Yoga is a unique form of exercise with a multitude of benefits.
I favour a gentle style of yoga that is nonetheless surprisingly powerful in its effect.
Pain and strain is definitely not encouraged!
My motto: “more ease, less strain”. Sometimes, by doing less we even receive more.
How can simple movements be so effective?
FLOW & STRETCH
It’s all about flow and stretch. Slow and gentle yoga stretches encourage a flow of energy and nutrients in the body via the bloodstream. Circulation improves as muscles are stretched and bones strengthened.
The strength training of yoga comes from using our own body as a resistance force, albeit in a gentle way. Yoga stretches build and define muscle, increase bone mass, develop lean tissue, speed up metabolism, help with weight loss and improve balance.
Joints benefit from careful rotation using breath and awareness, as they depend on action for their nourishment. When muscles pull gently on bones it stimulates bones to increase in density, as bones are living tissue that thrive on movement and resistance.
Posture improves from yoga instruction. Good posture gives us more energy and both reflects and creates how we feel.
REST & RELAXATION
The relaxation side of yoga is everyone’s favourite. Rests accompany all the yoga moves, in fact they are essential for yoga’s powerful effects.
Due to the partnership of movement/rest and use of breath, yoga brings about a profound restoration of the nervous system in each session. Which is why yoga is famous for its calming effects.
If you haven't tried yoga already, please give it a go! Don't be afraid: yoga will meet you body where you are.
Shakti's classes at Kyogle Seniors Centre (behind the pool) are on Tuesdays.
4pm slow class and 5.30pm flow class
Wednesday at Eden Creek Hall, Brown Knob Rd, Eden Creek, 5.30 pm
Classes run for 75 minutes
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