Yoga

Yoga classes utilise ancient practices to improve physical strength and flexibility and foster a sense of relaxation.

We have teamed up with yoga instructors offering classes to suit beginners, experts and any level in between.

Yoga classes...

…involve a number of stretching exercises designed to improve a participant’s flexibility, core strength and balance. Some classes will focus more on physical developments whilst others will involve forms of meditation and relaxation.

KEY BENEFITS FOR YOU

You will be required to hold positions for extended periods of time which can be tiring! But your muscles will adapt to this and therefore take longer to become fatigued

You will rely on micro-adjustments in order to maintain different positions. This will develop you core strength in order to improve your stability. Many people just think of abdominals but you will also be developing other core muscles including the pelvic floor, erector spinae and latissimus dorsi (in your back).

The range of motion at a joint will improve during a yoga programme. This will allow you to stretch further and reduce the risk of injury when stretching.

You will use your core muscles to develop control over your posture. You may wobble and lose balance at the start but gradually you will build up your balance both in stable positions and when transitioning.

 

This will provide you with a stronger base of support when performing everyday tasks.

By improving the range of motion that you can achieve at a joint, you will reduce the risk of straining or tearing a muscle when stretching or performing tasks in an extended position in your every day life.

This is great for those taking part in sporting activity but also reduces the risk of sprains during simple tasks such as walking.

A key component of yoga is the ability to connect with your body.

It provides a sanctuary from our hectic lives and teaches you to process worries and negative thoughts without judgement.

Over time you will develop the ability to be truly in the moment.

 

What You Should Know

Classes are usually performed in small to medium sized groups which are led by an instructor. The instructor will provide visual demonstrations of a range of yoga positions and aid each member of the group with their positioning. Classes typically last 30-60 mins 

Yoga classes are suitable for anyone who wants to improve their strength, flexibility and balance using their own body weight.

It can be particularly useful for those looking to improve their range of motion for example after recovering from an injury or to improve coordination for those at risk of falls.

It is a fun activity which can be done by anyone. It may seem challenging at first, but all positions can be adapted for beginners and you will soon start to notice the improvements to your range of movement.

It is also the perfect opportunity to set aside some time from your hectic life to focus on yourself and feel more connected to your body.

A yoga mat that will provide you with some cushioning against the floor and some comfy clothes which don’t restrict your movement.

Prices can vary but are typically around £10 for an hour session

Yoga in Numbers

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Reduction in fear of falling in older participants (65+)of a 12 week yoga intervention

Arlene A.Schmid, Mariekevan Puymbroeck, David M.Koceja., 2014

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average reduction in resting heart rate shown in a meta analysis of yoga interventions

Holger Cramer, Romy Lauche, Heidemarie Haller et al., 2014

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reduction in fasting blood glucose levels compared to baseline for those taking part in 6 months of yoga classes + home practice

Gordon LA, Morrison EY, McGrowder DA, et al. 2008

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Improvement in depression scores for participants in a 12 week intervention involving 2x1.5hr classes a week

Andreas Michalsen 1, Paul Grossman, Ayhan Acil et al., 2005