WHAT IS YOGA?
Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that began in India over 5 000 years ago. It has been adapted, particularly in the West and there are now many different styles of Yoga.
A yoga class will consist of a series of postures that are usually held for less than a minute. There will be a warm up and a lovely period of relaxation at the end – called Savasana. A good yoga teacher will adapt the poses for any injuries or ongoing medical issues you have.
Yoga makes you feel better - physically and mentally! It improves flexibility, stamina and balance in body, breath and mind.
Yoga is for everyone
It says so on the NHS website – for more information – check it out
What type of yoga is best for me?
That depends on what you goal is! Do you want to feel stretched and relaxed or hot and sweaty. Hatha Yoga is a more-gentle form of Yoga where poses are held and can be safer for some health issues. Ashtanga and Power Yoga follow fast-paced routines but are great fun.
But there are more, check out:
Try out different classes.
Yoga teachers expect you to do this, you may need to attend 3 or 4 before you find the one that is right for you.
What type of yoga does Elaine Tague offer?
That depends. The theme will be the same across the week, but each class may be working at a different level and sometimes I change the class to suit the needs of how that class responds.
The focus is improving how the body functions, for example building up strength might be leg lifts with resistance on for chair-based, holding poses such as Chair or Warrior, longer for the regular class than Beginners!
Classes will include asanas (poses) for mobility/flexibility, balance, strength, breath and relaxation and sometimes mudras (hand gestures) and meditation if it fits the theme and I know the class will enjoy it.
The best thing is to try it – no obligation to return.
Below are some comments
'I sleep much better after yoga'
'My shoulders feel better after last week'
‘I have already noticed how much stronger I am’
'I have less inflammation and more mobility in my knees.' (1:1 Therapy)
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM YOGA THERAPY?
Yoga Therapy is a practise that is designed for you to do at home. It will usually be short 10 to 20 minutes and the expectation is that it is done daily.
You will be given a health questionnaire to complete which is returned before the first session.
Sessions are about one and half hours long. At the first session the therapist (me) will discuss the health questionnaire with you and ask about your priorities. Then we will have a look at how you stand and move. We will allow time for relaxed breathing and relaxation.
From the questionnaire, interview and observation a practise will be devised that will include three or four asanas, breathing and a relaxation.
In future sessions, the practise will be reviewed adapted or extended as you progress towards your goals.