Yoga is an amazing tool for your mind and body. But not all yoga is the same or even right for you. What’s important is that you choose a yoga practice that is safe and sustainable.
Every yoga class you go to will be different, because each teacher has a different approach. The poses will be vaguely similar but how they are taught will differ.
I believe that there is a yoga style for everyone and it all depends on what you hope to get out of the class on whether a certain style will suit you.
It’s also important to know what your body needs.
For example, if you are hyper mobile then you need a class that will help you focus on building strength rather than flexibility.
If you are new to yoga, then you need a class where you can take your time to move and see what works for you.
If you are sporty then you might benefit from working on your flexibility.
I believe that you need your yoga to be safe and sustainable – no matter what style or class your choose.
What is safe and sustainable yoga?
There’s no point practising yoga if it causes you injuries or you feel pain after class. There’s no point trying to keep up with the pace of a fast class and feel like it’s too much of a struggle.
Your yoga practice should be grounded in kindness.
Safe and sustainable yoga is a movement practice that enhances, builds, improves and supports.
Safe yoga ensures there is a focus on building strength in your muscles and mobility in your joints.
Sustainable yoga offers variety in the way your body moves. It’s not repetitive sequences you do every time you stand on your mat, it’s the use of different movement patterns. This way your whole body gets a chance to move in all the ways it can.
Its means that we will pay attention to our small parts as much as our big parts. We’ll spend as much time on the wrists and toes as we do striking big poses like the Warrior series.
Safe and sustainable is my aim when i’m creating classes for you.
So here is a little more detail about my approach and who might benefit from my class.
My focus is to improve the functional movement of your body. What this means is that your bones, muscles and joints are strong, mobile and flexible in all of the right proportions so that your body feels good.
I like to include some of the traditional standing and seated poses alongside strengthening exercises and poses to release tension. We will move mindfully into each pose, flowing and sometimes holding and breathing in a pose.
Sometimes we move in and out of poses, for example, we might hold warrior 2, keeping the legs strong and work on shoulder mobility at the same time with variations of arm and shoulder movements.
Most of all there will be variety for your body – as this is the best way for you to enjoy a well-functioning body.
If you experience any of the following, then you’ll definitely benefit from my classes:
- Being hyper mobile – it’s important for you to build strength to support your joints rather than pushing or falling into poses ‘because you can’
- Having pelvic floor issues – my whole body approach will support the function of your pelvic floor. We focus on alignment, active stretching and strengthening which will really help your pelvic floor to work as it should
- You suffer with repetitive strain injuries or ongoing pain in your back, hips and knees. We will move mindfully, aiming to improve mobility in your joints so that you can enjoy the freedom of movement
If you want a movement practice that will support your daily life then I’m pretty sure my approach will suit you.
I teach every Tuesday lunchtime via Zoom. It’s part of my Happy Pelvis Club membership.