WELCOME TO YOGA!
Get ready to start your journey of self-exploration, living well and becoming more present in your life. Respira Yoga offers lots of options for those who are new to yoga or enjoy practicing yoga fundamentals. Remember that no experience or flexibility is required to practice Yoga. Yoga is for everyone.
Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that originated in India about 5,000 years ago. It involves postures (a series of movements which strengthen and stretch the body whilst massaging the internal organs), breathing and meditation.
WHY PRACTICE YOGA?
Practicing yoga boosts physical and mental wellbeing and allows the entire body to function more efficiently. The benefits of yoga are well recognized; greater strength and flexibility; a more toned physique; improved memory and concentration; a stronger core; less risk of injury, aches and pains; improved posture; enhanced immunity, better digestion; improved sleep patterns, lower stress levels; less anxiety; enhanced sporting performance; boosted vitality and lower blood pressure to name but a few.
As such, it is well known that yoga practitioners tend to live long, happy, balanced and healthy lives!
FEW POINTERS FOR YOUR FIRST YOGA CLASS:
Try to refrain from eating anything heavy 1-2 hour before class
Please come to class 5 minutes early, to sign in and get set up
Put your phone on silent and remove your socks, we practice in bare feet
Wear comfortable exercise clothing that you can move in
Bring your own yoga mat, or ask us to bring one for you
Bring water and a blanket if you need cushioning under your knees
If you have a specific health issue (illness, injury or medical condition), please notify us before class. Not every pose is appropriate for everyone
Please stay for the entire class. Final relaxation or Savasana (Corpse Pose) is where you absorb all the benefits of your practice
More questions? Get in touch!
WHAT TO EXPECT
Classes are suitable for both beginners and improvers. You will be carefully instructed into the poses and adjusted and supported in each posture. More challenging options are offered to those who have been practicing for some time so that everyone develops at their own pace. As we guide you mindfully through the poses with the breath, our intention is for you to reconnect with yourself and to experience a magical energy and release. This grounding, self exploration should leave you feeling uplifted and empowered both on the mat and in your life more generally.
UNFOLD, SURRENDER & RELEASE
We practice to calming music, stretching, breathing, opening up the body, then moving through some more challenging, dynamic, strengthening postures before slowing it down again, coming back to a more calming meditative state. We relax to the scent of lemongrass at the end of class to ensure that everyone totally switches off and melts in Savasana (corpse pose) for the full 5 minutes. Its a gorgeous class that will leave you feeling completely renewed and zen. If you need more convincing, then take a look at the reviews!
Come along and give yourself some well deserved self-care! We look forward traveling with you along your own personal yoga journey.