I have practiced Yoga for many years, and taught it for 12 years.
It has not only kept me fit, flexible and youthful, it has helped me recover from injury, back and hip pain
and kept me calm and sane through these ever changing times.
It is the perfect physical exercise as you can use it as a tool to get fit, to become flexible and to support
well-being as well as the perfect antidote to stressful lifestyles and a mini escape from the everyday life.
Yoga is a gift of life, once learned it is a complete exercise and retreat system to carry around and practice
anywhere at anytime. I cannot recommend taking up Yoga highly enough for men and women of any age.
When you first start practicing Yoga as a beginner, you may feel unco-ordinated, inflexible and
muscle weakness. But as you become more familiar with the postures and sequence, you’ll gain in
confidence and strength. You will feel relaxed and have an amazing energy throughout the body.
It is truly like no other form of exercise and it can have a profound effect on how you look and feel physically,
espcially as you get older. Improved posture protects agianst back problems later in life, but can also help with
long term back pain. It creates arm and wrist strength, and the weight bearing aspsect keeps bones strong,
particularly in women. Men benefit hugely from increased flexibility that will help with other sports.
The very nature of the Yoga movements, balance, postures and twists supports organs and aids detoxification and circulation.
The deep flowing breath with movement increases oxygen and energy levels, all arriving at a sense a peace and calm
enabling one to cope with the daily pressures of life.
What is a Vinyasa Flow class like?
Some students are still new to the rhythm of Vinyasa flow, but for those who are now familiar with it know that each class is a personal journey. Some days it feels almost effortless and other days like an uphill journey, even for the teachers. For those that are new to the flow, bear with it, it’s going to become part of you. You’ll feel it in your everyday life, the way you breathe and move, it’s not just your posture that will change, it’s you.
The feel of bare feet on the mat, like stepping onto soft white sand there is an immediate connection, a feeling of being grounded. You feel the flow of energy into and out of your Hands and feet as you move through what will become a familiar sequence, all connected with breath and movement, the Asanas linked with Vinyasa.
Inhale, exhale – these words weave their way in and out of the flow, creating a dance like feeling that becomes meditative and hypnotic to some.
Open the chest, lift the heart, exhale forward, lengthen the spine - words so familiar
the body moves automatically while the brain enjoys the freedom to just be.
Moving through the postures building heat and strength, tension relaxes and muscles loosen. You experience the mind body connection as you ‘see’ your muscles, joints and tissues in your mind and ‘feel’ the breath flowing through your whole body,you become almost trance like, listening to the gently spoken directions and verbal adjustments.
The postures combined with the Yoga breath and deep lengthening of muscles and opening up of joints, creates an energy that circulates the body making you feel more alive, revitalised and relaxed in a way that no other form of exercise can do.
As you lay in Srivasana and sink into the mat, a feeling of such utter relaxation and appreciation of what your body has just done will wash over you.