Yoga in the evening straight after work either online or in person at our fabulous yoga studio at St Swithuns Institute in Worcester City Centre. A yoga class to break up the week with a challenge whether in Worcester City Centre or where ever you are in the world via zoom. Connect with friends and family around the country or globe and do Yoga together by choosing the online option. The class time is a full 90 minutes but if you are online you can choose to listen to the guided relaxation at the end with headphones. The class starts promptly at 6pm and ends at 7:30. Deepen your practise and experience the many benefits of yoga more speedily by attending more than one class weekly.
Yoga taught traditionally starts with Pranayama breathing techniques to help cleanse and detox our internal organs. Starting with deep abdominal breathing, ideally adopted in everyday life, always in and out through the nose. With the virus around breathing in and out through the nose is hugely encouraged as the hair follicles and mucus membrane act as natural filters, helping to purify the air going into the lungs. If you struggle with this then please do get in touch and suggestions for ways to support you can be given.
Pranayama breathing techniques then progress to Anuloma Vuloma, alternate nostril breathing. It is important to listen to the instruction to ensure the right nostrils are being used at the right time, if you are online. Try not to trouble yourself with the counting as that’s my job, but try to relax, focus on your abdominal muscles expanding and contracting with each in and out-breath. Alternate Nostril breathing will help support you with any stress or issues where the mind is racing as long as you listen to the instructions given. Our minds are so often busy that emptying them is a real challenge, pranayama can help do just that and assists you with meditation and quietening your mind.
After 2/3 months of Anuloma Vuloma and you are comfortable with the retention of 20 seconds then the advanced breathing technique is introduced. Kapalabathi breathing is an advanced breathing technique which can not only assist with cleansing the internal organs but also weight loss, alongside regular exercise and a healthy diet. The breathing techniques should never be forced. Should you ever feel light-headed or dizzy you must stop and return to deep abdominal breathing, the breathing style ideally adopted as ordinary breathing.
After pranayama comes the physical bit, Asana. The majority of postures taught are demonstrated so if you are online and unsure, watch the demonstration but just as important listen to the instruction. Discomfort is encouraged but never pain so it is so important to listen to your body and recognise that our bodies change daily so one day you may be able to do a posture more comfortably than another day. Try not to get frustrated but use it as an opportunity to see if there is anything else going on. Remember yoga is not about the end result but the journey and our attitude is hugely important in our learning. You will be given more and less strenuous options depending on how you are feeling so go ahead, challenge yourself if you are in the mood on the day.
We are all built and shaped differently so work with your body. Yoga is not a competitive practice so do not compare yourself with anyone or how you were once upon a time.