So, what is Yoga? Heard of it but think it’s just about being bendy?
Don’t know your child’s pose from your tree, and certainly have no idea what a downward dog is, then maybe it’s time to become a little more acquainted with this form of exercise.
Traditionally known as a practice (as you’re always learning and evolving wherever you’re at), Yoga brings many benefits from increasing flexibility to boosting focus, helping you sleep and relax, all the way to, yes maybe some day, touching your toes (here’s a little secret though, we all can touch our toes : who said you had to do this with straight legs?)
But back to Yoga, what is it?
Some say exercise, a philosophy or a way of life? In short, Yoga encourages the connection between your mind, body and your breath – which are considered the three fundamentals of all human beings.
Yoga focuses on a series of postures (asanas or moves) that are designed to increase your strength and flexibility whilst also focusing on breathing. Not only that, it can help centre your mind, and thoughts as well as relax you.
Starting the class sitting or lying down (can’t think of a better way to start a class!), you’ll make your way around the mat through standing postures to seated and finally lying down. Expect to move up and down a little, speed is dependent on the class you choose; flow will go much quicker than relax & restore!
Heard of different types of yoga and a little confused?
There are many different styles which vary in their focus (sometimes posture, sometimes breath, sometimes relaxation). They often vary in pace, flow to increase your heart rate to restorative designed to focus more on relaxation and meditation. We suggest giving some different classes a go to see which suits you best – you may be surprised at the style you choose!
Benefits of Yoga:
increasing your flexibility: you don’t need to be able to touch your toes to start (that’s the point!). Remember it’s a gradual process
increasing your muscle strength: whilst building strength, you’ll also balance this with your flexibility
improves your posture and keeps your spine moving
increases your blood flow: more oxygen into your cells
releases tension from the body: helps with counteracting sitting down all day
helps you focus: allowing to be in the ‘here and now’ away from worrying about what has happened or what might happen next
relaxes the body: yoga encourages you to slow your breath down, which has real calming qualities
Why not come and give it a go and see what works for you.
Which class should I start with?
Depending on what you are wanting to get from your class, will depend on which one we may recommend you start with.
At Yogomotiv, we’ve put our classes into categories or levels to help you. Check out the levels below, and see which one you think may suit you best. Still not sure? Give us a call or drop us an email, we can help you decide! Whatever class you start with, we would alalways encourage you to try a few different styles and teachers to see what fits you best.
Therapeutic & Healing Classes
Suitable for those looking for a slower practice. Perhaps you are recovering from an injury, want to reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep or restore a calming balance to the body.
Beginners & Technique Classes
Suitable for those beginning their Pilates journey and who want to understand the exercises and postures in more detail – at a slower pace – as well as those wanting to improve strength and flexibility and to understand the connection between the mind and body.
Improver & Progressive Classes
For those with a little experience who want to move a little more and move on from the basics. These classes add a little more challenge, whilst still being slow enough to work at your own pace.
Active, Challenge & Change Classes
For those who have some experience and want to take their practice or class to the next level, here you will be challenged with a more active class where you will build strength and stamina alongside flexibility.