SO WHAT EXACTLY IS YOGA?
The word 'yog' or 'yoga' is Sanskrit for union - usually of the mind and body. And that makes sense right, as yoga is really relaxing but also helps you keep fit. The best part is, pretty much anyone can do it.
In short, yoga is a sequence of positions, or in Sanskrit: asanas, that exercise and stretch the body and mind; this is helped along by controlling and deepening your breathing throughout the class. There are so many different types it can be a bit overwhelming; so click here to find out a little more about the different types of yoga that exist.
HOW DOES YOGA BENEFIT ME?
REDUCES STRESS AND ANXIETY
The moves you do, combined with slow breathing, have a chemical reaction in your body to physically lower your stress hormones, leaving you feeling calm in mind and body
Yoga gives you an hour to step away from your hectic life and just be with yourself
BUILDS MUSCLE STRENGTH AND PHYSICAL FITNESS
In yoga you use your body as a weight, therefore exercising and strengthening your muscles
In the more active classes you will raise your heart rate and build up a sweat, therefore burning fat as you build your muscles
Added bonuses: improved blood circulation and stronger bones
When you are stressed and tired after a long day's work the last thing you want to do is exercise
Yet exercise releases happy endorphins and good breathing technique calms you down
Whether you opt for a more active vinyasa, or a calm yin yoga, when you come out of a yoga class you will feel fresh and revitalised. Click here to read more about the different types of yoga
EASES BACK PAIN
Whether you have a tight neck and shoulders, or a sore lower back, an hour of yoga will often ease this
In yoga you tend to stretch out your whole body, and this has a much better effect on easing back pain than just stretching your back
Why? Because pain in your lower back isn't always caused by tight lower back muscles. If your upper back muscles are tight, or your upper leg muscles, this can have an effect on the movement in your lower back. So it's better to just stretch everything.
Note: it is important not to over stretch in yoga. Let yourself relax into a move, but make sure you don't overdo it or you can damage your joints
Sit at a computer screen all day with slouched shoulders?
Yoga opens up your chest muscles and helps you strengthen your back muscles so that you sit up straight
REDUCES JOINT AND MUSCLE STIFFNESS
Yoga postures take your joints through their full range of motion, reducing stiffness
Stretching your muscles in yoga reduces stiffness
CALMS YOUR BREATHING
The deep breathing technique done in yoga activates something called the 'parasympathetic nervous system,' which is 'calm mode' rather than 'stress mode' (or flight or fight mode as some call it)
HELPS RELIEVE STOMACH PROBLEMS
The way you twist your body in yoga postures helps stimulate your digestive organs and squeeze out any air caught up along the way (did you know that you often swallow air throughout the day?)
GIVES YOU MORE AWARENESS OF YOUR BODY
You have to concentrate on each part of your body when you move into a posture so it makes you really aware if anything is stiff or sore
Coming to our yoga classes will give you the chance to make new friends and be part of a community