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If you have any health concerns, please check with your doctor for advice before doing any yoga. Please also contact us before a class to let us know any health concerns and talk about what may be suitable for you.
benefits of yoga
• Improved strength and flexibility
• Increased energy
• Lower stress levels
• Increased mental calmness
• Increased mental clarity
• Better sleep
• Increased focus and concentration
• Increased muscle tone
• Increased bone density
• Reduced chronic pain
• Relief from mild backache
• Improved breathing
• Improved athletic performance
• Weight loss and maintenance
• Improved balance
• Improved posture
• Improved joint health
• Immunity boost
• Increase in positive thoughts
• Increased body and self awareness
• Increased self acceptance
• Increased self esteem and confidence
Yoga is the science of well-being, of youthfulness and of integrating body, mind and you.
frequently asked questions - hatha yoga
What is yoga? What is hatha yoga?
Yoga is the science of wellbeing. Yoga helps to make you more physically fit as well as more mentally and emotionally balanced. Yoga originated in India over 5000 years ago; it is not a religion and can be practiced by anyone of any faith. Yoga is a great way to strengthen the body, increase flexibility, improve posture and release the stresses of the day by calming your mind. Better posture helps to relieve your body of any aches due to poor posture for example from sitting or standing for long periods during the day. There are several styles of yoga. Hatha yoga focuses on physical postures (asanas) and is also combined with breathing techniques (pranayama) and a short relaxation or guided meditation (yoga nidra).
I'm not flexible, can I still do yoga?
Yes, of course you can! Lack of flexibility is probably one of the best reasons to start doing yoga. Yoga is suitable for everyone. It’s a low impact, relaxing exercise which is adaptable regardless of age or mobility. Increasing flexibility with yoga helps to improve your posture and it reduces tension or aches that may be caused by poor posture. Once you start stretching, energy blockages are released and through regular practise your body naturally becomes stronger and more flexible. Yoga helps you become more stress free and generally happier.
What if I have health concerns or a medical condition, can I still do yoga?
If you are unsure about any health issues, or haven't done any exercise for a while, please check with your doctor for advice before doing any yoga. Please also contact us before coming to a class to talk about what would be the best form of yoga for you e.g. gentle yoga, relaxation and meditation class or a one to one session. Before the start of each yoga class or workshop it is important that you advise the yoga teachers of any change in your health or medical information. It's also important that you only do what feels comfortable for your body and let the yoga teachers know if you experience any difficulty. Always practice yoga mindfully and in a safe, comfortable way for your body.
What do I need to bring to a yoga class?
Please bring along the enthusiasm to discover the wonderful benefits of yoga along with water to sip during the yoga class. We do provide some spare yoga mats for our weekly yoga classes but please bring your own if you have one. If you like, you can also bring a towel or blanket to use as a cushion and if you'd like the extra comfort or warmth during the relaxation.
What shal I wear?
Please wear loose comfortable clothing that you can move freely in whilst bending and stretching for example tracksuit bottoms or leggings and a T-shirt. Bring something warm to put on during the relaxation such as a fleece or sweatshirt.
Can I eat before yoga?
It's recommended that you practise yoga with an emplty stomach so it's advised that you eat at least two hours before yoga for a light meal and at least one hour before for a snack (e.g. a piece of fruit). Certain movements or yoga postures can feel uncomfortable if practised on a full stomach.
Will I feel stiff after a yoga class?
No you shouldn't feel stiff after a yoga class as long as you've mindfully practised within your own comfortable range of motion. If you're new to yoga, choose the gentle variation of a pose, within a slight range of motion. Naturally, you may feel aware of muscles that you haven't used for a while if you're new to yoga. Water helps fuel your muscles, so drinking water before and after yoga will help keep muscles flexible as well as help boost your energy levels. It's important to always practise yoga mindfully and in a way that's comfortable for your body, within a class that's suitable for your fitness level and never work into pain. Inform your yoga teacher if you experience any difficulties. If you do experience any pain please check with your doctor for advice before continuing with yoga.
Am I too old to start yoga?
Yoga can be enjoyed by any age group and many people start yoga after the age of 60, often wishing they'd started sooner. Yoga poses can be adapted for every age group and to suit different fitness and flexibility levels.
Can I do yoga whilst I'm pregnant or soon after giving birth?
We recommend that you consult your doctor for advice before starting yoga. Yoga is not recommended during the first 3 months of pregnancy. After your first trimester, adapted yoga poses can help to keep your body healthy, flexible and strong during your pregnancy. It's advisable to wait 8 to 10 weeks after giving birth to begin yoga practice. If you are pregnant or have recently given birth please click here for more yoga information.
How old is yoga?
Yoga is an ancient philosoply that originated in India; it is the science of wellbeing. The development of yoga can be traced back to over 5000 years ago. Yoga is not a religion and can be practised by anyone of any faith. To say that the word Yoga itself is a religion makes as much sense as saying that the words 'union' or 'holistic' are religions, which of course they aren't. Yoga means union; we unite the breath with the mind and body while mindfully practising yoga postures, breathing techniques and meditation. Through regular practice of yoga you'll discover how to tune into and listen to your body in order to improve your strength, flexibility, coordination, and cardiovascular health, as well as self confidence and overall well-being.
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De-stress, re-energise and relax with flowing hatha yoga classes and yoga workshops for all in Kettering, Northamptonshire. Beginners are welcome.
Our Kettering yoga workshops and classes are suitable for mixed abilities and within easy driving distance from Corby, Cranford, Woodford, Wellingborough, Broughton, Isham, Earls Barton, Rothwell, Rushton, Pipewell, Barton Seagrave, Burton Latimer, Brigstock, Islip, Kelmarsh and Pytchley.
Wednesdays 7pm - Kettering
St Michael & All Angels
33 Garfield Street, corner of Roundhill Road
Kettering NN15 6BU
Yoga teacher: Atim
Pay as you go, please book online: £7
TEL: 07985 591370
Yoga classes are friendly, fun and supportive. Beginners and mixed abilities are welcome to Wednesday's weekly yoga classes in Kettering. We show variations of yoga poses so you can learn how to adapt a pose to make it feel good for your body and then unwind and relax, ending with savasana and guided meditation.
Yoga at Gyms - Kettering
Contact the gyms for information
- Kettering Park Hotel & Spa (members only)
Non-members can book and pay as you go at Balance and Simply Gyms, depending on availability. Members only at Kettering Park hotel.
Yoga energises your body and calms your mind. Yoga improves general fitness and wellbeing. It trims your waist, firms your bum and improves your posture. Yoga also loosens up tight muscles in the neck, shoulders, back, hips and hamstrings. Stretch and de-stress! Take a look at the many benefits listed below.