March sees the arrival of spring.  Nature is preparing for rebirth and renewal.  As beings of nature we should go with the natural flow of things and plant the seeds that will allow new beginnings to unfold and make the way for new discoveries.  This process of renewal happens every year and whatever time of life we are at, we can use the energy and motivation that spring offers to try something new. 

It is never too late to begin a yoga practice.   Yoga is not all about tying ourselves into a pretzel or standing on our head!  It is about meeting ourselves where we are and reconnecting with our body and breath.  We do not have to be flexible or spiritually minded to start practicing yoga.  However, with regular practice we can enjoy the benefits which include a greater awareness of our bodies and how they move; increased range of movement; improved posture and greater strength.  As these changes unfold, we will notice that we move with awareness and ease in our daily lives.  Our confidence builds as simple things, such as reaching and bending become less of a struggle.  As an added bonus, we can help to stave off the effects of ageing and cope better with those things we cannot change!  As BKS Iyengar (one of the world’s greatest living yoga teachers) states:  “Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and to endure what cannot be cured.” 

Written by Ginny Haswell, Yoga Instructor  

Ginny offers a gentle Hatha Yoga class each Tuesday morning from 10.30 – 11.30am.  While it is not labelled as a class for ‘seniors’, those in middle age, retirement or simply in need of a gentle and nurturing class have found great benefit from attending.  As numbers are limited to 8 students per class, Ginny can offer individual guidance so that all participants gain maximum benefit and enjoyment from the class.

Here is a testimonial from Coreen, one of Ginny’s regulars in this class:

“Ginny’s Tuesday morning class for the slightly older person (!) has been such a wonderful thing for me. I don’t regard myself as a lover of physical exercise and yoga is the only activity that I have ever been able to keep up for any length of time. The atmosphere that Ginny has created within the group, however, allows you to work in a way that is sufficiently challenging and yet free from any pressure to compete. In the 2 years or so that I have been going to the class I recognise how much more supple and strong I have become – I think it’s essential that you continue to challenge yourself physically as you get older and Ginny sets the bar at just the right level. Finally, somehow, without diminishing our focus, Ginny manages to make the classes fun – I think that might be the bit that motivates me to keep up my yoga.”

To view our full range of yoga classes please see our timetable.