Yoga has been practised for thousands of years to cultivate awareness of the mind, body and spirit and ensure optimal functioning of the body. It combines physical movement with deep breathing and meditation to help us align our bodies, gain more mental discipline and clarity, and aid deep relaxation.
How can yoga help?
The benefits of yoga are numerous. Regular practice can improve core body strength, tone muscles, increase flexibility, improve circulation, enhance organ function and induce feelings of relaxation and clarity. It will also teach you discipline over your mind and body, to be present in the moment and increased personal awareness.
What can I expect from a session?
The practitioner is likely to begin by taking some basic information about your medical history, how you’re currently feeling and any previous experience you might have of yoga. They will discuss what you would like to explore in the classes and what has brought you to yoga at this time. Many people have specific objectives. Whatever the reasons, the practitioner will work with you to tailor classes that combine movement, meditation and postures to help bring harmony to your body and mind.
How many sessions will I need?
The first session is an opportunity for you and the practitioner to learn about each other. They can get an idea of where you’re starting from and you can get a feel for their teaching style. Usually this session will involve some simple postures to enable the practitioner to understand how your body is moving. Each person’s body is different. Beginning gently will mean that you will get a feel for the practice too. It is important for you to have a teacher that you are comfortable with before making a commitment to subsequent sessions. From the very start, the attention will be personal. The time will be devoted to finding alignment in your body, making adjustments and tailoring the teaching to suit your needs.