Classes last between one hour and an hour and a half and will include various elements. These are:
A physical practice - the practice of Asanas either on their own or in a flowing sequence known as a Vinyasa. A breathing or meditation practice - sitting, standing or moving. Relaxation to begin or end the session. Adjustments will be given either physically or verbally and different levels of practice offered to suit all bodies.
Wear layers of comfortable clothes you can move around in as your body temperature changes. Please bring your own Yoga sticky mat if you have one and any supports you need. A blanket is always handy to act as a support and keep you warm. If you don't have a mat let me know and I can provide one until you purchase your own. Remember to try and eat at least 2 hours before practicing Yoga, with food that is easily digested.
Whilst Yoga is great for your overall well-being and can help many health issues, it is important to let me know what those issues are so I can advise you on any adjustments you can make to the practice to support them. This information will be treated with full confidentiality and will enhance your enjoyment of the class. I will ask you to complete a health questionnaire when you come to class and you can download one here.
"I started yoga with Jules in January this year at the of 68, having never done it before, wanting especially to improve my flexibility and balance and also to tone my muscles. I can't believe how much I enjoy my weekly session and how much better I feel for it. Jules seems able to anticipate exactly what I am experiencing and then corrects my faults with immediate beneficial results. I only wish I'd taken it up years ago. Thank you, Jules!" - Ann Wittering.
"Jules outlines the benefits of each posture before she explains how to move into it and how to use our breathing as we do so. She makes us aware of how different parts of the body are connected and how they affect one another. We flow into the postures. Every time I finish a class I feel physically and mentally free, as though I’m floating. I’m very pleased I found Jules." - Alan Rutter.
"Practicing Yoga with Jules has completely changed the way I think about my body and the way I move." - Emma.
Keeping your back strong and supple is the best way to avoid getting back pain. Taking regular exercise, such as Yoga, and maintaining good posture will help.
Simple breathing and relaxation exercises have a positive effect on your sense of well being and can reduce your stress levels. These techniques will allow you to quieten the "mind chatter" as well as boost oxygen levels to the brain.
Physical movements will increase your stamina and endurance, whilst giving you tools to allow you to release tension and re-energise your system. As you learn how to manage your breath your lung capacity will also increase, which in turn will enable you to take on more oxygen and breath deeper.
Many sports involve a series of rapid forceful movements, using maximum effort and therefore increasing the risk of injury and muscle tension. Yoga works on re-addressing the imbalance resulting in an injury free healthier you. Many top sports stars accredit Yoga to their longevity in their chosen sport.