What is yoga?


Yoga is extensively known as a form of exercise that stretches and strengthens the body through various poses known as ASANAS. For some people, yoga is the realization of inner self-satisfaction. For others, it is a religion that they believe and must follow.

 All of this statement makes it hard to make a full understanding of what yoga is.

So what is yoga?

Yoga goes far beyond just mere exercises full of awkward routines. Yoga is the union of mind, spirit, and body.

HATHA YOGA is the most popular variety of yoga and one that has been commonly taught for years AND the one that I teach. This type of Yoga is perfecting the mind by way of perfecting the body. With this technique, many ASANAS or postures, breathing techniques, and meditations are used.

Yoga is a very diverse practice, people young and old can gain many benefits from regular yoga practices, and ASANAS can be adjusted to fit physical limitations and other complications.

If you want a break from treadmills, weight rooms, or the pool, take a look at yoga. Not only are you striving towards physical well-being, you are striving towards spiritual well-being also.

Basically the simple answer to the question….what is Yoga?……is:

Yoga helps you become your own best version of YOU!



The Misconceptions of Yoga




The perception of Yoga to the general public can be very misleading.

This has largely been created by the media, who when they are putting together a magazine cover want classy and complicated postures by a model who looks very thin, very svelte and very flexible!…..consequently this has created an image that Yoga is basically some form of complicated exercise similar to that of a circus acrobat!…..which then makes people believe…..!

I am not FLEXIBLE enough to practice Yoga

I have to be THIN to practice Yoga

I have to be YOUNG to practice Yoga


These are huge misconceptions as Yoga can be adapted to any ability, regardless of limitations.

Yoga is suitable for everyone, all levels of it are not the same of course, BUT you are still getting the mind/body coordination and the meditative component – the mindfulness and the awareness.

There are four components:

The physical postures: stretching/breathing & relaxation techniques.

Self-regulation: the ability to control our internal stress response, and to control our emotional response

The cultivation of mind/body awareness: the sense of being able to feel and experience what is going on in the body, and to experience what is going on mentally to observe the flow of thought, this can lead to increased mindfulness which can change behaviours in a very positive way.

Experiencing deeper states: even short term meditative states can be transformative and can help take you to a more positive lifestyle.


The more control we have in our minds the more power we have in our life.

When we strengthen ourselves as individuals, we take back the power over our behaviour.

Chair Yoga


Have you ever thought you might like to give Yoga a try but cannot get on to the floor? Well, this is the class for you!……Chair Yoga will be starting in August on Fridays at 11:15. There are many benefits and here are a few:

Benefits of Chair Yoga

Yoga has been shown to improve overall health, prevent and (even in some cases) reverse disease when practised regularly as a lifestyle. With this in mind, it’s no surprise that it can, therefore, lend its benefits to those with mobility issues. Here are some of them:

1. Improved Strength

This means that elderly people will be better able to continue with hobbies and daily activities independently for many more years to come. If they are unlucky enough to suffer a fall or injury, a strong body will be able to withstand this better and sustain fewer injuries.

2. Improved Flexibility

Chair yoga can help those with mobility issues to undertake activities that they have perhaps been unable to, such as reaching down to tie shoe laces or pick things up.

3. Improved Proprioception

Proprioception is the skill of knowing where your body is in space and coordinating your movements accurately. This is particularly important for elderly people and can prevent falls. For people with disabilities or conditions such as MS, it may mean having greater control over your body and its movements.

4. Reduced stress and improved mental clarity

Chair yoga can lessen the impact of chronic illnesses and pain. For elderly people, it may also help them cope with feelings of isolation if this is a problem. Being calmer and more relaxed inevitably leads to a greater feeling of happiness and well-being, which everyone can benefit from!

5. Opportunities to meet people and socialize

Joining chair yoga classes for those with mobility issues and the elderly will also give them a venue to socialize and make friends. However, it’s important that you choose an appropriate class so that the instructor will have specific knowledge about what is appropriate for you to do—they’ll be able to suitably adapt the exercises.

6. Improved stress and pain management

Chair yoga (and yoga in general, really) includes breath work, which can help people not only with stress management but also for coping and managing pain. Through meditation and paying attention to your breath, you can help your body and mind to cope with the pain of an illness or condition you may suffer with.