Yoga is a tool to help you with your life. For you, that might mean increased flexibility or strength, or it might be a way to relax or find a bit of "me time". You'll be welcome in class whatever you're looking for.
This ancient practice that gives us tools to help with our daily lives. Although yoga dates back over 5,000 years, it still has relevance today. Just like Chinese Medicine, yoga recognises that the body and mind are inextricably linked, and so helps to bring them into harmony; releasing tension from the body can help us to release mental tension, and vice versa. There are many different aspects to yoga, including:
These help us to become stronger and more flexible, and release tension stored in muscles. Asana also works on energy channels within the body.
Pranayama (breathing practices)
Pranayama is comprised of two words “prana” meaning life force, or vital energy and “ayama” meaning extension or expansion. Pranayama practices activate and expand the life force energy within us. Good breathing is the foundation of pranayama, and so we work on breathing properly before moving onto classical pranayama techniques.
In relaxation we consciously relax the muscles of the body to give it a well earned rest.
Yoga has numerous meditation practices, usually focusing on an object or mantra, or simply watching the mind. Although sitting quietly sounds easy, meditation can be the most challenging part of a yoga practice.
"Saying you're not flexible enough to do yoga is like saying you're too dirty to have a bath"
Jane has been teaching yoga around Harrogate for eight years.
One to One
A class especially for you. You can use this to complement your acupuncture treatments, as an extra alongside group classes, or as a standalone experience. We’ll look at your posture and how it’s helping or hindering you, any restrictions in movement or painful places, and you’ll go home with practices specifically to help you.
If you want to get a little deeper into your practice head over to Farsley. The fabulous girls at Om Yoga Works run a wide range of workshops alongside regular classes.