What is Yoga?
Yoga is an ancient science and practice, which originated in India over 5000 years ago to address physical, mental and spiritual development. The word ‘Yoga’ is a Sanskrit term derived from the root ‘Yuj’, which means to yoke, join or unite.
There are many different styles of yoga. Some styles are fast paced and vigorous while others are very gentle and slow-moving. All of the styles of yoga have benefits, so evaluating your individual needs and personality type will help point you in the right direction. The classes at Yoga Glow are taught by experienced teachers working in different styles to suit the varying needs and interests of students.
What can yoga do for me?
The benefits of yoga accrue over a period of time. Regular yoga practice:
- Improves posture
- Brings balance and harmony to the body, mind and spirit
- Helps with strength, flexibility range of motion and balance
- Calms the mind
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Revitalises the body and mind
- Slows heart rate
- Lowers blood pressure
- Increases circulation
- Strengthens and tones muscles
- Helps to detoxify system
- Improves function of internal organs
- Balances muscular system
- Increases metabolism and energy
- Can help reduce depression, stress and insomnia
“There is no one other exercise avenue you can take that will address so many issues in one simple session!”
Styles of Yoga Class Available at Yoga Glow Studio, Beccles
Hatha yoga is about the union of opposites. It aims to harmonise body, mind and spirit and deepen our self-understanding – through physical movement (postures), breathing, relaxation and concentration.
Michelle’s classes draw on the classical hatha yoga postures which help to build strength, flexibility and stamina, easing daily stress and tension. They are suitable for people of varying ability, working on the body thoroughly and thoughtfully, using alignment principles and an element of flow. Flow is the co-ordination of breathing specifically in or out as you move smoothly from one posture to another. Breath awareness is nurtured to create a centred and grounded practice. Classes are taught with a philosophy of mindfulness and calm. Each term we explore and learn about yoga using a different theme. The classes provide an opportunity to develop individual abilities and a space to physically expand, restore, heal, play and discover our own inner calm and freedom. Each class ends with deep relaxation.
“All the treasures that we seek – happiness, love, abundance, belonging – are already within each one of us.”
Meditation for Beginners
Manage stress or explore the spiritual side of meditation.
Working with relaxation techniques, the breath, sound and visualization, the class includes guided meditations where you can relax and come to a place of stillness and peace, helping you to deal with anxiety and stress in your everyday life.
This 6-week course will be a down-to-earth introduction to meditation. There will be friendly and informal discussions giving practical advice on developing a practice, plus time to ask questions and to explore your experience in a supportive environment.
All are welcome, from those who are new to yoga and meditation to those who wish to further their practice.
Gentle Restorative Yoga
Want to feel relaxed, refreshed and renewed?
Or heal the effects of stress?
This soothing therapeutic class is suitable for people recovering from illness, injury, breathing difficulties, joint stiffness or are looking to release tension and anxiety and would benefit from a simpler, softer more nurturing approach to yoga,
We start the class with breath awareness, which helps to calm the mind and body. Then moving on at a comfortable pace to simple joint movements and basic yoga poses that help release stiff joints, stretch and strengthen muscles and encourage healing.
We finish with Yoga Nidra, which is a deep physical and mental relaxation to calm anxiety, release tension and alleviate stress, and can help to boost the immune system. This is a feel good class which should leave you with a feeling of well-being and peace.