I used to hate Yoga ... now I teach Feel-Good Yoga for every body

Did you know you are likely to have done several yoga poses if you have attended other forms of programs or have had Physiotherapy? Many yoga postures are the basis of pilates and other body weight and conditioning programs.

I used to hate Yoga… now I teach Feel-Good Yoga for every body. I never liked the idea of yoga because generally it is portrayed as something that only skinny, hyper flexible vegetarian hippies do. Many yogis seem to be showing off their crazy acrobatic poses on social media, which didn’t help, make it more attractive.

I came to like yoga more in a round about way. I knew I had to find something slow and mindful to practice along side the crazy stressful fitness classes I was teaching. That’s when I looked at Tai chi again.
I didn’t really enjoy the tai chi classes I had tried, I have written about it here. I found a Tai chi Qigong Shibashi training course that gave me what I was after and now I teach it in a way that works for me and for other people that did not enjoy Tai chi in the extremely traditional form.down-dog05-15-1

Something similar happened for me with Yoga, I had been unwell with Ankylosing Spondylitis, an inflammatory condition of the spine and joints for several years when I looked to holistic ways of helping myself get better. I used some basic but effective yoga postures and some feldenkrais movement therapy from the CHEK method alongside some meditation and regular tai chi to help my body and mind find back together.

I am not promising that any of these methods are a “cure all” but they can certainly help strengthen the body and the mind and help create a more peaceful disposition. I learned that it is not always appropriate to address acute physical ailments with yoga even when someone claims that X or Y will help with the issue. Sometimes less is more and the body just needs time and very very reduced specific movements with a lot more mindfulness.

My classes are aimed at people that like to understand why they are doing an exercise and the benefits they may get from it, whatever stage they are at in their fitness journey. My participants appreciate that I am able to explain to them what the movements are meant to address and influence and how they can help them and their individual needs.
I had to learn to move with care and to make friends with my body and what it is willing to give, I like to share with others that it is not how bendy you are but how you progress mentally and physically through regular practice.

To me, yoga is not about being able to perform fancy extreme postures, but to be able to find peace and comfort in doable postures that may not be comfortable when you first try them, all you need is your body and the willingness to explore it exactly how it is in that moment. If something improves over time, great, having practiced mindfully you will notice it and with that can celebrate your achievement.

During my yoga teacher training I learned a lot more about the background and theory, it soon became clear that the postures we practice in the western world are primarily there to prepare the body to find stillness and comfort in classic seated meditation poses such as sitting cross legged – Sukhasana. I also liked that there were several ways of practicing yoga that had nothing to do with doing complicated postures. Having practiced meditation and breathing exercises regularly for several years I felt like yoga was actually something I am good at after all even though I am lacking amazing flexibility. Having a flexible mind is also a skill that yoga helps you develop.

 

 

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Feel-Good Yoga for every body

coming soon to Castleford, West Yorkshire.

Friendly, Non-competitive Hatha Yoga class Castleford.

Suitable for men and women, all ages and abilities.

 

Don’t think you’re a ‘Yoga person?

…you’re not all that flexible, you have back pain, or you have a busy mind with 20 things running through it all the time — but you still want to experience the awesome benefits of a regular Yoga practice?

 

Curious about yoga and think it could help you? So busy and stressed out that you just don’t feel fully there?

Want to improve your health, get out of pain and relax but not sure if yoga is for you? Perhaps you are not super fit or flexible?

Or you have back pain and are unsure if yoga can be made accessible to you? Maybe you’ve tried a DVD on your own and got lost?

Or you mustered up your courage and went to a trendy yoga studio but felt like the odd one out, without a fancy yoga outfit, then after being crammed into the class like a sardine, it felt more like bootcamp than yoga?

You didn’t get any guidance or corrections from the teacher. You felt lost in the shuffle and left class feeling a bit deflated and like this whole “yoga thing” may not be for you.

I want to show you that yoga does not have to be this way and can be accessible to everyone.

 

How I can help you with Hatha Yoga

  • give your time to relax, revive and heal
  • help your relieve neck and back pain
  • improve your flexibility and strength
  • help calm and steady your mind
  • improve your energy levels
  • develop your happiness and contentment levels
  • improve your mind-body relationship
  • give you the time and skills you need for self- care
  • yoga can help you in your sport and fitness pursuits
  • learn Yoga in a way that is accessible, welcoming, and fun (you might even laugh in my classes)

 

We might be perfect for each other if…

  • You prefer smaller, more personal groups
  • You may have back pain which interferes with you living your life to its full potential
  • You need some “me time” so you can be more present with those you love
  • You want to learn yoga with a teacher you can relate to in a supportive non competitive way

 

Who is “Feel-Good Yoga” for:
Those of us who don’t feel at home in mainstream Yoga Circles. Those of us who are imperfect, maybe we’re not super fit, a human pretzel or vegetarian. The Rebels, Misfits, the Underdogs, the Introverts, Geeks and Bookworms. People like you – “come as you are!”

If you want to practice yoga with a teacher that understands chronic pain from first hand experience look no further. I live with Ankylosing Spondylitis a form of arthritis.
To find out more about how I manage my condition check out in my  other blog posts or get in touch and have a chat.

You can find out what happens in a general Hatha class here.

 

To be the first to find out when I’ll run the FREE Introduction Evening go to the Castleford-Yoga website and sign up for alerts.

 

 

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