What is Yoga?
Yoga is an ancient system of personal development encompassing body, mind, and spirit. It originated in India approximately 5,000 thousand years ago. The practice of Hatha Yoga helps to reduce the effects of stress, improves health and wellbeing, rejuvenates as well as relaxes and aids concentration and clarity.
What happens in a Yoga session?
All Yoga sessions regularly include warm ups, yoga postures (asana), breathing practices (pranayama) and deep relaxation. Also regularly included; meditation practice, listening to your inner wisdom and ancient wisdom for health and harmony.
What is my yoga qualification?
I have been practicing Yoga since 1993 and have worked with teachers from various Yoga traditions. I am a qualified Yoga Teacher, my training was with the British Wheel of Yoga and I have been teaching since 2000. I have a love of Yoga as a tool for self nourishment and transformation.
What equipment is required?
A non slip yoga mat and a blanket for relaxation. Also optional – a yoga belt, foam yoga blocks and a meditation stool. I have also produced 2 Yoga CD’s to support you in your home practice. Cost is £12.(see shop to order CD) These are suitable for beginners to yoga.
If you have any health conditions please consult with your GP or health consultant to confirm if Yoga would be beneficial for you. All weekly classes involve physical postures to improve strength, flexibility and balance as well as breathing and relaxation. Please let me know of any health conditions before a class. Be aware that general classes are not suitable for people who need remedial work. One to one sessions are available. If you are pregnant it is best to change to Yoga for pregnancy class.
The most common yoga injuries are caused by repetitive strain or overstretching and occur at the wrists, neck, along the spine, knees and hamstrings. How to prevent injuries:
- Progress slowly and steadily
- Avoid competing. Yoga postures are meant to be a nurturing form of exercise so aim to avoid competing yourself or with anyone else. Try to focus on your breathing during a pose rather than how far you stretch.
- Listen to your body. Aim to listen to your body in the session rather than think about what you have achieved before. Any pain is an indication to stop or soften the practice.
- Listen to your breath. Holding your breath, ragged breath or straining the breath are all signs that you are overextending yourself. Soften and breathe well or come out of the practice.
- Ask questions If you are unsure of any position or movement stop and ask for more explanation or ask for clarity at the end of the session. If you have any health conditions ask your doctor or health consultant what range of movement is beneficial and what should be avoided.
- Be responsible for your health and well being.
- Warm up the body before moving into stronger stretches.
- Develop strength as well as flexibility. Muscles that are just stretched and not strengthened are more prone to injury.
AIM TO DEVELOP: HONESTY, SELF AWARENESS & SENSITIVITY
Can I still do yoga when I have my period?
During mensturation I think it is best to go more gently than usual and to honour that time as a time to go inwards. There is conflicting advice about inversions at that time and again I think it is best to go gently and to not do full inversions such as shoulderstand and headstand.
Sometimes I feel tearful during relaxation – is this ok?
Many of the yoga practices are designed to release tension in the body. When we release physical tension there can be an emotional release as well. If you are feeling overwhelmed, balancing the in and out breathe can help to bring you into harmony. If you are depressed and sad then a longer in breath might be helpful. If you are anxious or afraid a longer out breath might be helpful. This release of emotions during or after a yoga practice is common and fine especially during times of high stress. Give yourself time to go gently and get support if you require it. More often you will feel a sense of well being and joy after a Yoga session.
What clothes shall I wear in class?
Wear layers of comfortable clothing that do not restrict your movement or your breathing. Practice in bare feet.
Can I eat food before a class?
It is best not to eat a big meal for at least 4 hours or a light snack for 2 hours before a Yoga class.
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What does namaste mean?
Namaste is a soul greeting and this poem below expresses the meaning very beautifully.
I honour the place in you
where the entire universe resides.
I honour the place in you
of love of light, of truth, of peace.
I honour the place within you where,
if you are in that place in you
and I am in that place in me,
there is only one of us.
~ Namaste ~
Contact Frances if you have any other questions.
I hope you enjoy the sessions
Frances Lewis Dip BWY