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Hatha yoga is one system which has been widely adopted in the West and combines physical postures with breathing exercises and relaxation techniques. Stress is the most widespread cause of ill health in the Western world, the popularity of yoga lies in its ability to bring about a meeting of mind, body, and breath, which help to combat stress. The postures and breathing combination used in Jennifer’s yoga class stretches and tones muscles, which improve flexibility, the joints are opened which increases suppleness and range of movement. Blockages in our energy pathways are released, transforming tension and stress into relaxation and energy.
T'AI CHI and QI GONG
We are delighted to welcome Thames T'ai Chi & Qi Gong back to Studio One on Wednesdays at 12.15 pm. Your first class is FREE! For more information or to book your free class call Mark on 07966 253399.
Qi Gong literally means “exercises for strengthening qi”. It is a generic term that is used to describe a considerable variety of schools of thought and approaches to the practice of developing the Qi. Like much of traditional Chinese culture, its origins are shrouded in mystery. There are traditions of practice and cultivation which emphasise quiet sitting and/or standing exercise postures. There are also traditional practices which develop the movements of Qi and use them to animate the entire body. The postures and movements help the body to release tension in the muscles and encourage flexibility in the joints. The slow shifting of weight from foot to foot strengthens the legs and helps the circulation of blood through the body. The rhythmical contraction and relaxation of the leg muscles help to move the blood and reduces the workload of the heart. The feet are flat on the ground and the form is practised low, with the knees relaxed, developing our stability and balance. The spine is straight, improving our posture.
Vinyasa is commonly translated from Sanskrit as to ‘place in a special way.’ Within a vinyasa flow class breath is used to mindfully move from one yoga pose to the next, aiming create a sense of evenness of mind. Whilst flowing and unrushed, vinyasa can be physically challenging and help to create both flexibility and strength - particularly the core and upper body. Depending on the level of class and interests there’s also the opportunity to explore the more playful aspect of vinyasa with arm balances and inversions. Classes finish with a 5 minute lying relaxation and optional head and neck massage. Expect to leave the class relaxed and less stressed.
Yin yoga is a static, primarily seated and supine practice where poses are held for longer periods of time. Using the principles of breath and mindfulness, the longer holds access the deeper layers of fascia (connective tissue) and help the tissue to release. This is particularly good for people who are looking to help reduce physical tension due to sports, work or general lifestyle. Most classes will focus on common areas of tension, including, hips, hamstrings and upper body. As yoga works with the mind and body it can significantly help ease stress and promote a good night’s sleep. Optional aromatherapy oil head and neck massage at the end of class.