How practicing Yoga may affect You!
Yoga can alleviate many of the problems we face today. The postures (asanas) keep the body tension-free and the controlled breathing (pranayama) keeps the emotions balanced and clear. There are six main groups of Yoga asanas which are: standing, inversions, twists, back bends, forward bends and side bends which all work to balance the body.
Standing: Improves the efficiency of your muscular, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, reproductive, endocrine and nervous systems.
Inversions: Balance your endocrine system and metabolism and can enhance your thinking power and revitalise the internal organs.
Twists: Aids digestion and can help relieve back pain whilst at the same time improve your intercostal breathing.
Back bends: Invigorate you and can encourage you to breathe deeper.
Forward folds: Improves your blood circulation, aids your digestion and calms your emotions.
Side extensions: Stimulates your major organs of your liver, kidney, stomach and spleen.
In a Yoga practice, your body gently and skilfully, is manoeuvred in all directions which stretches and tones every one of your muscles. When practicing Yoga, your internal organs are squeezed and expanded, improving their general function. Your skeletal system is flexed, extended, rotated and twisted, creating greater joint mobility. You are encouraged to work for your spine to maintain a healthy, upright and pain free condition. Your circulation will improve and your breathing capacity and elasticity of your lungs is enhanced.
Yoga practices can include asanas (static or flowing), pranayama, relaxation and meditation techniques.
To help you enjoy your yoga practice with us, please follow the guide below.
Clothing: Wear modest shorts or Yoga pants and top, or a tracksuit that is comfortable with room to move. No footwear is required for the practice.
Hygiene: Please be clean and tidy and ensure your feet are clean – this will help to keep the mats and equipment clean.
Health: Please inform your teacher of any health concerns, previous or current injuries or illnesses before the class commences. You will be required to disclose any of these conditions in writing on the registration form before the class commences. Please check with your doctor if you are taking any medication which could adversely affect your Yoga practice. Should you feel any acute or chronic pain during the class, please stop the practice immediately and inform the teacher.
Eating and drinking: Do not drink caffeine or alcohol, or eat a large meal approximately two hours before attending a class as this can make you feel very uncomfortable.
Water: While drinking water before class is advised, it is strongly recommended not to drink water during the class as this can interfere with the body’s natural cooling system.
Mobile phones, pagers and watch alarms: Please switch off any electrical sounding devices before entering the class for the benefit of your fellow students. Sudden noises can be very disturbing to the nervous system.
For women: Please inform your teacher if you are pregnant, early post-natal or if you are menstruating. Inverted poses and those requiring strong exertion or great energy are not generally recommended during menstruation. During this time, alternative postures can be instructed if you prefer.