What is Yoga?
Yoga is an ancient philosophical discipline that works on the main holistic principles of balance and unification of the body, mind and spirit. Yoga practises have proven to have a positive effect on people both mentally and physically. It can potentially lead to a deeper level of self-awareness and liberation- ‘moksha’.
Types of Yoga
Supple Fitness has respect for all paths of Yoga lineages and can teach safe, effective and inclusive Yoga classes that adhere to the needs of 21st century participants. Supple Fitness draws upon three main types of Yoga integrated within the sessions:
This is about finding balance by working with physical postures (Asanas) to strengthen and stretch, releasing tension and trauma stored within the body. This allows you to create space in yourself assisted through breath (Pranayama) to focus the mind and body whilst meditation (Dhyana) allows you to relax and feel connected to your inner self.
This style of yoga is characterized by linking postures together (dynamically) so that you move from one to another, seamlessly, using breath to attain balance in the body and mind.
This incorporates deep stretch, Yoga postures and Pilates exercises. It is validated from a science perspective with postures taught from the body’s natural anatomical position as opposed to the use of Sanskrit names. There is no chanting or philosophy attached to this form of Yoga and postures that exceed optimal range of movement are mostly avoided. It does mimic the Yogic breath but is not a spiritual experience. The exercises used positively enhance the bodies postural muscles whilst endorsing strength and stability. The moves and postures can be sequenced together to the beat of the music allowing graceful transitions.
Physical & physiological benefits:
Strengthens the core
Increases muscle definition throughout the body
Helps to strengthen the joints & improve bone density
Supports the function of the circulatory, respiratory & digestive systems.
Balances both the sympathetic (fight/flight) & parasympathetic (inhibits relaxation) nervous systems.
Enhances quality of sleep
Mental & Emotional Benefits:
-Reduces the level of the stress hormone cortisol, helping to alleviate the feelings of stress & anxiety
-Helps to build awareness & coping mechanisms to deal with stress & anxiety
-Enhances cognitive function, memory & concentration
-Increases the neurotransmitter dopamine, which lifts mood and helps you feel happier
-Improves your self-esteem, which helps with improving your social interaction with others.