I would like to dispel the myth that you have to be flexible to do yoga. If you are not flexible then it’s quite simple, you need yoga more than someone who is.
Yoga is non competitiveness, you practice to your own abilities and limits – always safely and without pain, but it is also good to stretch and challenge the body.
The yoga we know today was developed as part of the tantric civilisation in India more than five thousand years ago. Meaning unity or oneness, yoga is a means of balancing and harmonising the body, mind and emotions.
The classes are broadly based Hatha yoga and last an hour and a quarter. We start each class with a some breathing exercises to relax and energise the body as well as clearing the mind. Then after a short warming-up session – muscles work better warm and it reduces the chance of injuries – we will go into the asanas or postures. We will do a variety of forward bends, back bends, side bends, balances and twists.
The classes close with a soothing relaxation.
People often practice yoga to maintain and increase flexibility. As time goes on, you will also enjoy and appreciate the benefits of the relaxation, which increases our sense of wellbeing and boosts the immune system.
Here are some pointers you may find useful:
- wear loose clothing and bring a warm jumper for relaxation
- bring a non-slip yoga mat
- yoga is done in bare feet
- props like belts or ties, blocks and a blanket may be helpful
- do not eat a heavy meal before coming to the class.