YOGA

About Yoga

Yoga means ‘union’ in Sanskrit and is a tradition that links body, mind, breath and spirit. Yoga was first taught in India and is an ideal practice for anyone of any age, ability or belief system.  You don’t have to be flexible and neither do you need to be able to hold advanced poses like standing on your head to practice yoga.

It will improve flexibility and strength and will help the body to become more balanced. No matter what your age or ability you will find yourself becoming more flexible, fit and well through practicing yoga.

Practicing yoga brings your body into a sense of calm while focusing the mind and elevating your spirits.

Yoga isn’t just for women, many sports men and athletes practice yoga because of the benefits it has on the body and mind. Improving performance and decreasing the risk of injury.

A well rounded yoga practice involves flexibility training, core work, strengthening and balance poses. Yoga can help you recover faster after workouts, improve range of motion, open up tight areas that may be affecting your performance and help develop mental focus and concentration.

There are many different styles of yoga many with their roots from Hatha yoga.

Hatha

Most forms of yoga in the West can be classified as Hatha Yoga. Hatha simply refers to the practice of physical yoga postures, meaning your Ashtanga, vinyasa, Iyengar and Power Yoga classes all come from Hatha Yoga. The word “hatha” can be translated two ways: as “willful” or “forceful,” or the yoga of activity, and as “sun” (ha) and “moon” (tha), the yoga of balance. Hatha practices are designed to align and calm your body, mind, and spirit in preparation for meditation.

Hatha can be seen as a slower form of yoga but certainly not always gentle.  It allows time to adjust to each pose and tune in to the mind body connection.  The practice is designed to open many channels in the body with specific emphasis on the spine (referring to the sushumna nadi) so that energy can flow more freely through the body

Vinyasa

The word “vinyasa” can be translated as “arranging something in a special way,” like yoga poses for example. In vinyasa yoga classes, students coordinate movement with breath to flow from one pose to the next.  Vinyasa is also the term used to describe a ​specific ​sequence of poses (Chaturanga to Upward-Facing Dog to Downward-Facing Dog​)​ commonly used throughout a vinyasa class​.

During this class be prepared to have the sense of breath and movement leading you through the practice.  With an almost dance like element you can enjoy the journey and feel the class link together to create flow.

Yin

This practice is designed to help you sit longer, and more comfortably, in meditation by stretching connective tissue around the joints (mainly the knees, pelvis, sacrum, and spine). A passive practice, Yin Yoga involves variations of seated and supine poses typically held for 3 to 5 minutes, accessing deeper layers of fascia. Yin Yoga was originally introduced by Paulie Zink.

Be prepared for a more meditative style of yoga where your muscles are given the chance to melt into position.  This is an excellent practice to lengthen shortened muscles in a safe and gentle manor.  It meditative nature allows the body to sink into the parasympathetic nervous system, where we are allowed to “rest and digest”, this healing state which, in the western world, we often miss.

TESTIMONIAL

I thoroughly recommend Adys wonderful yoga classes for all… from the young and bendy bodies to the older and stiffer. Mine is definitely in the latter category but the classes are so inclusive that Im made to feel in the former!

They are clear to follow, enjoyable and interesting, and I love the way they encourage me, body, mind and soul, to feel gently stretched, fluid and relaxed.

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Tess Burrows

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