yoga

yoga

help improve your wellbeing

Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that involves physical poses, concentration, and deep breathing techniques.  Regular yoga practice and participation can help improve your strength, endurance, flexibility, calmness and wellbeing.  The fantastic thing about it is that you can practice pretty much anywhere.  All you need are loose fitting comfortable clothes and an exercise mat, although not even that is required if you’re on a comfortable surface.

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There are too many benefits to list them all, and they have been pretty well documented over the years, so we’ve just picked out a few to highlight.

IMPROVED FLEXIBILITY

GIVE IT A GO!

This may seem obvious but if you are not a practitioner then you won’t have had the opportunity to see how much it helps.  Take me for example (female in her 40’s), I struggled to even touch my toes in the first session, let along bend my back.  In fact, I even remember saying, as I stared round at all the people seemingly doing it with ease, “it’s clear I just don’t bend!”.  If it hadn’t been for the fact that I’d signed up for 5 sessions, I probably would never have gone back.  However, despite my apparent ineptitude, I started noticing a gradual loosening.  This had the added benefit of reducing the pain in my bad back, which I thought I was stuck with.  So, take it from a ‘non-believer’ and give it a go!

BOOSTS IMMUNITY

HELPs YOU FIGHT INFECTION

When you are doing your yoga poses you are stretching and contracting muscles, and moving your organs around.  This movement increases lymphatic drainage which in turn helps to dispose of toxic waste products and help you fight infection.

MAKES YOU HAPPIER

YOGA CAN HELP IMPROVE DEPRESSION

Feeling a bit low?  Try sitting in the Lotus position and rise up into a back bend.  Whilst it isn’t going to wave a magic wand and suddenly resolve all your woes, various studies have shown that regular yoga can help improve depression.  The practice has been shown to significantly increase serotonin levels in the body which helps with mood regulation.

RELAXES YOU

FOCUS ON YOUR PRESENT

Slowing your breathing as part of your yoga poses aids in getting you to focus on your present.  This shifts the balance from our body’s natural ‘fight or flight’ reflex to the parasympathetic nervous system.  What this means is that it lowers the heart rate, decreases blood pressure and increases blood flow to the intestines and organs.

meet the instructor

Yoga with Christy @ Aspire

Earth & Soul Yoga 

I believe that a yoga practice is about being true to yourself-connecting to yourself & finding your own path. 
As a yoga teacher, I aim to introduce people to the many aspects of yoga and support them in their own yoga journey. I focus on the connection of mind, body & soul - through active poses & movement, breath awareness and stillness. 
I trained in Hatha Yoga at the Bristol School of Yoga- a broad based training including the origins of yoga, knowledge of the Ancient Texts, the physical postures, the importance of breath work and links to our inner wellbeing. 
I have a natural, positive energy and live for yoga that flows through my classes. 
In today’s changed world, yoga brings us moments of calm, relaxation, wellbeing & confidence. It is a time to find balance & enjoyment within a friendly community. 

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