About Yoga

Yoga is part of the Ayurveda system (a holistic practice) that helps to maximise health and well-being   

Research Findings of the Benefits of Yoga & Meditation 

  • Improves physical and mental health by reducing physical and mental tension
  • Improves our emotional (spiritual) health helping us to feel whole or complete
  • Most people find they can cope better with everyday stress
  • Improves physical mobility
  • Improves the function of bodily systems
  • Helps to reduce pain caused by physical health or injury problems
  • Helps to promote and improve sleep 
  • Attending classes provides an opportunity to meet new people and develop a new interest
  • Enables us to enjoy life and to cope better with daily life.

Most Yoga and Meditation benefits are experienced after a few weeks of practice but clients have informed Sue that even after their first class they have had the 'best night sleep in ages.'

Summary of the proven benefits of Yoga: A relaxed body free from pain and discomfort enables the nervous system to relax that in turn helps the mind to become calmer, quieter and more peaceful.

The Correct Facts of Yoga

  1. Yoga and Meditation are not religious practices.  
  2. Unlike other physical activities, or focused concentrated practices, Yoga does have its own philosophy that encourage us to practice safely.
  3. Yoga and Meditation are not competitive and not judgmental.
  4. Other names given to Meditation are: Mindfulness; Breath-Work Exercises; Focus Relaxation; Visualisation and Breathing Techniques; to name a few! 

A holistic yoga practice in our classes consist of:

An Initial Relaxation: An opportunity to 'collect' ourselves after the stresses and challenges of the day 

Pranayama: Various Breathing exercises 

Focusing the Mind on the Body: Reminder of Yoga philosophy or practice guidance 

Asana: Practice of physical movement and postures during which you will be encourage to:

  • Develop core strength through the practice of Bandha
  • Improve concentration through the practice of Drishti
  • Improve strength, flexibility and stamina through the combined practices of Yoga

Relaxation: Rest and restoration through various relaxation techniques to enable the practice to work at a deeper level within the body

Pranayama: Various Breathing exercises

Meditation: Mental relaxation that enables individuals to find emotional peace and harmony within their own minds.

A calm, relaxed mind helps us to think more clearer and to cope better with life challenges. 


Ayurveda 

Ayurveda is often referred to as the 'Science of Yoga but the word does literally translates as ‘The Science of Life’.

Like Yoga, Ayurveda was developed thousands of years ago to enable people to optimise their health and to prevent disease. Yoga is part of the Ayurveda practice and is based upon the belief that health and well-being is dependent on balance between the mind, body and spirit.

If someone seeks consultation with Ayurveda Doctor or an Ayurveda Practitioner, their physical health, lifestyle and diet will be reviewed. Recommendations will be advised to help to improve and regain balance of the mind, body and spirit. Yoga is often advised to be practiced to help to improve all areas of health.  

Some scientific research studies of Ayurveda are now being undertaken. 

Sue has obtained a Ayurveda Diploma Certificate and has always been interested in systems that promote healthy lifestyles. During her former professional health work Sue practiced using a holistic nursing approach and was involved in public health education.


Different styles of Yoga and Meditation

Not one style of practice suits everyone simply because we are all individuals.

Over the years, different schools or styles of Yoga and Meditation have developed. These different styles of practice provide us with choice and opportunity to explore different styles. If one style of practice does not suit us, another might.  

Another reason why there different styles have developed and continue to develop is because as individuals, our own physical and mental abilities changes over the years. For example as we get older, we might wish to explore a less physical orientated practice to a more mediative style of practice. 

If you have tried one style of Yoga and felt it was not beneficial, it is worth trying another style or another class with a different teacher. Teachers of Yoga have different teaching styles as they too are individuals. It is worth giving a class a go for a few weeks and if you feel that a class “is not right for you,” then try another class until you find a style and a teacher that suits you.

All Yoga and Meditation styles, schools and their teachers have their own value but as individuals we will find a particular approach more beneficial than another simply because we are all different.   

Sue offers the following styles of Yoga Practice: 

Hatha Yoga - these classes vary in their delivery to suit the average ability of each individual class. Depending on the needs within the class, a more therapeutic approach will be offered on occasions for example, if someone has injured a part of their body, then the focus will be on supporting the natural healing process of the body

Zen Yoga - in these classes Zen philosophy and Yoga moving practices are combined together to create a slow and expressive form of practice that stimulates the subtle energy levels within the body at a deeper level  

Flowing with the Breath Yoga (Vinyasa Yoga) - this class is being offered in place of Ashtanga Yoga and also includes flowing practices from the Zen Yoga style. Please see class details for guidance as to were-ever or not this style of practice will be suitable for you

Pregnancy Yoga - ideal for those who are 14 weeks plus pregnant. No previous experience of yoga is needed.These classes are ideal for all stages of your pregnancy.

Family Yoga - these fun classes are idea for parents and their children from age 3 years to 11 years.