This article appears in The Loop Magazine Holywood Edition in Nov 16
Local Yoga Teacher Alison Roberts, after 12 years of teaching in the Community, has just fulfilled her dream of having a dedicated space for yoga tuition in her home town of Holywood. The Yoga Room Holywood is an oasis of calm high above Holywood High Street suitable for 1-2-1 and Small Group Tuition
When I ask someone first attending a yoga session what their expectations are it is frequently increased flexibility and fitness and then after a short hesitant pause an almost wistful hope of increased “wellbeing” - a vague term perhaps but something that they seem to instinctively feel yoga can deliver and yet are unsure how. We are all familiar with the images of young, slim yoga practitioners in weird contortions. The media love those pictures, and it’s what people have come to associate with Yoga however Yoga practice has very little to do with physical “posturing” which is superficial and impermanent (we all get old) and more to do with our internal health and wellbeing which is much more important and enduring.
An holistic practice (the term yoga, means to “yoke” or join), from the very first session mind and body are of equal importance, given equal emphasis and the entire personality is taken into account. All Yoga practices lead to meditation, which is a state of being, if the mind wanders or is not engaged in the practice then we are no longer practising yoga but exercising and therefore we lose the holistic benefits. We will still notice benefits - exercise is good for us, but it is not Yoga.
General yoga classes are geared for the majority of people but cannot deliver the optimal practice for each individual attendee. The beauty of 1-2-1 or very small group tuition with an experienced yoga teacher is that in a short number of sessions a personalized practice is developed and progressed to suit the individual personality and their life circumstances. We all know that life is full of ups and downs and our nervous system, sympathetic (arousal, stress) and parasympathetic (rest, recovery) adjust to allow us to deal effectively with these highs and lows and then bring us back to a state of equilibrium. However the pace of modern life means that our nervous system is over stimulated, we are on too high an alert and then we plummet towards exhaustion and depression. The state of equilibrium and recovery is missed having huge repercussions on our general health and wellbeing leading to chronic illnesses and syndromes. Regular, appropriate yoga practice has been proven to help bring the nervous system back to a more balanced and harmonised state.
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