Lets Get it Started… Yoga

Want to try yoga? Cool! Now what kind of class do you want? Ashtanga, sivananda, yin, jivamutki, dru, viyasa flow? These words may sound like ‘blah, blah, blaaaaaaaaah’ to you and that’s absolutely fine! Usually it takes trying a lot of different styles and teachers to find the class for you and more often than not students follow teachers rather than a particular style. Also your first yoga class can be mega intimidating especially if the teacher is speaking in Sanskrit. Now fear not wannabe yogi! The answer is here!

Try a beginners course at We are Wellness ( with me, obvs) the 4 week course is designed to be a completely comprehensive introduction to yoga so by the end you can confidently jump into any class or even begin a home practice! I’ll warn you now I don’t speak Sanskrit, just English and the odd gobbledegook rambles with a sprinkling of crazy and sometimes I can’t get my right and left correct, happens to us all right? Anyhoo here’s a little overview of what to expect:

Each week is designed so that a new topic is covered (with a little refresher of the previous week) that builds your understanding and abilities in the right order. We will focus on adjustments and correct alignment of poses.

Week 1: Breathing (ujjai breath maybe alternate nostril breathing) & sun salutation A & B.
Breathing is an important part of yoga and is a great place to start. The sun salutations are the way we build heat in the body in the start of yoga classes (and throughout) and will be something you can easily remember and immediately start doing at home!
Week 2: Standing postures and balance.
After we’ve warmed up with sun salutations we move onto the standing postures that form the start of most yoga classes as they are great for building strength and determination. The balances will help you work on deeper strength and your focus.
Week 3: Forward folds and twists.
This session will start by ensuring the body is nice and warm by recapping the following weeks and will then focus on the spine and hips going safely into forward folds and releasing with twists.
Week 4: Back bends and relaxation.
In this final session after warming up with what we’ve learnt over the past weeks we will explore back bends and how to make them feel great! These can often be quite energising, so we end with a well deserved guided relaxation.

So why not give it a go? We are Wellness is a sweet ass new studio in hyde park check it out here we are wellness beginners course

 

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A Yogi In The Snow (Part 1)

I’m away from work for 3 weeks! My family and I are on an adventure in Hemsedal, Norway and its ace! We have rented a beautiful house complete with open fires, a crazy amount of sheepskins and an amazing view of the slopes. It was a long journey with an overnight stay in Bergen and a 5 hour (very scenic) train ride so I’m glad we’re here for a while.

When we arrived it was a fricking freezing minus 17 degrees! The snow was good and we spend the mornings on they slopes getting back into the groove. I have a new board which I’ve never used before and its awesome to have my own and know that’s its right for me instead of the rental boards that you might need to swap and change to get right. The Mister is a lot faster than me but I tried my best to keep up while figuring out the correct set up for my board.

I’ll admit I may have forgotten to support my first day on the slopes with yoga and I totally felt it, aches in my legs, back and shoulders also pain in my knee its cool though as it helps me remember what to work on and start to build up my plan for my ‘We are Yoga for the Slopes’ workshop in February https://www.wearewellness.co.uk . Since then I have practiced everyday and its helped loads, lots of ideas in the brain bank.

We may have drank too much wine/gin/vodka one night so had a break from the slopes and the weather started to warm to minus 1 degrees, the snow isn’t great now and after a bash to the head decided to have a day off and trundled into town for a yum lunch in a lovely café called Elmas’ where we had healthy food and a nice time out to prepare for the coming snow, can’t wait!