18 Oct Yoga For Beginners – What to expect
Are you thinking of trying Yoga but don’t know where to start?
What is Yoga?The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit word ‘yuj’ means to ‘yoke’ or ‘bind’ and is often interpreted as “union”. In Yoga the main focus is connecting the body, mind and breath as one – hence the term ‘union’. Yoga was developed hundreds of years ago to enable people to develop their strength and stamina to carry out long periods of meditation and to purify the body.
What are the health benefits of yoga? “My main job as a yoga teacher is to give people back their basic level of flexibility.” – Lorna Lowe
There has been extensive research into the health benefits of yoga. Some of which include:
⦁ Improving flexibility and strength.
⦁ Toning the body and improving general fitness level.
⦁ Improving balance and inner calm.
⦁ Helping to manage stress, anxiety and depression.
⦁ Helping students to relax.
⦁ Relieving joint and muscular pain.
⦁ Improving breathing techniques.
What can I expect from a Yoga class?
Each Yoga class is going to be slightly different depending on the main focus of the lesson and type of class it is. However, every class will have an initial centering at the beginning of the class; a gentle warm up; some peak poses – usually in a flowing sequence; some stretches to cool down and then a final relaxation.
What do I need to bring to a class?
Some people like to bring their own yoga mat, however we will be able to provide one for you to borrow.
Bring some water with you to drink throughout the class.
Some people like to bring a little towel with them as some classes can get quite hot and sweaty, especially during the summer months.
You might also like to bring along a blanket to use during relaxation in the winter months.
You will be asked to complete a health questionnaire before you begin the class. This form is completely confidential and provides me with some contact details and a basic understanding of you and your body.
What do I need to wear?
I advise wearing comfortable clothing that you can move easily around in and something that stays in place. Most people wear either leggings, tracksuit bottoms or shorts and a t-shirt that does not ride up when you bend over. I advise students to remove their socks before practicing, as they can cause a slipping hazard during certain poses.
Do I have to be really flexible to practice yoga?“Don’t compare your Chapter 1 to someone else’s Chapter 20.”
Not at all! If you feel you are very inflexible then yoga is the perfect exercise for you! When I teach yoga, I encourage students to ease into poses and only go as far as is comfortable for them. Once you have been to a few yoga sessions you will be surprised at how much further you are able to stretch than you were when you started!
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If you would like to give my class a try or have further questions please feel free to contact me.
‘You are one class away from a good mood’. x