Yoga is a terrific form of exercise, which everyone can do. Most of us are average people with physical and mental problems that life has inflicted upon us. Even if we like to keep fit and take plenty of exercise, sportsâ€™ injuries, incorrect posture - either standing or sitting at the computer, stress, even gardening, can contribute to neck, back and knee problems, a lack of flexibility, tightening of the hamstrings, stiffness in the hips, and general everyday worries, which help to erode our â€œjoie de vivreâ€.
Nevertheless, Yoga is a challenging, fun discipline, that keeps the body fit, regulates the internal organs, and balances the circulatory, respiratory, and hormonal systems. Yoga alleviates stress, aids in the healing of physical injuries and illnesses, and helps us reclaim our general sense of well-being.
We call Yoga lessons â€œpracticeâ€, and this is how it should be considered. You donâ€™t have to be perfect, there is no competition in Yoga. Yoga is not about how far you can bend or how long you can hold a pose â€“ it is about working with your body at your own level. Like everything, it takes time and commitment to gain the improvements you seek.
Yoga once discovered, will bring not only awareness to your body â€“ how you sit, how you stand, how you breathe â€“ but will also focus your attention on your mind, letting you learn how to relax.
So why not try Yoga for yourself. I teach at St Augustineâ€™s Church Hall on Tuesday evenings at 6.30 p.m. You just need to wear loose clothing, and bring a mat or a blanket to lie on.
Looking forward to seeing you - I also teach classes at the Hudson Leisure Centre in Wisbech, and George Campbell Leisure Centre in March.
British Wheel of Yoga Teacher