What is Yoga?
In Sanskrit, yoga means union; to unite. To unite the breath with the body. To unite the male and feminine energies. It’s a union of many things to find balance in ourselves and in our lives.
Yoga is a beautiful exercise that can be gentle to the body or become a physical workout. It builds muscle, detoxes the organs, assists in the alignment of our body and our posture. It increases our flexibility and improves our balance. But yoga is not only for the physical body.
It works with our mind, body, soul and breath.
Yoga teaches us patience and self love. Assists us with finding focus and clarity and holding our concentration. Yoga encourages us to look within, to connect with our emotions and therefore help us to understand and overcome blockages or pain in order to find peace and happiness. Yoga brings our attention to the present moment, leading us to discover mindfulness which we can take from our practice and into our daily lives. Yoga helps us to find a balance between our busy, rushed, stressful schedule and slowing down to look after ourselves. To release stress and bring attention to our breath; enlightening us to find calmness.
Everything we practice, learn and feel on the mat, we can practice in our day-to-day lives to allow us to lead happier and more fulfilling lives and live every moment to the fullest.
My advice to you:
Never judge yourself or your practice against anyone else. We are all on our own journey, learning different lessons and learning at our own pace. So take time for yourself and only yourself when practicing yoga.
Do lots of yoga. Do different types of yoga. Go to different classes with different teachers. If you can’t afford to be joining all these classes, get onto YouTube; the internet is full of free experiences. Follow blogs for inspiration. Join friends for motivation. Learn to find time and discipline to do this for yourself. And when you do, find the perfect balance between pushing yourself and being gentle with your body. Master taking notice of every part of your body, not just one part at a time, but your whole body, let yoga be a full body and mindful experience.
Yoga has a different meaning to everyone. Whether you are practicing to gain fitness, to find enlightenment or just to sus it out, I encourage you to take this time for yourself. Don’t rush it and simply find what yoga means to you!
YOGA FOR KIDS
Why yoga for children?
Children are at that young age where they are impressionable and easily pick up habits… so shouldn’t you have them pick up good habits?
Yoga for kids is fantastic for their growing bodies because it helps them maintain their flexibility and build strength and balance; this can result in fewer accidents and injuries. Now wouldn’t all parents love that!?
Kids are growing up in a busy and technology filled world and their minds are often over stimulated. This can make it difficult to sit, be still and stay focused. Yoga assists children with practicing concentration and expanding their awareness. From here we also practice focusing on our breath and bodies to find mindfulness and stillness.
Yoga benefits children in their social skills and confidence. Here they will be joining a group of encouragement, where we learn that everyone is unique and poses can look different varying from child to child and this is okay. Confidence is also built in yoga, when a child learns to master a pose this makes them feel proud and also teaches them that persistence and practice is important.
Creativity! Creativity is so important with children. We see it everyday when they are inventing new games and making up imaginary items. Yoga classes are fun and imaginative, allowing kids to be free, creative and express themselves in a healthy and fun way.
The benefits of yoga are unlimited and amazing for everyone (especially your children). So invest in them and their future by sharing your practice with them, purchasing a children’s yoga pose book or bringing them along to a class!
What to expect in a class?
In our classes, we start with a few creative breathing techniques before moving on into learning poses through movement, games, visual activities and stories. We finish our classes traditionally with Savasana; where we lead the children through a brief guided relaxation to rest and reflect on their hard work and great efforts.
CHAIR YOGA FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART
For all the people out there that think they are too old (or unfit or have physical disabilities) for yoga. Think again!
Yoga is suitable for everyone with just a little tweaking and a few modifications. And it is especially important for seniors to be keeping up their physically activity to keep them younger and fitter for longer.
Yoga assists in keeping all the muscles in the body active and stronger for longer, allowing older people to enjoy their later years by being more mobile. Yoga will help keep their balance in check, which seems to drift away with age. With regular practice, their balance will be more dominate and it will also help with stiffness by helping maintaining a bit of flexibility within the body. Yoga is also great to reduce swelling in the joints, improve blood flow, reduce blood pressure and ease chronic pain as well as assist in digestion and will hopefully give them a better night sleep.
Along with all the great physical benefits yoga has, it’s great for practicing focus and concentration which can help keep that memory ticking for a little bit longer. It’s great for improving moods and for overall health and wellbeing.
What to expect in a class?
We start off with some deep breathing and slowly make our way into gentle stretches and movement. All poses from here are done sitting on the chair or standing and having the chair available to balance on. Support will always be provided and the chance to sit and take a moment is always accessible.
Different poses will be practiced for strength, flexibility and balance. And the class will end with Savasana; a nice few minutes to rest and reflect on the class.