Yoga

Yoga is a total mind body and spirit exercise that has been around for thousands of years. In my classes, I teach yoga as a group of physical postures (asanas), breathing exercises (pranayama) and meditation steps that can be used to increase physical and mental health by stimulating our mind and body to relax and adopt a slower pace. Yoga postures also increase strength and flexibility and can be a great form of low impact exercise.

What to bring

  • A yoga mat (if you have one) or borrow one of my spares
  • A water bottle
  • Wear loose or stretchy comfortable clothing
  • A zippered or button up sweater or shawl (to stay warm in relaxation poses)

Who can do yoga

My classes are open to all adults regardless of activity level or ability

  • Yoga poses are in seated, standing, and lying down positions and you will move between all types. If this won’t be an option for you  just let me know!
  • You won’t be asked to do anything that may injure your body. When in doubt or discomfort, stop and ask for help.
  • It is imperative that you let me know about any pre-existing health conditions so that I can tell you if any poses are contraindicated.
  • It is always a good idea to tell your doctor when you change your exercise routine
  • There are different schools of thought regarding yoga and illnesses and or menstruation. Take it easy if you feel you need to and consider avoiding inverted poses on your period. Respect your body’s needs

What to expect

  • A typical yoga class begins in a relaxed position, everyone is asked to stay quiet to help others de-stress
  • We start with some easy breathing exercises to help us breathe deeply
  • A series of warm up poses help to loosen every part of the body
  • A series of strengthening poses will have you sitting, stretching, lying and balancing
  • Yoga poses are usually held for several breaths to let us focus on alignment and develop the large and small muscles
  • Everybody has more strength and flexibility in some body parts than others. Some poses will come easily to you while others will seem next to impossible – the hard poses will eventually be your favourites!

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