

HATHA YOGA

Hatha just means the physical practice of yoga rather than meditation or chanting and is the most accessible form of yoga for most people.  Classes tend to be slower and often bypass the traditional side of yoga to focus on body alignment, safe movement in and out of poses and providing time for a lovely Svasana (active rest) at the end of class, this is my favourite bit!  

Hatha classes are often a gentle yoga practice which is ideal for beginners.

RESTORATIVE YOGA

Restorative Yoga is a deeply relaxing form of yoga that takes students through a few simple poses that are held for up to 20 minutes with the help of props.  It is similar to Yin Yoga but has more emphasis on releasing fascia and healing the mind and body.​  I currently teach this in workshops and offer as a 1:1 option for students.