What sort of yoga class can I expect?
There are a few different styles of yoga taught at Core just now. Usually the class will consist of the physical asanas (postures), breathing practice, and relaxation. People do yoga for many different reasons and have a wide range of ability; we hope that everyone can find their own place in a class at Core. If there is a specific element of yoga you would like included (e.g. meditation, chanting) please just get in touch.
What is Yoga?
Yoga is a traditional Indian philosophy that involves the integration of the physical and spiritual in order to achieve a sense of well-being. In yoga, the body is linked to the movement, mind and breath to bring about a feeling of balance, relaxation and harmony. The physical asanas (postures) can improve a variety of ailments, strengthen and tone muscles and develop flexibility. Some of the movements can help to nourish and cleanse parts of the body. Psychologically, yoga increases concentration, stills the mind and promotes a feeling of balance, tranquillity and contentment. Yoga differs in from Pilates in that Pilates focuses on the physical body whereas yoga includes the mental and spiritual aspects.
Who can do Yoga?
Yoga can be practised in some form by almost anyone. The classes at Core at present can accommodate quite a range of abilities but there are some conditions that might prevent you being able to participate as fully in the class as you'd like. For example, but not exclusively, high blood pressure that is not well controlled, heart problems, some back conditions, limited mobility. It might be that one-to-one sessions would suit you better, or perhaps the yoga for relaxation class would suit. If you are in any doubt then please just get in touch for some advice.
About the instructor
Jennifer Ainslie qualified as a Hatha yoga teacher with CYQ. She aims to provide yoga classes that include physical and relaxation elements; a treat for the mind and the body.