Welcome to Joy Yoga Therapy Classes
in Milton Keynes & Northampton
What is Yoga?
Yoga is a method, an art and the science developed around 3000 BC that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. The main components of yoga are postures (a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility) and breathing.
In the yoga class you will be moving from posture to postures using your breath. You will encouraged to keep your awareness of breath while performing yoga asanas (postures), as doing so your mind gradually will be connecting to your body.
What are the health benefits of yoga?
Dozens of scientific trials of varying quality have been published on yoga.
While there's scope for more rigorous studies on its health benefits, most studies suggest yoga is a safe and effective way to increase physical activity, especially strength, flexibility and balance.
There's some evidence that regular yoga practice is beneficial for people with high blood pressure, heart disease, aches and pains – including lower back pain – depression and stress.
Yoga Reduces Stress Level
Any exercise will help relieve stress by keeping the body healthy and releasing endorphins, natural hormones that make you feel better. Yoga also relieves stress through stretching andd diverting the mind on observing breath and transitioning into postures. When we are stressed, tension is stored in our body making us feel tight and causing pain or body discomfort. Getting on the yoga mat and working for an hour releases this muscle tightness and using our mind on observing our breath and body movement steadies our mind. Having come to the class after the busy day when your mind is still reeling, mulling over tasks to complete and we are still pretty much in our heads by the end of the class we are sure to observe a huge transformation.
How Yoga Works for the Body
In a typical yoga class you will be invited into moving your body from one yoga posture to another holding them for some time. In each yoga posture the lengthening in one muscle group will be achieved by a corresponding compression in another muscle group. In each posture we will aim at achieving the balance between the lenghtening and compression as when done it makes us feel specifically good and at one with our body and mind! Working into a yoga posture allows to restore the elasticity in our soft tissues such as muscles, ligaments and tendons, thus increasing the range of motion in case of tight tissues and strengthening with hypermobility issues. Moving from one pose to another will allow to engage different areas and tone overall body mucles. The toned muscles will be able to store more energy making us feel energised as whenever our body needs the energy it gets it from our muscles.
Yoga Improves the Breath
The body relies on oxygen as no process, including our immune system, is runs in our body without oxygen!
Yoga improves the respiratory system by creating more room for it to function. It is hard to take a good breath when your body won't let you because your rib cage, diaphragm, or spine is stiff. Normally, lung capacity is reduced by our physical constrictions and limitations. Yoga helps to release the muscle stiffness, accommodating for deeper inhalations and exhalations.
My Classes and Tuition
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To book, please fill in the 'Book Online' form or phone or e mail Elena
Monday Online Intermediate Yoga Class
6.00 - 7.00pm
Flow of Movement
Monday Online Yoga for Beginners Class
7.30 - 8.30pm
Yoga for Beginners
Wednesday Online Yoga for beginners Class
Stretch and Control
Friday Online Yoga Flow Class
3:30 - 4.30pm
Private Tuition and Support
Time as agreed
Corporate / Office Lunch Yoga class
Build your practice and improve your concentration
Classes are suitable for new to yoga students as well as those with more experience. I will offer modifications and adjustments, where needed, so that each student can experience the postures and can participate at their own ability.
I encourage students to practice with awareness and within the range of movement available to them, providing a safe, relaxing and inclusive environment, using blocks, foams, blankets and belts.
Please contact me; e mail or phone, if you want to book a class or explore private tuition.