Commonly mistaken as only accessible to those who are flexible, yoga is actually for everybody. Starting in the Himalayas and originally created by men, yoga is an ancient practice that continues to be recommended and encouraged by health practitioners today.
It is designed to keep your body strong and healthy and to unify your breath with your body, which drastically improves your mental health.
There are eight ‘limbs’ of yoga and the physical exercise is called Asana – this practice is greatly complimented with another of the 8 limbs: Meditation. Which is why we also offer Meditation classes at Health and Exercise Matters.
In our classes there are options throughout every step to make you feel more comfortable and to make the pose as accessible as you need – no matter what age or level of fitness you are. For those who have been practicing for a while, there will always be options for you to further challenge your practice too.
Each class starts with some gentle relaxation, to allow you to bring yourself to your mat and leave any thoughts outside the door. This gives you some time to connect with you breath and notice how your body is doing today.
From here we will move through different poses, closely connecting to the breath. All poses will be offered with different variations, so you can take the option best suited to your body on the day.
The class always ends with a savasana – a deep relaxation to allow the body and mind to rest and recover.
Please do bring yourself some water.
At the studio we have blocks and yoga mats but if you regularly practice yoga, we encourage people to use their own.
Yoga can be practiced in any stretchy/exercise clothing such as shorts or leggings. We don’t tend to wear socks, once we are on the mat but you won’t be asked to remove them if you feel more comfortable keeping them on.
For savasana you might like to have a hoodie or blanket to keep you warm.
Vinyasa Flow Yoga:
Vinyasa can be translated from Sanskrit to English as; ‘to place in a special way’ which describes how in flow yoga we intentionally place the postures together in a creative sequence. In vinyasa flow yoga, the breath initiates the movement and connects each posture together. These transitions allow us to move in a continuous flow guided by the breath, with moments of pause to hold postures or take a rest break. Flow can be adapted to be dynamic or slow, or a balance of both. Options are offered to suit different needs.
Cost: Face to Face £10 per class, Online £5 per class, Free 1st taster class