Yoga with Simon
Yoga classes in the Bristol area for mixed levels.
“Yoga is the practice of quieting the mind.”Patanjali
Typically aimed towards students with an existing practice, previous experience is would be an advantage but not a requirement for any one to attend.
Beginners and any students returning to yoga after some timeout are warmly welcomed because these classes are open to all levels.
The dynamic flow of these classes help to improve body strength, increase flexibility and guide you towards joining aspects of your physical, spiritual, mental and emotional being together.
Theses classes include dynamic yogic breathing (pranayama), strong flowing movements (vinyasas) combined with holding static poses (asanas).
The style is Hatha Yoga combined with some of the elements of Astanga and Iyengar which makes these classes physically challenging and deeply meditative.
Practising the asanas and pranayama exercises regularly prepares the mind and body for meditation. Meditation enables heightened levels of self-awareness, and sometimes experiences of spiritual awakening and enlightenment.
Hatha Yoga is the ancient system that includes the practice of asanas and pranayama to prepare the mind, body and spirit for meditation. Hatha Yoga is the yoga of balance.
Hatha Yoga evokes the powerful union of masculine and active qualities of the sun with the receptive and feminine qualities of the moon, ‘Ha’ meaning ‘sun’ and ‘tha’ meaning ‘moon’.
The division of poses are ‘solar’ which generate heat and energy; and ‘lunar’ which are cooling and neutralising.
Hatha Yoga is suitable for students of all levels and styles, previous experience is advantageous but definitely not essential for beginners to attend.
This style of yoga helps improve your physical health and well-being.
Traditional Hatha Yoga is the foundation of most lineages of yoga practised today such as Astanga, Vinyasa, Hatha Flow etc.
Hatha Yoga is the most common style of yoga practised outside of India.
“When the breath wanders the mind also is unsteady. But when the breath is calmed the mind too will be still, and the yogi achieves long life. Therefore, one should learn to control the breath.”Hatha Yoga Pradipika
What is yoga?
The word ‘yoga’ literally means ‘union’, ultimately the action of bringing or uniting the mind and body together, we do this through practising the asanas (the yoga poses) and pranayama (types of breathing exercises) to develop a higher state of consciousness. This is referred to as ‘Samadhi’ which is meditative absorption which is the ultimate goal of yoga.
I am new to yoga, what does yoga do?
Yoga can help towards living a healthy balanced lifestyle. It focuses on both mind and body, you can increase your flexibility, build and tone your muscle, improve your overall well-being and boost your self-esteem.
Regular yoga practice is often linked to an improvement in sleep quality and an aid to help with relaxation.
Yoga can also take you on a spiritual journey, through meditation and a developing practice you may start to experience moments of enlightenment and/or an increase in spiritual awareness.
Some benefits of yoga can often be experienced within a short period of time, sometimes instant and others benefits will be noticed as you build up a good regular practice.
Is yoga a religion?
Yoga is sometimes thought to be a religion, it is a an ancient philosophical system that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing exercises to deepen your awareness between both physical and emotional well-being.
Whilst it is true there are aspects of the philosophy that are based on Hinduism and Buddhism, there is no reference to worshipping a god of any kind. If you hold a religious belief of your own, you can rest assured there will not be any conflict of your religious beliefs. Equally can be said if you have no religious beliefs.
Can anyone do yoga?
Yes almost anyone can do yoga, it is just a matter of exploring the different styles of yoga with different teachers to find a yoga practice that you feel comfortable with.
Some health conditions may require modifications to exercises, these can easily be implemented during a class. In the long term, yoga can often help to improve your health condition. You should ask your GP, health professional or contact Simon if in any doubt.
Men and women of all ages practice yoga, we each have different levels of experience, mixed abilities, physical attributes and come from a wide range of backgrounds.
There are no definitive age restrictions, teenagers are welcome when accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and there is no upper age limit.
I have no experience, does that matter?
Absolutely not, class formats are adapted to suit everyone, including beginners. This also applies to anyone with or recovering from an injury.
Coming to a class for the first time can be daunting, even after a few weeks break, rest assured you will receive a warm welcome from the moment you arrive and hopefully you’ll feel at home right away. It is worth noting that everyone practices at their own pace and can take rest at any moment during the class.
You can expect clear and easy to follow instructions throughout the class, verbal cues guide everyone through the class and options are available to assist with your current ability, progress or to progress further with.