What happens in a therapeutic yoga class?
In this class we practice individual, often modified yoga poses. There is no flow as the aim is to safely move into and out of all postures. The poses practised may be different from person to person, depending on specific needs. For example, if you suffer with back pain, the poses will aim to to lengthen and release tight lower back muscles, if you suffer with sciatica, the poses will stretch the gluteal region which often (when tight) presses on the sciatic nerve. I will assist and monitor you in the poses to make sure that they are practised safely and for maximum benefit.
We also use massage balls to safely support, massage and stretch localised areas of the body. We use a technique called BodyMind Ballwork in which I have been instructed to teach by Ellen Saltonstall. The balls directly address tight connective tissue and muscles, restoring healthy circulation and glide between layers. There are techniques for every part of you, from head to toes. The result is a wonderful feeling of lightness and ease in the body, and quiet alertness in the mind. It is in many ways a self massage. It can be done and is of benefit to anyone, no matter age, physical limitations or experience of yoga.
There are plenty of restorative poses in which props like folded blankets, blocks, or bolsters help support your body and allow you to deepen the pose and more fully relax your body. Pranayama or and breath-work is also taught as learning to breathe freely and easily can be of great benefit in managing many long term health conditions
Who is a therapeutic yoga class suitable for?
Conditions which therapeutic yoga may benefit (but are not limited to) include: Arthritis, osteoporosis, sciatica, non specific back pain, or indeed pain anywhere in the body, repetitive strain injuries, insomnia, stress and anxiety. The class would also be a good introduction for anyone new to yoga who has concerns about their ability to “keep up” in a regular class. It may also be suitable for seasoned yogis who fancy a bit of self massage or want to understand a particular injury or pain a little better.
Please, do not be held back from coming because of a physical limitation; if you can make it through the front door to the class, then this class is suitable for you!
When and where is the class?
The class runs on Tuesday morning 11.00 – 12.15 (term time only.) It is held in the Miners and Mechanics Institute, Vicarage Rd, Saint Agnes TR5 0TL. There is free parking in the car park to the left of the building.