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I asked the question…..What journey has Yoga taken you on?..these are some of the replies I received.

“I first started practicing Yoga several years ago, after a friend recommended it to me. I’ve always been quite a tense person, and I found it helped me to relax and focus my mind on other things.
Unfortunately, I suffered from pelvic pain and related issues for a number of years after that, and I took a break from most exercise during that time.
I found that I missed my yoga practice, however, and when I began to recover I decided to find a new class. The thing I love most about Yoga is there’s no expectation from anyone. Everyone has different levels of ability, and different things they want to achieve. You can take the class at your own pace, and you don’t have to do anything that you don’t feel is right for you. There are 2 sides to Yoga – the physical fitness, but also spiritual awareness. I hope that I’ll always have Yoga in my life in some form!”

Sarah

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“I have never been good at any kind of exercise class. I love being in water and swimming but most pools put me off as they are too crowded. I love being outdoors with my dogs but it probably isn’t enough. 
I tried yoga at a few gyms but felt a bit intimidated by other patrons who were Lycra-clad, overly made up and never had a hair out of place! 
I’ve suffered from depression and anxiety for 12 years (since diagnosis and probably many years before) Last year I lost my mum and mother in law and my husband and I moved from London to Ferring where my mother in law had lived for about 9 months to be with my brother-in-law who had moved here with her and suffers from ill health. My 84 yr old Dad is alone for the first time in 60 years and is 180 miles away. So although I and my husband are very fortunate we have a lot of sadness and stress around us. I comfort eat and tend to hide away and avoid people which I know doesn’t help in the long run. So I made the decision to join some classes. In September I found Tina’s website, saw the class was walking distance and joined. Her classes are a revelation. Everyone, there is concentrating on themselves. Everyone tries but no-one judges. I feel stretched, calmed and exercised after each class. I have lost and kept off half a stone, my posture and mobility have improved and I’m more toned but above all, I find the breathing and focus totally calm my mind and body and I ALWAYS feel better. The other thing is that although I’ve had to miss classes because of other commitments or illness I have never made an excuse not to go because I have felt anxious or depressed. Yoga is a safe place that helps me and for someone with depression and anxiety, believe me, that means the world”. 

Linda

Two very different but equally inspiring stories from Sarah and Linda.
Thank you for allowing me to share your journeys in the hope that they will encourage others to give Yoga a try and experience just how wonderful it is.
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Relaxation Therapy

Relaxing mind and body techniques.

  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation
  • Guided Imagery
  • Meditation

Relaxation:

  • Gives the heart a rest by slowing the heart rate
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Slow the rate of breathing, which reduces then need for oxygen
  • Increases blood flow to the muscles
  • Decreases muscle tension

As a result of relaxation, you may experience:

  • More energy
  • Better Sleep
  • Enhanced immunity
  • Increased concentration
  • Smoother emotions – less anger, crying, anxiety, frustration
  • Less headaches and pain

 

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The Relaxation Response

What is the Relaxation Response? Basically it is the opposite of the ‘Adrenaline Rush’ that we associate with stress and anxiety. Physiologically, our bodies respond to peceived threatening  situations with an increased release of the hormones Epinephrine and norepinephrine, leading to an increase in our heart rate and blood pressure, and an accelerated breathing rate preparing our bodies for the ‘Fight or Flight’ response.

At the end of each Yoga session, we do a minimum 10 minute progressive muscle relaxation exercise with visualisation to calm the mind and soothe the body after the class, leaving you refreshed and relaxed.

 Namaste!

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